Living with a more curated, minimal wardrobe can mean you need to be a bit craftier when it comes to dressing for various occasions. A lot of what I include in my everyday Capsule Wardrobe also gets worn for nights out and dressier occasions (as they should!). I am a firm believer that a good pair of shoes and some extra touches to transform an outfit.

This post is sponsored by VIVAIA, a footwear brand with a mission – a mission to create stylish and sustainable footwear that is eco-friendly and responsible. Each pair of shoes is created with 6 recycled plastic bottles. I was thrilled to work with such a great brand making use of waste product and creating something beautiful. I try to recycle as much as possible, so it’s great to know that some of this waste is actually being recycled and reused. A circular ecomony is the way forward.

I thought now was a great time to talk about day to night / casual to dressy styling, as holiday season can call for those quick outfit updates with not a lot of time. Have your best accessories on stand-by this holiday season, just in case the opportunity arises to leave your house 😉

Wearing my VIVAIA Aria flats in Ash Rose

It’s all about the shoes (flats v heels)

The main way I like to transform an outfit from day to night, or casual to dressy, is by switching up my footwear. For me, flats scream casual and a nice heel screams ‘helloooo, I’m fancy now‘. You don’t have a wear a 4 inch heel to jazz up your evening-time look, but a kitten heel or a heeled boot can take the look to another level.

Wearing VIVAIA Heels in Bordeaux Red

Add some jewellery

Some bling can really add that effortless vibe to a dressier look. A statement necklace or earrings can add the something something that your work-day look may have been missing. I love a statement fun earring with a more modest turtleneck.

My next go-to is some gold hoop earrings, which I used in this styling video.

Switch up your makeup

This is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your look, because you can just carry an extra lipstick in your bag for any impromptu post-work occasions. A bold lip, a smokey eye or a winged liner can make your overall look seem more polished and will freshen you up after a day at work.

To see how I implement these tips into my outfits, check out the styling video below.

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Use Code GEMMA for 15% off until December 27th 2020, and 10% off after that.

1. The expiration date of the 15% discount code is 27/12/2020. You can get the highest discount by buying shoes before this date. After 27th Dec the discount code will revert to 10% off. 2. The shoes I’m showing you are the old models, the new models have some changes in design. Older models are now out of stock in some sizes. 3. The Vienna style is not recommended for customers with wide feet. The Vienna style is a little narrower than other styles.

*This is a sponsored post, meaning it contains a paid promotion. The product featured has been gifted. However, all opinions are my own.

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