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How to transition your pants from a day to night look

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How to... take pants from day to night

Jeans are casual, fun, and easy — but can they take you from your a.m. meeting to your p.m. cocktails? Absolutely!
Woman wearing jeans

Know your options

Twill is a great alternative if you can't wear jeans to work, and since they have the same flattering look as denim, they're perfect for day-to-night. If you are allowed to wear denim to your workplace, I would recommend wearing a sleeveless blouse with a blazer or cardigan there and then taking it off once you hit the town — it instantly transforms your outfit. The same goes for shoes with flats and heels. Thankfully, your denim is able to be your mainstay.

"I am always asked if you can wear jeans out on a Saturday night or on a date if you are meeting someone for the first time," says Jill Martin, fashion correspondent for The TODAY Show, Access Hollywood and author of NY Times bestseller I Have Nothing to Wear! "The answer is absolutely yes! I think there is nothing sexier than a pair of jeans (flare or skinny) with a beautiful blouse or a sequin tank and blazer. Accessories, shoes and even a cool hat can dress up an otherwise ordinary pair of jeans."

It's all in the accessories

"Look to your shoes and accessories to transition from day to night," suggests Lizanne Crotty, Regional General Manager for Denim Habit. "Courds are great. Skinny courds offer a bit dressier of a look. Pair skinnies with stilettos or a high boot along with a sleek sweater and you have the perfect day into night look."

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