My friend Courtney asked me the other day about doing a post about how to build a great wardrobe for going out. I think it’s definitely a challenge because so much of what I wear when I go out is trendy. But there are some staples to look for when building a party wardrobe. For me, those items are great jeans, killer heels and black. Having a solid foundation like that makes it easy to put together classy but stylish outfits to wear for your night out!
Jeans may be difficult to pull off in the summer when it’s hot, but they are necessary for going out in the fall, winter and spring! For going out, make sure you have at least 2 pairs of very dark denim. Whether they’re skinny, bootcut, straight leg or flare, dark jeans are timeless.
If they’re in your budget, Citizens of Humanity make some of my very favorite bootcut jeans!
If Citizens aren’t doable right now, these jeans from Gap are great and over $100 less!
For my skinny jeans, I adore the 7 for all Mankind Roxanne style. They fit like a glove!
Again, Gap has a great alternative to the $100+ jeans out there! I’ve had great luck with their skinny jeans and between Gap and Target, I can always find affordable jeans!
If you are satisfied with your jean selection and want to branch out and go for a jean trend, look for a patterned pair or one that is coated!
Rich & Skinny faux leather.
DL1961 metallic jeans.
Paige denim. I kind of love the paisley.
The thing about finding the perfect pair of jeans – especially for going out- is to find a brand, style, cut that flatters YOUR body. Buy jeans that work for you, not jeans that you have to work for!
The second ingredient for my party time wardrobe is awesome heels. I’m a believer in the idea that pumps are completely timeless. Round toe, peep toe, and pointy toe pumps have all been the IT shoe at one time or another, but they all stick around, no matter what the trend is. Add in ankle booties and knee high boots and you’ll have a heel collection for all seasons!
Pointy-toe black pumps by Manolo Blahnik will always be my #1 shoe fantasy. They are so classic and timeless that you could literally have them your whole life. You would have to make quite a few trips to the cobbler for repairs, but let’s be honest, I have to do that with my 9 West shoes.
Equally classic and almost as fabulous is this pair by Zara. A pointy toe pump like this will do wonders for making your legs look long!
Nude pumps are equally important to black ones. These Louboutins are perfection.
However, if you don’t have a shoe benefactor funding your Louboutin obsession, these Nine West pumps are also great!
When it comes to nude pumps, I usually keep it to round toe or peep toe, because I think the pointy toe can look a little too professional or blah, but if you like the look of the pointy, go f or a pair with some shine, like these Sam Edelman with snake and gold details!
So, in addition to black and nude, it’s good to have at least one pair of heels in a color! Whether it’s red, pink or yellow, choose a color that will work with a lot of your wardrobe. They will all go with your jeans, so think about your tops!
Love purple pumps? If you plan on wearing a lot of gold shiny things, go for it!
I actually love pink pumps. They are usually the perfect accessory to my outfit of dark jeans and black top!
Note: I know all of these heels are super super high. But fret not, there are TONS of heel options that have heels under 4 inches!
So we have our pants and our shoes. Good to go, obviously 🙂 The next advice I have will be controversial. I say make sure you have A LOT of black. I wear black a lot when I go out. Why? Because it looks good with my skin and hair. It is slimming. I ALWAYS feel confident in it. And because I love to accessorize and it is so much easier when you have a neutral palette to work with. If you love wearing brightly colored shoes, black is a good base to have. If you love lots of big jewelry, again. Want to rock some red tights? When you go out, it’s so fun to dress up and put jewelry on, but you don’t want your clothes and your accessories competing for attention. So choose what you want the main focus to be and then stick with neutrals for the opposite. For example: pink shoes, LBD, lots of black and gold jewelry. Or. Bright red dress, nude pumps, gold jewelry. See what I mean?
But it’s hard to make up an entire wardrobe of jeans, black and pumps. I think those 3 things provide a great base for a going out closet. You should always think about trends you like and that work for you and add those into your party clothing as much as possible! If you like a lot of sparkle, wear a sparkle top with some jeans and pumps. If you love prints, opt for a printed dress with some black/nude heels! Here are some examples!
$24 – hm.com
$290 – harveynichols.com