Over 30? Here Are 9 Going-Out Outfits That Are Still Plenty Sophisticated

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An invite comes in for the big school fundraiser and it’s a full-blown cocktail party. Or maybe you finally scored a reservation to the hottest restaurant in town, with a notoriously strict dress code. Or perhaps your fanciest friend invited you out to drinks with her circle. All of which raises the question: What the heck are you going to wear!?

These are occasions where your fave blue jeans (usually) won’t cut it, and let’s be honest, you’ve worn the same LBD to every event that started past 8 p.m. since...2017. It’s OK, we pulled together nine going-out outfits that any woman over 30 can wear with confidence.

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going out outfits over 30 blazer dress and booties
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1. Blazer Dress + Booties

If your plans call for something a little dressier, a blazer dress is a great option. The curve-skimming but not skintight silhouette is very forgiving and allows you to indulge in as many desserts as you’d like. Opt for a slightly longer hem, about an inch or two above your knee, to avoid looking like you forgot your pants at home.

Shop similar styles: Bardot dress ($139; $110); Matisse booties ($200)

going out outfit over 30 shirtdress and statement boots
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2. Shirtdress + Statement Boots

Statement boots are the easiest way to dress up an otherwise casual dress—and that rings true whether you’re rocking a baby bump (like above) or not! Step into a pair of tall leather boots to go from work to dinner with the girls. Scrape your hair into a pony and swipe on a red lip that matches your racy footwear.

Shop similar styles: Alfani dress ($100; $75); Sam Edelman boots ($275; $135)

going out outfits over 30 blouse leather leggings
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3. Blouse + Leather Leggings

If leather leggings are your go-to for work and weekend errands, they can also join you after dark. The trick is to bookend your leggings with more polished pieces, like metallic heels and a leopard-print blouse, to make them feel ready for a Michelin-star dinner or date night at the wine bar.

Shop similar styles: Everlane coat ($148); Ganni blouse ($160); Commando leggings ($98); Nina heels ($79); JW Pei bag ($88; $55)

going out outfit over 30 sequins and heels
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4. Sequins + Heels

There’s no reason to abandon sequins just because you’re no longer in your 20s. Embrace allover shine with a midi dress that shows just a hint of skin—maybe something low-cut or a flash of ankle? And, bonus, if you’re not one for heels, this is one evening outfit that will still look cool with a pair of high-top Converse. Just make sure they’re new and not totally smudged with dirt.

Shop similar styles: Veronica Beard dress ($750; $225); Danish Endurance socks ($16); Calvin Klein heels ($120)

going out outfit over 30 blazer jeans heels
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5. Blazer + Jeans + Heels

Jeans? For a night out? Yes, yes you can. Just know that with the inclusion of this one super casual piece, the rest of your outfit should remain as refined as possible. Think a sharp blazer, pointed heels, gold hardware and, yes, pearl earrings. Keep in mind, denim might not be the right choice for all evening activities, so be sure to double-check dress codes or suggested attire before wearing jeans to a gala.

Shop similar styles: Mango blazer ($100); Levi’s jeans ($70); Aquazzura heels($750); Valentino belt ($525); Pomonia earrings ($13)

6. Jumpsuit + Sling-backs

Few things in life are as easy as a jumpsuit. It tricks everyone into thinking you’ve pulled together a well-planned outfit, but it actually feels like you’re stepping out of the house in pj’s. Plus, the one-and-done quality of this outfit means you don’t have to fuss over matching separates. Slip on some cap-toe sling-backs, grab your fave mini bag and you’re ready to hit the town.

Shop similar styles: Ramy Brook jumpsuit ($445); Sole Bliss shoes ($279); Boyy bag ($975)

going out outfits over 30 leather blazer and slip skirt
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7. Leather Blazer + Slip Skirt

You’ve got a favorite white T-shirt and you probably have a silk slip skirt hanging around somewhere, so why not put them to work? When worn under a leather blazer, the result is polished but breezy, ideal for dinner with the kids or evenings that include more than one stop.

Shop similar styles: Chico’s blazer ($149); Madewell T-shirt ($20); Universal Standard skirt ($100); Senso heels ($149)

going out outfits over 30 day to night dress and duster
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8. Day-to-night Dress + Duster

You didn’t think we’d leave out a day-to-night look, did you? Here’s an outfit you could easily wear for a day of meetings and calls at the office and then head directly to a cocktail party without having to change in a public bathroom. The coordinating dress and duster is such a polished look—just amp it up with a coat of dark lipstick.

Shop similar styles: Boden dress ($180); See by Chloé coat ($925); Jaggar heels ($164); Estée Lauder lipstick ($32)

going out outfits over 30 sweater dress and strappy heels
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9. Sweater Dress + Strappy Heels

Don’t discredit the quiet luxury of a sweater dress. A lush knit can be the coziest way to get dressed up for girls’ night, as long as you accessorize appropriately. Minimal add-ons like a gold box chain and strappy sandals have the quiet power to elevate any knit.

Shop similar styles: Zara dress ($50); Laura Lombardi necklace ($80); Louise et Cie bag ($350); LOQ sandals ($350)

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