Let’s face it: Going to dinner with couple friends is not just an excuse to catch up, but also an excuse to show other cute couples how cute (and stylish) you are. I mean I don’t know about you, but I’ve got two usual ways of dressing — for the office or for weekends at home. So the only time I get to wear something that’s at all dressy or fun is when we go out, usually with friends. And these days, our idea of a wild night out is a dinner party with friends, whether that’s at someone’s house or a restaurant. Still, I always struggle with picking out dinner party outfits. In fact, I get super stressed before, end up with half my closet scattered over my bed and floor, and arguing with my husband because I’m running late because I can’t figure out what to wear.
For some reason, picking out a dinner party outfit, even if we’re just going to eat with good friends who couldn’t care less what I look like, stresses me out. It’s probably because I don’t have a lot of “going out” clothes now that hitting the bars and clubs isn’t in my regular weekend lineup. I find my work dresses are too “extra” (I work in women’s magazines, after all) and my usual weekend wear is too schlumpy mom. My approach to picking out what to wear to a dinner party or really dinner out with friends is to pair jeans with a cute top and fun heels. Sadly, I recently realized I don’t have many cute going out tops, so that’s something I’m going to add to my shopping list this month. In winter, I’ll throw on a fancy sweater, or in spring and summer, I might opt for a breezy dress instead.
Here are my favorite dinner party outfits to wear when going out with couple friends.
Fun Dress + Sandals
Printed Blouse + Cropped Jeans + Heels
Lace Top + Grey Jeans + Bow Mules + Delicate Hoops
Embellished Puff Sleeve Sweater + Black Jeans + Black Booties + Mini Crossbody Bag
Embellished Sheer Top + Skinny Jeans + Metallic Mules + Wrist Bag
Mini Dress + Over the Knee Boots + Furry Jacket + Crossbody Bag
Cami + Skinny Jeans + Long Cardigan + Fun Heels
Black Ruffle Top + Leather Pants + Mules + Belt Bag