People in the fashion industry often refer to day-to-night looks as if they are the most mindless kinds of outfits to put together. In case you haven't noticed, they are actually quite complicated when you don't know what to look for. How is it even possible for a look to be both casual enough for day but elevated enough for a night out? If you are baffled, you aren't the only one.
Thankfully, there is a group that lives this busy lifestyle all too well—celebrities. With their ever-changing and never-ending schedules, a day-to-night look is their idea of a perfect outfit. Their tricks of the trade all come down to one key piece per look, which we've listed for you below. Whether it's a silk top or leather trousers, when it comes to effortless day-to-night dressing, the phrase "one and done" has never applied more.
Keep reading to see the celebrities who reign supreme at day-to-night dressing, and shop the items you'll need to achieve the day-to-night look of your dreams.
A FAUX-FUR COAT
On Bella Hadid: Givenchy bag; Stuart Weitzman Clinger Mid-Calf Boots (£525).
Faux-fur coats are appropriate for both day and night. Bella Hadid chose to wear hers with skinny jeans and ankle boots for a cool-girl winter ensemble.
The faux-fur coat of dreams.
On Chrissy Teigen: Jimmy Choo Toni Over the Knee Boots (£1195).
Over-the-knee boots make quite the statement during the day, but when you choose a pair in a neutral tone and pair them with a subtle sweater-dress, it's the perfect day-to-night look.
We also love wearing this style shoe with longer midi dresses.
A SILK TOP
On Emma Roberts: Galvan top; AG jeans; L.K.Bennett Marla Glitter Heel (£167).
Silk is a fabric that always reads as elegant. With a blazer thrown over a silk top, this look is office-ready. All you have to do is take off your top layer, and you have an ideal night-out ensemble.
Nothing says sheer elegance like a silk halter.
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On Gigi Hadid: Frame jacket; Unravel leather trousers; Saint Laurent bag.
Gigi Hadid rocks leather trousers like none other—but so can you. Their sleek sheen and rocker vibe make for the perfect day-to-night piece.
Channel biker chic with this timeless style.
A STATEMENT DRESS
On Hailey Baldwin: Vatanika dress; Lili Claspe Ellie Choker; Dior boots.
Hailey's look here proves that any standout dress can be made casual enough for day with a simple pair of black ankle boots. We are particularly loving her velvet choice here.
Alluring with a soft touch.
A GRAPHIC TEE
On Kendall Jenner: Los Angeles Lakers World Champs Back to Back T-Shirt; Givenchy bag; Manolo Blahnik pumps (£495).
Kendall proves that graphic tees go with anything and are perfect anytime. To make the piece work for evening, be sure you finish off your look with a polished pair of pumps.
Pair your favourite vintage tee with anything from a leather miniskirt to skinny jeans.
A BOMBER JACKET
On Jessica Alba: Tory Sport Nylon Bomber Jacket; By Johnny top and skirt; Tory Burch Multi Stripe Convertible Shoulder Bag; Nicholas Kirkwood sandals.
Bomber jackets are a great piece to always have to hand for both day and night. The unique structure and often sleek material make for the perfect item to juxtapose with an elegant look, like Jessica's here, or a more laid-back one.
Never pass up an affordable bomber jacket.