Falling somewhere in the middle of the evening style spectrum poses some challenges, particularly in cold temperatures, so we’ve turned to our favorite stylish ladies like Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne and more, for inspiration.
Once the temperature starts to rise, opt for a coordinated skirt set in a sheer fabric for a modern twist on ladylike style.
At the Van Cleef and Arpels South Coast Plaza Boutique Celebration in California, Bosworth is wearing a Monique Lhuillier S/S 14 Dress, Van Cleef and Arpels Jewelry, and an Edie Parker Lara Clutch ($995).
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No evening outfit list is complete without the trusty little black dress. Achieve Delevingne’s relaxed look by wearing yours under a long, boyfriend coat and throwing your hair into a messy bun.
Steal Moss’ style by pairing a statement pendant and metallic clutch with your black and gray basics.
On a recent night out in London, Moss carried Stella McCartney Falabella Chamois Fold Over Clutch ($925).
BCBG Maxazria Silver Bead and Black Staeen Zip Clutch ($81)
A simple black top and white crepe trousers look effortless when paired with loose waves and a fun clutch.
Phillip Lim Textured Cropped Trousers ($395)
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Dress down a fun, printed mini with a louche sweater, opaque tights, and a block heel.
Celebrating the Peter Pilotto for Target Launch in New York, Chung wore a Peter Pilotto for Target Skirt ($35).
Peter Pilotto for Target Skirt ($35)
A floor-length metallic slip dress doesn’t have to be relegated to the red carpet. Instead add ankle boots, a v-neck sweater, and top with a leather biker jacket.
Nili Lotan Maxi Cami Dress ($495)
Girly dresses not your thing? Try a tailored black suit with a casual white tee underneath.
At the Warner Music Group's Grammys after-party, Muse wore a Balmain Blazer and Pants (no longer available) with a Valentino Rockstud Flap Leather Shoulder Bag ($2745).
Essential Straight-Cut Blazer and Trouser ($170) in Black
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A long-sleeved jumpsuit in a dark floral print looks great with brown accessories and a cardigan jacket.
At the RoboCop premiere after-party in London, Waterhouse wore a Reformation Cairo Jumper ($258).
Cairo Jumper ($258) in Black Floral
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Instead of a tank top, wear a printed silk blouse, fluffy v-neck sweater, and finish with a faux fur scarf.
Juxtapose a printed sweatshirt with a leather pencil skirt for a warm and fun evening look.
Gold Panther Printed Neoprene Sweatshirt ($246) in Multi
Up the ante of your all-black ensemble by adding sleek, pointed pumps and a leather bomber jacket.
Leaving the Jason Wu F/W 14 fashion show, Kloss wore a Coach Leather Varsity Jacket ($1098).
Gabi Varsity Jacket ($398) in Rum Raisin
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Jumpsuits are the cool girls’ answer to cocktail attire; try a structured strapless version with heels or ankle boots.
At a pre-BAFTA party held by InStyle UK, Friel wore a S/S 13 Osman Strapless Embroidered Jumpsuit.
Strapless Jumpsuit ($69) in Navy