The Most Elegant Outfits for Day and Night

The Most Elegant Outerwear Pieces for Day and Night

Although it’s common to separate clothes into categories—athletic wear for the gym, loungewear for home, professional attire for the office—many pieces could fall under multiple categories and thus be worn for multiple occasions. If you are taking the minimalist approach with your wardrobe and want clothing staples that will work for both day and night, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best pieces that will have you looking elegant and chic whether you are dressing for a day at work, a night out with friends, or both!

Maxi Dresses

Using the same clothing pieces to transition from a daytime look to an evening look offers plenty of advantages, not the least of which is not having to rush back home to change outfits between events throughout your day. A maxi dress is one of those clothing pieces that works as both a daytime look and an evening look. The trick is to make simple adjustments that will create dramatic changes with little effort on your part.

If you are planning to wear a tall maxi dress or a petite maxi dress during the day, you could wear it all on its own or make it slightly more casual with a cute denim jacket and flat, slip-on sandals. To make that same dress work for an evening look, remove the denim jacket and wear the dress on its own or style it with a more luxurious piece like a cashmere cardigan. Trade in the flat sandals and opt for something with a heel instead, like a wedge sandal or classic black pumps.


The little black dress is a famously iconic nighttime outfit that will likely never go out of style, making it a timeless, classic choice. Depending on the style, cut, and fabric of the little black dress, this staple can be worn day or night. Like the maxi dress, you can make the little black dress work for the daytime just as much as the evening. Add dimension by layering over your jacket of choice. This could be anything from a button-up cardigan or denim jacket to a tailored blazer. For footwear, anything from heels to white sneakers will nicely complement this daytime look. Come evening, you can seamlessly transition the little black dress by swapping sneakers or flat footwear for statement heels. If you choose to wear a jacket, something like a black leather jacket or long suede coat will give the little black dress some dramatic flair.


Cashmere can be worn day or night, and it’s an especially versatile piece to have in your fall and winter wardrobes. To create a rich, warm look, nothing screams “elegance” like wearing a beautiful cashmere turtleneck when dining out at a new, upscale restaurant or attending a holiday party. And during the day, a cashmere sweater can be worn with anything from blue jeans to wide-leg dress trousers. When you want to transition cashmere from a daytime look to an evening look, it can be worn with dressy pants or midi skirts. Finish the look with Oxfords, mules, or classic pumps.


You can effortlessly wear many skirt styles during the day and at night. It just comes down to fabric, cut, and color. A beautiful pleated midi skirt in a neutral color like gray or black can be worn with a sweater during the day and an elegant blouse in the evening. Or a stunning, magenta satin skirt can be worn with a more conservative top (like a button-up blouse or dress shirt) during the day and a trendier, colorful top at night. Footwear, hair, makeup, jewelry, and accessories can all contribute to switching up the look from day to night.

A Shirt Dress

Shirt dresses are great pieces to have on hand, especially during the spring and summer, but they can really work during any season. A simple shirt dress with a pair of sneakers makes a killer daytime outfit and requires very little effort to piece together. That same shirt dress can be worn in the evening when it’s dressed up with a fashion statement jacket and eye-catching footwear. If you want to wear a shirt dress during the colder seasons, layering is key; not just for adding dimension but also for practical purposes like keeping warm.

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