4 Party Outfit Formulas Our Fashion Friends Always Rely Upon

When is a party outfit not just a party outfit? When it's downright fabulous and turns every head in the room. (A discounted price doesn't hurt, but we'll get to that later.) That's when an after-dark look really deserves a pat on the back, a host of compliments thrown your way and probably a decent selfie… or 17. We're very much of the thinking that a fantastic party look is for life, not just for Christmas, but now is a particularly prime time to invest. Evening-wear trends tend to remain the same year upon year. Sequins will always be in, feathers will always be fun, sparkly shoes will never lose their pizzaz, and the little black jumpsuit will forever be powerful. Now is the time to remember those failsafe codes and to run with them. Start building that wish list, book that cocktail bar reservation and be sure to hail a cab (because—heels), and whatever you do, don't share our number one party-shopping secret: THE OUTNET.

Due to our aforementioned thesis on party dressing—that nothing really dates, so pick items that feel most extravagant and see them work hard year after year—THE OUTNET is a veritable treasure trove of goodies, all at a fraction of the price they once were. From jewel-strap stilettos to lace dresses, party blouses to fancy pants, there is every possible party personality covered in the extensive drop of dance floor–worthy goods. It's the savvy way to do this season's standout evening looks, but we are aware there's a great deal to choose from. So, we've edited the concept down to four failsafe outfits our fashion friends always reach for come champers time. Keep reading to see the best party looks from THE OUTNET now.

The only decision that's left: Go au naturel with lip balm or do a red lip?