8 Trendy Items to Buy If You Haven't Shopped for Going-Out Clothes in Ages

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Something that's become very apparent to me lately is that I have a deficit of the wardrobe category referred to as "going-out clothes", and with good reason. It's been two years since I've bought anything to wear out at night during the summer but now that the country has opened back up and I actually have places to wear fun things that wouldn't look right before at least 5:00 p.m., I'm finding myself in need of some new items.

You've probably noticed that staying home sweatsuits have been replaced by going-out minidresses (and the like) on Instagram, and I've been keeping track. Several major categories have emerged and knowing what they are will lay the groundwork for some productive going-out clothes shopping. People have really been going all out (no pun intended) with their looks after being stuck at home for so many months, so feel free to have fun with it as the stylish women below are.

Scroll on to educate yourself on the biggest going-out fashion items of 2021 and shop them for your own potential wardrobe deficit.

Crop Tops

It's no secret that fashion girls love a good crop top, so you can guarantee you'll see plenty of fancy ones every time you go out this summer.

Shop our picks:

& Other Stories Fitted Crop Top ($49)

Mango Knitted Wrap Top ($30)

BP. Halter Crop Top ($12)

Minidresses (and Skirts)

We predicted months ago that mini lengths would be everywhere in 2021, and we were correct. We've been seeing them with everything from the highest heels to sneakers.

Shop our picks:

Réalisation The Christy in 90's Floral ($180)

Lovers + Friends Juliana Mini Dress in Pink ($118)

Eloquii Wrap Front Skort ($70)

Corset Tops

You probably have Bridgerton to thank for this one (at least partly). The market is saturated with cool corset tops, and we love it.

Shop our picks:

Eloquii Tie Front Bustier Bodysuit ($65)

Staud Cindy Top in Medium Wash ($235)

Versace Lace-Trimmed Printed Silk-Twill Bustier Top ($775)

Cut-Out Dresses (and Tops)

Cut-out dresses have been a trend for a minute, and now we actually have places to wear them, which is a beautiful thing.

Shop our picks:

Area Twisted Cup Bias Mini Dress ($890)

H&M Cut-Out Dress ($59.99)

Miaou Stella Tank ($125)

Two-Piece Sets

You can file matching sets under easiest going-out outfit you can wear. Prepare to look cool and polished with minimal effort.

Shop our picks:

With Jéan Naomi Set in Flamboyant Anthurium ($259)

The Reformation Jonny Two Piece ($148)

Zara Flowy Crop Top ($36)

Shop the matching Flowy Pants with Topstitching ($46).


Thanks to all the slippers and flat shoes I wore throughout 2020, I was starting to think my feet were getting flatter, but that's all changed now. Even though there were times I never thought I'd want to wear heels again, they're actually all I want to wear lately.

Shop our picks:

Amina Muaddi Gilda Crystal Slide Sandal ($960)

Gia Borghini X Pernille Teisbaek Two Strap Sandals ($365)

Charles & Keith Lilac Strappy Toe Ring Sandals ($49)

Ruched Dresses

Ruched dresses are one of the biggest dress trends to emerge this year, and with good reason—they're quite flattering and they can easily be dressed up or down.

Shop our picks:

Open Edit Ruched Short Sleeve Dress ($49)

Reformation Amy Dress ($118)

Lioness Military Minds Mini Dress ($79)

Baggy Jeans

There's nothing that looks cooler with a going-out top than baggy jeans. Here's the proof.

Shop our picks:

Re/Done 90s High Rise Loose Jeans ($415)

Shop our picks:

Agolde Crisscross Jeans ($188)

Madewell Baggy Tapered Jeans in Markwood Wash ($98)

Next up: Barbie heels (they're trending).

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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