Now that New Years has passed and we’ve all remembered exactly how much effort is required to get fully glammed up for a night out and will subsequently be bumming it in leggings and cozy sweaters until the weather warms up, I figured this post is timely.
I know I am not alone in struggling to decide what to wear on a casual night out when you know no one else will be too dressed up, but you want to look like you put in at least some effort. This applies especially if you live in a small town or city where–to use my sister’s words–a good number of people you encounter will be wearing camo.
Now that I live in DC, I find it’s more acceptable to be fairly dressy for a night out, but then again I just saw a man in Trader Joe’s wearing a fanny pack completely without irony, so really this issue is universal.
Let’s take a look at some options that could work for a low-key night out or a casual dinner date.
Obviously this could be a regular shirt with a lace-up detail and not a sweater, but considering that I have two full dresser drawers dedicated to my sweaters, I have a clear preference. I own the gray Francesca’s sweater below in red, and am forever grateful for the fact that it covers your bum enough that you can also wear leggings. I almost can’t make the excuse that staying in would be more comfortable.
In all honestly I don’t know for sure what these sweaters are called, but about 50% of stores seem to call them choker sweaters while the other half call them cut-out mock neck sweaters, and obviously laziness won out in my case.
I really don’t know why adding a strip of fabric across the neckline of what is essentially a v-neck sweater makes it seem so much more appealing, but it does and I’m not about to question it.
Garage // Missguided
Cold Shoulder Sweater
This is one of those styles that has an almost 100% guarantee of an older lady at the bus stop interrogating you about why you’d buy something that came with holes in it already. If you’re willing to risk that, however, I think it’s a cute look that we can all look back on fondly when we’re 80 years old ourselves.
Closely related to the above, off-the-shoulder sweaters are not exactly new. However, they seem to be coming back into style in a sort of bateau folded neckline, which ostensibly was invented by someone who never had to get one of these things on or off a hanger in the store with the hellish tangle of lingerie straps they require.
If we look past that admittedly petty issue, I like this style because it’s nonchalant but cute, and won’t stand out too much at your local Applebee’s among the camo and flannel. What more can you really ask for from a sweater.