What to Wear on Saturday Night

Start with what you like. We add the sparkle.

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We Know You Already Have a White Shirt

Deciding what to wear when you’re going out (cocktails? dinner with friends?) is tricky. You want to take your look up a notch, but without a lot of drama or discomfort. Our advice? Begin with what’s already hanging in your closet—a white shirt, a turtleneck, a cardigan—and then mix in wowza color, luxe texture (leather, faux fur) or a shock of shine (e.g., the sequined tee, right). It’s you, only dressier.

 

Go for major glamour by layering a sequined T-shirt on top. J.Crew sequined top, $695, and silk blouse, $110; jcrew.com

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Get It for Less

This has a similar shape and a flattering dark hue.

 

Boden sequined top,$148; bodenusa.com. H&M silk blouse,$50; hm.com for stores.

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High Design for Less

Narciso Rodriguez is the first in a new series of designers who will offer limited-edition collections for Kohl’s. The line features classic cuts and bold graphics (such as the top above), with sizes up to 16. Available in select stores and online through December; from $30 to $150. So good, you’ll need to shop early.

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You Already Own: a Black Turtleneck

Banana Republic silk blend turtleneck, $60; bananarepublic.com. Coldwater Creek mixed metal and glass necklace, $90; coldwatercreek.com.

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Pair It With: Seriously Sexy Heels

The botanical print takes the stilted out of the stiletto.

 

Aldo satin pumps, $60; aldoshoes.com.

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Pair It With: Earrings with Hang Appeal

Studs? Snooze.

 

H&M metal earrings, $10; hm.com for stores.

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Pair It With: a Luxe Vest

What's winning: the polish of (faux) fur combined with the ease of sporty styling.

 

Banana Republic faux-fur vest, $125; bananarepublic.com.

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Pair It With: Silky Printed Pants

J.Crew silk pants, $228; jcrew​.com. Club Monaco suede belt, $99; club​monaco.com.

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Pair It With: Skinny, Textured Trousers

H&M cotton blend pants, $50; hm.com for stores.

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You Already Own: a Cardigan

Add a dazzling tank and a belt that pops. Choose a fitted tank to keep bulk at bay.

 

Tory Burch silk blend cardigan, $250; toryburch.com. Coldwater Creek sequined shell, $100; coldwatercreek.com. Ann Taylor calf-hair belt, $44; anntaylor.com.

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Pair It With: Wrist Bling

Give your everyday watch the night off.

 

Seiko stainless steel watch, $250; seikousa.com for stores.

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Pair It With: Fête-Worthy Pumps

A new take on the spectator; the slight shimmer says evening.

 

Sam Edelman glitter and suede pumps, $120; dillards.com.

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Pair It With: Tux-inspired Trousers

The soft, fluid fabric (chiffon) says dressy.

 

Rachel Rachel Roy jacquard chiffon pants, $109; rachelroy.com.

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Pair It With: Ladylike Leopard

Too short? Wear with charcoal opaque hose.

 

Ann Taylor silk blend skirt, $88; anntaylor.com.

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Pair It With: Bold Bijoux

Erickson Beamon's new, well-priced collection for Club Monaco is winning.

 

Erickson Beamon for Club Monaco gold earrings, $140; clubmonaco.com.

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Pair It With: A Touch of Fur

Think of gray as your go-with-all hue.

 

Michael Michael Kors fur and embossed-python purse, $298; michaelkors.com.

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You Already Own: Black Pants

Lauren Ralph Lauren wool tuxedo pants, $169; ralphlauren.com.

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Pair Them With: Color that Wows

The fabric mix (matte plus shine) is evening ready.

 

Narciso Rodriguez for Designation crepe charmeuse top, $54; kohls.com.

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Pair Them With: a Roomy Top

Loft crepe top, $60; loft.com. Ann Taylor resin and glass necklace, $68; anntaylor.com.

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Pair Them With: Embellished Heels

The metal accent is a big trend this season (and your feet will love the flats).

 

Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff patent leather flats, $139; bassshoes.com.

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Pair Them With: a Playful Clutch

Tired of cramming your things into something tiny? Us, too. This one is supersized.

 

J.Crew paillette clutch, $398; jcrew.com.

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You Already Own: Jeans

Not Your Daughter's Jeans denim jeans, $130; nydj.com.

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Pair Them With: a Traffic Stopper

Wear it under a jacket or on its own with the jeans. The only thing missing is the margarita.

 

Michael Michael Kors silk crepe blouse, $225; 866-709-5677 for stores.

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Pair Them With: a Rocker Topper

When keeping the chill off looks this good, why not?

 

H&M leather jacket, $249; hm.com for stores. Coldwater Creek faux-fur snood, $50; coldwatercreek.com.

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Pair Them With: Leather--For Less

Faux is still fab!

 

Topshop faux-leather jacket, $110; topshop.com.

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Pair Them With: An After-Hours Bag

Large but lightweight; shimmer, no extra charge.

 

DKNY faux-fur purse, $195; dkny.com for stores.

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Pair Them With: Flats with Flair

The gold motif coordinates with the jacket's hardware.

 

Michael Michael Kors leather flats, $150; michaelkors.com. Far left: Loeffler Randall leather flats, $325; loefflerrandall.com.

 

Padma Lakshmi shows us the way of Winter Whites.

 

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Originally published in the November 2012 issue

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