What to wear on an evening out

Looking for a smart and stylish look for your evening out? Our sylists have pulled together tips and outfit ideas below, so you’re prepared for any type of night out. Experiment with a patterned shirt. You can go from florals and tropical prints to more subtle patterns, like stripes. Dress up with a blazer and chinos, but with a polo to make your outfit more contemporary. Add a leather jacket to your outfit. It’s just the right amount of dressed-up, without trying too hard.

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Let the outerwear do the talking

Just the hint of colour peeking through the navy pea coat is enough to stop this outfit feeling boring. Particularly with work boots to give it a rugged edge.

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Warm yet stylish

Pair a khaki green wax jacket and a chunky knit for a look Beckham would be proud of – you'll stay warm and dry and earn style points at the same time. Whether you're walking the pups in the country or wading through crowds on a city street, this pairing feels right at home.

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Sticking to one shade

Single-shade outfits always feel smarter. To stop them being boring, add a patterned scarf to create some visual difference.

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Dressing up denim

The darker the denim, the dressier the jeans. We've enhanced that even more by throwing on a single-breasted overcoat and lace-up leather boots (as opposed to trainers, for instance).

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Try an inky approach

Navy and black have been unfairly kept apart for too long. In fact, they work really well together as this outfit proves for semi-formal occasions.

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Monochromatic magic

The key thing about wearing head-to-toe black is to ensure your shades match up. Washed out blacks can instantly downgrade a look, as can an out-of-place brown shoe or belt.

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Why black is good for bad weather

If you've ever been splashed by puddle water, you'll understand the benefit of wearing an outfit that doesn't show up dirt. It helps that black's also very flattering.

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Weatherproof but smart

Keeping dry shouldn't have to mean compromising on style, so instead of reaching for the garish Gore-Tex, try a simple dark green raincoat with your office look.

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