Dang, Girl! 4 Amazing Going-Out Looks Any (Yes, Any) Gal Can Rock

Spend some time in one of the city's many bars, clubs, or date spots, and you'll start to notice something — there's a uniform beloved by the ladies-who-go-out set. We've officially dubbed it "the high and tight" — dresses and skirts that are so short and so, um, constricting that they don't highlight anyone's best features. And this is not a good thing.
Cue the record scratch — let's shake things up a bit, shall we? As you may already know, we're all about celebrating your own personal style around here. So, we're challenging you to think outside the body-con box and the mini frame of mind. To do that, we've whipped up four fabulous going-out looks using the staples you already have in your closet: a pencil skirt, printed pants, a maxi dress, and shorts. Even better? Any body type can rock these looks. Ready to stand out from the pack? Click through to get inspired, then start making some plans — we're going out tonight!
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Make a pencil skirt look after-hours ready with a glittery tee, killer sandals, and some bright pops of color.

From left: Cole Haan Optical Weave Izzie Clutch, $198, available at Cole Haan; Alexander Wang Black Emina Mesh Heels, $475, available at Ssense; Mango Shiny T-Shirt, $49.99, available at Mango; Moschino Cheap & Chic Black Crepe Pencil Skirt, $323.12, available at My Wardrobe; H&M Earrings, $5.95, available at H&M; Sephora by OPI Nail Colour in Hi Def, $9.50, available at Sephora.
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Opt for shorts that are loose and flowing for a feminine feel, and keep the look all-around breezy-chic with a fluid top, elegant sandals, and a casual bag.

From left: BaubleBar Metal Medley Bib, $34, available at BaubleBar; Nine West Pack Punch Sandal, $79, available at Piperlime; 3.1 Phillip Lim Racer Back Tank, $225, available at FarFetch; H&M Shorts, $24.95, available at H&M; Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart, $7.49, available at Drugstore.com; Akira Suede Fringe Handbag, $69.90, available at Akira.
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Printed pants are easy to transition from day to night — all you need are glam accessories and a dramatic smoky eye.

From left: BCBG Chloe Box Clutch, $198, available at BCBG; Miss Selfridge Tropical Print Trousers, $68, available at Miss Selfridge; Forever 21 Beveled Cuff Bracelet, $6.80, available at Forever 21; Yves Saint Laurent Puff-Sleeve Silk-Organza Top, $990, available at Net-a-Porter; Chantecaille Gel Liner Pencil, $32, available at Nordstrom; Mango Strap Sandals, $89.99, available at Mango.
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Showing some unexpected skin can be sexier than showing a lot of it, in the usual places. This cutout maxi dress certainly proves that. Add a tough biker jacket, a statement heel, and natural makeup, and you'll be the hottest rock-'n'-roll babe on the block.

From left: Forever 21 Fringed Suede Shoulder Bag, $49.80, available at Forever 21; Bakers Tawni Wedge Sandal, $70, available at Bakers Shoes; Boots No. 7 Cheek Tint in Rose Silk, $9.99, available at Boots; TopShop Wrap Jersey Maxi Dress, $76, available at TopShop; Miss Selfridge Stone Seam Detail Biker Jacket, $91, available at Miss Selfridge.

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