Whether you’re penciled in for a date night with the S.O., committed to partying it up with your crew, or single and very ready to mingle, you’ll need something appropriate to wear. But for some, assembling a “going-out” look can be an ordeal akin to figuring out a costume — how do you puzzle together an outfit that's comfortable and true to your casual daytime self, yet just extra enough to feel sexy for the after-hours?
First, start with what you know. It’s likely your wardrobe already consists of trusted basics that you can use to build your going-out look upon, like distressed jeans, a jumpsuit, a black bootie, a sheer top, and a sweaterdress. (If you don’t yet own these versatile staples, retailers like Charlotte Russe — yes, that mall brand — are full of affordable and stylish picks for your perusal.) Then, it’s all about mixing and matching these foundational pieces with fancier elements. If you’re not quite sure how to do it, or if you’re simply looking for inspiration, we’ve got a few ideas in the slides ahead.