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How to Change Your Look from Day to Evening in Five Minutes

No need to run home from work to change for an evening on the town. With some simple switches, you can be on your way.


  • Step 1: Use what lies beneath Wear a sparkly or jewel-tone sleeveless top with dress pants or a skirt, or a simple cocktail dress. Keep your outfit under wraps during the day with a complementary jacket.
  • Step 2: Add a dressy jacket If you have a velvet, brocade, or satin evening jacket, slip that over a simple daytime ensemble.
  • TIP: Create a whole different look for a jacket or dress by belting it.
  • Step 3: Switch accessories Swap your pumps for stiletto heels, metallic sandals, or knee-high boots. Trade your pocketbook for a delicate evening clutch. If you're wearing plain hose with a skirt or dress, switch to patterned or fishnet stockings.
  • TIP: Elbow-length evening gloves can transform a simple shift into an elegant cocktail dress.
  • Step 4: Change jewelry Replace simple jewelry with more ornate pieces.
  • TIP: An elegant watch can double as jewelry.
  • Step 5: Ramp up your makeup Ramp up your makeup: Add a layer of mascara, concentrating on the outer lashes, and then curl your eyelashes. Wipe on either a darker lipstick or add shine to your regular shade with some lip gloss. Create smoky eyes by applying black shadow along the upper lash line with a damp makeup brush. Add a little blush.
  • Step 6: Do your 'do Transform daytime hair by pulling long hair into a twist, creating drama in a short style with gel, or adding decorative hair clips.
  • FACT: British women spend 3,276 hours of their lives, or 136 days, getting ready for a night out, according to a survey. British men devote just 1,092 hours.

You Will Need

  • A sparkly or jewel-tone sleeveless top
  • or a cocktail dress
  • A day and evening jacket
  • Dressy shoes
  • Evening bag
  • A belt
  • Fancy jewelry
  • Mascara
  • An eyelash curler
  • Dark lipstick or gloss
  • Black eye shadow
  • An eye-shadow brush
  • Blush
  • Hair gel
  • Hair accessories
  • Patterned or fishnet stockings
  • Evening gloves
  • An elegant watch

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