You have your hair done and your makeup on. As you pick out your perfect shade of lipstick to wear for the night, it hits you – what are you even going to wear? Picking out what to wear on a night out is no easy task – often times choosing an outfit is even more taxing than deciding where to go.
Evening wear consists of an array of different styles ranging from casual to formal. You must figure out where you are headed so you can plan your ensemble accordingly. You do not want to end up at a black-tie event in a pair of jeans and boots or a local bar in a cocktail dress and stilettos. Once that is sorted, you can get down to business. While standing face to face with a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear is every girl’s worst nightmare, all you really need is a little hit of inspiration.
Dress to impress depending on your preferred style – minimalism or a larger than life aura or perhaps a persona that is a bit of both. No matter what your preference is, we are here to make your life easier. It is time to go back to the basics.
We have compiled a list of foolproof, time-tested, classic, and elegant evening style combinations to give you some outfit inspo for your next night out. From jeans and biker leather jackets to cocktail dresses and pumps, we have it all covered. When we say dress to impress, rest assured, these bangers will make sure you impress anyone and everyone. Let’s get started.
Jeans, Oversized Button-Down Shirt, and Boots
A pair of jeans is like a trusty best friend that sticks with you through thick and thin. It has your back through the good and bad times. It is reliable, rough, and tough, and low-maintenance – jeans are pretty much the perfect partner. Jeans and a button-down shirt is a pairing that has withstood the tests of time. It is effortlessly chic and perfect for an array of social settings. You can dress it up or down depending on where you are headed.
For a fun night out, dress up your jeans and a button-down shirt with a sexy New York leather jacket and a pair of your favorite ankle boots, loafers, or pumps – whatever you are more comfortable with. Complete the look with your favorite accessories, and you are ready to hit the streets.
For a casual and laid-back affair, pair your jeans with an oversized button-down shirt with a cardigan and a pair of oxfords or sneakers.
Jeans and button-down shirts never fail to impress. If you are unwilling to test unknown waters, this combination is the answer to your problems.
Pants, Blouse, and Pumps
There is nothing as sleek as a pair of well-tailored pants paired with a chic blouse and pumps. This pairing is perfect for both work and evening wear. Tailored pants are crisp, clean, and professional while being super sophisticated and elegant. You can pair them with an array of blouses such as a button-down flowy top, one with lace embellishments, or something timeless like silk.
You can dress up this sexy pairing for an evening out with a complimenting blazer and pumps or dress it down by simply wearing it with your favorite stilettos and chunky jewelry to attract all eyes.
Pencil Skirt, Top, and Heels
Pencil skirts are severely underrated. While some may think of them to flatter leaner frames only. In reality, pencil skirts look good on all frames and body types. Their body-hugging silhouette looks incredibly chic and sleek. They are clean and polished and thus great for office wear as well as evening wear.
Perhaps the best way to wear a pencil skirt is with a well-tailored blouse or a crisp button-down shirt. Complete the look with a pair of pumps, and you are ready to head to work. Have plans after work? No problem. Just throw on a leather jacket or bomber jacket and some bold lipstick, and you are ready to hit the club. Such is the versatility of a pencil skirt and blouse.
Color Blocking Elements and Patterns
Colors and patterns can be quite intimidating to many, especially if you wish to look stylish and elegant. The key to nailing color and pattern matching is to strike the perfect balance. No rule prohibits you from wearing colors and prints. If you love bright and bold colors, go for it. If your style is all about prints, wear the boldest prints of them all. What is important is that you pair them smartly.
White pants are forever stylish. They harbor a unique retro vibe that brings a vintage as well as a contemporary element to your ensemble. Pair them with anything, and they would work – be it bright color, print, or both. The best pairing, however, is with a chic black top. Look for something with polka dots for a fun retro look. If you love colored pants, pair them with neutral hues for the most elegant outlook.
The goal is to look sophisticated. When it comes to print, the best combination is that of print with something plain. However, no one says you cannot pair print with print – the goal is to match complementing prints and not contrasting ones. Pair geometric prints with floral or abstract ones and vice versa. The same rule applies to shapes. With print, you should make the most use of color.
Dress, cardigan, and pumps
Dresses exude elegance. Whether you opt for a body-hugging little black dress, a feminine and flirty ruffled number, or a boho-chic maxi dress, they all look ethereal and effortless. They are naturally versatile as you can pair them with a variety of accessories.
For an evening out, the best way to wear a dress is with a pair of stylish heels and statement jewelry pieces. You could wear something minimal or something super extra – whatever fits your fancy. A chunky bracelet, necklace, or earrings are best worn alone because they are intended to create an impact – perfect for the club or a fancy dinner. If you enjoy something simpler, layer an assortment of accessories such as studs, dainty necklaces, rings, and bracelets for a clean but impactful outlook.
You can also introduce additional elements to your ensemble using items from your wardrobe like a cardigan, jacket, or blazer, depending on the nature of your social setting. Throw on a scarf on top for added fabulousness.
Your clothes are not the only thing that makes an outfit. Your accessories are just as necessary because they are the weapons that can take your average look to show-stopping in a moment’s notice. Your hair, makeup, and complimenting accessories are also pieces to the puzzle that is your outfit. Never underestimate the power of a solid pair of shoes, a signature bag, and a stroke of lipstick.
A night out is the perfect anecdote to balance the stress of everyday life. We work long hours to make ends meet – we deserve to look fabulous and have fun once in a while. It is not easy trying to decide what to wear. Remember to always stay true to your style. As long as you feel comfortable in what you are wearing, nothing can stop you. Try your luck with our ultimate evening wear style guide to look your best elegant self.
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