When you are ready to take on the town with friends, there are a few go-to wardrobe items that are perfect for dressing up. Whether you’re preparing for a casual dinner with the ladies or celebrating a new job or birthday, classic styles will have you looking extra special and gorgeous. Depending on your comfort level, we recommend elegant and sophisticated looks that can withstand the test of time–most of which you likely already own.
Take your more casual day-to-day looks to new heights by adding fun accessories or switching out traditional items for bold and fun statement pieces. There are so many ways to easily transition outfits from day to night. Here are a few tips for dressing up for a girls’ night out.
Little known fact: women’s jeans can take you almost anywhere if you invest in the right cut and wash. We all have "that" pair of jeans, the ones that fit like a glove and make you feel comfortable and confident. Chances are, once you’ve found the right style and fit for your body, you won’t deviate from it. For a more classic look that can easily transition from day to night, try the always-appropriate bootcut jean. Wear this style with heels, boots or flats depending on the occasion. For a night out, go for a darker, non-distressed style of denim for a look that is polished, effortless, and classic. For a more trendy style, opt for a look that you can really emulate, like flairs with a flowy vintage top or high-rise jeans with a tapered leg and silhouette-hugging top.
For those nights when you want to truly make a statement, opt for a bold pair of dress pants with a simple button-down top or blouse. Dress pants aren’t just for the office; wear them in different patterns and fabrics for an extra texture that stands out. Better yet, pair ankle-length dress pants with a fun pump or high heel for a more dressy occasion. You can find dress pants in everything from extra-luxe satin to velvet, and in floral or striped patterns that can accentuate your curves. When choosing more vibrant pants, tone down the other components of your outfit with more neutral and classic items. For an elegant look, wear minimal jewelry and a neat hairstyle; for a more vibrant and statement-making look, wear accessories that match your pattern or pants, and opt for big, voluminous hair.
For cooler nights when you still want an elevated look but don’t want to forego comfort, choose a luxurious cashmere sweater. Cashmere is a stunning fabric that is super soft, and even though it is lightweight and not bulky, it has a touchable warmth that is a pleasure to wear as you shield yourself from cold temperatures. The soft, fluffy fabric is noticeable even from a distance, and you can pair different colors and patterns of cashmere with various pants for a look that is both classic and elegant. Nothing looks better than a light pastel pink cashmere sweater with white skinny jeans and heels. Pair the sweater with bold crystal or color-coordinating earrings to dress up your ensemble even further. Either way, this look is elegant and slightly more dressy than your typical top and jeans.
Footwear is very important when it comes to nights out, and you can change the entire look or style of an outfit simply by switching out your shoes. For a fun night out on the town with your girlfriends, play with your footwear. Opt for a pair of high-heeled boots and a dress, or wear tall boots with a pair of skinny or tapered jeans tucked into them. High boots come in all different colors and materials, from leather to suede, and they make a great addition to most wintertime or transitional fall outfits. For a neutral look, add a pair of tall brown or black leather boots; for more of a statement, add a pair of boots that have a texture or unique colorings like snakeskin or a bright maroon color. If you prefer flats to heels, you can always choose a pair of flat boots for a similar look that is more comfortable.
Women’s tunics are also easy to dress up. Their longer length offers more coverage and is very flattering when paired with skinny or tapered jeans. For a girls’ night out, elevate your look by choosing a tunic made from satin or with a silk texture as opposed to your typical cotton fabric. Wear your tunic with skinny jeans and a pair of high heels, ballet flats, or boots. To really make a statement, add a colorful or bold earring or necklace that accents the whole outfit. Women’s tunics are easy and elegant to transition to a nighttime look.