Beautiful Days, Hot Nights

It happens to all of us: A conservative day at the office leads straight into a spontaneous happy hour at your favorite bar -- or, more perplexing, fashion-wise, a hot date. Obviously, you need to change -- or do you? Believe it or not, there are fabulously easy ways to adapt your look from day to night -- no additional wardrobe required!

Summer Happy Hour

6 ways to be fashionably versatile

Switch one great bag for another

Sometimes, all you need for a great evening look is a small cocktail bag. If nighttime plans suddenly pop up, move from day to night style by switching from a laptop bag to a more festive clutch.

Dress in dresses

A survey by Cotton Incorporated found that 69 percent of women prefer to wear one comfortable outfit all day rather than change clothes to suit different activities. So, a few versatile dresses are ideal wardrobe staples. You don't have to change your outfit if your plans change; just exchange your accessories to give your day look some evening pizzaz.

Check out some of the latest dress styles of the season >>

Leopard print accents

A bold accent like leopard print is all you need to spice up your look. As the spring 2010 designer collections proved, leopard prints can be the perfect addition to a casual ensemble. Try anything from a subtle leopard belt or lightweight, flowing scarf to a bolder option such as a skirt. You'll find that leopard is a daytime hit wonderful for a night out.

Make your hair your best accessory

Master stylist and salon/spa owner Missi Koebler says every woman's best accessory is her hair. Create a hot summer look that works both day and night with just two tools: bobby pins and hair spray. Before heading to work in the morning, pull your hair back as follows:

  • Section off pieces, then pin each to the crown of your head, allowing the ends to do their own thing.
  • Continue to work around to the back of your head, pinning up more sections until you're done. The key to this look is not to have a particular plan, but just pin as you go, creating a fun but pulled-together look.
  • Once you have it all pinned up, simply spray into place and go.
  • After work, remove the pins, and you have instant, voluminous out-on-the town hair. Grab a travel hairspray to keep in your purse, and you can spritz it on the go.

Check out some hairstyle photos for inspiration >>

Layers are key

Layers keep your look versatile. A great look for summer is white-on-white. Our suggestion: a ruched tank under a boyfriend jacket with a pair of cropped black pants and comfy flats for day. Remove the jacket, add jewelry and a floral silk scarf, and slip into strappy high-heeled sandals for the evening look.

Bold lips

While smokey eyes are great for night, bold lips will satisfy your day and nightime style needs. Red is red-hot right now, a classic color making a comeback in the fashion magazines and on the red carpet. For summer, find a shade that complements your skin tone and wear a light later for day. Come time to spruce up for night time events, re apply more liberally.

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