Day to Evening: The Shift Dress
Those long work days seem to never end, but when the clock finally strikes the hour the last thing you want to do is waste more time getting ready. Here at Edie we believe in making versatile pieces that can take you from day to night easily and effortlessly . Below is our take one the classic shift dress, an essential wardrobe staple.
Accessorizing is one of the best ways to make a black dress more personal. For a day look you can add a solid or printed neck scarf for a fun pop of color. My favorite kind of neck scarves are ones found at thrift stores; they are a little worn in which makes it easier to tie and recycling is always a positive to second hand shopping.
Then, to add some subtle sparkle, choose a pair of brass hoops to spice up the look without taking away from your choice of scarf. The simple earrings add a polished touch. These earrings are from Raven + Lily. They use locally sourced and recycled materials to make their pieces. Added bonus: these earrings help to empower at-risk women in the fashion industry by providing them with fair wage jobs, healthcare and other tools needed to survive.
Lastly, it is the shoe choice. If you have a long day ahead of you slip ons, flats, or sling backs are the way to go. They are cute, comfortable and easy to change once in and out of. These sling backs are from Matt & Nat which is a vegan brand that specializes in recycled materials.
It’s finally time to let your hair down and enjoy your evening. Some small changes can add an edge to your look, while still keeping it polished.
Starting with a shoe change from simple black slip to a patterned lace up sandal. These TOMS cheetah sandals bring out an edgier side to the outfit while the lace up detailing adds a feminine feel. Any patterned shoe could work as well, such as a floral or plaid for more laid back nights. A TOMS purchase is a great way to give back, since every pair bought another pair goes to a person in need.
Before heading out for the night you don’t want to forget your belongings. A wristlet or clutch is a perfect for an evening look. These detachable wristlets are from the brand Canopy Verde. They are manufactured with vegan and eco friendly materials. This accessory is not only stylish but useful as well. As for the final touches of the look, keeping with the same jewelry is always a time saver and the neck scarf can stored in the wristlet for another time.
Edie believes that investing in your purchases ultimately pays off. These variations of a day to night look allows you to be stylish, comfortable, support sustainability and to help give back. Fashion can go beyond a look if we allow it. The first step to change is choosing products that can make a difference.
Emma Phillips is Edie's fashion and lifestyle blogger, based in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Merchandising. Emma has a love for astrology and all things green. She spends her time watching her favorite YouTube vloggers, taking polaroid pictures, and reading.