7 Going-Out Looks That Don't Feel Try-Hard

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Whether you're a karaoke-and-cocktails kind of person or prefer a quiet drink and a bite to eat at your pub, we're willing to bet that you already have a going-out uniform that you subscribe to. Still, after months of having little to look forward to on the weekend other than a takeaway and a box set, now that our favourite after-dark haunts have opened once again, we're finding that we don't have the energy to dress up in fancy clothes like we used to. Cue casual going-out outfits.

It's good to shake up your outfits from time to time, and there are plenty of laid-back but chic looks to try for your next Saturday night out. Some of our favourite fashion people, who have already embraced going on nights out again, have lots of fresh new outfit ideas, which, you'll be pleased to hear, don't involve constricting dresses or challenging skyscraper heels. Instead, they boast a potent blend of casual-cool, the covetable high/low aesthetic that some influencers do so well.

Scroll below to see seven flawless casual night-out ideas for you to try for your next bar visit or dance-floor session. Then, shop any pieces you might need to re-create them.

1. OVERSIZED SHIRT + MINIDRESS

Style Notes: On their own, minidresses can feel fancy and, as such, out of place in some venues. However, throw an on-trend oversized shirt over the top, and it'll feel significantly more effortless.

Shop the look:

Massimo Dutti Oversized Shirt (£60)

COS Square Neck Dress (£69)

Amina Muaddi Orange Lupita Glass Mules (£665)

2. CROPPED BLOUSE + CHINOS

Style Notes: Ordinarily, chinos aren't considered going-out staples, but paired with a cropped shirt and an elegant top-handle bag, they instantly look the part.

Shop the look:

Zara Pleated Cropped Shirt (£30)

ASOS Curve Hourglass Chino Trousers in Stone (£20)

BY FAR Baby Amber Bag (£390)

3. MICRO CARDIGAN + WIDE-LEG TROUSERS

Style Notes: Cardigans are seldom seen after dark, unless you're heading to a traditional local for a pint by the fire. However, this season's micro-cardigan trend loans itself perfectly to the casual night-out outfit aesthetic we're trying to achieve. Wear it with wide-leg trousers to tick off another hot 2021 look.

Shop the look:

Jacquemus Le Cardigan Alzou Mohair-Blend Cardigan (£225)

Marks and Spencer Wide Leg Trousers (£40)

Russell & Bromley Margarita Mules (£185)

4. SLIP DRESS + SLIDER SANDALS

Style Notes: The beauty of satin slip dresses is that they can be dressed up or down with the simple switch of your shoes. For your next night out, try pairing yours with chunky slider sandals for an unexpected twist—the sort fashion types love to pull.

Shop the look:

Zara Draped Camisole Dress (£30)

Daphine Baby Eddie 18kt Gold-Plated Signet Ring (£65)

Jil Sander Cross-Strap Padded-Leather Slides (£410)

5. LEATHER BIKER + CHECKED TROUSERS

Style Notes: Is there anything a leather jacket can't make look infinitely cooler? This is exactly the sort of cover-up you need as we head into autumn, when it's too cold to head off on a night out without something to keep the chill at bay. Wear it with trending tartan trousers, and you'll look the stylish part wherever you're going.

Shop the look:

AllSaints Ellis Leather Biker Jacket (£329)

Banana Republic Check Trouser (£80)

BY FAR Mini Cream Bag (£392)

6. STATEMENT SKIRT + WHITE SHIRT

Style Notes: Miniskirts have made a big comeback this year, with those in the know wearing theirs with oversized shirts and loose-fitting tops to counteract their sultry vibe. Just add a jazzy handbag, and you've got the art of the casual night-out outfit down.

Shop the look:

Collusion Plus Organic Cotton Oversized Shirt in White (£18)

Paco Rabanne Sparkle 1969 Mini Sequinned Shoulder Bag (£500)

The Attico Zebra Print Mini Skirt1 (£190)

7. BLAZER + JEANS

Style Notes: This is perhaps the most formidable wardrobe combination out there. Is there any night-out occasion or event you can't wear jeans and a blazer to? Make like TyLynn Nguyen and style yours with a silky camisole to give this effortlessly chic and chill look additional after-dark appeal.

Shop the look:

Zara Check Linen Blend Blazer (£70)

Frame Le Bardot Crop Kick-Flare Jeans (£145)

Who What Wear Collection Penelope Mules (£77)

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