What Do Women Wear for a Night Out?

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A night out can mean anything from a movie night with the girls to a date at the hottest restaurant in town, but the two scenarios require entirely different outfits. The occasion, venue and time are important considerations when choosing your night out ensemble. Once determined, you can plan accordingly, while incorporating your style and personality into your ensemble.

Cocktail Dress

A cocktail dress is a no-fuss evening option for an event that requires attire that is appropriate, yet stylish. Express your style in a dress that boasts a design or print for an event that attracts creative minds like a gallery opening. A sheath with an abstract floral print is pretty, while a bright graphic is sure to turn heads. Just keep the print proportional to your frame to avoid being overwhelmed. You can also pair your dress with a neutral blazer to break up the color or print. Stand out from the crowd at a cocktail party in a dress with pretty details like rosettes or a Peter Pan collar. If prefer some shine, opt for a style with sequins or a jeweled neckline -- just stick with muted colors like silver, pale pink or gray. Let your dress be the focus and stick with minimal accessories like stud earrings or a cocktail ring and a small clutch. Ground the look with black or metallic ankle strap heels.

Mini Skirt

A mini skirt can take you from dinner with friends to an after-hours party. Choose a style with a bold print in a bright hue and pair with basic separates. Reach for a neutral tank in black or white and top it off with a leather jacket in black or brown. Accessorize with chandelier earrings and black stilettos. A leather fit-and-flare skirt is also a stand-out piece that adds dimension to your night out look. Opt for a solid, neutral colored V-neck tee or T-shirt with a band logo and half-tuck the hem into the waistband of your skirt. Layer with patterned tights to add visual texture and warmth for cool nights. Balance the look with layered chain necklaces and black ankle booties.

Skinny Jeans

Denim pairs perfectly with bold separates and bright accessories for a night out on the town. Black or dark wash skinny jeans are a versatile option that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Black denim coupled with a sheer black blouse layered with a matching bandeau creates an edgy monochromatic look for night. Supplement an all black ensemble with silver cuffs and bold footwear -- think hot pink or teal stilettos. Pair dark wash or black denim with a cheetah print tank to instantly inject personality into your look. Complement your print with a statement necklace in gold and crimson red stilettos.

Little Black Dress

A little black dress or LBD is in a category of its own as a classic option for an after-five office event or party. Although the event may be taking place outside of the office, you'll still be mingling with your co-workers and your boss, so you want to maintain a professional and appropriate appearance. An interesting silhouette and bold accessories make black anything but boring. Opt for style with a hem no shorter than 2 inches above your knees. A three-quarter sleeved lace number with a boat neckline is party-ready, while peplum detail dresses up a sleeveless a-line sheath. Other details to look for are sheer sleeves, embellishments and ruching. Strapless styles are appropriate, just bring along a light blazer or cardigan for coverage. Accessorize a high neckline with a statement necklace and bare arms with bold cuffs. Finish with black or metallic heels that complement your jewelry.