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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Anatomy of a Stylish Outfit: Going Out

Hey Fashionista! I have to admit...when Friday at 5:30pm (to be exact!) rolled around I was anxious to hit the shops to find a new outfit to wear out dancing.  I always bought more than I needed - wasting my money because I thought outfits expired after wearing them in public -- not to mention the ever-seductive "style-high" that came from finding the perfect outfit! Kind of like an unexpected "Free Gift With Purchase!" As you can imagine, that choice got expensive pretty quickly! In fact, when I realized how much I was devoting towards clothing,  I had no choice but to get creative! 

Elbow deep in stacks of clothes, I figured out that mixing and matching my "going-out-attire" felt like buying a new outfit every time! I created new looks and styles that I would often find in my shopping excursions---Fashionista, save your money, honey! I've got this system down to an art so you can use the same tactics to create a new outfit. Enjoy the last post to the fall series: The Anatomy of a Stylish Outfit: Going Out! Grab a snack or a cocktail - (there's a lot of info in here!) - and read on to discover ways you can remix your going out attire for a fabulous new look! Ready? Okay!

First Layer // 
The Foundation & Basics
Top Options: Camisole, Bustier,  Halter Top, Long Sleeve (or Short Sleeve) Chiffon Blouse, Strapless Top, Oversize Tank (preferably w/wide straps), Over-sized Slub Tee (w/sequins or in a luxe material)

Note: Going out is often a fancy occasion.  Use basics in fancy materials, i.e. Sequin Racer-Back Tank, Lace Camisole, Chiffon Front Ruffle *Slub Tube Top. That way you'll sparkle and feel like a queen while you're out having a good time. :)

Bottom Options: Skinny Jeans, Capri Pants, Leggings (Black or Leather is Best!), Mini Skirt

Dress Options: One Shoulder Dress, Strapless Dress, Plunging Neckline Dress, Halter Dress, V-Neck Dress, Knee-length Dress, Mini Dress, T-Shirt Dress, Short-sleeve/Long-sleeve Dress, Maxi Dress
Second Layer // 
Stylish Layering Add-Ons
Top Layering Options:
 Pretty Camisole + Chiffon Blouse 
Cropped Jacket/Cardigan + Bustier (or Strapless Top)
Lace Cardigan + Oversize Tank (or Slub Tee)

You can add ANY bottoms to these combinations and your outfit will provide a different look each time!

Third Layer // 
Accessory Overlay
Jewelry: Necklace, Earrings, Bracelets (stacked!), and Cocktail Rings

Accessories: Belt, Clutch

Shoes: Booties (these look great in a pop of color or fun pattern) 
Strappy Sandals, Platform Pump (Patent Leather is the best!) or
High Heel Boots (black or brown is always a classic choice), Peep Toe Pumps

------- Outfit Inspiration for Going Out in Fall-------

White Lace One-Shoulder Dress + Camel Brown Clutch + Peep-Toe Heels, Cocktail Ring

This dress embodies all the fall trends that are so chic this season: Lace, White and Short.  Keep your accessories light and neutral to allow this dress to shine! 

The Little Black Dress may look simple at first, but upon second glance you'll notice how elegant it truly is. For instance, the hemline is lower - purposely to accentuate and create an hourglass shape by the way it hugs your curves and dazzles your neckline with a sweetheart bust. With these details combined, it ups the 'wow' factor of this not-so-simple little black dress. Pair it with a belt at the waist - no necklace needed! Just add striking earrings and a chunky bracelet and you're ready!

Leather skinnies are so HOT right now.  They are screaming for a night out on the town. The material accentuates the chic-factor and it doesn't take much else to turn heads.  Pair with a classic black pump and a nude slub top - or a black lace top? Either way, leather skinnies are great for re-mixing and wearing out often!

Sequin Racer-Back Tank is lovely for going out.  A typical racer-back tank is not any Fashionista's first choice to wear when going out, but it will be when it's adorned in sequins - or any other fancy fabric (lace or chiffon!). 

Strapless Chiffon Front Pleat Top + Stripe Mini Skirt + Statement Necklace + Stacked Bracelets = Sexy and Sophisticated!

High-Neck Sleeveless Chiffon Blouse + Black Jeggings + Black Peep Toe Pumps + Clutch + Stacked Bracelets

Bold colors are still very IN this season. Make sure you are contrasting classic colors (like black) with bold hues like pink pictured above. 

Printed Maxi Dresses that drape the floor are very swanky.  Play with colors and prints here to make an unforgettable impression.  Instead of a jacket, use a shawl in black to polish off this ensemble.

High Low Dresses in a fancy delicate fabric and bonus detailing is very up-to-date.  You can dress it down for a cowboy kind of night out by adding boots or for the city life kind of affair, wear your favorite platform pumps! Layered necklaces look fantastic with type of dress as does a clutch!

To see MORE Going Out looks, check out my Pinterest Board: "Paint the Town Red!" 

Remember, as always, if you ever get stuck in a style rut you can always refer to this blog post to get your ideas flowing again.  As you can see there are endless ways to create a stylish outfit for going out on the weekend.  These style formulas are meant to be remixed time and time again!  If you enjoyed this post about the anatomy of a stylish outfit: going out, feel free to share with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or on Pinterest! I hope you have a beautiful week, Fashionista!

Your Fashion Coach

*Slub Top - A top that is loose-fitting; does not fit close to the body. 

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  1. Great outfit! And such beautifull pictures!!......Workwear

  2. Thank you, Chef! There are so many great outfits to choose from when going out. So glad you like them! :)

  3. where are the tank and black dress from?

  4. Where can you buy the black dress?


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