In college, time often seems like an infinite resource conducive to spending hours lying in bed and doing absolutely nothing. On other days, however, it is a precious commodity, the three minutes you have to walk from one end of campus to another or the few precious hours that remain before your nonexistent ten-page paper is due. At the end of the busier sort of day, you don’t necessarily have time for the sacred ritual of “getting-ready to go out.” Here are a few easy steps to quickly revamp your daytime classroom outfit for a night out:
If you happen to wear your favorite pair of patent leather platform pumps (say that three times fast) to your three-hour bio lab and don’t feel like your soles are constantly being stabbed by wooden stakes, then by all means maintain them as part of your evening ensemble. For the less masochistic type who opt for flats during the day, nighttime is the perfect occasion to break out your metallic stilettos, studded pumps, colorful wedges, etc. And remember, heels don’t wear feet—feet wear heels.
Since the advent of the bodycon trend, fashion is all about form-fitting silhouettes, and evening ensembles are no exception. Adding a belt over a dress, loose top, or even a bulky sweater emphasizes your waist, a surefire way to flatter your figure and accentuate your natural curves.
To add a little more glamour to your outfit, swap out your simple stud earrings or everyday necklace for bolder pieces. Recent trends are all about the oversized and extravagant. Bright colors and geometric shapes are the prevailing look of the moment, and metallics are always a classic choice.
Play up your eyes with dramatic shadows or colorful liners. Even just a quick coat of darker lipstick or gloss can add more nighttime allure. Caution: Avoid the clown look by choosing to emphasize only one feature. A smoky eye with a bright red lip is not a good combination.
Ditch the backpack or giant Longchamp that you’ve been lugging around all day. Select a small purse to hold the going-out essentials: phone, wallet, keys, and chapstick. Printed clutches, chain handle shoulder bags, or simple wristlets are all easy and efficient options.