Welcome to the year 2022, when going out is finally socially acceptable and safe (in most parts of the United States) (just get those vaccination cards ready). We’ve been waiting over a year to dust off any and all cool-weather outfits that aren’t sweats in our closets, but the pandemic has left many of us reluctant to let go of our addiction to all things cosy and warm. Putting together outfits for going out — and then wearing them throughout an event — is more difficult than ever.
You’re not alone if you’re unsure how to dress for special events like date night meals and bottomless brunches. We’ve been out of the game for so long that it’ll take some practise to put together the perfect going-out attire again. It would also take a lot of time to look for inspiration on social media if we hadn’t previously done it for you.
With the help of our favourite Instagram fashion influencers, we’ve compiled a list of easy yet gorgeous going-out costume ideas.
Vests with Sweaters
Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Kaia Gerber have all been spotted wearing sweater vests as tops, and the fit is ideal for transitioning from summer to fall. For a cute but casual style, pair the knit with mom jeans or wide-leg trousers, and finish with a claw clip in your hair. Layer the vest over a button-down or turtleneck when the weather becomes cool.
One-shoulder tops are one of the most versatile pieces of apparel you may own. They’re a year-round staple as well as the perfect transition piece from summer to fall. A one-shoulder bodysuit is the ultimate foundation piece and can be worn with flared denim, a little skirt, or trousers, with a jacket replacing typical outerwear.
Animal print is one of the alternate age fads that has been given a pass – and we mean all kinds of animal print. According to Tara Swennen, celebrity stylist and affirm partner, mixing a strong animal print with an otherwise monochromatic attire will help to really make a statement this season.
A Bright Co-ord
There’s a splash of colour, and then there’s colour from head to toe. Co-ords make the latter seamless and straightforward. Choose your favourite colour and either wear it throughout your complete outfit (accessories included) or opt for neutral shoes and little jewellery.
Trousers are the answer for anyone who isn’t ready (or plans to boycott) denim, leggings, and nearly any tight pants. These fashionable pants are both comfy and suited for the workplace. Trousers can also be worn up or down with heels or sneakers, a fitting top or a cropped tee; wherever you’re going, they not only know what they’re doing, but they ace it.
Pants with Slits
Slit pants, tuxedo pants, whatever you want to call them, they’re all over our autumn outfits (and we’re here for it). They’re basically an enhanced version of black dress pants or leggings: they’re comfy, versatile, and seasonless, so they’ll fit into your going-out wardrobe all year.
A Graphic T-Shirt
Casual trips, such as running errands or simply getting lunch with a friend, necessitate casual clothing. The graphic tee is another trend from the 1990s that will make an appearance in our wardrobes in 2022. Experiment with combos by dusting off your favourite band tees or splurging on a vintage curio. It may be dressed up with skinny jeans and heels, or down with joggers and running sneakers.
Hats have been spotted on the heads of many famous people. You can also find them on the runways of Coach and Celine, among other fashion houses. It is a simple accessory that may be used to finish off a wide variety of outfits. What’s the best part? caps are appropriate to wear in any season! Changing things up in terms of the materials used between seasons is quite acceptable: Wool, velvet, and corduroy are good choices for the colder months, while cotton, polyester, and other fabrics that wick perspiration are best suited for the hot months (and for working out).
An Extra-Large Blazer
We at InStyle believe that an oversized blazer is always a good choice. For a traditional style, layer a patterned number (like this one from Ramy Brook) over a white T-shirt and jeans, or wear it as a dress with combat boots (like this writer’s favourite pair here) or an over-the-knee alternative. The outfit will be completed with stacked necklaces. If you want to appear dressed up yet feel dressed down, this double-breasted jacket from Express with a built-in hoodie is a great option.
Detail of Mesh
Mesh is usually a good choice for date night. The cloth is particularly ideal for breezy summer nights, aside from its flirtatious appeal. When the weather turns chilly, throw on a blazer before heading out the door to keep your shoulders warm. A mesh turtleneck, such as this one from White House Black Market, is also ideal for layering. For a cool, laid-back style, layer it under an oversized tee.
Maxi Dress with Flow
Maxi dresses, like blazers, are always a good choice for a night out look. They’re a one-piece outfit that can be dressed up or down with the correct accessories, and are comfy enough to relax in once the night is done (think strappy heels vs flats, dainty necklaces vs chunky bracelets, etc.).
Plaid is likely to make an appearance in your wardrobe as fall and winter approaches. However, most of us associate the checkered pattern with a button-up flannel – something grungy or with a farmer vibe. Gingham blazers or shackets, which are frequently made to have a more fitted fit, as well as plaid pants, which pop a little more than a pair of jeans, are other methods to include plaid into your going-out wardrobe.
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