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We tell you how to effortlessly elevate your look from day to night with a few choice fashion hacks.
  

By Lindsay Samson

Sep 30, 2021

We've all been there—you have a function on a weekday, and going home to change after work isn't a possibility. So whatever you wear to the office is most likely what you'll be wearing all night. Luckily, there are a plethora of simple tricks that’ll help swiftly transform your look from daytime casual to evening appropriate in a flash.Here at Industrie Africa, we’re firm believers in investing in legacy pieces, after all, creating a hard-working wardrobe filled with items that you'll turn to time and time again is a reliable way to ensure you never succumb to those sartorial one-hit wonders. Read on to discover how to make that smooth transition whatever the foundation of your outfit and turn your clothes into the gifts that keep on giving.

The Sisi Eko crop shirt forms part of a dreamy daytime co-ord.

Sisi Eko Crop Set. Photo: Courtesy of Orange Culture

The Sisi Eko crop shirt for a sleek nighttime ensemble.

Consider this season’s cropped button-down an elevated version of the crop T-shirt and allow it to serve as the foundation of a cool, laidback daytime look as well as slightly more refined evening attire. With its boxy fit and sweet lilac shade, the Sisi Eko Crop Shirt by Nigeria’s Orange Culture is a chic marriage of masculinity and femininity, and when paired with a crisp white trouser, classic flat sandal, and rustic basket bag becomes the focal point of a dreamy daytime look. Meanwhile, the luxury and drama of Okapi’s Black Yemaja bag and Adele Dejak’s gold-brass jewels are what you need to make a smooth transition into the night. Wear with a classic, flat sandal (Shekudo’s Aso Oke Agbo Mule has the potential to provide both simplicity and glamour, depending on what you’re going for) and a flattering pencil skirt, and you’ve skillfully completed the crossover from daytime chic to nighttime glam.

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Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt
Sisi Eko Crop Shirt

Orange Culture

Sisi Eko Crop Shirt

$70
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt
Sisi Eko Skirt

Orange Culture

Sisi Eko Skirt

$80
Adanna Cargo Pants
Adanna Cargo Pants
Adanna Cargo Pants
Adanna Cargo Pants
Adanna Cargo Pants
Adanna Cargo Pants

Emmy Kasbit

Adanna Cargo Pants

$155
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag
Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag

OKAPI

Small Black Yemaja Shoulder Bag

$1,390
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold
Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold

Reform Studio

Mini Afro Basket in Beige and Gold

$230
Dama Brass Chain Necklace
Dama Brass Chain Necklace

Adele Dejak

Dama Brass Chain Necklace

$200
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl
Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl

Patrick Mavros

Sea Urchin Wire Cuff with Pearl

$390
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals
Clear Fah Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Clear Fah Regal Sandals

$110

The Kudi Dress is the foundation of a laid-side look.

Blue Kudi Dress. Photo: Courtesy of Diarrablu

The Blue Kudi Dress is elevated to cocktail party-chic.

The right base dress can take you from poolside to cocktail party-ready in a flash. The key? Well, a little juxtaposition, of course. The impact that a few deliberate accessory choices can have on a tiered maxi dress like the Blue Kudi Dress by Diarrablu is pretty remarkable, so while the sun’s still out, keep your outfit add-ons as pared back as possible: we’re talking headwear in neutral hues and classic shapes, streamlined totes in corresponding tones, and understated summer slides. Allow a different take to carry the look straight into your after-hours plans by switching these out for something a little more upscale. The minuscule Fitini bag by Tongoro and Shekudo’s Oby Mule will instantly lend the look a dose of pronounced polish while the addition of an overshirt like Viviers’ Banana Orchid version quickly adds a spirit of avant-garde luxe. 

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Blue Kudi Dress
Blue Kudi Dress
Blue Kudi Dress
Blue Kudi Dress
Blue Kudi Dress
Blue Kudi Dress

Diarrablu

Blue Kudi Dress

$255
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt
Banana Orchid Overshirt

Viviers

Banana Orchid Overshirt

$430
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag
Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag

Okapi

Beige & Clemaris Oya Bag

$825
Salmon Fitini Bag
Salmon Fitini Bag
Salmon Fitini Bag
Salmon Fitini Bag

Tongoro

Salmon Fitini Bag

$150
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham
Lola Visor Blue Gingham

Crystal Birch

Lola Visor Blue Gingham

$55
Ishtar Earrings
Ishtar Earrings
Ishtar Earrings
Ishtar Earrings
Ishtar Earrings
Ishtar Earrings

Pichulik

Ishtar Earrings

$210
Ouroboros Medium Earrings
Ouroboros Medium Earrings
Ouroboros Medium Earrings
Ouroboros Medium Earrings

Pichulik

Ouroboros Medium Earrings

$145
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides
Hope Slides

Nkwo

Hope Slides

$95

3.

 

IAMISIGO

Paneled Pants

The Paneled pants are styled for a cool and casual daytime look. 

Paneled pants. Photo: Courtesy of IAMISIGO

The Paneled pants form the base of a trendy twilight outfit. 

Wide-leg trousers are a quintessential closet staple and a versatile example of effortless elegance. But being easily adaptable doesn't necessarily have to mean neutral color palettes: with its vivid fuchsia hue, IAMISIGO’s Paneled Pants can still be comfortably styled for a casual day or trendy twilight look. The simple switching out of a T-shirt for something a little more refined like Emmy Kasbit’s Amaka Bustier can swiftly transform your look from corporate-friendly to function-ready. A few choice accessories can help you play up the air you’re going for whether that be perfectly put-together, or relaxed and easygoing: turn to a fun backpack (Reform Studio’s version is the perfect minimalist statement piece) and some subtle beaded ear candy for the day, then embrace an embellished flat sandal and structured clutch bag for the ideal cocktail party ensemble.

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Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants
Paneled Pants

IAMISIGO

Paneled Pants

$307
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top
Amaka Bustier Top

Emmy Kasbit

Amaka Bustier Top

$90
Patched Front T-shirt
Patched Front T-shirt
Patched Front T-shirt
Patched Front T-shirt

IAMISIGO

Patched Front T-shirt

$137
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack
Mini Torero Backpack

Reform Studio

Mini Torero Backpack

$180
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch
Periana Black Clutch

ZAAF

Periana Black Clutch

$210
Jongoo Earrings
Jongoo Earrings
Jongoo Earrings
Jongoo Earrings
Jongoo Earrings
Jongoo Earrings

Sidai Designs

Jongoo Earrings

$55
Brown Fah Regal Sandals
Brown Fah Regal Sandals

Loza Maleombho

Brown Fah Regal Sandals

$110
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals
King K Sandals

Loza Maleombho

King K Sandals

$170

4.

Emmy Kasbit

AMAKA Skirt

The Amaka skirt is cute and relaxed delicious alfresco lunch.

Amaka set. Photo: Courtesy of Emmy Kasbit

Amaka skirt is elevated by some stylish accessories for a dinner date.

Though a sleek pencil skirt may seem like the epitome of sartorial formality, dressing it down for an alfresco lunch is a pretty straightforward task. Take the Amaka Skirt by Emmy Kasbit for example: paired with a loose menswear-inspired top like the lemon yellow Duro Shirt by Orange Culture and a casual flatform sandal which suitably downplays the skirt's inherent refinement. A vacation staple, the addition of an oversized basket bag adds an air of marked ease and wanderlust, serving as the perfect companion for all kinds of afternoon adventures. Need to switch things up swiftly for that pressing dinner date? Ditch the flats for a heeled mule like the Kakawa by Shekudo, swap your roomy tote for something a little daintier like Khokho Collection’s Ball Bag in Chalk, and just like that you have an ensemble that makes a strong style statement with minimal effort. 

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Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt
Duro Shirt

Orange Culture

Duro Shirt

$70
White Mila Top
White Mila Top
White Mila Top
White Mila Top
White Mila Top
White Mila Top
White Mila Top
White Mila Top

Diarrablu

White Mila Top

$145
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt
Amaka Skirt

Emmy Kasbit

Amaka Skirt

$230
Esther Pendant Studs
Esther Pendant Studs
Esther Pendant Studs
Esther Pendant Studs

Sidai Designs

Esther Pendant Studs

$113
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk
Ball Bag in Chalk

Khokho Collection

Ball Bag in Chalk

$495
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender
Light Brown Malindi Weekender

Jiamini

Light Brown Malindi Weekender

$596
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings
Samba Earrings

Pichulik

Samba Earrings

$140
White Fah Plus Sandals
White Fah Plus Sandals
White Fah Plus Sandals
White Fah Plus Sandals

Loza Maleombho

White Fah Plus Sandals

$150