9 Going-Out Outfits to Wear This Weekend

Whether you're looking for something sexy or laid-back, your inspiration has arrived.

Whether you have a date night dinner or bottomless brunch on your calendar, planning the perfect going-out look can feel overwhelming. Lucky for you, we have done the heavy lifting by rounding up outfits that run the gamut from sexy to laid-back. With looks ranging from bold colors and prints to more muted colors with eye-catching accessories, planning a girls' night out or rendezvous with your partner just got so much easier.

Below, we've rounded up some simple yet still highly stylish going-out outfit ideas, courtesy of our favorite Instagram fashion influencers.

Sweater Vests

Models like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Kaia Gerber have been wearing sweater vests as tops and the fit is the perfect transition from summer into fall. Pair the knit with mom jeans or wide-leg trousers for a cute but casual look, and polish it off by throwing your hair up in a claw clip. When the weather gets chilly, layer the vest over a button-down or turtleneck.

Shop similar: Cable Knit Sweater Vest, $54


One-shoulder tops are among the most versatile clothing items you can add to your closet. Not only are they the perfect transition piece as the weather changes, they're also a year-round staple. A one-shoulder bodysuit will not only help you achieve a sleek fit, but it's also the ultimate foundation piece. It can be paired with either flared denim, a mini skirt, or trousers, with a blazer in place of traditional outerwear.

Shop similar: Lulus Ellorie Black Ribbed Long Sleeve One-Shoulder Bodysuit, $32

A Colorful Co-ord

There's a pop of color, and then there's head-to-toe color. Coordinating sets make the latter both seamless and easy to achieve. Choose your favorite shade and either stick with it throughout the entirety of your outfit (accessories and all) or opt for neutral footwear and minimal jewelry.

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For anyone who isn't ready (or plans to forever boycott) denim, leggings, and virtually any and all tight pants, trousers are the answer. These stylish bottoms are comfortable and appropriate for office wear. They can also be dressed up or down with heels or sneakers, a fitted top, or cropped tee; wherever you're headed, trousers not only understand the assignment, they ace it.

Shop the look: Wide Leg Suit Trousers, $59

Slit Pants

Slit pants, tuxedo pants — whatever you want to call them, these bottoms are making a beeline for our fall wardrobes (and we're here for it). They're essentially an upgraded version of black dress pants or leggings: comfortable, multifaceted, and seasonless, so they'll have a place in your going-out outfit rotation year-round.

Shop similar: Commando Neoprene Split Front Pant, $178

An Oversized Blazer

Here at InStyle, we firmly believe you can never go wrong with an oversized blazer. Throw a patterned number (we love this one from Ramy Brook) over a white T-shirt and jeans for a classic look, or ditch the undergarments and wear it as a dress with combat boots (shop this writer's favorite pair here) or an over-the-knee option. The addition of layered necklaces will complete the look. You can also channel cozy vibes in this double-breasted blazer with a built-in hoodie from Express if you want to appear dressed up, but feel dressed down.

Shop the look: Plaid Pocketed Blazer, $84

Mesh Detail

A pop of mesh is always a fun pick for date night. But aside from its flirty appeal, the material is also perfect for breezy summer nights. Once the weather gets cool, grab a blazer as you head out the door in case you need to warm your shoulders. A mesh turtleneck also makes a great layering piece. Style it under an oversized tee for a cool yet laid-back look.

Shop similar: Be Proud by BP. Gender Inclusive Print Mesh Turtleneck Top; $39

A Flowy Maxi Dress

Like blazers, maxi dresses are never a poor choice when deciding on a going-out outfit. They're a done-in-one ensemble that's comfortable enough to lounge in after the night is through, and depending on your preference, can be dressed up or down with the right accessories (think strappy heels vs flats, dainty necklaces vs chunky bracelets, etc.).

Shop similar: Metallic Printed Faux Wrap Ruffle Hi-Lo Maxi Dress, $128

Anything Plaid

As we head into fall and winter, plaid is bound to make a cameo in your wardrobe. But oftentimes when we think of the checkered pattern, it's in the form of a button-up flannel — something grungy or a farmer aesthetic. However, there are alternative ways to implement plaid into your going-out attire, like gingham blazers or shackets that are often designed to have a more tailored fit, as well as plaid pants, which pop a little more than a pair of jeans, or a preppy plaid skirt.

Shop similar: Hollister Plaid Wrap Skirt, $40

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