How to Dress Like a Model For Your Next Night Out

After a long, hard week, who doesn’t want to get all glammed up, call their girlfriends, and head out on the town for a night of well-earned fun? The only problem: Picking outfits that are effortlessly chic and an acceptable amount of sexy is a whole extra level of stress you really don't need on a Friday at 7pm.

Fortunately, you don’t have to look far for a little inspiration. If there’s any group of fierce, fashionable ladies who know how to nail night-out outfits, it’s today’s top models. They're constantly hitting the red carpet looking fabulous in ensembles that were practically made for dancing the night away, having a few drinks with the girls, or enjoying a sultry evening out with that special someone.

This week alone, stars like Cara Delevingne, Coco Rocha, Rosie Huntington-Whitely, and practically every other style-savvy model have been pulling out all of the stops to deliver not one, but seven bold, beautiful, and brilliant ways to get dressed — and look amazing. (Surprise! It involves a lot of black.)

1. Channel a futuristic vibe

Sure, an LBD for a girls’ night out may seem like the oldest trick in the book, but not when you make like Rocha and bring some major futuristic details and styling into the look. Try a structured, laser-cut gown or an ensemble with dramatic, geometric shoulders. Bonus points if you commit to a super-short cut and fierce, blunt bangs.

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2. Look like a lady all the way

Have a hot date coming up? Make them drool by throwing on a simple dress — like Georgia May Jagger’s — in a gorgeous jewel tone. With details like a wrap skirt, décolletage-baring boat neck, flattering ruched sides, or a sexy slit, a simple frock can be far from boring.

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3. Master the boho-chic LBD (long black dress)

Covering up may be demure, but it can certainly be sexy, too. Follow model Doutzen Kroes’s lead by choosing a curve-hugging, full-coverage dress in a dark hue, which will serve as the perfect backdrop for a smoky eye, statement accessories, and sexy bed-head hair.

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4. Let your inner animal out

Animal-print pieces are fierce on their own, but they get an added boost of bold style when worn in a structured silhouette with luxe fabrics, like the Balmain number Huntington-Whiteley wore to this year’s Met Gala. For an extra-sleek look, keep your strands stick straight, and don’t shy away from glam accessories like strappy heels and gilded jewels.

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5. Merge sexy and classic

Crop tops are everywhere this spring. You can keep yours fresh, sexy, and classy all at once by following model Julie Henderson’s lead and pairing a cropped, printed shell with a matching, flowing skirt for a look that flaunts just the right amount of skin (and your on-point fashion sense, to boot).

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6. Go for a rock-n-roll edge

Not every night-out ensemble calls for a dress, so switch things up by showing off your inner rocker with an anything-but-typical two-piece outfit. Make like Delevingne and pair a daring, cutout top with high-waisted, cropped trousers; a bold eye and voluminous waves; edgy accessories; and your highest heels for a look that reads bold and breathtaking at the same time.

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7. Throw on a cape

A simple cropped-pant-and-sequined-blouse combo not enough to make waves on your next night out? Then turn up the volume (and the fashion factor) like model Irina Shayk by throwing on an on-trend cape to match your city-chic style.

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