Thursday, July 15, 2021

What to Wear to Bars in NYC: The Best Outfit Formula for When you Never Know What to Wear

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I am constantly stressed out about what to wear to go to bars in NYC. I have searched high and low trying to figure out what to wear that I feel comfortable and confident in, but also fits in with the other young, ~trendy~ 22-year-olds in Manhattan.

Below is the formula I always gravitate towards for bar nights when I have absolutely no idea what to wear in New York. (Contains affiliate links and links to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale).

black off the shoulder top, white jeans, date night, club outfit, black bag


1.     Pick your bottoms: White flare jeans (white is dangerous for a crowded bar), black skinny jeans, dark flare jeans, black flare jeans, light wash mom jeans or a black skirt. I occasionally wear a cheetah printed skirt or snakeskin skirt.

2.     Pick your top: Black is always a safe bet (like the one I'm wearing above), but I love a good silky cami with lace or a one shoulder top. You also can't go wrong with a bodysuit! Black is sometimes too safe for me, because I love color and detail.

3.     Pick your jacket: If it is cold, or gets chilly at night: a leather jacket is your friend. I love my navy one. But I also have a velour black one and a faux leather black jacket (Nordstrom Sale!). Denim jackets are great too for a more casual scene. I also love to wear my black double breasted blazer.

4.     Pick your shoes: Black booties (Nordstrom Sale!), black ankle strap heels with a chunky heel (Nordstrom Sale!), or a colorful pair of heels with a lace up detail is the move. Or if you’re going to a gross bar- white leather sneakers (Nordstrom Sale!). 

5.     Pick your bag: A small black crossbody (Nordstrom Sale!) is a safe yet classic option for packed bars, but what’s better is a fun feather bag or colorful clutch for a sit-down bar.


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