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.
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.