There’s something so specific about a going-out look — it usually entails some sort of alluring detail like cut-outs or shiny material, and it has the power to transform your vibe from day-to-night instantly. Now that “hot girl summer” is officially in full swing, you’re bound to have an occasion or two when you’ll be needing a going-out piece to slip into.
Whether it’s a friend’s birthday, date night with your S.O., or something on the more formal side, finding a look that is sexy, chic and keeps you cool in the sticky summer heat can be a challenge. That’s why we’ve rounded up six of our favorite going-out trends for you to try on your next night out.
1. Crop Tops
It’s no secret that we love a good crop top. We’ve been calling it the “unofficial trend of summer 2021” and can you blame us? After a year of almost exclusively wearing athleisure, we’re so excited to get dressed up again and show a little skin. No matter where you’re headed on your night out, we’ve got a ton of options — ranging from fancy to more casual — for you to choose from.
2. Splashy Colors
It’s summer, you’re having fun, plans are a thing again, so why not go all out? Bold, look-at-me colors are just the thing for a night out and they’re surprisingly versatile. Not only do they look good on their own (or styled with more neutral pieces), but they’re super chic when paired with other brights too. Bottom line: rainbow hues aren’t as outrageous or over-the-top as you might’ve thought.
3. Mini Hemlines
Is there anything more synonymous with warmer weather than a leg-barring frock? Whether a mini skirt or dress, keep things fresh with a fun punchy print. Florals! Animal print! Tie dye! The possibilities are endless.
4. Body-Skimming Silhouettes
Attention: bodycon is back! Hugely popular in the ‘00s, this trend got a fresh upgrade this season. It’s no longer just about bandage dresses — now the silhouettes seem cool and very wearable. Trust us, these pieces are all but guaranteed to garner major compliments.
5. Reveal & Conceal Cutouts
Cutout dresses, rompers and tops have been a trend for a minute, and now we actually have places to wear them, which is a beautiful thing. But the best part about these skin flashing details? They act as the perfect ventilation on those really hot summer nights.
6. Matching Sets
You can file matching sets under “easiest going-out outfits you can wear.” Simply throw the set on, add your favorite pair of strappy heels (or sandals) and top it off with some sleek accessories and you’re good to go! Prepare to look cool and polished with minimal effort.