How To Go From Casual To Cocktail in Two Minutes

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Alicia Wood, Dallas Lifestyle Expert, Dallas Fashion Blogger, Camo Barrington St. Anne Tote, Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots,

Black Quilted Vest / Black Thermal Top c/o / Black Skinny Jeans / Black Stuart Weitzman Boots / Barrington Camo Bag with Black Leather Trim c/o / Lagos Square Hoops c/o / Lagos Sugarloaf Trio Bangle Set c/o

If you’re like me you have many days that you only have minutes to transition from one thing to another. I find it most difficult on days that I have work or volunteer meetings,  drive carpool and then have just a few minutes to change for a date night or business dinner with my husband. Today I’m going to show you how I solve that problem!

This question was actually posed to me by a reader! I love to be able to help you solve your wardrobe problems.  Making sure you have great wardrobe staples that you can rely on makes this transition easy.

The key to this quick change is a great base.  I wore a versatile black top, my favorite skinny jeans and great belt for a simple column of color.  This would work with any neutral as well.

One of my favorite sources for versatile tops is Southcott Threads. This Dallas-based company is owned by one of my good friends and you can learn more about her company here. I’ve paired her new long sleeve thermal top with my favorite black skinny jeans and belt.

For casual meetings, I’ve added a simple black quilted vest with fitted details and my Stuart Weitzman 50-50 boots. The boots have been a staple in my wardrobe for several years and continue to be a classic.  They were so comfortable walking the city during our trip to NYC last year!

As for jewelry, I love versatile pieces like these Lagos Square Hoops.  The caviar design is classic and great from day to night.  The Lagos Sugarloaf Bangle Trio is also a favorite.

Talbots Winter White Tweed Jacket c/o / Black Thermal Top c/o / Black Skinny Jeans / Lagos Square Hoops c/o / Lagos Sugarloaf Trio Bangle Set c/o

To make the change for a dressier dinner I’ve added Chanel inspired tweed jacket with black trim and favorite classic black high heel sandals.  This classic winter white tweed jacket is a part of the Talbots friends and family sale! This is my favorite time to pick up wardrobe staples from this classic brand.

A quick refresh of hair and make up and I’m ready to go out the door!  I hope this gives you an idea of how to quickly go from casual to cocktail.  I truly love the feedback that I get from you!

If you have any other wardrobe questions please leave them in the comments below or drop me an email in the contact box on the menu above. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Alicia

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9 Comments

  1. Amy D

    Good idea for outfit turnaround

  2. Jennifer Crecelius

    Love this post! So helpful!

  3. Carol

    Great jacket!

  4. Ashley

    I am not a Talbots girl, but that white and black jacket is adorable! Love the Lagos earrings and bangles too! They have such great pieces that are versatile and last forever. Both your looks are great! Thanks!

  5. Kelley

    I love the black and white jacket – I may need to get that to add to my wardrobe. Thank you for the tip of going from casual to date night – I struggle a bit with that.

  6. Lori Doran Whitlow

    It seems that we are all short on time & Im crazy about this super fast switcheroo!!!

  7. Brenda Haines

    I am in love with this change up! Perfect!

  8. Terri

    Love the addition of weekend sales to this post. And they happen to be some of my fave stores. Thank you, Alicia!

  9. Barbara

    Great outfits. I love the day to night outfit. Black is a classic to wear different ways.

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9 Comments

  1. Amy D

    Good idea for outfit turnaround

  2. Jennifer Crecelius

    Love this post! So helpful!

  3. Carol

    Great jacket!

  4. Ashley

    I am not a Talbots girl, but that white and black jacket is adorable! Love the Lagos earrings and bangles too! They have such great pieces that are versatile and last forever. Both your looks are great! Thanks!

  5. Kelley

    I love the black and white jacket – I may need to get that to add to my wardrobe. Thank you for the tip of going from casual to date night – I struggle a bit with that.

  6. Lori Doran Whitlow

    It seems that we are all short on time & Im crazy about this super fast switcheroo!!!

  7. Brenda Haines

    I am in love with this change up! Perfect!

  8. Terri

    Love the addition of weekend sales to this post. And they happen to be some of my fave stores. Thank you, Alicia!

  9. Barbara

    Great outfits. I love the day to night outfit. Black is a classic to wear different ways.

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