How to Look Classy When You Go Out for the Evening This Fall

This list of outfit ideas took me longer than usual to compile for you.  I worked all day and evening for days.  These ideas are the result of many years of coming home after work and sitting down with the news on TV, a drink, a candle and the cats to just relax.  My favorite way of relaxing was to come up with ideas on how to combine the clothes I had.  I finally realized there are infinite combinations, and decided to share them with you!

When the weather gets cold, there are certain items that come in handy for numerous evening looks.  Age doesn’t matter.  Just choose the pieces that work best for you!

Fall begins with casual evenings, and then holiday parties of all sorts start rolling in.  Here are the evening pieces I find that I use over and over, along with my ideas for how to wear them.  When the holidays are here, take a look at my holiday posts:  Over 100 Evening Looks for Holiday Events and A New Perspective on Holiday Outfit Colors.

These lists are handy for when you want to decide what to buy for your evening wardrobe, or to inspire you when you don’t know what to wear.  You don’t need all of these items, especially if you like a minimal wardrobe…just pick and choose from what you like best.  These are just ideas I’m sharing with you.  I like to check off of the list what I wore, and just keep the outfits on the list (maybe with a star) that looked best.

You might like to print these lists out and keep the printout as a pamphlet handy in your closet.  To make it easier for you to do that, I am limiting the amount of photos so they don’t get in the way so much when you print.  If you prefer more photos, let me know in the comments section.

velvet dress

Here are the clothes and accessories that are the building blocks of my cold-weather evening looks:

  1. A gold, silver or bronze top (such as a blouse or tunic)
  2. A metallic sweater
  3. A cashmere sweater and/or cardigan
  4. An embellished sweater (beaded, sequin, fur collar, etc.)
  5. An embellished cardigan
  6. A velvet top
  7. A sheer blouse
  8. A silk and/or satin blouse
  9. A lace top
  10. A lace turtleneck
  11. A tuxedo jacket
  12. A faux fur vest
  13. Gray or navy flannel pants
  14. A black skirt (chiffon, lace, sequin, tulle, leather and/or maxi)
  15. Velvet jacket, skirt and/or pants (as a suit or just in a matching color)
  16. A velvet dress
  17. A little black dress and/or black maxi-dress
  18. Optional: A sequinned or crystal-studded dress
  19. Black leather pants
  20. Statement necklace, earrings
  21. A gold or rhinestone cuff or two
  22. A faux fur scarf
  23. A metallic scarf
  • Sparkly hair ornaments turn a bad hair day into a good one
  • Any pair of trousers dresses up easily with special-occasion tops
  • Velour tops and pants mix well with dressier pieces for a more comfortable outfit
  • Leather jackets (moto jackets, blazers, cardigans with leather details) toughen up girly pieces.
  • Skinny pants of any sort go with all of your evening tunics
  • Jeans go with everything, except for the fanciest occasions
  • A jean jacket dresses down clothes that are too fancy
just add necklace
Just add a statement necklace!

The following outfit ideas are just that, ideas to inspire you.  Feel free to create freely and make it your own!

A Metallic Sweater

A metallic sweater over any party bottoms, or with jeans and dressy footwear.

  • A metallic sweater + black velour pants.
  • A metallic sweater over velvet pants or leggings.
  • A metallic sweater + leather pants.  Add a pendant.
  • A metallic sweater + a pencil skirt.  You may like to add hold heels and purse.
  • A metallic sweater + silky pants.  You may like to add gold embroidered mules, drop earrings.
  • A metallic top + a black leather skirt.  Add black tights + long, geometric earrings + gold bangles + gold rings (stacking rings, etc.)
  • A gold sweater + blue jeans.  Add a leopard-print scarf looped infinity-style + some stud earrings.
  • A metallic tunic + black leggings (velvet, cotton, snakeskin, leather) + a moto jacket.  Add gold statement earrings + a black and gold bracelet + gold purse.  Or if the top is not gold, match your jewelry to the metal of the tunic.
  • A metallic tunic + a long, slim skirt.  You may want to add a metallic belt matched to the tunic + heels.
  • A metallic tunic + jeggings.  Add hoop earrings.
  • A metallic tunic + skinny jeans.  Add pretty pumps (patent leather, etc.)  You mays also like to add a long, gold pendant + earrings.
  • A metallic tunic + over a black slip-dress.
  • A gold top + pewter evening pants.  Add a silver and gold medallion necklace + gold and/or silver bangles.
  • A gold or silver tunic + charcoal leggings or yoga pants.  Add a big gold ring.
  • A gold tunic + silver pants.  Add a silver statement necklace and rings.
  • A gold sweater + gray pants or leggings.  Add a cocktail ring.
  • A gold or silver tunic over white leggings.  Add wide, gold or silver hoop earrings + gold or silver evening shoes.  You may even want to add a belt.
Metallic sweater from Soft Surroundings
Shimmer Sweater – Soft Surroundings

Cashmere Sweater

  1. Big City – Restaurant, Drinks after Work, Theater, Movies, Late Supper Date, etc.:  A black cashmere sweater + brown tweed trousers + a black velvet cape.  Add black satin shoes + gold jewels.
  2. A cashmere sweater + a matching color velvet skirt.
  3. A cream cashmere sweater + brown tweed pants or gray flannel pants.  Or, you can just use any navy, tan, black or brown pants.
  4. A cashmere sweater + skinny or straight-cut jeans.  Add a statement necklace.
  5. A cashmere sweater + a long skirt in a matching color.  Add a sparkly belt.
  6. A cream cashmere sweater + cream trousers.  Add a gold belt, gold heels, gold & sparkle earrings, gold beads.  You might also like to add a peach shawl, or a small flower.  Make sure your hair, makeup and hands are perfect!
  7. A black crew-neck cashmere sweater + a black maxi-skirt (with sparkles, or add your own bling).
  8. A black cashmere crew-neck sweater and its cardigan + a black silk skirt.  Add black satin flats + gold jewelry.
  9. A red cashmere sweater + a black velvet skirt.  Add ballet flats, a black and red scarf, red and black beads.  Put your hair up, and keep your makeup minimal.
embellished sweater
Embellished sweater from Macy’s

An Embellished Sweater (beaded, sequin, fur collar, etc.)

  • An embellished sweater + velour pants in a matching color.  Add a pretty scarf (lace would be nice) + evening shoes + antique earrings.  Put your hair up to show off the earrings!
  • An embellished sweater + a velvet skirt.  Add chandelier earrings.
  • Embellished sweater + a black skirt.  Add black pumps and nude stockings.
  • An embellished sweater over a little black dress.  Add black satin shoes.
  • An embellished sweater + a velvet or sparkly skirt.  Add pearl drop earrings + metallic or black satin heels.
  • An embellished sweater + jeans.  Add earrings, a jeweled belt, a funky handbag, heels.  Hair up or curled.
sheer sleeve blouse
Mixed media top with sheer sleeves by Modcloth

A Sheer Blouse

  • A sheer blouse over a matching color lace top, a dark or colored camisole, a black bra, or a black or red tank top.  Add bottoms of choice.
  • A sheer blouse + a matching color cotton camisole + matching color skinnies.
  • A sheer black blouse and camisole or tank + black velvet or velour pants.  You may want to add a black scarf around your neck.
  • A black hoodie cardigan + a sheer black blouse + black or gray trousers.  You may want to tuck in the blouse and add an embellished belt.
DVF
Crossover Tie Blouse in silk satin by Diane Von Furstenberg

A Silk or Satin Top

  • Ivory silk blouse + a short brown suede skirt.  Add a brown fur scarf and gold:  bag, shoes, bangles, hair accessories.
  • Ivory silk blouse + a navy velvet skirt or gray flannel skirt.  Add tan fur scarf and gold:  bag, shoes, bangles, hair accessories.
  • A black silk blouse open as a jacket + a jeweled camisole in a pretty color + black velvet trousers.
  • A navy silk blouse as jacket over a teal jeweled camisole or a jewel-colored, bare top + navy velvet pants.  You might want to add a belt.
lace blouse
Hollow Out Lace Panel Blouse from Shein

A Lace Top

  • A long-sleeve lace top + corduroy pants.  Add boots with a heel.
  • Long-sleeve black lace top + slim black pants + jean jacket.  Roll up sleeves of jacket.  Add red or gold or colorful pumps + a colorful print bag + a cocktail ring.  Nice with your hair up!
  • A lace top + velveteen pants.  Add chandelier earrings + a cocktail ring.
  • A lace top + a short suede skirt.
  • A lace top + a leather skirt.  Add boots.  You might want to add long earrings.  If your top and skirt are black, add leopard-print accessories.
  • A lace top tucked into a pencil skirt.  Add tights and boots.
  • A black or white lace top + black leather pants.  Add a statement necklace + bangles and bracelets + rings + earrings + black heels or cut-out booties.
  • A sleeveless dress + a long-sleeve lace top.  Add tights + heels.  You might like to add a couple of bracelets, a colorful statement necklace, a shorter chunky embellished chain necklace.
  • A lace top + a leather jacket + moto boots.  Add bottoms of choice.
  • A long-sleeve lace top tucked into a blue velveteen skirt.  Add black tights.
  • A lace top + a velvet skirt.  Add earrings + a bracelet.
  • Any lace top, including a turtleneck + a velvet jacket + blue jeans.  Add one or more brooches.  Do a smokey eye.  You may like to tease your hair and pin back the sides, in which case some earrings might be a good addition.
lace tneck
Long Sleeve Lace Turtleneck from MetroStyle

A Lace Turtleneck

  • A lace turtleneck + blue jeans.  Add 1) dramatic earrings + rings; or, 2) you might want to add a long cross pendant; or, 3) push back sleeves and add a beaded cuff or charm bracelet; or, 4) add a stack of narrow bangles over your sleeve cuff, or 5) add a string of beads.  Curl your hair and put it into a messy up-do.
  • A lace turtleneck + black jeans.  You might like to add bracelets.
  • A lace turtleneck over white jeans or pants.  Add earrings + rings.
  • A lace turtleneck tucked into a pencil skirt.  You might want to add a wide belt, earrings, a bracelet.
  • A lace turtleneck tucked into a lacy black skirt + a cardigan buttoned only in the middle.  Add a sparkly pendant + boots.
  • A lace turtleneck over a slip dress.  Add tall boots.
  • A lace turtleneck over flares or boot-cut blue jeans.  Add a suede jacket + a ring + boots.
  • A lace turtleneck + black leather pants.  Add a sparkly headband.  Or, add large hoops + a special ring.  You may also want to add a black leather blazer.
  • A lace turtleneck + a velvet jacket + blue jeans.  Add a couple of matching pendants + boots.  You may also want to add a belt.
  • Lace turtleneck + a velvet blazer.  Add bottoms of choice.
  • Lace turtleneck + a long jean skirt.  Add a pretty belt and boots.
  • Lace turtleneck over black or white pants.  Add large hoop earrings + a wide, gold bracelet + cut-out booties; or, add hoop earrings + a ring + evening shoes.  You may want to curl your hair.
  • Lace turtleneck tucked into wide-leg black trousers.  Add one or more black belts + one or more bracelets over the cuffs of your top + black boots.
  • Lace turtleneck + blue jeans + velvet jacket.  Add pretty pumps.
  • Lace turtleneck + a leather blazer + blue jeans.
  • Lace turtleneck + a maxi-skirt.  You might like to add pearl earrings.
  • Lace turtleneck + a leather skirt.  Add tall boots.
  • Lace turtleneck + ivory trousers or white pants.  Add wide hoop earrings or statement earrings.
  • Lace turtleneck + a trumpet skirt.  Add long earrings, maybe a bracelet, cocktail ring and black heels with skin-tone stockings.  You may want to add a skinny belt over the t-neck.
  • Lace turtleneck + a velvet skirt.
  • Lace turtleneck + a sparkly skirt.
CK velvet top
Calvin Klein Velvet Belle-Sleeve Top from Macy’s

A Velvet Top

  • Easy Evening: A velvet shirt worn as a jacket over a cream satin blouse + black trousers.  Add black satin shoes + a black belt with jeweled buckle + gold or silver jewelry.
  • Restaurant Dinner, Theater Opening, etc.: A velvet shirt worn open as a jacket + a black jersey camisole + a black jersey skirt.  Add black satin shoes.
  • Restaurant, Theater, etc.: A velvet shirt + a lacy camisole + a long, slim skirt.  You might like to add a belt with jeweled buckle.
  • A velvet top + blue jeans.  1) Add heels and a cuff, or 2) Add a statement necklace toned to the color of your top, or 3) Add statement earrings, or 4) Add gold jewelry:  earrings, bracelets, chains, or 5) Add a chain belt + a charm necklace, or 6) Add evening earrings, a bracelet, black boots with a heel.
  • A black velvet top + black jeans.
  • A velvet top + matching color velvet skirt or pants.  Or, pair a velvet top with matching color skirt or pants in another material.
  • A black velvet top over a black velvet skirt.  Add black sheers and heels.
  • A velvet shirt worn open as a jacket + a camisole in a color to match the shirt + velvet pants in a neutral color.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket + a little black dress.  Add a studded belt.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket over a black maxi-dress.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket + a black camisole + black pants.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket + a gray cami + gray flannel pants.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket + matching color velvet leggings + a long, black jersey camisole.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket + a cream silk shirt in black trousers.  Add black satin shoes + gold jewelry.  You may also like to add a gold chain belt or a belt with a jeweled buckle.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket + a lace turtleneck + black pants.  Add opaque stockings + pumps.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket over a bare black camisole + a long, black jersey skirt, with or without sparkle.
  • A purple velvet shirt as jacket + a cream silk blouse + navy velvet trousers.
  • A purple velvet shirt as jacket + a white tank over black velvet pants.  Add multiple gold chains + black heels.
  • Any color velvet shirt as jacket + a black camisole + black velour pants.
  • A velvet shirt as jacket over a gray sweater + gray pants.
  • A purple velvet shirt over a sweater + gray pants.
  • A velvet shirt over dresses, long and short.
  • A velvet shirt + black pants.  Add a necklace.
  • A velvet shirt over black leather pants.  Add a statement necklace (try matching to color of the shirt + bangles + black heels.  If you prefer to use the shirt as a jacket, unbutton and add a camisole the same color as the shirt.
  • A velvet shirt unbuttoned as low as you dare to go + black or blue skinnies/jeggings/leggings.  Add statement earrings + bangles, or a necklace that matches the color of the shirt.
  • A velvet shirt + a black, navy or brown top + pants or skirt that match the top.
  • A velvet shirt or tunic + black or blue jeans.
  • A velvet tunic  over a long, slim skirt in matching color.
  • A velvet tunic + velvet leggings or pants (the top and bottom can be any colors you choose).
  • A velvet tunic + skinny blue jeans or jeggings.  Curl your hair to make it special.
  • A velvet tunic + white skinnies.
  • A black velvet top over a black printed maxi-skirt.  Add a statement necklace + black heels.
  • A velvet top + a matching color maxi-skirt.  Add boots + statement earrings.
  • A velvet top + matching color pants.
  • A velvet top + corduroy or cargo pants.
  • A black velvet top + a gray maxi-skirt.  Add black boots + hoop earrings.
  • A black velvet top + a black sleeveless blazer + leggings or yoga pants.  Leave the sleeveless blazer unbuttoned and belt it.
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Trailing Flowers Jacquard Topper from J.Jill

An Embellished Cardigan or Duster

  • An embellished cardigan + a t-shirt + blue jeans.
  • An embellished cardigan over a matching color fancy or body-conscious dress.
  • An embellished cardigan over a bare little evening dress.
  • An embellished long-line cardigan over a short dress.  Belt the cardi and add a scarf.
  • An embellished cardigan + a t-shirt in matching color + black pants and boots.
  • An embellished cardigan + a matching color shell + blue jeans.
  • An embellished long-line cardigan + a neutral-color camisole + blue jeans.  Add a belt over the cardi.  (You may need to tuck the end of the strap into the belt if it’s too long.)
  • An embellished cardigan + a lace shell + jeans.  Add heels.  You may also want to add a bracelet or two in a color that matches the cardi.
  • An embellished cardigan + a graphic tee in the same color as the cardi + blue jeans.
  • A pretty color embellished cardigan + a white scoop-neck top + blue jeans.  Add a thin, gold belt over the cardi.
  • An embellished cardi + a matching color shell + white or black trousers.
  • An embellished cardi over a little black dress.  Add gold chain necklaces + gold hoop earrings, or push sleeves back a little and add a cuff.
  • Add an embellished cardi to a black base, such as a black top and black pants.
  • An embellished cardi in a pretty color + a black or ivory shell + black or blue jeggings/jeans.
  • An embellished cardi + tweed pants + a camisole in a matching color.
  • An embellished long-line cardi + jeggings.  You may want to add a necklace or earrings.
  • A black wrap top + dark skinnies + charcoal embellished duster.  Add studded black boots and bag + stacked silver bangles.
  • An embellished duster + a black scoop-neck top + black skinny pants.
  • An embellished duster + an ivory camisole + black skinnies.  Add ankle boots + a waterfall necklace.
  • A black embellished duster + a black sequinned tank top + black skinnies.  You may want to add tall boots over the skinny pants.
  • An embellished duster + a matching color embellished tunic + black skinnies.  Add short black boots.
fur vest
Spotted Leopard Faux Fur Vest from Charlotte Russe

A Faux Fur Vest

  • A fur vest + a tank top (a gemstone color would be good) + blue jeans.  Add evening shoes + bracelets + earrings.
  • Add fur vest to a sequinned dress.  Add sparkly cuffs and ring + big, gold hoop earrings.
  • A black maxi-dress with long sleeves + a fur vest.  Add long chains or gold beads + bangles + black ankle boots.
  • A fur vest + a silky top or sheer blouse + skinny jeans.
Tuxedo blazer
BCBGeneration Tuxedo Blazer from Revolve

A Tuxedo Jacket

If you already have a velvet blazer, it can be used in place of a tuxedo jacket, as follows.

  1. A tuxedo jacket + a t-shirt + jeans.
  2. A tuxedo jacket + tailored boot-cut trousers or a pencil skirt.
  3. Tuxedo jacket + a long, black skirt.
  4. Black tuxedo jacket + red trousers + a black t-shirt.  Add neutral heels.
  5. Black tuxedo jacket + black lace top + blue jeans.  Add earrings.  Put your hair up into a messy up-do.
  6. Tuxedo blazer over a dress.  Add black opaque stockings and pumps + long, sparkly earrings.  Put your hair up and do a smokey eye.
  7. A tuxedo jacket + a cocktail dress.
  8. Tuxedo jacket + a black sheath dress.  Add boots, if possible.  Add necklace + earrings (black, silver, studs, leather…)
  9. Tuxedo jacket + a black top + black leather pants.  Or, use any color sweater.
  10. Tuxedo jacket buttoned over a ruffled white shirt + blue jeans.  Add a choker (especially nice in velvet).  This looks great with an up-do!
  11. Tuxedo jacket + black leather pants.  Add gold heels + black and gold bracelets.  For an elegant yet businesslike look, put your hair up.
  12. Tuxedo jacket open over a striped tee tucked inside leather pants.  Add a studded black belt + a chunky chain bracelet + a long, narrow chiffon scarf tied around your neck with long ends in front.  Do a smokey eye and nude lips.
  13. A tuxedo jacket + a gauzy blouse.  Add bottoms of choice.
  14. Tuxedo jacket + a little black dress.
  15. Tuxedo jacket + a brightly-colored blouse tucked into black leather pants.   Add a fur scarf or boa + gold heels.
velvet cardi
Velvet cardigan from Sundance

Velvet Jacket, Velvet Skirt and/or Pants (preferably matching)

  1. Autumn City Evening: A black velvet jacket over a little black dress.
  2. Dinner Suit Look: A purple (or other color) velvet shirt worn open as a jacket + a cream silk or satin or ruffled blouse + navy velvet trousers or skirt.  Add black satin heels and belt.
  3. Restaurant Dinner, Drinks after Work, Theater, Movies: Black velvet jacket + black cashmere sweater + brown tweed trousers.  Add black satin heels + gold jewelry.  May add a pretty black belt.
  4. A velvet blazer over a white tee + jeans.
  5. A blue or black velvet jacket + a red shell + blue jeans.  Add a statement necklace.
  6. A velvet jacket + a lacy or sequinned top + blue jeans.  You may want to add a metallic scarf, boots with a heel.
  7. A black velvet jacket + cream sweater + cream or gray trousers.
  8. A black velvet blazer + a sheer white blouse + blue jeans.
  9. A black velvet jacket + a leopard shell + brown pants.  Add brown sandals with a heel.
  10. A black velvet jacket + a short, black chiffon skirt.  You might like to add pearls and red shoes.
  11. A velvet jacket + a silk top partially tucked in front into flannel trousers.  Add a bib necklace.
  12. A velvet jacket + a beaded top.  Add bottoms of choice.
  13. Black velvet jacket + white ruffled blouse + black or blue jeans or black pants.  Add a gold belt.  You may want to add one or more pins on lapel.  Curl your hair, or pull your hair back and add sparkly earrings.
  14. A velvet jacket + a sequinned tank top + skinny jeans.  Add ankle boots.
  15. A velvet jacket + a matching color velvet top + blue jeans.
  16. A velvet jacket + a silk tank top + blue jeans.  Add a statement necklace.
  17. A velvet blazer + a matching color trumpet skirt and camisole.
  18. A velvet blazer + matching color pants and silky tank.  Add a necklace + earrings.
  19. A black velvet jacket + a cream cashmere sweater or camisole + silver pants.  You may like to add a gold belt and shoes.
  20. A black velvet blazer over a black crew-neck cashmere sweater + brown tweed trousers.  Add a brown belt, brown heels, gold jewelry.
  21. A black velvet jacket + a black evening camisole + brown tweed trousers.  Add a gold belt + brown heels.
  22. A black velvet jacket + black trousers + a red camisole or halter.  Add a fuzzy ivory beret and/or bling.
  23. A velvet blazer over a jewel-colored t-shirt (even if it’s a graphic tee) + blue jeans.  Add heels, hoop earrings and a big ring.
  24. Velvet pants + any matching color sweater, including a turtleneck.
  25. Velvet pants + pretty blouses and sweaters.
  26. Velvet pants + a printed tunic that has a color in it that matches one in the pants.
  27. A gray cardigan or sweater + black velvet pants.  Add black ballet flats + a black fur scarf or other black evening scarf.
  28. A cream silk blouse + navy velvet pants or skirt + purple velvet shirt as jacket.  Add evening shoes + a belt.
  29. A black blouse + navy velvet pants.
  30. Velvet pants or skirt + a silk tunic.
  31. Velvet pants or skirt + a sequinned or lace top in a color that matches your bottoms.  Add booties.
  32. A velvet skirt + a beaded sweater in a matching color.  Add bracelets.  Puy your hair up, and keep your makeup minimal.
  33. A black cashmere cardigan + a black velvet skirt.  Belt the cardi at waist with a black satin cord.  Add a bold medallion, any color + tall black boots.  You might also want to add a scarf inside the cardi.
  34. A black turtleneck + a black velvet skirt.  Add a colorful brooch + black beads.  Put your hair up, and keep your makeup minimal.
  35. A shawl cardigan over a black camisole + a black velvet skirt.  Add long necklaces toned to the cardi.
  36. A black velvet skirt + a sequinned and/or lacy tank top + a black cardigan.  Add tall black boots.
  37. A blouse + a matching color velvet skirt.  You may want to add ankle boots.
  38. A long-sleeve black t-shirt + black velvet skirt.  Or, use any color velvet skirt or pants and match a long-sleeve tee to it.  Add accessories in metallic or crayon colors.
  39. A black velvet skirt + a black cashmere crew-neck sweater.  Add black satin flats, lots of gold jewelry, red shawl as evening cover.
  40. A plaid shirt + a velvet skirt.  Add a wide, casual gold belt + crystals + a boa or a glam/furry scarf in a color toned to your outfit.
velvet pants
Velvet Mid-rise Skinnies from Free People

Gray or Navy Flannel Pants

  1. A gray cardigan + gray flannel pants + a bare cream-color camisole.  Add a metallic leather belt + matching metallic evening shoes.
  2. A long-sleeve white v-neck t-shirt + gray or navy flannel or velvet pants.  Add a metallic scarf + heels.
  3. A sweater + gray flannel trousers.  Add a cardigan (red, coral, cobalt, teal, etc.) or a velvet shirt as a jacket.
black dress
Black dress from La Redoute

A Black Dress

  1. A black sundress or tank dress + a jean jacket.  Add black evening shoes + a bracelet + a ring.  Cuff the jacket once, neatly.
  2. A black maxi-dress + a jean jacket.  Add chain bracelets + hoop earrings + black evening shoes + a gold clutch.
  3. Any other black dress + a jean jacket.  Roll up the sleeves and add a rhinestone cuff.
  4. A little black dress (LBD) + a black moto jacket.  Add black opaque tights + black booties.
  5. A long, black dress + a black leather jacket.  Add pumps.
  6. An LBD + textured tights and tall black boots.  Add a long, gold pendant.  You might want to add a coverup in addition to your coat.
  7. A black dress + a fur vest or fur scarf.  Add metallic, gold, fierce accessories (tiger’s eye, feather earrings, snakeskin, crocodile, lizard, eagle motifs, studs, etc.)
  8. A black dress + an embellished cardigan.  Add earrings that match the bling on the cardi.
  9. A wrap sweater over a black dress.

A Velvet Dress

  • A velvet dress + footless tights.
  • A velvet dress + a pearls, diamonds, gold, satin heels, or embroidered shawl.
  • A velvet dress + a boa.
  • A velvet dress + a crystal pendant + crystal cuffs.  Add a great pair of ankle boots.
  • A velvet dress + a leather jacket.
  • A velvet dress + a moto jacket.  Add black stockings + black moto boots + dainty necklaces.
  • A velvet dress + jean jacket + a moto jacket over the jean jacket.  Add boots.  You may also want to add a necklace and a brooch.
  • Velvet dress + tall boots.  Add a long pendant.
  • Velvet dress + a crystal statement necklace + some crystal cuffs or bangles; or, use any statement necklace and cuff. Add a great pair of ankle boots or heels.
  • A velvet dress + dark black sheer stockings + black cut-out booties.
  • A velvet dress + a pearl tassel necklace or a statement necklace.  Add stud earrings.
  • Velvet dress + tights + booties.  Add a double strand of beads.
  • Velvet dress + black leggings + tall black boots.  Add one or more silver bracelets.
  • Velvet dress + a metallic necklace + sleek heels.
  • Velvet dress + multiple gold chains + gold earrings + black opaques + black flats.
  • Velvet dress + black stockings and heels.  Add a crystal starburst or other sparkly brooch.  Put your hair up.
  • Velvet dress + a metallic scarf.
  • Velvet dress + a brooch.

A Sequinned Dress or Skirt (Optional)

  • A sequinned dress or skirt.  Add tights + booties + a sweater, blouse, t-shirt or any other top of your choice if it’s a skirt.
  • A sequinned dress or skirt.  Add over-the-knee boots + any top of your choice, casual or dressy, if it’s a skirt.
  • A sequinned dress or skirt + a leather jacket.  Add any top of your choice if it’s a skirt.  You might want to add boots.
  • A sequinned dress or skirt.  Add a top of your choice if it’s a skirt + gold shimmer stockings + gold or bronze heels + a cocktail ring.  You may also want to add a necklace.
  • A knit cardigan over a sequinned dress or skirt.
  • Add a tuxedo blazer to a sequinned dress or skirt + a top of your choice if it’s a skirt.  Then add tights + boots + stud earrings.  Put your hair up.

Or Just Wear Black

  • Easy Evening:  A black cashmere sweater + black velour pants.  Add a gold belt and shoes + gold jewelry + a black shawl.
  • A black blouse + black velour pants.  Add a gold belt + gold heels + gold & emerald-colored jewelry.
  • A black sequin top + black leather pants.  Add an amazing gold bracelet.
  • A black sweater + black trousers.  Add gold cuffs + gold earrings + black satin shoes + an aqua shawl.
  • A black tunic + black leggings.  Add cut-out booties + a statement necklace.
  • A black turtleneck + any black skirt, fancy or not.  You may like to add a sparkly scarf.
  • A long-sleeve black sweater + a lacy black skirt.
  • A black peplum top + black leather pants.  Add a crystal necklace + a delicate chain bracelet or bangles + black heels.
  • A black peplum top+ black leather skirt.  Add large hoop earrings.  You may want to add black ankle boots.
  • A black top + any black pants + a fur jacket.
  • Add a jewel-buckle belt to a black sweater and pants.
  • Black moto jacket + a black sequinned top + black skinny or straight-leg jeans.  Add a chain necklace + a chunky chain bracelet + black heels + black clutch.
  • A black sequinned or lace tank + black leather pants + a black cardigan or jacket or blouse as jacket.
  • A black embellished tunic + black leather or snakeskin leggings, add one or two black cuffs + a short, delicate gold necklace.
  • A long, black embellished blouse belted in gold over a long, black slim skirt.  Add black boots.
  • A black blouse + a black velvet skirt.  Add nude or black heels.
  • A beaded black sweater + black palazzo pants.  Add chandelier earrings + black satin heels.

Here are outfit ideas for various occasions that may come up:

Casual Evening

  • Out with Friends: A deep v-neck sweater over a sleeveless maxi-dress.  You may like to add ballet flats + a chain link purse.
  • For Fall: A t-shirt + any black cardigan + a black floral skirt.  Add boots + a shawl or jacket.
  • A basic tee + skinny denim or corduroy bottoms + a slouchy sweater jacket (push up sleeves).  Add heels + some color with an ethnic bag + a pendant on a cord.  You may also want to add extra pendants about the same size as the first + metal bangles, bracelets and/or cuffs on both wrists, and a bindi on your forehead.
  • A basic tee + jeans + a jean jacket.  Add a statement necklace + glittering heels + an evening clutch.  You may also want to add a belt.
  • A red sweater + blue jeans.  Add a gold belt + black heels.
  • A black boyfriend cardigan over a black sequinned top + blue jeans.  Try buttoning just the middle button on cardi.  Push up the sleeves and add a cuff bracelet.
  • A plaid shirt + skinny jeans + a moto jacket.  Add gold heels.
  • A jean jacket and pearls over a dress.
  • A black scoop-neck top + black velour pants + a jean jacket.  Add a black belt with jeweled buckle + black boots.  Curl your hair.
  • A black boyfriend cardigan + a black sequinned top + blue jeans.  Add gold earrings and bracelets.
  • A black leather jacket + a black lace or sequinned tank top + blue jeans or corduroy pants.
  • A jean jacket over a leopard top + black pants.  Add earrings + special rings.
  • A black hoodie cardigan + an embellished top + black trousers.  Add nice boots.
  • A gray cardigan + a lacy black shell + blue jeans.  Add a pearl necklace with bling.

Date Night

  • A poncho + skinnies + heels.  Add a bold color lipstick.
  • A ladylike blouse + leather pants.  Do a smokey eye and nude lips.
  • A fancy or body-conscious dress + a jean jacket or a black leather jacket.  You may want to add tights, earrings.
  • A black cardigan over a sexy dress.+

Other Evening Outfits

  • Afternoon with a friend, or dancing at a club: A short-sleeve gray t-shirt + a short, black leather skirt + sneakers.  Add a cool necklace.
  • An ivory blazer + black skinny pants = a tuxedo!
  • A black sweater + black pants or skirt.  Add a cardigan (red, coral, cobalt, teal, etc.)
  • An embellished vest + a draped top, half-tucked in front + a short skirt.  Add a necklace + bangles + rings + stud earrings + black tights + black ankle boots.
  • Pair a velvet dress/pants/top with some added embellishments, such as silver and crystals.
  • A velour top + a printed skirt that has a color to match the top.  Add long earrings + a charm bracelet + boots.  Putting your hair up makes it more special.
  • An ivory blazer + a black lace camisole or tank top + black velour pants.  Add black sandals with sparkle + long earrings.
  • An ivory blazer + a black lacy shell + black jeans or black leather pants.  Add a couple strands of pearls.  You might also want to add a black flower pin.
  • A black boyfriend cardigan + a black sequin or lace tank over blue jeans.  Add wide hoop earrings.
  • A black cardigan with leather details over a black slip dress.  Add black heels + black jewelry.
  • A formal dress + a jean jacket.
  • A cocktail dress + a denim jacket.  Add boots.
  • Dress down a fancy dress with a casual jacket or sweater, or flats.
  • You can also dress down a fancy dress with a blazer, coat, jean jacket, leather jacket, etc.
  • A party dress + a leather jacket.  You may want to add chain necklaces.
  • A pretty dress (one or two-piece) + a jean jacket.  Add dressy pumps.
  • A dress + black leather pants or snakeskin leggings.
  • A sequinned skirt + a matching color top + a jean jacket.
  • A gold or black blouse or a sweater trimmed in fur + black velour pants.
  • A black leather blazer + a black sequinned tank top + jeans.  Add booties + a black and gold skinny scarf under the lapels of the jacket.
  • A moto jacket + a chiffon skirt + a black sequinned tank or other top.
  • A brown leather vest + a black leather jacket + black trousers.  Add a wide black leather belt, a killer cuff, evening earrings, heels.
  • A cream shirt under a red sweater + black trousers or brown tweed pants.  Add brown high-heeled sandals, red toenail polish, a small brown leather bag with a red tassel (buy in drapery store and attach to zipper pull).  Add gold jewelry.
  • A fur-collar cardigan + matching color pants + a camisole.  Add rhinestone jewels or a brooch.
  • A plaid blazer + black leather pants + a black shell.  Add one or more necklaces + boots.
  • A long floral skirt + a bright-color tank top + a moto jacket.  Add a crystal bracelet.  You may also want to use a beaded clutch.
  • A fur scarf + a matching color jersey tunic + some old jeans.  You may want to add heels.
  • A lace-hem sweater + black pants or skirt.  Add a statement necklace.
  • A lace-hem sweater + a black leather skirt.  You might like to add flat black boots.
lace-hem sweater
Jerri Lace Crew Neck Pullover from Anthropologie

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10 thoughts on “How to Look Classy When You Go Out for the Evening This Fall

  1. Thank you so much. I would love more photos especially older models. This 64 year old wants to age with attitude but classy too😀

    1. You look great, Sue! I think you and I don’t look as old as we are. I’ll try to accomodate your request as best I can. Thanks for your feedback, Angie

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