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Daytime into Nighttime Looks

July 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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Planning a fun day on the water should certainly include looking great and feeling stylish. Effortlessly transforming your day’s look into a fabulous one for evening makes a great day even better.

The number one style rule for a day-into-evening transformation is to keep your fashion choice simple and effortless. “Your aim is easy, fresh and clean,” says Susan Sommers, founder of DressZing and author of the books French Chic and Italian Chic.

daytime 1Start with a comfortable basic outfit that keeps you cool in the sun and can act as a base to go from functional to fashionable when evening falls. Sommers suggests starting with a monochromatic outfit that’s easy to accessorize, like white jeans and a white tank or blue capris with a blue tee shirt.

For a day out on the water — and for building your basic wardrobe in general — stick with a solid base or simple pattern. “This year, there’s a big nautical trend, and blues and whites are key,” says Sommers. “Stripes are also important and look clean and fresh.”

If you’re a fan of prints, smaller is better when your plans include dressing down and dressing up in the same day. Think little flowers, tiny stripes, or micro dots. Tiny prints are more slenderizing as well, so thinking small gives you an extra boost of confidence.

Bring a nylon windbreaker and a light sweater or sweatshirt for changeable daytime conditions. As the sun goes down, and you dress up, swap the weather gear for a draped cardigan and a long gauze scarf at your throat.

Daytime boat shoes come in many forms, including deck shoes, sneakers, and strappy sandals. (Boating-appropriate shoes have light colored soles that grip and don’t leave a mark, are lightweight, won’t fill with water, fit snugly without danger of flying off, and won’t drag you down in case you accidentally end up in the drink.) Transitioning to land shoes when evening comes will instantly make you look and feel more dressed up. Ballet flats, a low heeled shoe, or a fun pair of sandals will help you jump start your day-into-evening transformation. Sommers suggests gold- or silver-toned shoes to dress up your daytime look instantly.

Jewelry is another key transformative piece. A great statement necklace with a coordinating bracelet and earrings turn daytime tee shirt and jeans into a casually elegant ensemble.

Hair and makeup make the transformation complete. You use sun protection for skin and lips with waterproof makeup by day, so bring along pre-moistened makeup remover towelettes to cleanse your face and neck and apply a fresh face for night. Create a sun-kissed glow with a light layer of tinted moisturizer as foundation, apply bronzer at your hairline, cheekbones, jawline and down the center of your face, and add a spot of blush on the apples of your cheeks. Evening makeup trends include dark liner, smoky lids, and berry-toned lips — a radiant contrast to a boating day’s natural look.

Protecting your hair during the day is the key to creating a great hairstyle at night. Apply leave-in conditioner with SPF before you head out, tie long hair back and protect it with a headscarf or fitted hat that won’t blow off. Or create a tousled, beachy look on hair of all lengths by spritzing hair lightly with a volumizing hair mist like LUSH Sea Spray Hair Mist (long hair can be braided in the morning when it’s wet, then shaken loose and combed with your fingers for a fresh look at night). For a sleek look instead, rub a dash of Moroccan Argan Oil into your hands and run your fingers through your hair to tame flyaways, and then brush and style as usual.

Bring a big tote — it’s a great way to stash the accessories you need for day and evening. Toss in a windbreaker, sun hat, sunglasses, extra sun block, a hairbrush, and a hair tie. For your evening transition, bring hair styling products, makeup for touch-ups including dark lipstick and eyeliner, a compact mirror, shoes, a wrap or cardigan, a small purse, and jewelry such as earrings, bracelet and a necklace. Use clear-zippered plastic bags to keep everything organized, accessible, and dry.

By Cara J. Stevens


is a Long Island native now living across the bay in Connecticut. She writes about fashion, beauty, lifestyle, hair care and health and has written nine books for children. More info at and @ATFMCara on Twitter.

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