This Is the Perfect Going-Out Outfit for Every Fall Weekend

It can be tempting to recycle the same going-out outfit weekend after weekend—you know, a little black dress, some high-heel boots, maybe a leather jacket and some oversize hoop earrings. But this Saturday night, we propose you venture a little farther outside your comfort zone and take a cue from Joan Smalls, who we spotted wearing a matching two-piece ensemble that truly stood out from the pack.

For one, the set was electric pink. And for another, the high-rise pants and coordinating crop top offered a fall-friendly alternative to dresses and jumpsuits while still looking fully party-appropriate. Alas, Smalls's outfit, designed by New York label Area, isn't available yet, but we have found plenty that are, including affordable options from Zara and Mango, as well as designer picks from Baja East and Off-White.

Below shop 16 of our favorite two-piece sets to wear for your next night out.

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On Joan Smalls: Area top and pants; John Hardy jewelry; Manolo Blahnik shoes

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The silk fabric gives this piece a party-ready feel.

Top and Tailored Straight Trousers ($99) available in sizes 0 to 10. 

We can't get enough velvet for fall—especially in dusty pink.

Top available in sizes XS to L and Margaux Crushed-Velvet Wide-Leg Pants ($100) available in sizes 0 to 10. 

We're swooning over this marabou-trimmed set.

Available in sizes S to M. 

In case the leopard print and slits didn't make it abundantly clear, this isn't anything like your dad's business suit.

Top and Cigarette Trousers ($229) available in sizes XS to L. 

You can't lose with classic black.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Loungewear that's fit for a cocktail party.

Top available in sizes X to 2X and Kati Pant ($795) available in sizes 14 to 20. 

Add a pair of black heels to make this set party-ready. 

Top and Polka Dot Wide Leg Smoked High Waist Culottes ($35) available in sizes X to 4X. 

You'll be the comfiest one at the event, guaranteed.

Top and Velvet Wide-Leg Pants ($119) available in sizes IT36 to IT46. 

A sequined trouser for all the magpies out there.

Available in sizes 40 to 42. 

Bonus: You can wear the tunic as a minidress with some opaque black tights.

Top and Cyrene Striped Cotton-Blend Flared Pants ($198) available in sizes 0 to 4. 

A similar shape to Smalls's set, but in a fun paisley print.

Top and Paisley Printed Pants ($50) available in sizes XS to XL. 

Wear this out to dinner and you won't even have to change before settling in to a Netflix marathon.

Available in sizes XS to L. 

Florals for fall? Actually a little groundbreaking here.

Top and Dahlia Pant ($22) available in sizes S to L. 

So simple and so chic.

Available in sizes S to L. 

This exaggerated look will turn heads.

Top and CEO Pajama Pant ($577) available in sizes XS to XL.

Up next, take a look at the top five trends that Who What Wear readers gave the thumbs down to.

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