Day-to-night style doesn’t always have to fit into the context of dashing from the office to happy hour. While traveling, exploring the nightlife of a new city can be exceptionally fun, but—at least in my experience—it tends to be more impromptu than the rest of the itinerary.
So, while you’re preoccupied with figuring out what to wear on the plane, or for your daily plans and excursions, it’s easy to totally forget about what you’ll wish you had to wear after dark. I’ve been on one too many a trip without “going-out clothes,” to use the college-era phrase, and have felt silly wearing what I’ve had on all day to a classy rooftop bar in Berlin or out to Nashville’s infamous strip of honky-tonks (the latter was a bachelorette party, so I really should have known better).
Unless you’re traveling with more than a carry-on, there’s no need to do a total outfit change post-sunset. This is where you can rely on pieces that pull double-duty, or easily take a daytime look into evening, like a leather biker jacket. This season’s focus on metallic fabrics, silks, lace, and accordion pleats are great because they pack with little wrinkling and can mix and match into a few different looks.
Especially as the holiday travel season approaches, some of fall’s key pieces are perfect for taking you from dinner with the family to the bar with friends in just a few minutes’ time. Below, I’ve rounded up some favorite pieces for maximum night-out style with minimum suitcase space.