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WHAT TO WEAR: Girl's Night Out

We all know that most of the time when picking out our outfits, we’re dressing to impress our girlfriends. You need to pull out all the stops to maintain your reign as the Queen of Clothes in your squad. This Fashionista is a GNO pro. She understands that simple is chic and effortless (no matter how many outfits were tossed before this one was finally picked) is the most envied look. The key to putting together a cohesive outfit is to stick to a neutral palette. Just remember: neutral doesn’t have to mean boring!

The main component of this outfit is the sweater. A staple, oversized black and white sweater is about as basic as it gets, but this one makes a statement with a large check pattern. This sweater by alice + olivia combines a fun, but neutral pattern with a major fashion trend right now: the cape. Because the sweater is so large, it is important to make sure you layer it over something form-fitting and plain. The gray color scheme works perfectly with a form-fitting black tank top or long sleeve T-shirt. This long sleeve scoopneck T-Shirt from J.Crew is an essential staple that every Fashionista should have in her arsenal.

To cohere with the clean and simple theme of the T-shirt, this Fashionista keeps it classic with a pair of dark wash jeans, cuffing them so they sit above her black leather booties. To add a little bit of flair to a basic pair of jeans, she tops them off with a slim patent leather black belt like this rag & bone “boyfriend” belt.

And now for the showstopper: the necklace. This Fashionista understands that when wearing a color as bold as this beautiful turquoise, you have to keep it simple. The small beads aren’t too over powering, but the long length and double wrap style with which she wears it is sure to leave an impression. A fun addition like this takes basic, neutral clothes and really makes them an outfit. Necklaces like this are essential to adding a pop of color and some fun to an otherwise monochromatic wardrobe. For an earthy, boho pick like this Fashionista’s, go for this turquoise beaded necklace with a hammered metal arrowhead pendant.

What’s so amazing about this outfit is that it is so versatile. The classics will always be the classics, so owning a perfectly fitting pair of dark jeans or a simple black T-shirt is always a good investment. In a society where the fashion elite think way outside of the box, it’s easy to think that to be the most stylish we need over-the-top pieces featuring the latest trends. It’s important to remember that keeping it simple can often look the most fashionable, especially for a night out with your closest girls.

One Simple Change: To take this outfit from restaurant ready to a rowdy night on the town, top it off with a leather jacket. This motorcycle style pick from Free People adds the touch of edginess this outfit needs to be bar appropriate.