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Outfits Under $100: Going Out on the Cheap


Girls night out
Photo Credit: Max Braun

The scene is your closet, 7:45pm, and your friend just insisted you are going out in thirty minutes. Yup, that means it’s time to panic.

As we all know, the trickiest part of coming up with a night-out look is creating one from one with what you already have in your closet. Whether you’re going to a happy hour, dinner with friends, a house party, or a club, we have you covered with going out looks on the cheap. Each outfit is under $100, made from items you probably already own.

Karaoke Night – $62.33

Karaoke night outfit: Black jeans, mixed metallic accessories, sequin top
Top – Forever 21, Jeans – Forever 21, Heels – Alloy, Clutch – Charlotte Russe, Earrings – Aeropostale, Bracelet – Tilly’s

For karaoke night, you need some shimmer to add to your performance!  Even if you don’t plan on picking up the mic (no one plans on it), an outfit that will stand out is key. We love mixing metals, so we suggest going all out with a silver sequin tee, gold-tipped black pumps (but any basic black pump will do), and a mix of your favorite metallic accessories. Finish the look with basic dark skinnies.

Sushi Date with Friends – $98.27

Outfit for a sushi date with friends: Oversized sweater, lace shorts, black tank, tights, black heels
Product Information: Tank – Target, Shorts – Kohl’s, Sweater – BooHoo, Shoes – Forever 21, Tights – Miss Guided

A chunky sweater is not the first thing people grab when they think of going out, but when paired with lace shorts and pumps, the look can be quite cute.  We love these tights with added detail, too!

Night on the Town – $99.28

Outfit for a night on the town: Leopard tank, leather skirt, blazer, nail polish, black pumps
Product Information: Top – Forever 21, Blazer – Mango, Skirt – PacSun, Shoes – Tilly’s, Nail Polish – Essie

If you are headed out to a few different places for the night, go for a printed top and a blazer. If you have a trendy skirt, like the leather-trimmed one above, wear it (and add tights and a coat if it’s chilly!). You could also sub your favorite jeans here. Finally, we love a pretty color for your fingernails, like this cool blue-green shade by Essie.

Catching Some Live Music – $97.09

Outfit for seeing live music: High-low skirt, red wedges, crop top tank, distressed jacket, statement necklace
Product Information: Top – Miss Selfridge, Jacket – Forever 21, Skirt – ASOS, Shoes – Amazon, Necklace – H&M

If you’re headed to a show at a cafe or small venue (we’re assuming no mosh pits with this outfit), look trendy by rocking a hi-low hem and wedges with a pop of color. To keep warm on a chilly night, throw a distressed denim jacket over the top.

We want to know what you think!

Which look above is your favorite? How do you translate your everyday pieces into going out staples? How do you keep your going out looks under $100? Leave us a comment below and let us know. 

Posted on on January 16, 2013 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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5 Responses to “Outfits Under $100: Going Out on the Cheap”

  1. 1
    January 16th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I totally have the problem of taking so much time to get ready, thank goodness my friends know me by now to tell me ahead of time. “Catching Some Live Music” was my favorite option!!

  2. 2
    January 16th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    love love love all of these outfits, especially the sushi date. that cardigan is to die for!

  3. 3
    January 17th, 2013 at 3:36 am

    I love the idea of the first and third look….although I’m not a big fan of heels
    There just impractical if you want to go nuts and have fun….their like torture devices for me :)
    Can you guys do a post on going out looks in flat shoes or small (practical) heels

  4. 4
    January 17th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    LOVE the Sushi Night outfit!

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