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This going out outfit is a comfortable and easy look to wear as a first date outfit, an outfit to wear to a party, an outfit to wear to a bar, an outfit to wear to dinner with friends, etc.! This going out outfit is a comfortable and easy look to wear as a first date outfit, an outfit to wear to a party, an outfit to wear to a bar, an outfit to wear to dinner with friends, etc.!
Soo I’m not really known as any kind of fashion icon, but what I AM great at is productivity, efficiency, and organization. One of my greatest life hacks has been “uniforms.” Not literal uniforms, but outfits I have created myself that are similar and easily interchangeable. I have “uniforms” for work, going out, working out, and even sleeping.
Decision Fatigue and Why You Need Uniforms
Everyday when we wake up our brains have a finite amount of power. Every decision we make takes a little bit of that power away. This is Mark Zuckerberg wears jeans, a t shirt, and a hoodie everyday. For this post I purposely included very few “options” or alternative pieces to help limit decision fatigue.
Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you have too many choices you have a hard time picking any? Yup, that’s decision fatigue at work! When you make one big decision about your style or wardrobe by finding the perfect night out look, it will make 100 smaller decisions for you!
The Benefits of Having Uniforms/Go-To Outfits
Dressing in a “uniform” or a go-to style will save the decision making brain power for other more important things in your life. It also helps you make decisions more easily when shopping. Plus you won’t be as tempted by trendy items that you’ll only wear once and therefore save time, brain energy, and money! When you invest in a few key pieces that help you look and feel good, you’ll never look in your closet and thing “I have nothing to wear!”
A uniform means you can mix and match too. Love this tank top? Buy it in every color and wear it with the jeans and jacket. Want something more conservative? Swap it with a fitted t-shirt. Cold? Put on a fitted turtleneck. Keeping the rest of the outfit the same keeps things SIMPLE.
If you’re worried about outfit repeating and what other people will think know that because this look isn’t a statement piece (like a jumpsuit with a bright print), other people really won’t notice that you are wearing the same look again. When a person wears a uniform it shows a certain level of confidence too. They know their style and what works for them and they don’t have to buy a whole bunch of different looks to impress others.
My Night Out Outfit Uniform
My go-to night out outfit or uniform is: black pants, a top that’s fitted (but not super tight so I can eat dinner), a jacket, a small heeled sandal or boot, hoop earrings, and a small purse or clutch. Simple!
I choose some combination of this for Bumble dates, drinks or dinner with friends, girls night out, parties, and events. This outfit makes me feel confident because it’s comfortable and I know I look good in it.
The Best Black Jeans Ever – Good American Good Legs High Rise Skinny Jeans ($149)
I passed by Khloe Kardashian’s brand “Good American” and figured I’d give them a try and see what all the hype is about. Khloe is a curvy girl and more pear shaped with a bigger butt like myself and her jeans come in both regular and plus sizes (sizes 0-24) which is amazing. I was a size 18 for a long time and let me tell you the clothing options I had were not cute back then!
I put on the Good American Good Legs High Rise Skinny Jeans in my normal size 10/30 and they fit, but they weren’t super tight. The sales associate told me the jeans retain their shape when you wash them and it’s normal for people to have to size down. I got the size 29/8 and they were perfect and have been for over a year now that I’ve been wearing them!!
The Good American jeans are higher rise to suck you in, but the crotch is not 100 ft. long like other high waisted pants. The material is good quality so they maintain their shape and don’t stretch out and sag even after a cross country flight. I do not go on a trip without them because they are my favorite. They make your butt look amazing too! Just try them and you’ll see!
The price is a little higher than I normally pay for pants (they’re $149), but for my “uniform” I wanted to invest in a high quality pair that I would look and feel great in that would last me a long time and this was it! I call them my Fancy Pants.
More Good American Black Skinny Jeans
I love that these come in multiple fabrics too. That way if you’re as obsessed with the plain black as I am you can diversify, but stay with in the uniform by getting one of these.
BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($98)
A faux leather jacket looks sleek, is the perfect weight for the weather year round in SoCal, and they go with everything. They also dress up an otherwise simple or casual outfit..
I chose this BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket because the price point was excellent ($98) especially for the quality. I love that it cinches in at the waist to keep you from looking too boxy or larger than you actually are. This fit and flare waist will even give you more of an hourglass shape even if you don’t naturally have one.
Before this I had been wearing a $35 faux leather jacket from Forever 21 and this BLANKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket looks SO much more expensive and I’m sure it will last much longer.
I’m right in between a M/L for tops and jackets depending on the cut and fit. For this jacket I sized down and got a Medium (Size 6-8) because I wanted a fitted silhouette. If you want to wear layers underneath I recommend sizing up for more room in the arms. This jacket comes in sizes XXS-3X and also comes in a beige/sand color.
This is a very simple wardrobe staple that looks feminine and sexy, but isn’t full on corset lingerie (BTW if you’re into that there’s lots of hot options right now!). I got the black but was super tempted to get the white as well. Online they have a baby pink that’s very on brand for me as well as light blue, green, and bright red.
I would wear this top either with a French tuck (tuck the front of the top in and roll the surrounding parts under) or untucked.
I got this top in a medium because I wanted it to be slightly more fitted and I’m like barely a B-cup. I love that it has adjustable straps you can wear it lower or higher depending on your mood and bra. It comes in XS-L.
For plus sized options I love this City Chic Double Layer V-Neck Camisole Top ($39) which comes in sizes 14-26. The City Chic plus size line caught my eye SO many times when I was shopping on Nordstrom.com but their pieces only come in plus sizes. They seriously have the cutest selection ever at a great price point and I’m jealous!
The perfect heel is another item that I spent months and months hunting down. I wanted something neutral that I could wear with most outfits, comfortable enough to walk in and wear for a few hours, and good quality so they’d last a while. I also didn’t want the heel to be too high. IDK if this is real or not, but somebody told me that wearing heels that are 3″ or less is better for your feet and these are 3″ tall. Mine are a sparkly silver, but I have a pair of nude ones similar to these that I also wear.
This style sandal really is timeless. A nude heel makes your legs look longer. I also feel like these are the perfect color for day or night and weddings. They come in black which would also look perfect with this look and a Silver/Sand which is sparkly.
Michael Kors Simone Sandal Sizing
These shoes fit me true to size (I’m a 9.5). My foot is borderline wide and luckily these are not super narrow. They come in sizes 5-11. If you wear up to size 13 the Sam Edelman Patti Ankle Strap Sandal also comes in nude and has a 3″ heel for the same price ($99.95).
Hoop Earrings – Nadri Medium Inside Out Hoop Earrings ($60)
I saw a girl I follow on Instagram wearing these Nadri Medium Inside Out Hoop Earrings and fell in love! These are ultraslim hoops which makes them light and delicate. They are special because they have clear pave-set crystals along the front of the hoop and along the inside of the back of the hoop. This means when someone is looking at you face-on they see twice the sparkle!
We all know Nordstrom has the best customer service and return policy ever, but I was reading the reviews and someone mentioned that these earrings have a lifetime warranty from Nadri. That means if a little crystal falls out you can have them replaced. The uniqueness of the inside out crystals plus the lifetime warranty makes these worth the $60 to me. Plus hoop earrings never go out of style.
Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss Moisturizing Glossimer in 119 Bourgeoisie ($30)
After writing tons of blog posts about Real Housewives Beauty Secrets that included Chanel lip gloss AND having this Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss be the #1 product my readers bought in 2018 I FINALLY caved and bought it. And of course it is amazing.
What makes this lip gloss so special? It’s not sticky, it actually moisturizes your lips, and this color is so so gorgeous. This gloss contains coconut oil, peptides, and Vitamin E as well as an exclusive Hydraboost Complex which all help to moisturize your lips underneath and keep them looking young and plump. No wonder Lisa Vanderpump loves Chanel lip gloss so much!
I actually have to try to resist using this during the day at work so I can save it for special occasions and make it last! The best part about makeup- it fits everyone no matter what size you are. This color would really look perfect on any skin tone too. It’s the perfect neutral color for everyday wear and looks great alone or over a lip liner or lipstick.
Small Crossbody Purse or Clutch for Night Out
I own a couple crossbody bags in black and white and a grey clutch and grab one of the three for a night out. I look for bags that can fit my iPhone 7+, a small card case, lip gloss, and my keys and if it can fit my Sony A5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera aka my magical blogger camera that’s a huge plus too.
If all this black is a little too boring for you, a bag is a great place for a pop of color, rhinestones, studs, embellishments, etc. This Topshop Cheetah Crossbody Shoulder Bag is at a great price point ($48) and spices up the outfit without being too LOOK AT ME!
For white I love this Topshop Capricorn Faux Leather Crossbody Handbag in Cream which is also $48 and would be great for a day or night look. It comes in black and tan as well.
Follow Me On Instagram to See More Night Out Outfits
If you follow me on Instagram (@blushinginhollywood) then you got to come shopping with me and see me try on a bunch of different outfit ideas at Nordstrom. I also did a bunch of polls and got feedback about what you all loved and would be down to wear!
Where to go out in LA
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So tell me – do you have a go-to night out outfit, date night outfit, or a uniform? What is it?
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