8 Essential Outfits For Every Night Out

We are officially entering full-calendar season, when a typical week might look something like this: Work-sponsored charity gala Wednesday night, drinks with the old college roommates on Friday, and a gallery opening on Saturday. Now that we're all beginning to emerge from winter hibernation, it seems people will take any excuse to turn an occasion into an event.
We say, bring 'em on, because we just so happen to have eight gorgeous ensembles perfect for any nighttime engagement. Whatever upcoming soiree is looming on your calendar, you'll find an outfit for it ahead. Click on, because with such a busy social schedule, you could use a helping hand.

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Art Gallery Opening

These RSVPs usually require a slightly more avant-garde dress code. Consider this an opportunity to experiment. Try an artfully printed skirt — like this Zara style — teamed with a black crop top. Pair it with blue nails and silver, high-heeled mules, and you can bet your picture will be taken more than once throughout the evening.
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Casual Dinner Party

Wine-and-cheese nights are your weekend's bread and butter. You thrive in small groups and cozy settings, so it's no wonder that, come Friday night, your apartment is converted into a quirky speakeasy. Pair this casual look with smooth jazz tunes, copious amounts of vino, and good company for maximum effect.
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Charity Gala

Supporting a worthy causing, eating a five-course meal, and schmoozing with benefactors is all part of the gala experience. But, getting dressed up is half the fun. Take a cue from the menswear trend, and team your gown with a cool tuxedo blazer. Go rogue and finish with crystal-embellished flats.
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Drinks With Old Friends

You haven't seen them in forever, so you'll want to look good but not done-up good. Master casual-cool with a tailored vest, distressed jeans, and a delicate charm necklace like this one by IPPOLITA. It's the epitome of understated luxury, combining 18k gold with everyday simplicity to create your most versatile adornment yet.
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Evening Cocktail Wedding

We didn't even know it was possible to attend this many weddings in such a short span of time. But, it's all the more reason to invest in a gorgeous, cocktail dress. This one is worthy of many repeat wears — as long as the guest lists don't overlap.
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Concert, Then Club

Now is your chance to step outside the fashion box. Leopard-print pants, zebra-pattern, slip-on sneakers, and graphic tees are a one-way ticket to style domination. Plus, you'll be comfy enough to dance until dawn.
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Romantic Dinner Date

Skip the body-con dress, and try separates for a change. A soft, pastel top paired with a sheer-paneled pencil skirt is sexy, but not too done-up. Add an extra edge with a crackled-leather mid-heel. Your date will swoon — guaranteed.
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Random 3 a.m. Diner Runs

Don't be shy; we've all been there. Maybe you were out earlier that night and require greasy carbs to disfuse the alcohol in your system. Or, perhaps you stayed up binge-watching Ugly Betty and now suddenly have an inexplicable hankering for a chocolate milkshake. Diner food is (and always will be) our preferred, late-night cure-all. And, dressing comfortably in full sweats is ideal.

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