Weekend Inspiration: Night Out

Weekend Inspiration Going out

Jacket, $99; Tank, $30; Jeans, $68; Heels, $120; Bag, $27; Earrings, $38

Getting dressed for work is one challenge, but getting dressed for a night out, and NOT looking like you are going to work is another. I’m all for mixing and matching, but sometimes, a few well-priced pieces that you reserve just for the weekends or occasional weeknights out can help your look feel special. I love the jacket  (and plus sized option) we featured yesterday. Sure, you could wear it to a casual or creative office, but it would be nice to hold onto it for a rare night out or weekend away.

Right now, the pink is on sale for $60 – a great price for something you’re not wearing every day. This jacket isn’t outerwear; it’s the outfit, so you don’t take it off. All you need underneath is tank, shell or tee. This lightweight tank has an interesting knot detail that creates a pretty drape. The softness of the top balances the weight of the jacket. Want something a little more basic? One of our loyal readers, Sam, sent me a link to these tanks from Ann Taylor.  They’re pretty much perfect for everyday use, come in a ton of colors including a pale pink that would layer beautifully under the jacket.

Because the pink is so soft and pretty, I used a gray jean instead of black or blue. The muted colors play off each other in a really lovely way. I’m always trying to find brands that cover as many sizes and needs as possible.  Wit & Wisdom keep showing up because they come in regular & petite up to a size 16.  If you’re plus sized these gray jeans from ASOS will give you the same look.

This time of year, I like a pump at night. They add an extra feminine element and, again, balance out the severity of the jacket, so while the weather is still dry and mild, I always go with a pump. Sam Edelman continues to delight me with their quality, price and style.  That’s not to say you can’t wear an ankle boot, just make sure you wear one with clean lines and a slender profile.

For the accessories, I used shades of gray. The shoes are silk, so they’re a little dressy, but still very neutral. Because the jacket is dramatic, you could skip jewelry altogether. I tend to avoid big earrings, but I like the added texture and movement of the these from BaubleBar. If you opt for something like this, keep everything else minimal. Finally, this small clutch is so stinking cute. I found it at Target; it’s under $30, also available in black.

We are headed into another busy weekend, so I’m looking forward to laying low tonight with Bri and the girls. Before we get into weekend mode, I’ll be in the studio on Saturday finalizing our first Fall delivery. Our new collection launches on Monday morning! I’m excited to share it with you!

Have a great weekend!



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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Can you recommend an ankle boot for this outfit and a peep toe boot to wear with jeans this time of year?

    Your posts each day are something wonderful to look forward to.. each day can’t wait to check my email!!!!

  2. Can you recommend an ankle boot for this outfit and a peep toe boot to wear with jeans this time of year?

    Your posts each day are something wonderful to look forward to.. each day can’t wait to check my email!!!!

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