Holiday Style: How to Take an Outfit From Day to Night Easily

How to Take an Outfit from Day to Night

When schedules fill up, to-do lists grow, and things get busy around the holidays, finding ways to make life easier is key!  Today I’m partnering with JCPenney to show you how to take an outfit from day to night with a couple quick tricks!

How to Take an Outfit from Day to Night

First, you’ve gotta start with a versatile top, and today I chose this cute little black and white plaid bell sleeve ruffle top.  Black plaid like this is a great print for this time of year.  The material is rayon, which works well for casual style but can also be dressed up a bit.  Details like its bell sleeves and relaxed peplum hem elevate it and make it easy to dress up for a night out.  And it’s super, SUPER affordable!  Last I checked, it was only $17.60!!  See it HERE.  I wear size S.

Next, you’ve gotta have the right completer pieces.  Completer pieces are things like cardigans, vests, and fitted jackets like denim jackets, moto jackets, and blazers.  They not only complete looks, but they can also define looks as work, daytime, or evening.  Having a core set of the right completer pieces will maximize the versatility of your closet, and JCPenney has quite a few great options for completer pieces that are very, very affordable!  Also, they have a wide range of sizing, from misses to petites to plus to tall.  There is something for everyone at all price points!

Alright, let’s take a look at how to take a top from day to night!

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6/8 in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.


tan bag + skinnies + black plaid + utility vestVest + Black Plaid top + Tan bag + skinnies Skinnies + Booties + Tan bag + Vest + Plaid top Utility Vest + Black Plaid + skinnies + tan bag + booties utility vest closeup with black plaid flowy top

Daytime – Utility or Puffer Vest
A vest is a great casual completer piece for daytime.  Here I used the super soft utility vest that I talked about earlier this fall.  You can also do a black quilted vest like THIS or one with a fuzzy hood for a sportier look like THIS.  I paired the utility vest with these soft and stretchy jeans.  If you’re looking for a softer jean with stretch and a skinnier ankle for that streamline look with booties, this is a very well priced option at only $16.99!  WHAAAAT?  See it HERE.  I’m wearing size 6 in Ink Wash.

I went with white accessories and taupe booties to “lift” and lighten the outfit.  These booties have the dip in the front that I always talk about going for in order to elongate your leg line.  They are very lightweight and come in 3 colors which you can see HERE.  They’re only $29.99 right now!

Shop the Outfit:
Top: c/o JCPenney (exact–size S)
Vest: c/o JCPenney (exact–size XS)
Jeans: c/o JCPenney (exact-size 6)
Booties: c/o JCPenney (exact–size 9)
Bag: c/o JCPenney (exact)


moto jacket + plaid top + statement necklace + bootiesmoto jacket + skinnies + booties + tan bag + statement necklace

Evening #1Moto Jacket
If you’re heading from errands during the day to dinner out with friends, all you’d need to do is change the vest to a moto jacket and maybe throw on a different necklace.  Moto jackets are my fastest trick to dress up an outfit for dinner out with friends, and JCPenney has some fantastic ones at extremely reasonable price points!  This one is REALLY good.  It’s thick and substantial, yet soft and easy to wear.  When this thing is on sale it is an INCREDIBLE steal!  It comes in other colors too, like red, cream, and greyish taupe which is 😍.  See them all HERE.

Shop the Outfit:
Top: c/o JCPenney (exact–size S)
Jacket: c/o JCPenney (exact–size S)
Jeans: c/o JCPenney (exact-size 6)

Booties: c/o JCPenney (exact–size 9)
Bag: c/o JCPenney (exact)


Black boots + tan bag + statement necklace + moto jacket Black moto + black jeans + black tall boots + tan bagblack skinnies + black boots + black moto outfitBlack Plaid top + Black Moto + tan jacket + statement necklace Black tall boots + tan bag + plaid top + moto jacket

Evening #2 – All Black
If you want a bit more of a dramatic evening look, you could also wear this top with black jeans and tall black boots.  I found these jeans in store, so I hope I’m linking to the right ones online because these are really, really stretchy and comfy!  They feel so good and have a really skinny ankle which means they look great with booties.  And I know I’ve said this for like every item, but these are also incredibly affordable!  If you’re looking for a comfy pair of black jeans that are wallet friendly, definitely check these out HERE!

Shop the Outfit:
Top: c/o JCPenney (exact–size S)
Jacket: c/o JCPenney (exact–size S)
Jeans:c/o JCPenney (exact–size 4)

Boots: (similar)
Bag: c/o JCPenney (exact)



Having the right completer pieces will make styling looks sooooo much easier.  I’d recommend at least having a utility jacket or vest and a faux leather or faux suede jacket of some sort.  If you’ve already got those and want to expand, try a faux fur vest, moto jackets in different colors, or puffer vests.  I’ve rounded up a bunch you can shop through the widget below!


Lastly, speaking of making life easy during the holidays, JCPenney also has TONS of toys and gifts.  They’ve put together a Gift Guide, so if you want some ideas and want to take advantage of the current Black Friday Early Access sale, check it out the Gift Guide HERE!

Created in partnership with JCPenney



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    November 20, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Ah, you look amazing!

    Mariya |

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    Heidi Nead
    November 21, 2018 at 4:02 am

    All the completer pieces mentioned are quite heavy for me. I often run quite warm. I tend towards short sleeves because the longer sleeves can make me feel warm quickly. What are some other completer pieces besides having to put on an additional layer?

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