What to wear to go out

Ah, what to wear when going out. It can be quite the challenge. Especially when it comes to different regions of the country.

My last client was all set workwise, but needed some help in the going out/weekend department. She recently moved to NYC from the South, and was looking for an update to the easy sun dresses she formerly looked to.

The term ‘going out’ can mean so many things, especially in New York.

So let’s break it down to occasion-specific stuff.

1. Going out to a casual dinner/drinks with friends

Keep it laid back yet polished. For warmer weather, belt a light cardigan or knit vest over one of your summer dresses. Or try a flowy peasant blouse with slim blue jeans.

What to avoid:
Anything too sloppy or disheveled. Which means leave the bum-around hoodie at home.

2. Going out for a date, gallery opening, or something a little more fancy schmancy

This is the perfect opportunity to don your urban tuxedo. Try white, black or grey skinny jeans instead of blue, and a sharp blazer instead of a cardi. Finish with sexy heels and some edgy jewelry. You can also experiment with colored jeans (red or teal) for more color.

What to avoid: the standard jeans and fancy sparkle top look. It can be dated. Instead, try a more casual, slinky top and amp it up with different types of jewelry. Rather than those blue bootcuts, try extreme cuts: slim fit, exaggerated wide leg, or even slinky harem pants. This will make you stand out in a sophisticated way.

3. Going out to partayyy

If you are headed out to dance the night away, then take it up a notch with either a sultry fitted dress or one that shows off a statement print. And again, a structured blazer is an amazing topper. Plus, you can take it off when it’s time to get down.

What to avoid: anything too clingy. If you’re going the sexy route, try a dress that’s fitted but still has structure.

Now, go out! Have fun. Be careful.

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