When I get the rare chance for a week-night date I take it! Even if that means busting it home from wherever I am and switching gears from day to date in only a few minutes. I often find myself sprucing up a day outfit to make it more date-ready so I though I would share a few of my strategies in today’s Weekend Workshop.
Usually it doesn’t take much for me to feel a little more evening appropriate, a little more fun, and very far from campus. A quick switch of shoes, scarf, and bag and the addition on some jewelry can make all the difference. During the day, the realities of running around campus and carrying a all my daily needs, mean I often opt for flats or boots and a large tote bag (usually my beloved Trubador tote from Crystalyn Kae):
So, to easily take this outfit up a few notches, I slip on my crinkled patten pumps, add a sparkly necklace, and freshen up my make up. I also usually spruce up my hair a bit too.
Sometimes your daytime activity is just too different from your evening plans to make a these simple switches possible but for a quick transition, swapping and or adding accessories can easily take most ensembles from day to date-ready.
The easiest and most common switch for me is a shoe switch. While I do have a few pairs of go-to heels (and wedges) that I will wear to campus I’m never one to pick heels for a day or errands or for a non-teaching day on campus. I think this makes slipping those heels on in the evening have a greater effect on transitioning my mood to date-ready.
Switching out my scarf is another common swap for me. This is mostly because I have a large scarf collection and it’s an easy way to change the look of a outfit built of simple basics (my usual). For a transition from babysitting to a casual date, I traded my wellies for olive pumps, buttoned up my cardigan, added big earrings, and swapped out a bulky playful scarf for a dressier (but still bright and fun) silk scarf.