How to transform your favourite summer outfits from day to night

When the sun comes out and we're off work there's nothing more enjoyable than heading out for evening drinks in a beer garden or to a barbecue.

How do you seamlessly transition from being in daytime or work clothes if you get invited out to somewhere where your favourite summer outfit is just too casual?

We have a few tips to help you take your favourite summer outfits from day to night so you are always suitably stylish.

Maxi dress

A maxi dress is great for the summer as it can be worn casually to the beach and it is so easy to dress up for a night out.

Simply adding a decorative belt to your maxi dress can make it dressy enough for evening drinks. You can also add heels if you want to but if you are wearing decorative sandals, they will work equally as well for day and night.


Shorts are a staple during for summer. Of course, we're going to take any opportunity to give our poor pale legs a lick of vitamin D.


To take your shorts from day to night it is all about layering and accessories. Have a few patterned or lace vest tops and wear them under a flowy shirt or lightweight jumper with your shorts. Then all you need to do is take off the top layer and you are good to go.

Add a few bracelets and change into dressy shoes to finish off the look.

Slip dress

A slip dress is great for summer days; it is light and looks great with trainers, boots or heels so it is the perfect thing to wear if you think a night out may be on the cards later. All you need is to change your shoes and add a dressy bag or blazer to be nightclub-ready in a matter of minutes!

Patterned trousers

I love patterned trousers, I probably wear them too often but I personally think they are the ultimate summer staple. They can be light but give you nice coverage if it's a bit breezy out.

You could wear them with a messy bun, a silk vest top and converse or flip flops and then simply change to wedges and let your hair fall to loose waves for a dressier look.


Top Tip

Keep some eyeliner, mascara, a bold lip colour and some bobby pins in your bag at all times. It's amazing how some extremely small changes can transform your outfit with minimal time and effort!

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