The 10 Cutest Going-Out Dresses for Fall 2013

It’s no secret that we collegiettes have the most fun after the sun goes down.  In anticipation of flirtation, fun and, of course, many photos, we all know the importance of looking our best to go out. We’ve already shown you how to rock some of the best trends from the fall runways and recreate them on a college budget; now it’s time to focus on nightlife as we show you the 10 cutest going-out dresses for the new semester that will have you looking effortlessly hot and trendy.

 

Peplum

This sophisticated and chic shape appeared in several Fall 2013 collections, including Vera Wang and Holmes & Yang. Sarah Haspel, assistant to the CEO of FRAME Denim, highly recommends peplum styles. “Peplum is great because it’s extremely fashion forward and adds an extra oomph to what may otherwise be a simple dress,” she says.

The other fabulous thing about this style is that you can always count on peplum to flatter your figure. The forgiving layer of fabric at the waist is both concealing and curve-creating, making it a great option for almost any body type.


Vesper Pencil Dress With Faux Leather Peplum

Where to buy: ASOS, $99.57

Why we love it:  The faux leather waist panel adds edginess to the sophisticated shape.  Also, the color blocking gives the look an additional level of visual interest and is so on trend!

Our styling tip: Keep this streamlined look simple, but emphasize the color blocking with cap-toe shoe styles. Black leather, faux leather or patent leather tips would particularly tie the look together—try these capped and chained ballet flats ($19.90).


Crossover Peplum Dress

Where to buy: Nasty Gal, $58

Why we love it:  The simple elegance of this little black peplum dress makes it an option you can wear again and again.  The trendy cutouts on the straps add a little eccentricity to this classic look.

Our styling tip: The versatility of this piece allows for many different options when it comes to accessories.  You can go for bold colors to create a more playful look, or allow the stylish shape to take center stage with a minimalist approach to adornment.

 

High-Low

High-low dresses exude ease, comfort and elegance while being effortlessly trendy. “High-low dresses are awesome for day to night and work well with sandals or wedges,” says Haspel. “The look is already so dramatic, so you want to keep accessories simple and avoid any blazers or jackets that fall below the waistline.”


Free Spirit Chiffon Dress

Where to buy: Forever 21, $27.80.

Why we love it: The unique print and dramatic hemline makes the look interesting without showing too much skin.

Our styling tip:  Sharpen up this flowy frock with a sleek shoe style, like these pointed ankle booties ($69.90).


Desert Cool Cutout Dress

Where to buy: Forever 21, $29.80.

Why we love it: The cool tribal print on the breezy chiffon gives this dress a laid-back look that’s balanced out by the thick black trim.

Our styling tip:  You can make this look chic and streamlined by adding a cropped jacket ($27.80).