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Labor Day weekend is the unofficial farewell to summer (insert sad face here), so there is no shortage of fun with family and friends filling up the calendar from a.m. to p.m. After soaking up the sun as much as possible with a day excursion at the beach or a BBQ party by the pool, your social butterfly tendencies will probably lead you to another outing in the evening that is a little sexier (read: sans kids). Here's the problem: With so many plans and so little time, how are you supposed to dress for different occasions? Here's our trick: Choose one standout piece to start with—one that can easily transition from day to night with a little help from accessories.
Here are four ensembles we love that are ready for any last-minute changes.
Wherever you are, the beach or some kind of water activity is a must during this long, sweltering weekend. Don that bikini while you still can and wear the heck out of summer sandals and sunglasses. For a hero piece that will not let you down, choose a feminine white dress that can be used as a pretty coverup during the day and a ready-to-dance frock at night. After sunset, swap out the casual footwear for a bright-hued, heeled number and add on an equally vibrant woven clutch. Complete the look with a dainty, gold, layered necklace for a little bling.
Summertime and BBQs go hand in hand, so you better believe that hot dogs and beverages in Mason jars are on the three-day agenda. For a day of eating and a night of post-feast drinks, a minimalist maxi skirt that can produce two outfits in a snap is the way to go. Wear it with a tied off-the-shoulder top to coyly show off your shoulders, white sandals, a colorful statement bag and of-the-moment mirrored specs. When the night comes, trade the breezy top for an eyelet option that is a similar color of the skirt to stay in the same palette, while playing with texture. Finish it off with simple earrings and a strappy heel.