Why is it so hard to put together a going out with the girls outfit?
Is it because ladies have a discerning eye?
(In other words… Is it because ladies can be super critical?)
Is because we want to balance feeling sexy and being comfortable — I mean, we aren’t models, we have to stand on those shoes!)
For me, it’s about bringing my A game. I love the opportunity to just get dressed up for the heck of it and not because I am hoping my plumage attracts other birds (#whyamisingle — also, Mom it might be a bit of a wait on this grand kids). I enjoy the challenge of feeling sexy and comfortable. Besides, my squad runs a tight game and I just want to keep up!
In retrospect, I don’t know why I worry, my friends are such warm, affirming people that we usually greet each other with a 20 minute conversation about great we all look. I have never bought into the stereotype that girls are always catty to each other and I went to an all women’s college! Represent Sweet Briar! Sure, there are ladies out there who aren’t nice and try to take you down but it’s pretty simple — Don’t be friends with them. Surround yourself with awesome, smart, sassy, beautiful ladies and if they are anything like my crew, they will be wonderful friends and fresh as hell.
But back to the topic at hand, I recently went out for my friend Mallory’s 30th birthday. Here’s the beautiful birthday girl:
She was smart and killed it with a sassy blue dress from Rent the Runway! She looked so beautiful. \
Of course when I decided to think about what I was going to wear about an hour before I left my house I texted her that I wish I had ordered a dress too… because, of course, I hate all of my clothes. I may have a closet full of clothes but every potential outfit was rejected for various reasons.
We’ve all been there, right?
In the end, I decided to keep it classic and go with a striped cotton dress and to dress it up with a smokey high, mixed metal jewelry, and my trusty wedge strappy heels. When I got to the dinner, it turned out I wasn’t the only one who used that formula… check out this squad. We owned black and white.
The whole birthday party was like a blog post about great girls night outfits… so I am writing a post about it.
Check out how these two did shorts — one with a bold color against prints and one with a sassy romper.
Nikki and Mal killed it in blue!
Here are some tips when putting together your outfit for ladies night out:
1. Take a classic item from your closet like a dress or a romper. It can be cotton, striped, wrapped, or ruched.
2. Pair it with wedge heels. Everyone can wear them. They take a lot of the stress and pain out of heels with all the benefit. I mean did you see Trina’s gams in the pic above?
3. Have fun with your jewelry or makeup — OR BOTH! (But keep your hair classic!)
Really the best advice in this and in all things is to surround yourself with awesome people, be yourself, and have fun. We certainly did.
Happy 30th Birthday Mallory! 🙂