Top picks for looking good at any party

From the Nightlife Guide —

We’ve all been there — a fight between the classic, little black dress and the jumpsuit.

Deciding what to wear for a party can be time-consuming and nerve-racking.

This is what you need to know to put your best foot forward with confidence to boot.

For the house party

The goal of a house party is to have fun and be casual.

For the girls: Wear a pair of denim-cuffed shorts and your favorite distressed band or plain white T-shirt with Chucks or Sperrys. This is a classic, cute outfit that’s practical. Add accessories with stud earrings for maximum hold and pretty nails.

For the guys: Your most flattering jeans, fly shoes (like amped-up Vans) and your favorite T-shirt are the best bet for your night at this house party. You’re comfortable and approachable, yet stylish.

For the backyard BBQ

This can be tricky because everyone is outside, so you must prepare to get dirty and smelly.  

For the girls: A timeless cami coupled with a cardigan and capris complete with flats or sandals are your greatest chance of survival in this outdoors shindig.

Go for darker colors, too, in case of an accident, such as a spilled drink.

If you want to go for something a bit cooler, but sensible, a sundress will do just that. It’s an upgraded style without being over the top. Accessorize with a statement necklace and sunglasses or a hat.

For the guys: Cargo shorts, Sperrys and a breezy button-down will do just fine for your wardrobe here. You look presentable without being overdone. Accessorize with sunglasses.

The formal party:

This requires class, so getting out your Sunday best here is necessary.

For the girls: A classic little black dress with matching heels is essential. It conveys simplicity, yet elegance. Accessorize with a bracelet.

Less is more when it comes to this.

For the guys: A suit jacket, shirt and slacks with loafers will do the trick. Pair with a watch and you’ll be the one getting that promotion.

For the club or bar

This last party scene requires tact.

For the girls: A cocktail dress and heels with a pop of color make you stand out in the crowd. Accessorize how you wish.

For the guys: Your best slacks and polo will make you seem sexy but stable, a winning combination of comfort and fashion.