The fact that I drop off the radar on Twitter at 10.30pm every night is not a planned ‘switching-off’ occurrence, it’s because it’s bedtime and I’ve probably been tucked up in my PJ’s devouring the final stages of my Friends box set for an hour already. It’s rare to see me out past dusk; I’m like the opposite of a vampire, when the sun does down I retreat. So a night out on the town isn’t very high on my agenda. But when a besties birthday rolls around I’ll make an exception, throw on my glad rags and limber up for some serious shape pulling moves. Back in the day I’d clothe myself in as little as possible, but these days I require something a little less belly baring so I thought I’d put together some tips for those, like me, on what to wear if you haven’t been clubbing in yonks along with what I actually decided on after many, many outfit changes:

  1. Keep it in your comfort zone. Now is not the time to rock out your sequin, slashed back, one shouldered, mini dress that you picked up in the sale. If you don’t feel good, you’ll feel like an overly embellished lemon.
  2. Wear those shoes that still have the tags on them. Because when else will you crack them out? This snippet of advice may appear completely contradictory to the first one, but if you feel badass in them then it really doesn’t matter if by the end of the night you’re trying to source a comfy seat so you can readjust your blister stickers.
  3. Don’t feel the need for a clubbing-specific shopping trip. The chances are that the outfit you’re looking for is already hanging out in your wardrobe, perhaps it’s just a combination that you wouldn’t put together for daily wear. Pop on a pair of heels. Done.
  4. Always take a jacket. Unless it’s August. Things might seem balmy when you head out at 8pm, but by 2am when the wind is blowing up your skirt and it’s decided to rain it’s a completely different story. By then the £1.50 to cloakroom it seems like a bargain.
  5. Keep it simple makeup-wise. Here is where I always go wrong. As a night out is such a rare occurrence I tend to want to apply all of the makeup. Glitter, lashes, bold lips – the lot. Instead I propose a slight tweak on your everyday makeup. This time I did my usual look with an amped up smokey eye courtesy of By Terry’s Ombré Blackstar in Brown Perfection and a red lip thanks to NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square.

After practising what I preach I plumped for my Whistles Lace Insert Top with River Island Faux Leather Trousers (an all-black outfit, a.k.a my comfort zone), ASOS Hoxton Heels (painful shoes that I never wear, but adore), a Whistles Clutch and a Topshop Cropped Jacket. You can see it in action around 9 minutes into The Weekly Vlog #2. Loved the outfit, loved the night out – but same time next year, yeah?

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  • Avalon

    I can definitely relate to this, I was in my bed at granny o clock yesterday! The outfit choice is very chic, it really suited you in the vlog!

    • Avalon

      Ps loving your style posts!

  • Anna Blush

    Haha loved this post. I’m not much of a clubber either so this is super handy x

  • Helen Boswell

    There is such truth behind this blog post! I normally want to go home as soon as I am at the club!

  • Katie Elwood

    Love this post! #3 is so true!

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  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    I need to find some perfect heels for a night out :)

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  • Divya

    “Keep it simple makeup wise” is a hard one to adhere to especially when I barge out once in a blue moon. And in hearts of hearts I kind like doing that makeup overload :)Since the frequency is quite rare, might as well go all out!

  • Sugar Spun Sisters

    Great tips :) your outfit was gorgeous too!

    Eve & Faye x

    Sugar Spun Sisters – A blog about cosmetics, clothes & coeliac disease

  • Louise

    Great advice! I am the same I always want to go for something that extra bit special with my makeup when I go out and awlways instantly regret it!

  • Ellie

    Great post! I hardly ever go on a night out and this’s helped me prep! Ps. I find ASOS’ own brand heels so painful and did the same as you in buying the Hoxtons but sent them back, but I found Dune’s Hydro heels that’re practically the same and much kinder to my feet! X

  • Angelica P

    I think is a great post :) great advice (as always) and I love your black heels! xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

  • Shari

    I love those shoes! And ANNA can I just say Ive never been into watching VLOGS but enjoy yours a lot! I’ve been waiting every week to watch them :) Keep it up!!

  • Oresiri teru

    Agreed this is so spot on

  • Eleri Roberts

    Wise words VDM! In my old age I am finally getting into cloakroom usage ha-ha!

    Eleri Roberts x

  • Sandy

    Great post! I’m also finally coming round to the idea of a coat haha. Me and my friends can’t believe we used to go out (even in the snow) without a jacket when we were like 18!


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  • Beautyandtheb

    Love this post, I go clubbing so rarely now that these tips are definitely handy!

    B xx

  • Nnenna

    Haha, this is me too- I rarely go out! A couple of weekends I had a birthday party to attend and had no idea what to wear. After much deliberation, I ended up with a white tee, statement necklace, and faux leather leggings and got so many compliments! I was stressing because I didn’t have any “fancy clothes,” but like you said, I did already have clothes in my wardrobe that worked perfectly well!

  • catherineloves

    Ahh this is perfect! And I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who doesn’t go out all the time. Sometimes I feel like I’m SUPPOSED to because that’s what all the youngsters are doing, but eh…I just enjoy Netflix better 😉 There are those rare occasions when I feel the urge to go dancing, and this post is perfect because I never know what to wear! Thanks, Anna :)

  • Catherine

    Would you believe that this is exactly what I was wondering today?! Thanks Anna.

  • Iso Bean

    Those shoes are seriously beautiful!

  • Jenny

    I loved this! I now get a bit of anxiety over what I’m supposed to wear when I go out- I’ve definitely turned into more of a morning person. Thanks!

  • Natalee

    Think I should print this out and get it framed so I can read it before Me and my friends have our twice yearly night out haha! Great advice Anna :)

  • khannablog

    Glad its not just me, going out is too much effort. Pjs = no effort :)

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  • Kate

    I love those heels!

    Kate xo //