4 Top Tips For Choosing A New Dress For That Big Night Out

We’ve all had that feeling: the excitement over your next big night out with the girls, the thrill of looking for a new outfit, and the bubbling anticipation when it finally arrives in the post.

However, with so many different options out there to choose from, it can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming when it comes to picking a new dress for your next night on the town.

To give you a bit of a hand, we’ve found 4 top tips to use when it comes to choosing a new dress for your night out.

Plan your night

The first thing you need to do before you start looking is to give a little thought to what you might be doing on your night out.

Whilst too much planning can take the fun out of an evening, thinking ahead even just a little bit can really help you nail the perfect outfit.

Think about where you’ll be going, what sort of things you’ll be doing, and even what the weather might be like! For example, a night out to a swanky cocktail bar is a great chance to go for a classy look with some killer heels, whilst hitting the club might call for something a little sexier, as well as some comfier shoes!

Most high street retailers offer a range of dresses to suit each occasion, including Missy Empire who have a section dedicated to going out dresses.

Choose a colour

Once you’ve got an idea for the type of dress you need, it’s time to start thinking about your colour choice.

It’s important to consider your skin tone when it comes to picking a dress as different skin tones naturally suit different colours.

A darker skin tone is much more versatile and can suit almost any colours, especially bright colours, and jewel tones look particularly striking.

Medium skin tones really suit nudes and darker colours, as well as dark blues and reds, whilst fair skin tones need to steer clear of paler colours that could wash them out. Instead, opt for red and greens if you have dark hair and bright colours with light hair.

If you want a more understated look, choosing a colour scheme and picking accessories in similar hues is a good idea, whilst a bold look can be created by using clashing, block colours.

This post offers more detailed guidance on dressing for your skin tone.

Dress for your body type

This is more of a guideline for those people who might not feel wholly comfortable with their body, so you can have the most confidence to rock your next outfit!

If you have an hourglass figure, a dress with a cinched-in waist is a great choice to accentuate your waist, whilst looser fabric on the bottom half can hide any lumps and bumps!

Apple shapes are most complimented by v-necklines and empire waist dresses, whilst pear-shaped ladies need to accentuate the chest and neckline to balance out the lower half, so adding detailing around the bust can help.

This post by Who What Wear has some great tips for different shapes.


When it comes to picking a new dress, you need to take into account the accessories you’ll be using to complete your look.

To get maximum usage out of it, it’s best to pick a dress that’s easy to accessorise in different ways so that you can get multiple looks out of the outfit.

If your dress is ornate already, choose low key accessories such as stud earrings or understated bracelets. On the other hand, if you’ve chosen a more simple dress, opt for statement jewellery to really turn heads.

For more tips on accessorising, check out this post.