If You're Going to a Restaurant, Here Are Some A+ Outfit Ideas

Want to know what to wear to a restaurant? We can help with that. 

A meal out presents the ideal opportunity to really dress up and unearth those fancier items from the back of your wardrobe. It seems this novelty isn't wearing thin yet, either. Just last week, I saw people wearing their fanciest frocks to eat a burger in a pub—and why not? If you want a night out of your tracksuit bottoms and are ready to dress up for dinner (or breakfast, brunch or lunch!), below, I've listed 13 outfit ideas that feel fabulous but not too OTT for a more casual reservation. 

While we're still in need of some layers to comfortably dine outside, spring outfit inspiration is already coming in thick and fast on Instagram. Keep scrolling for some restaurant-ready outfits to try for your next meal out, whether you're going to Wagamama or The Ivy.

1. Statement Blazer + Skinny Jeans

Take the stress out of getting dressed—and keep all eyes on the blazer—by wearing a double-breasted style done up. 

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2. Cardigan + Slip Skirt + Knee-High Boots

A cool-girl styling tip is to wear a cardigan as a top. And we all know a slinky slip skirt will take any outfit into dressy territory. 

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The continuation of button loops is a cool detail I rarely see. 

I have the dress version of this skirt and love the fit. 

White boots will make all your outfits feel more summery, even in a downpour. 

3. Black Jumpsuit + Red Sandals

Because a bold sandal can take any classic black outfit up a notch. You could even try a bright ankle boot. 

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The easiest way to lift a black outfit is with a colour-pop shoe. 

4. Camel Coat + Knee-High Boots

What to wear to a restaurant: @ruerodier

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Dining after dark? Layers are often essential for evening looks when the chill sets in, so keep them classic, chic and tonal for the win. 

Keep your necklines high if you plan on spending time sitting outdoors. 

A chic way to keep the cold at bay. 

These will pair just as well with dresses as they will with trousers tucked in. 

5. Satin Blouse + Straight-Leg Jeans

What to wear to a restaurant: @smythsisters

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Jeans and a nice top will always do the trick. Need further proof? Just take a look at Marianne. 

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A minimalist take on the going-out top. 

Our editors really rate & Other Stories denim. 

A great pair of strappy black heels are a wardrobe staple. 

6. Beret + Blazer + Socks + Loafers

What to wear to a restaurant: @aemiliafay

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The ultimate brunch look, this one is all about the accessories. And trust us—loafers worn with socks is a whole vibe. 

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A cute finishing touch for any outfit. 

These wide-leg jeans have a comfy waistline. 

Loafers don’t come more classic than this. 

7. Roll-Neck + Skirt + Snake-Print Boots

A round-the-clock look that'll never fail in the outfit department. Let knee-high boots take your favourite midi skirt to new heights. 

Owing to their neutral colourway, snake-print boots are more versatile than you might think. 

8. Feathered Pj's + Camel Blazer

Pyjamas you can also wear outside of the house are basically an essential. And when combined with oversized tailoring, it gives them that certain je ne sais quoi. 

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The blazer that’s been on my wish list for months. 

9. Sequin Top + Black Jeans

Not just for party season, sequins can work all year round when mixed with more casual pieces like denim. 

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Sparkle shouldn’t be reserved for party season. 

10. Check Blazer + Bright Midi Dress

What to wear to a restaurant: @imanleila

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Midi dresses work across all seasons. Throw on a blazer, and go. 

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Belted blazers are trending right now. 

Everyone should consider adding tan sandals into their footwear line-up. 

11. Suit + Sandals

There's something effortlessly stylish about a suit teamed with flat sandals. If the weather doesn't approve, trainers look just as good. 

Try wearing these with chunky sandals and a racer vest to dial down the corporate feel. 

I’m really into fisherman sandals this season. 

12. Long-Sleeve Top + Party Pants

Andi Mun wearing crop top and printed trousers

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Put your trusty jeans away for a night in favour of fun, printed trousers. No need to even think about the rest of your outfit when these will be the centre of attention. 

If you love statement prints, look no further than these strides. 

13. Colourful Midi Dress + Mules + Shoulder Bag

Matchy-matchy accessories used to be reserved for weddings, but now it's a fail-safe tip to take note of for any occasion. 

I’m picturing these with blue jeans and a white tee also. 

Next Up, Summer 2022 Trends: The Only 17 Looks You Need to Know About

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated. 

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