For me, dressing up for a night out can be a challenge because I always want to feel fun while being elegant at the same time. I love to dress a bit more rock ‘n’ roll for a night out dancing. During the winter months, I’ll stick to darker colors and pile on jewelry and accessories and punch up my makeup. I’ve found the key is investing in pieces you can wear over and over again and that can transition you from day to night. Since this time of the year calls for a wide range of after-hours looks, no time is better than the present to share my foolproof outfit tips. Keep reading below for my evening essentials.
French Connection La Boheme Embellished Jacket ($298)
I always think a really fabulous blazer or jacket is great for a night out. I prefer a more cropped and fitted style for the evening, as they show off your legs and figure better. While embellished jackets are super fun, a great black tuxedo jacket is perfect, too. A tuxedo jacket is an investment piece that will never go out of style and always looks cool and chic. You can slip it over your shoulders or if you don’t have a full chest (like me!) you can work the plunging neckline look and just button it up and rock it with nothing on underneath. I do suggest, however, keeping some double-stick tape handy! I also have a black vintage Alaïa waistcoat that I recently purchased, which I love to rock with a pair of jeans or leather pants.
Kiki de Montparnasse Amour Open-Black Silk-Satin Camisole ($325)
Under my jacket, I might wear a slinky camisole or silky strappy top. One of my favorite things to play off of for a night out is an open back, like this Kiki de Montpartnasse top. I find that vintage shops have a great selection of night-out tops. You can get pieces that no one else has and modify it to make it your own. I love Decades and Resurrection in Los Angeles.
Paige Edgemont Jeans ($899)
Leather is always good for a night out, because it’s inherently sexy and rock ‘n’ roll. I live in leather pants! In the daytime, I wear them with oversized knits or a simple t- shirt, and then in the evening, I’ll dress them up with a silky top and a pair of sexy stilettos. Paige and Anine Bing do great leather pants. I like plain skin-type styles, but also styles with embellishment, like studs and zippers. Leather skirts are a must-have piece, too. Short leather skirts are great for dancing the night away, while a pencil style is demure, yet still incredibly sexy.
Pierre Balmain Embellished Shoulder Viscose-Blend Dress ($875)
Little Black Dress
A little black dress is a piece you can pull out of your wardrobe time and time again. The styles are endless, from classy and understated to sexy and revealing. When I’m out with the girls, I love a fun short dress or something with sultry cutouts; they are great for dancing all night.
Zadig & Voltaire Pharell Sequins Deluxe Pants ($610)
Sequins can be really fun for a night out on the town; however, be careful, as they can go from being fun and cool to looking costume-y and dated very quickly! I would stick to just one shiny element, like these Zadig & Voltaire pants, and pair it with a simple black t-shirt and a statement boot. Maje also has a great glitter style.
Saint Laurent Studded Leather Belt ($895)
Investing in a great belt is well worth it, as they can be so versatile and punch up a simple outfit. I love this Saint Laurent studded belt for a little rock and roll edge. It's great for wearing with jeans, short dresses, or leather pants. I would also wear it around my waist on top of a simple dress or jacket.
Edie Parker Jean Confetti Striped Clutch Bag ($1195)
It’s all about the clutch in the evening. If you’re going to stick to more of a simple outfit, like black leather trousers and a black sexy top, you can really go full force when accessorizing. Edie Parker does great clutches, which are so fun and have a convenient mirror inside, making it easy to do touch-ups in the back of the cab. Plus, they are the perfect size for storing all your needs, like your phone, keys, cards, powder, and lipstick.
Christian Louboutin Follies Cabo Suede Pumps ($1395)
I love a real statement shoe for a night out. During the winter months in colder places like New York and London, I prefer to wear sexy ankle boots or over-the-knee boots. In warmer climates like L.A., you can get away with a simple ankle-strap shoe or a pair of embellished pumps, anything that is comfortable and really sexy on the leg. One of my wardrobe essentials is a pair of very simple nude strappy heels because they go with everything.
Jennifer Fisher + Stop It Right Now Rhodium and Silver-Plated Choker ($375)
When it comes to jewelry, I lean more towards white gold and diamond pieces, because I find it’s more evening-appropriate. Nights out are a great occasion for costume jewelry, too. I personally always pick one statement piece to play up, such as a large earring or an oversized cuff or cocktail ring. Be careful not to overdo it, but you can definitely layer it up for the evening
Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara ($30)
I will push my makeup a little further for a night out, whether it’s adding a little sparkle to my eyes, wearing a bright lipstick, or adding lots of mascara and eyeliner for a more feline look. At the moment, I’m using Baby Doll Mascara by Yves Saint Laurent. To give my skin a beautiful shine, I apply Charlotte Tilbury’s amazing Supermodel Body Slimmer Shimmer Shape, Hydrate & Glow ($65) to my limbs and décolletage.
Frederick Malle Lipstick Rose Parfum ($180)
Perfume is so emotive, and personally, I never feel fully dressed without wearing a fragrance. I always lean towards more sensual scents in the evening. My favorites are Lipstick Rose and Carnal Flower by Frederick Malle.
Essie Nail Polish ($9)
I think a fire-engine red hue on the fingers and toes is traditionally sexy, but I also love a darker purple, too.
Do you have a style question for me? Share in the comment section below, and I might answer your question in next month's column.