Let's Dance! 3 So-Fun Dance Parties & The Perfect Outfit For Each

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Okay, call us whiny, but it takes a lot of effort to go out on the town in the winter. It's cold outside, and the couch looks so irresistibly cozy. But there's at least one good reason to brave the elements and leave your apartment post-dinner — a dance party that brings it.

We've rounded up three of our favorite can't-miss dance nights—ranging from live samba to DJ mash-ups. Plus, we've pulled together three perfect, party-ready outfits that will put you in the spotlight — just in case your amazing moves don't do that already.

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Thursday Nights at Lost Society
Don't be afraid to go a little glam for Thursday night's house music party at Lost Society, the posh (but not too posh) nightlife spot overlooking 14th Street. Try pairing rich, burnished metallics with jewel-tone accessories for a luxe feel, adding an unexpected jolt of color will keep things interesting.

Clockwise, from top left: ASOS Graded Rhinestone Shower Earring, $31.66, available at ASOS; Reiss Mer Embellished Dress, $127, available at Reiss; Jimmy Choo Brulee Pump, $775, available at Neiman Marcus; Deux Lux Juno Clutch, $62, available at Nordstrom.

Where: Lost Society, 2001 14th Street NW; 202-618-8868.


Photo: Courtesy of Lost Society
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Right Round at Black Cat
We've already documented our affection for DJ Lil' E and her monthly dance party, Right Round — a must if you love '80s ear candy! The month's party happens on Saturday, and we suggest patterned pants, quirky-cool flats, and a femme top for optimal cuteness.

Clockwise from top left: Madewell Tailored Peplum Top, $88, available at Madewell; Sandy Hyun Gold Wonder Bracelet, $62, available at Bauble Bar; H&M Jeans, $19.95, available at H&M; Forever 21 Foldover Flap Crossbody, $12.80, available at Forever 21; G.H. Bass & Co. ELY-3 Silver, $89, available at G.H. Bass & Co.

Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW; 202-667-4490.


Photo: Courtesy of Erin Myers
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Sunday Nights at Tropicalia
U Street's newest destination, Tropicalia, has dubbed itself a "global dance hall," which means you can expect DJs and live bands playing, well, a little bit of everything. On Sundays, a live band plays samba, so you can swish and sway to your heart's content, even though it's technically a school night. Opt for a swingy mini that flatters your moves, and keep the rest of your look simple: classic tee, simple baubles, and a shoe that can handle the dance floor.

Clockwise from top left: Club Monaco Luella Crewneck, $39.50, available at Club Monaco; J.Crew Tile Necklace, $98, available at J.Crew; Carven Flared Stretch-Cotton Mini Skirt, $275, available at Net-A-Porter; Charles Jourdan Honor Pumps, $245, available at Piperlime; Santi Beaded Box Clutch, $196, available at Shopbop.

Where: Tropicalia, 2001 14th Street NW; 202-629-4535.


Photo: Courtesy of Tropicalia