Girls Night Out

winter going out outfit

Three of my college besties are coming in town this weekend and I’m so excited to catch up and have a girls weekend! Much, much needed.

Getting dressed to go out in this frigid cold is always a challenge… You want to look cute, but you don’t want to freeze your butt off. (And just so we’re all on the same page — you definitely don’t want to be that girl that’s not wearing tights or a coat!)

maya brenner initial earrings

Back in the college days, this was a real challenge. Our bars on campus rarely had coat checks… I hope they’ve changed that by now. Leaving our apartment and sprinting to the bar without our coats (just our booze blankets) was a regularย occurrence in the winter months. I shiver just thinking about it! But when you would bring out a coat, it was very likely that it would get ruined, get stolen, or another drunk girl would get mixed up and grab yours instead of hers by accident. I definitely don’t miss that part of college!

Nowadays, most bars in NYC have some form of a coat check so this really isn’t an issue. THANK GOODNESS. However, figuring out the proper outfit is still a challenge. A cute skirt with tights and a form-fitting long-sleeved top is always a go-to for me. (An example of that here.) But when I’m looking to keep it a little bit more on the casual side (more often than not), I always reach for a pair of black skinny jeans. You can’t go wrong!

Even though I’m always one to error on the side of looking like a librarian in a bar (maybe that’s why I’m still single..), Iย keep it even moreย buttoned up in the dead of winter. When it’s this freaking cold (currently feels like -9 degrees Fahrenheit as I type this), layers are an absolute must for me! Layering for a night out without looking like abominable snowman can be tough, but I think I’ve found a semi-chic go-to. The last time I was headed out with the girls, I wore a simple black silky top, a white blazer, and layered a faux fur vest on top. Add black booties and a fresh white clutch and you’re good to go! It’s nice and warm, but still mindful of style.

new york city night time outfit

outfit fur vest over a white blazer

vera bradley leather collection

white leather clutch with strap

layer a fur vest over a blazer

Tart Collections Faux Fur Vest (on sale!)
H&M White Blazer (old, similar here)
Express Black Tank
Old Navy Black Jeans
Steve Madden Black Booties (on sale!)
Vera Bradley White Leather Quilted Clutch c/o
Julie Vos Necklace
Michael Kors Watch
Julie Vos Bangles
Maya Brenner Initial Studs (also available here & here!)
Stila ‘Beso’ Lipstick
Essie ‘No Baggage Please’

Lydia Hudgens Photography

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  1. 2.20.15
    Natali said:

    Fabulous vest and bag! You look beautiful in this casual outfit!

  2. 2.20.15
    Rena said:

    This is a cool and stylish outfit and the fur vest looks so good in this combination <3
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  3. 2.20.15
    Monica said:

    Gorgeous outfit! Have a nice weekend!:)

  4. 2.20.15
    Cherish said:

    Love the combination with the blazer and fur vest.


  5. 2.20.15
    Jessica said:

    I love the blazer with the fur! I never would have thought of putting them together, but they look so fabulous!


  6. 2.20.15

    Such a cute outfit! I love the blazer paired under the fur vest! At first I thought you were just wearing a color blocked sweater! Great look!

    Sarah Jessica
    The Laws of Beauty

  7. 2.20.15
    M A R T A said:

    Love the bag, this look is so gorgeous!

  8. 2.20.15
    Meghan said:

    That lip color is perfection on you!

  9. 2.20.15
    Lauren said:

    Love the Vera Bradley bag!!


  10. 2.20.15

    Oh man, I remember those college nights farrrr too well. That Vera Bradley bag is gorg. Have a great time this weekend!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. 2.20.15
    Dana said:

    Perfect look! Love how you layer a blazer with a vest.

    Pink Champagne Problems

  12. 2.20.15
    Meagan said:

    Love, love, love that vest!

  13. 2.20.15
    Alexandra said:

    Have so much fun! You look gorgeous – and it’s so fun to see the changes Vera Bradley is making.

    Warm Regards,

  14. 2.20.15

    You look cute and totally bar appropriate! I like!

  15. 2.20.15
    Amanda said:

    I lost soooo many coats exactly like you described (except AFTER college!). Of course the other girl’s coat was NEVER nicer than mine.

    You are one well dressed librarian, love the way you layered!

  16. 2.20.15

    It’s almost spring here (70 degrees some days!) but I love seeing your cute wintery outfits. I love this vest and wish I had more chances to wear mine. Our winter is really just November – January.

  17. 2.20.15
    Lindsay said:

    Super look! Perfect for a night out with friends!

  18. 2.20.15
    melissa said:

    Cute clutch!

  19. 2.20.15
    Sarah said:

    SUCH a cute outfit! I can never seem to pull off a fur vest… I always feel like it over takes my outfit but you wear it so well and make it look so chic!

    I totally relate to your coat/ college dilemma… I remember those days and it’s crazy to think of what we wore out in public in the name of style in 0 degree weather! Yikes!

  20. 2.20.15

    Wow I love everything about this look!! You have the best style and were the inspiration for starting my own fashion focused blog,
    I’d love it if you checked it out and gave me some advice!
    xoxo, Julia

  21. 2.20.15
    Jo said:

    Wait, this is cuter than what I’ll be wearing out tonight. See you in a few hours!!

  22. 2.20.15

    You look amazing!!

  23. 2.21.15

    I love your fur vest

  24. 2.21.15
    Laura said:

    Fantastic lipstick color!!

    Laura | Surf & Hydrangeas

  25. 2.21.15

    Beautiful Look! ๐Ÿ™‚

    All my Love. MS

  26. 2.21.15

    Excited to see something new from Vera Bradley- that white purse is chic!

  27. 2.21.15

    Oh I remember the days of running into bars in the freezing cold without a coat on! This is the perfect girls night outfit – thanks goodness for coat checks:)


  28. 2.22.15

    That’s a perfect going out outfit if you ask me! Love it so much, you look great!

    Sequins In Pink

  29. 2.23.15
    Darcy said:

    Gorgeous! Perfect look for a night out and i loveee that lip color!

  30. 2.23.15
    Leeanne F said:

    HAHAHA “error on the side of looking like a librarian in a bar” — girl, the humor in your posts is DEFINITELY what keeps me following your fashion blog over so many others. Thanks for making me smile on a Monday morning!

    …. Also, I am sure you never look like a librarian in a bar! haha

    Lee | LegalLee Blonde

  31. 2.23.15
    Sam said:

    Absolutely adorable outfit!! And I often wear similar outfits as you, so I feel ya on the librarian thing and also being single. Eventually the guys will realize our outfits are the best.

    Savvy City Chic