Day-To-Night Essentials Every Girl Needs To Pack In Her Suitcase

These versatile pieces have you covered around the clock.
by Patricia Dayacap
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Whether you're traveling light or making room for pasalubong and shopping in your maleta, streamline the clothes you pack by going for pieces that easily transition from day to night. Here are eight things that look just as good for a round of sightseeing as they do for cocktail hour:

1. Breezy dress

It's really all about the fabric and silhouette here. You want something that looks dressy enough for night, but won't prevent you from moving around during the day. Go for a style that subtly skims your curves to keep things from looking frumpy.


Striped cold-shoulder dress, P799.75, GTW at The SM Store

2. Detailed blouse

Off-shoulder tops are a no-brainer, as are lightweight lace tops and collared shirts. Keep an eye out for cute details like eyelet trimming, embroidery, ruffles, and exaggerated sleeves—perfect for both graffiti wall OOTDs and dreamy sunset snaps.


Bell-sleeve blouse, P1,198, Kamiseta

3. Graphic tee

Perfectly worn-in t-shirts with retro-style graphics are having a moment, and they're versatile enough to be worn with just about anything to just about any occasion—yes, even after hours! Come nighttime, tuck it into patterned palazzo pants and add some shoulder-grazing earrings for resort chic.


Band tee, P590, Uniqlo

4. Cropped jeans

Expose your ankles in a pair of bitin denims. Right now, it's all about the booty-hugging high-waist cut expertly paired with distressed or frayed hemlines. On the lookout for something more ~*extra*~? Try a pair decorated with patches or pearls. Needless to say, they're appropriate enough for night.


Distressed jeans, P1,990, H&M

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5. Loose-fitting trousers

Culottes and palazzo pants spell comfort and style, especially when temperatures climb. They also give extra coverage when traveling to places where too much skin is frowned upon, while ensuring air circulates to keep your legs cool.


Side-slit trousers, P1,779, Sesura

6. Pleated midi skirt

This one's a modern classic that lends an elegant touch to any look. Pair it with a relaxed tee and a bandana knotted around your neck for museum-hopping, then style it with an off-shoulder top and highlighter on your collarbones for dinner at a local hotspot.


Metallic skirt, P1,995, Mango

7. Low-heeled slides

Leave your high heels and toe-pinching footwear at home! A pair of block-heel slides keeps you on your toes from morning till night, since the hefty heel offers more support than a spindly stiletto ever will. Great for girls who can't subsist on flat shoes alone!


Lucite heel mules, P2,399, Charles & Keith

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8. Comfy sneakers

These days, sneakers are a backbone in any shoe collection, and they're being worn 24/7 (yup, even to nights out). Styles in plain white are always a classic choice, but we won't say no to shoefie-worthy pairs in blush, navy, black, or gray, too. 


Plimsolls, P695, Payless

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