What to wear for a night out

My parents love to complain that I never go out. In fact, during our last phone conversation, they very subtly (or maybe not so subtly) suggested that I’m a shut-in. Wanting to prove to them that I am in fact a fun and outgoing person, I loudly announced that I was going to the opera on Wednesday. And a pretty sick concert the following week. Mollified, they hung up and I instantly started to feel frantic about what I was going to wear. So, after throwing all of my clothes onto the floor and documenting every single piece (okay, I may be exaggerating a bit), I’ve come up with a go-to outfit for the three events I’m most likely to attend; the opera, a concert, or a club.

What to wear to the opera

So, wanting to keep the promise I made to my parents, I found myself with two tickets to the opera. Well, by “opera” it’s more or less my son’s daycare putting on A Christmas Carol…the abridged version, and he’s playing in his breakout role as a lamp. My husband and I were in our evening best: his dress pants and a plaid dress shirt tucked in, and me with my ponté dress and boots. Good news, bad news: during the show our son fell up the stairs on his way on stage, but his trip got the biggest laugh of the evening. He was totally in his element and he wouldn’t stop talking about it. Excuse me, still won’t stop talking about it.

Whether it’s a legitimate night out to the opera or seeing my son shine in the school play, the go-to outfit here for me is a black ponté A-line dress with pockets. It’s figure flattering, easy to accessories, and I can dress it up with a cute pair of heels or wear it more casually with my favorite pair of booties.

What to wear to a concert

It had been a minute since I’d been to a good rock concert. The way they were shredding up there was absolutely mind-blowing. For a moment, I was thinking: is Van Halen back together or is my daughter’s string quartet just taking this set to the next level? I really let my imagination wander as they ripped through “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.” After the standing ovation (no encore?) I ran over to my daughter and told her: “Yo-Yo Ma is proud of you honey.” She did not find this funny.

As much as I love going to the orchestra nights at school, I was inspired to buy actual tickets to a concert. For this one, I’ll be trading in my cashmere sweater and dress pants for a sleek pair of skinny jeans and my favorite band t-shirt.

What to wear to the club

My best girlfriend had been bugging me to get out of the house with her. I finally caved and we made plans for a girls’ night out at one of our favorite spots. Despite the fact that my babysitter called in sick, we were able to keep our plans when my amazing husband changed his plans to make sure we could go out. Now, I’m no longer a young woman in my 20s who spends her nights out dancing in a club, but I still enjoy dressing up and going out with my ladies.

The trick is to make sure you’re dressed appropriately for what kind of club you want to go to. We were hitting up open mic night, so I kept it a little more casual. I once again pulled out my favorite pair of skinny jeans and knee-high boots, and topped the whole look with a wrap top blouse and a statement necklace. I felt fabulous and comfortable enough to dance the night away when the main act hit the stage.

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