Life is hectic. Need to take your usual look from casual to party real fast?
Whether you're celebrating at home, visiting family or just meeting friends straight from the office, it's easy to crank up your style a notch with just a few simple changes or accessories.
I've got some tips from a real expert - Claire Kennedy of Sewing Artistry - who offers her brilliant ideas on how to take plain to fancy - real fast!
Claire is an expert in sewing, fashion and design and teaches her very logical and straightforward methods both in person and online.
If you want to really learn about 'fit' or anything to do with creating your own 'couture' check out Sewing Artistry.
Everyone needs a Little Black dress! It doesn't have to be black, of course, any simple classic dress in a solid color that suits you will do the trick.
Wear a jacket or cardigan to the office and you're totally appropriate. Come 6 o'clock off comes the jacket, you're elegantly ready to add a little or a lot of sparkle!
A glamorous scarf, glitzy necklace and/or earrings, killer heels or a glittery jacket - take your pick.
Wearing separates is so freeing - you can wear a classic top and plain bottom to work (skirt or pants) then exchange the top for a glitzy piece, velvet or a bright seasonal color. A classic or more on-trend top will completely change your appearance.
A classic white or ivory blouse goes with anything during the day and is easily transformed. Try to avoid the sharpest most business-like button down.
Wear with a plain skirt or pants; if you want to team with leggings ensure that the blouse is long enough to be appropriate.
Add long drop earrings or a long pendant; even a beautiful belt. Choose gold or silver jewelry according to your taste.
It's a good idea to change out a work top for one that's softer than usual and shows a little more skin - this always suggests a party feeling. Just make sure you don't show too much!
Visit your local department store to do a Chanel-type search - longer chains with pearls; chokers (the older we get the clunkier we can get) and earrings that shine and are long.
Whatever you do keep all your jewelry in proportion and follow style - that means if you elect to have a more demure necklace don't do chandelier earrings. If you have a clunky necklace go just as bold with the earrings (and I like clunky bracelets with this look too). Allow your jewelry to balance.
Accessories, Accessories, Accessories - changing from the classic pump at work (or errand-running) to a great pair of red or other bright jewel-toned shoe (or even leopard skin) is a great way to dress up an outfit.
This goes for scarves and belts too, a change of purses
and you're casual to party in no time.