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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Day to Night | Black Maxi

Happy Tuesday, friends! Who's ready for some Spring Style inspiration today?! It's been awhile since I styled a Day to Night look, and since I've been wearing this new maxi dress pretty much non-stop, it was the most obvious choice! In fact, these are all real looks I've worn in the last few weeks...Mr. SP was just sport enough to snap some shots for me while we were out and about!

Let's start with my favorite Day look...by following the Rule of Three, I layered on a fitted jacket, statement necklace, and chic bag, to give the simple black dress lots of style.

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi
Maxi Dress (available in four colors!) | Similar Jacket | Handbag (similar)


This maxi dress may be simple, but the flattering high-low hemline makes it fun. Most maxi dresses and skirts drag the ground unless I wear a wedge, but as you can see on the (much taller) model, it's intended to be more of a tea-length in back, and knee-length in front.

Which means it's the perfect maxi length for me, even in flats! #everybodywins

Fit Tip: I'm wearing an XS, and even after putting it through the washer/dryer and it shrinking a teenie bit, it's still a tad big on me up top. #noboobs So I'd say it's true-to-size to a tad big. 

Style Tip: To keep from swimming in fabric when styling maxi dresses, make sure your jacket is really fitted. I pull the sleeves up to show a little skin, as well.

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

I'm often asked how I transition bags so frequently...and really my only trick is to streamline what you carry in your bag. In addition to my wallet, phone and sunglasses, I keep lipstick, gum, and other small necessities in a small zippered bag...those four things are easily transferred from bag to bag.

Of course on the days when I need a checkbook, laptop, notepad, etc...I carry a larger bag, and about once a week I clean out the gum wrappers, receipts, and toys that inevitably find their way to my bags. Keeping my accessories closet organized has helped, as well, because it allows me to quickly grab the cutest bag for my outfit, along with just the lipstick and sunglasses I want for the day.

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

I view handbags as another layer of style for an outfit, so I want to make it easy on myself to mix them up.

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

Next, by changing up the shoes and accessories, and swapping the cross body bag for a clutch, I was ready for a night out.

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi
Maxi Dress (I also love this full-length version) |  Handbag (now 50% off & only $15!)
Leopard Belt | Earrings in 'Chalcedony' | Sunglasses | Watch | Sandals

My easy nighttime formula usually includes heels, a statement jewelry (earrings or necklace), and a clutch. You could add that trio to so many casual looks, and it's instantly ready for evening. In fact, that theory might just need it's own future post! #challengeaccepted

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi
Maxi Dress |  Handbag (now 50% off & only $15!)
Leopard Belt | Earrings in 'Chalcedony' | Sunglasses | Watch | Sandals

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi
Handbag (now 50% off & only $15!) Watch 

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

You didn't really think I'd leave it at two ways, did you?!? #overachiever #firstborn I wore the dress again with my stand-by jean jacket and wedges, and this look could go Day or Night!

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

Hi Sugarplum | Day to Night Black Maxi

What's your trick for working your outfit from Day to Night? Do you swap your handbags regularly, or stick with one for an entire season? Oh, and if you were trying to get the Gift with Purchase with a $35 purchase from yesterday's post, it's now live!!

See more Day to Night looks here & my full-length maxi dress styled {Five Ways} here.

{Day Handbags Under $100}
(hello Mother's Day gifts!!)


{Night Handbags Under $100}




*This post was created in collaboration with Nordstrom, but all clothing, ideas, and handbag-hoarding are my own. Thank you for supporting Hi Sugarplum sponsors!*

8 comments:

  1. I wore that exact dress yesterday with a denim jacket and Rayne necklace! Love, love, love it!

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  2. Such a cutie! I love especially love the belted version. Love seeing you wear the same necklace from last year, too!

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  3. I love this look. Here I go again... off to Nordstrom's website....
    :)
    http://gwingal.blogspot.com/

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    1. How does the size on this dress run? I am a 10 but usually thats a medium. On this 10 is a large.

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    2. Ooops, I forgot to include sizing info...I'll update the post. I'm wearing an XS...and even after putting it in the washer/dryer and it shrank a teeny-bit...it's still a tad big on me up top #noboobs So I'd say it's true-to-size to a tad big?!? xoxo

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  4. Am I the only one that doesn't do date night? I am so impressed that you do this---we are so busy and we are just so happy to enjoy quiet time at the end of our hectic days...

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  5. This dress looks perfect! The maxi version too!

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Your comments are like popcorn with milk duds, I just can't quit them. Thanks for taking the time to share your positive thoughts! xoxo, cass

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