Make like Kendall and easily dress-up your summer basics. Photo / Getty Images.

How To Pull Off Seamless Day-To-Night Dressing This Party Season

These four summer staples can be toned down or elevated with ease

Summer is well and truly in full swing. As we settle into the holiday period enjoying long days and balmy nights, dressing for both should be the least of your worries.

Versatile staples like a one-piece swimsuit or denim shorts can be changed up with ease, whatever your day throws at you.

Ksubi denim shorts, $175 from Black Box Boutique. DAY: Kowtow T-shirt $99, La Tribe slides $229, Mars Sunglasses $250. NIGHT: Ruby top $169, Tony Bianco heels $157, Silk & Steel earrings $299.

As bodysuits have swept through the fashion scene, swimwear is a perfectly acceptable replacement in summer. For an easy daytime look, pair with a contrasting skirt like this Verge style. Embracing the headband trend, this raffia version by Reliquia is resort ready. 

For evening, sleek trousers like these from Helen Cherry elevate the look; paired with statement earrings like these from Sam the Label and a pair of heels, you're good to dance into the night.

Caroline Sills jumpsuit $289. DAY: Seed Visor $35. Merchant sandals $190. NIGHT: Cathy Pope earrings $219. Mi Piaci heels $240.

A reliable summer staple, denim shorts are perfect with a T-shirt and slides during the day, but what do you pair them with when the sun goes down? A black top or shirt does the trick to dress them up. The interesting design and structured material of this Ruby top is a great contrast to casual denim.

For a dash of colour, focus on accessories. May we suggest shoes like these Tony Bianco barely-there kitten heels (which come in a range of colours) and these Silk and Steel drop earrings to adorn the ears with colour and texture.

Juliette Hogan dress $629. DAY: Seed tote $80. Isabel Marant sneakers, $759 from Workshop. NIGHT: Love & Object vintage bag $369. Witchery heels $180.

There is nothing better than throwing on a dress or jumpsuit and knowing your look is complete. The power of transitioning these pieces from practical daily wear into an evening showstopper is all in the accessories. For day, keep it casual yet smart with these Merchant 1948 sandals and a fun sunhat — try this visor from Seed Heritage.

Transitioning into the night time, play with some colour. Mules or sandals like these bright orange numbers from Mi Piaci will instantly change the tone. Design-focused earrings such as Cathy Pope's gold hoops will keep the look sophisticated.

Make like Kendall and easily dress-up your summer basics. Photo / Getty Images.

A boldly printed summer dress is a staple in many wardrobes, with the best of them able to be easily transitioned from day to night. This Juliette Hogan piece has a casual shape, but with its bold polka dot print and maxi-length style, it can be worn well into the evening.

For daytime, try pairing with contrasting sneakers, like these from Isabel Marant, and a great tote. If you're heading out later, you can swap the kicks for these delicate heeled Witchery sandals. Add a touch of glamour with this vintage gold bag from Love & Object.

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