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There's nothing particularly easy about putting on a bandage dress and a pair of super-high heels. And, for all that work (the squeezing, the sucking in, the tugging, the tottering), it never quite seems to pay off, either. Your day-to-day ensembles pack in your personality to the max, but your party game seems to be as you as an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
If you're feeling that way, it might be time to retire your body-cons and look elsewhere for an after-hours wardrobe that not only feels festive and sexy, but also compelling in a way that goes far beyond just "shiny and tight." For guidance, we looked toward a few familiar faces who've made the rounds in the party circuit without falling into the body-con trap. Ahead, check out the 15 cool-girl looks that'll have you rethinking your "going-out" outfit.