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What Is an Appropriate Outfit to Wear for a Girls Night Out in the Winter?

by Jennifer Blair, studioD

For a evening out with the girls, you always want to look stylish and even a little bit sassy. When the temperatures start to drop, though, practicality can rear its ugly head -- you want to look cute, but staying warm takes top priority. Instead of staying indoors, ward off the winter chill -- while appearing polished and sexy -- with a little strategic layering.

Keep It Simple

When you want to stay warm and look stylish for an evening out with friends, jeans are an ideal option. Choose a dark wash to give them a more dressed up look -- skinny or straight-leg jeans are a good option if you plan to wear pumps or ballet flats. If you’re wearing boots, opt for a bootcut or slightly flared style, or stick with a skinny cut and tuck the jeans into your boots. Pair the jeans with a fitted blazer in a dark color like black, burgundy or charcoal. To make your outfit really stand out, opt for a blazer in striking fabric like leather, lace or velvet. Add your choice of a long-sleeved V-neck tee or a tank with sequins, beads or other embellishments, and you’ll be ready to both turn heads and brave the cold.

Go Edgy

If you prefer an edgy look, leather pants can keep you warm on a cold evening out. Black leather is a classic option, but you can go bold with a colored pair like wine or brick. Wear your leather pants with a loose, sheer blouse and camisole -- cinch your top with a leather belt that matches your pants to help define your waist. You can also try a sexy off-the-shoulder blouson top or sweater with your leather pants. Finish the outfit with a pair of pointy-toe pumps and chunky metal accessories.

Dress It Up

Just because it’s frigid outside doesn’t mean you can’t wear a dress for a night out with the girls. Pairing your frock with knee-high boots gives your legs extra coverage to keep you warm when the temperature drops. Choose a leather or suede pair with heels to ward off the chill. Wear your knee-high boots with a sexy wrap dress or a form-fitting sheath dress and a bold statement necklace for a chic appearance. Pair tights with the dress and boots to make sure the exposed part of your legs stays warm too.

Bundle Up

When you're headed out on a cold winter's night, you can't forget warm outerwear to ward off the chill -- but forget the puffy ski jacket in favor of something a little more stylish. Look for a fitted style that helps showcase your curves. A belted coat is an ideal option because it cinches the waist to create a flattering silhouette. Choose a style in a neutral color like black, navy, espresso or camel so that it goes with everything, or opt for a coat in a bold color like red or hot pink to really stand out. For a glam look, try a faux-fur jacket or a coat with a faux-fur trimmed hood. Top your outerwear with a scarf to finish your ensemble -- a classic plaid or funky animal print can work well with a solid coat. With a patterned jacket, opt for a neutral scarf with decorative details like sequins scattered through the knit pattern.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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