Whether you're a karaoke-and-cocktails kind of person or prefer a quiet drink and a bite to eat at your pub, we're willing to bet that you already have a going-out uniform that you subscribe to. Still, after months of having little to look forward to on the weekend other than a takeaway and a box set, now that our favourite after-dark haunts have opened once again, we're finding that we don't have the energy to dress up in fancy clothes like we used to. Cue the casual going-out outfits.
It's good to shake up your outfits from time to time, and there are plenty of laid-back but chic looks to try for your next night out. Some of our favourite fashion people who have once again embraced going out at night have lots of fresh new outfit ideas, which, you'll be pleased to hear, don't involve constricting dresses or challenging skyscraper heels. Instead, they boast a potent blend of the casual-cool, covetable, high/low aesthetic that some influencers do so well.
Scroll below to see nine flawless casual night-out ideas for you to try for your next bar visit or dance-floor session. Then, shop any pieces you might need to re-create these looks.
1. KNITTED TOP + SPARKLY SKIRT + BOOTS
Style Notes: On their own, miniskirts can feel fancy and, as such, out of place in some venues. However, throw on a knitted top and boots, and a miniskirt—even a sparkly one—will feel significantly more effortless.
2. BLAZER + LEGGINGS + POINTED-TOE HEELS
Style Notes: Blazers have the power to elevate any look—even leggings, which will give your usual going-out looks some low-key flair. I'm particularly into stirrup styles worn with pointed-toe shoes.
3. SLIP DRESS + BLAZER
Style Notes: The beauty of slip dresses is that they can be dressed up or down with the simple switch of your shoes. For your next night out, try pairing yours with platform boots for an unexpected twist—the sort fashion types love to pull.
4. LEATHER BIKER + CHECKED TROUSERS
Style Notes: Is there any piece that can't be made infinitely cooler by adding a leather jacket? This is exactly the sort of cover-up you need right now when it's too cold to head off on a night out without something to keep the chill at bay. Wear it with trending tartan trousers, and you'll look the stylish part wherever you're going.
5. SHIRT DRESS + STRAPPY SANDALS
Style Notes: You probably didn't think a shirt dress would work for going out, but the devil's in the details. Add strappy heels and a chic shoulder bag to take your workwear favourite from day to night.
6. STATEMENT TOP + JEANS
Style Notes: There's a reason why jeans-and-a-nice-top is a classic combination. Its a high-low combination that rises to the occasion, without feeling too try-hard. Go as bold as you want on top, then ground with classic denim.
7. BOLD DRESS + CHUNKY JEWELLERY
Style Notes: A simple bodycon dress can be worn so many ways. Add a shirt for a relaxed look, or elevate for evening with chunky jewellery and slicked back bun.
8. BLAZER + JEANS
Style Notes: This is perhaps the most formidable wardrobe combination out there. Is there any night-out occasion or event you can't wear jeans and a blazer to? Make like TyLynn Nguyen and style yours with a silky camisole to give this effortlessly chic and chill look some after-dark appeal.
9. TUBE TOP + BLACK TROUSERS + BRIGHT BAG
Style Notes: Almost everyone has a pair of black trousers lurking in the back of their wardrobes, perhaps going unused if you're yet to migrate back into office life. So why not take them on a spin for your next night out with the addition of a trending tube top, statement gold earrings, and a bright handbag? Easy.