There's this unbearable common struggle of lugging a duffel bag with a complete outfit to your office, only to have to find a spot to store it under your desk and ultimately sneak to the bathroom stall to do a full-on change for a date later that night. Are you with us? Well, it's actually pretty simple to wear the same outfit from desk to drinks—as long as you have a key foundation piece.
Today, we’re highlighting the five most versatile pieces (which you probably already have in your closet). They require little styling effort to work both in and out of the office, simplifying your day-to-night outfit strategy—no last-minute dress changes required. Topping the list is—yes, you guessed it—an LBD. The most versatile black dresses will have just enough interesting details to work for any occasion. And the same goes for the rest of our day-to-night essentials: Add a cool twist to any of these staples, and you’ll never have to fret again about packing an extra outfit.
Keep scrolling to check out the items you need in your closet and shop each of them.
If you go for a little black dress that has interesting details, it will stand out for an evening soirée but won’t be too much during the day either.
Wear to all your holiday parties.
Ideal for layering.
Available in sizes 00 to 12.
We'd wear it just like this with socks and metallic heels.
Available in sizes S to XL.
There’s something about a wrap skirt that feels sophisticated and chic in a not-trying-so-hard kind of way. Wear with a slim turtleneck for day, toss on a moto jacket for evening, and you’re set.
Just as stylish with sneakers as it is with strappy heels.
Available in sizes S to L.
How good does this skirt look with mules?
Available in sizes XS to M.
Dress this skirt down with a cropped sweater and sneakers for the day.
Available in sizes 0 to 6.
While the shirtdress may seem more casual, it’s actually quite versatile and easy to turn into a nighttime getup. You just have to pay attention to your accessories—wear oxfords during the day and amp up your look with heels at night. That’s it!
The belt cinches your waist and creates an ultra-flattering shape.
Available in sizes XS to L.
Every wardrobe needs a classic striped shirtdress.
Available in sizes 0 to 10.
A pretty take on this classic piece.
Available in size 10.
Looking for an easy item to take you from day to night like that? Try a jumpsuit. It’s elevated enough when you’re heading out for a night on the town, and if you choose a style that isn’t too flashy, it works just as well at the office.
This is the ideal jumpsuit alternative to a cocktail dress.
Available in sizes UK4 to UK14.
This flowy piece is so comfortable, you'll never want to take it off.
Available in sizes XS to XL.
If any brand masters the art of the day-to-night piece, it's Reformation.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
We love a silk blouse because it totally works at the office and feels fancy enough for drinks out too.
Red is the only color that matters this holiday season.
Available in sizes 2 to 12.
Wear this flowy top to balance out edgy leather pants.
Available in sizes XS to L.
A lesson in how to dress up jeans.
Available in sizes 0 to 8.
What's your style trick for dressing from day to night? Let us know in the comments below!
This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.