Black Cami Day to Night | On the Daily EXPRESS

11/13/19

Black Cami Day to Night

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I got this cami to wear specifically for date night, but as I was getting dressed for date night and planning to take outfit pictures beforehand, I was thinking...you know, this outfit is only two pieces away from being a business casual look. A simple change of shoes and jacket would give this top and jeans a totally different vibe. While I generally don't do outfit changes in the car just for the purpose of taking blog photos anymore, I can handle a quick change of shoes and jacket to help illustrate my point here a little better, so here we go with a little day-to-night outfit change!
RIGHT: Jacket | Cami | Jeans | Boots (c/o)

Of course, the boots and moto jacket might work just as well for business casual wear depending on your job environment, but there's no doubt that a blazer gives an outfit a slightly more corporate look than a moto jacket. I didn't set out to make this post about my closet staples, but I do have quite a few in this post! My black blazer and jacket are both Express pieces I've had for years. I'm linking to a current Express Blazer above, and mine is older than this blog so I'm not even sure what the exact name of it was when I bought it. There may be some minor detail differences to the current version, but they're similar enough to give you the same look.

And on the topic of closet staples, let's talk about nude pumps! Mine are long gone from Macy's, but I plan to hang on to these until they fall apart. Hopefully that will take a decade or more since they aren't an everyday type of shoe for me! It took a lot of trial and error to find a "nude" that I liked on my coloring, but in the end it was worth it. One thing I'm finding repeatedly is that for classic wardrobe pieces, it really is worth the time, effort, and frustration involved in finding something that's Just Right. Over the years I've compromised a lot on "good enough for the price" options, and ultimately those just don't stand the test of time in my closet. I'm really trying to improve my patience in that regard.
Jacket | Cami | Jeans | Boots (c/o) | Necklace | Earrings | Crossbody (c/o)

Last but not least, this moto jacket. In the early years of my blog I spent a lot of time singing its praises, and I still do love it. But I can only sing so much on one topic before I lose my voice! Ha! I actually just ordered a replacement for this jacket because the faux leather on mine is peeling noticeably at the shoulders and on the back. It doesn't show in the front so I could get away with wearing it in these photos, but otherwise it's ready to retire once my replacement arrives. It lasted a good eight or nine years though, so I do feel like I got my money's worth out of it. And considering I re-ordered the exact same style again, I can definitely call this a closet staple!

So I took a bit of a detour from Day-to-Night Outfit Styling to talk about Closet Staples, but really those two things work hand in hand. Having a few key staples makes it that much easier to take any outfit from day to night!



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15 comments:

  1. I love a blazer with anything! Actually I really love a third piece of almost any type but especially a great blazer! I love the fit of this one on you and that it's cropped. I've been feeling like the pull for a moto jacket which is crazy since I'd only wear it once or twice a year! Fabulous Gina!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  2. Love seeing the transition from day to night! I love a great moto jacket. It is a definitely a staple piece. I keep thinking about those boots. I ordered them - but as others have said they are a little tight on the calf. They fit - but I wanted something a little more slouchy. I like how they look on you! I hope you have a wonderful day.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  3. I always like seeing transition looks and I have one coming up on my blog tomorrow! Love your cami! Both of these outfits are so cute and classic! Your moto jacket is definitely a staple when you can find the same one 9 years later!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

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  4. Such a great cami and I love the blazer with it! I like side by side comparisons like this, so nice to see different ways to wear things!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that your week is going well :)

    Away From Blue

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  5. I love both of these looks! A fitted blazer with jeans always looks so cool for a business casual look. And I love my moto jackets, too. Eight years is a good run for a faux leather jacket!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  6. Looking like perfection in both outfits! Great idea for a post and you look not only sweet, but super hot too! xo

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  7. I totally agree on quality pieces being worth the wait and those heels look like a win. I have often debated a real leather jacket as an investment as well but can never seem to decide between black and brown.

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  8. Both look fantastic, love the jacket and I really need to get some nude pumps! I don't wear heels well so will be looking for a lower heel option. Thank you for co-hosting the link up!
    Ellibelle's Corner

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  9. Look at you being all smart! Yes, you're totally right that this transforms so easily. Both looks are super cute. Happy Wednesday! XO

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  10. Both of those looks are great. I like the tiny stripes of color, too. My instinct would be to add that color!

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  11. this is a great day to night outfit, that's why I love having a few cute camis. I can wear them to work paired with a cardi.

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  12. I love that most of your wardrobe is filled with staple items! 8/9 years for a jacket is fantastic! You definitely got you money's worth!

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  13. These outfits are so cute and right up my alley! I love a good staple camisole because it can be worn with practically everything. I have a black cami from Zara that's years old now but I wear it weekly! I also agree that it's worth it to find just the right piece instead of settling for something that you most likely won't wear as much. I've become SO picky! If it isn't exactly what I'm looking for in terms of fit, color, etc then I pass or return.

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  15. Perfect way to take this cami from day to night! Such a great staple piece for the wardrobe. You're looking sharp, my friend!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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