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What to wear for a girls' night out

Jessica Padykula is a freelance writer and editor in Toronto, Canada covering a wide range of  topics for several online lifestyle publications. She is a regular contributor for SheKnows, covering travel, style, relationships, health and...

Stylish girls' night looks

Heading out to bond with your BFFs over cocktails, dancing and lots of gossip is one of the best things about being a girl, and one of the best things about having a girls' night out is choosing a fun and flirty outfit. To help you pick the perfect outfit for your next night out with your besties, we've come up with some great styles that will make you feel fantastic and ready to have a fabulous time.

Girls night out fashion

1. Cuffs (Nordstrom, $88), 2. Clutch (Top Shop, $50), 3. Heels (Anthropologie, $168),
4. Jeans (Shopbop.com, $218), 5. Dress (Alice & Olivia, $297), 6. Jacket (Style Find, $200)

1Arm candy

Having a statement piece of jewelery is a must for any BFF bonding night out. Lately we're in love with metallics and these chevron stretch cuffs (Nordstrom, $88) in either hematite and gold or silver and gold take any outfit up a notch. Each bracelet features alternating chevrons of crystals and metal for a unique and on-trend accessory.

2Cute clutch

If you don't want to carry a giant tote bag on your next girls-only excursion (which just makes everything - like dancing - more difficult), than we suggest opting for a cute clutch. All you really need is something big enough to store your essentials and we love this gray studded style with removable cross-body strap (Top Shop, $50). Gray goes with almost anything and the studs lining the front give this bag some edge.

3Statement heels

Even if you don't normally wear heels, girls' night out is a great opportunity to add some height to your look with some statement-making shoes. No matter what you're wearing – be it a little black dress or jeans and a T-shirt – it will look that much sexier with heels. We love this pair of tawny rounded toe leather pumps with side cut-outs and a stacked heel (Anthropologie, $168).

4Perfect-fit denim

Jeans that are made well and that fit right are a girl's best friend and can be dressed up or down depending on where you're going and what you're doing. Darker, more fitted denim or a wide-leg look can easily be taken up a notch with a great pair of heels and some statement jewelry. We love these Rich & Skinny Hutton Trouser Jeans (Shopbop.com, $218) in a dark wash with anything from boots to wedges to platform pumps.

5Flirty frock

A dress you feel and look great in is perfect for a girls' night out. It shouldn't be anything formal or too over-the-top, but it should make a statement and be easy to accessorize. You'll be comfortable and stylish in this belted silk Alice & Olivia blouson dress ($297) that's equal parts elegant and sassy. We love the flirty yet sophisticated vibe of this go-anywhere look.

6Light jacket

Whether you opt for denim and heels or a dazzling dress, having a light jacket with you is much better than having to deal with too many layers or a bulky coat. Having something on hand that will work with any outfit you have on is a must and we love this cropped black collarless leather look (Style Find, $200) as a polished, go-anywhere outer layer.

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