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Going-out wear in 2024 (for those who don’t go out anymore)

“I no longer own going-out clothes… I don’t want to ‘wow’, I just want to be blend-in mainstream.” Astonetogo

By Rebecca Roberts | Last updated Apr 10, 2024

Going-out wear in 2024

Navigating the ever-changing world of fashion can be challenging, especially when it comes to planning a night out when you haven’t been ‘out out’ for a while. But fear not, because our Mumsnet users are here to lend a hand as usual. From their recent outings shared in a recent style and beauty thread, a few key going-out trends have emerged and all offer a modern twist on classic styles. 

Leading the way? Jeans paired with blazers and comfortable block heels or flats. That’s right, 80s and 90s babies, “gone are the days of wearing really high heels!” according to Catsandcuddles. Instead, it’s all about comfort and versatility. In fact, “anything goes these days”, shares Mrstiggywinkel.

Whether it's cocktails, hen parties, or casual hangouts, if you're feeling unsure about what to wear after a hiatus from going out, we’re here to help. Here are the top going-out trends according to Mumsnetters in 2024.

Trend #1: Bodysuits as tops

I've seen lots of jeans with bodysuits and blocky heels… I quite like the more casual look that's in at the moment.


Offering a sleek and versatile option, bodysuits have become a staple in going-out wear these days. Trend-wise, we’re seeing a rise in tops as bodysuits, varied necklines and extra detailing like sequins and lace for an added touch of sophistication. 

Gini London Pewter Sequin Wrap Bodysuit, £38 | Buy now from New Look

SKIMS Fits Everybody scoop-neck stretch-woven body, £68 | Buy now from Selfridges

Simmi tailored off shoulder body in stone, £45 | Buy now from ASOS

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Trend #2: Slip dresses that should be seen

Slip dresses have undergone a resurgence recently when it comes to going-out wear, epitomising effortless elegance and femininity. You’ll likely find satin and silk fabrics dominating, with varied necklines like V-necks and cowl necks for some added allure. 

FRENCH CONNECTION Satin V-Neck Midi Slip Dress, £110 | Buy now from M&S

Asymmetric Emerald Green Aggie Maxi Slip Dress, £85 | Buy now from Nobody’s Child

Bryony V-Neck Midi Slip Dress, £99 | Buy now from All Saints

Trend #3: Blazers take centre stage

I was out last night- most people [were] wearing jeans. Vest top and blazers and pointy heels/ boots.


Blazers have reemerged as a versatile and chic option for going-out wear these days, blending sophistication with a contemporary flair. Current trends show a departure from traditional cuts, with oversized silhouettes and relaxed tailoring taking centre stage. Style your blazer with a slip dress or bodysuit and jeans to complete your look.

Mango Double-breasted suit blazer, £80 | Buy now from Mango

Black Textured Jersey Blazer, £30 | Buy now from New Look

Stradivarius oversized blazer in mushroom, £36 | Buy now from ASOS

Trend #4: Jeans (goodbye, skinnies) 

If you want to blend in and look fashionable then most people seem to be wearing jeans these days. Ideally wide leg, bootcut style as opposed to skinny jeans and you could pair it with a nice blazer.


If there’s one thing we know here at MNHQ, it’s that our Mumsnet users love wide leg jeans. And the best part? Your beloved wide leg jeans are now trendy as going-out wear, so you can embrace comfort at all times of the day. High-waisted styles continue to reign supreme alongside the resurgence of wide leg, boot cut and flared jeans that bring a retro-inspired vibe to your evening attire. Whether dressed up with heels or styled casually with sneakers, jeans remain a go-to choice for those seeking effortless yet trendy going-out looks.

River Island Petite 90s straight jean in midwash blue, £40 | Buy now from ASOS

M&S Collection The Wide-Leg Jeans, £35 | Buy now from M&S

Blue Waist Enhance Quinn Bootcut Jeans, £25 | Buy now from New Look

Related: Here are the best anti-chafing shorts to wear under dresses

Trend #5: Block heels (that give added ankle support…)

Now this is one trend we’re fully onboard with! If you’re aged 30 years and above, you’ll probably know all too well the feeling of going over on your ankle as you strut to the club in the freezing cold. These days, Gen Z’ers are sporting chunky block heels that provide stability and support without sacrificing fashion and we’re here for it. Metallic finishes, barely there designs, intricate embellishment - there’s a block heel out there for you, just ready to add a touch of glamour to your evening ensemble. 

ASOS DESIGN Hotel barely there block heeled sandals, £26 | Buy now from ASOS

Nude Clear High Block Mule Heel, £26 | Buy now from PrettyLittleThing 

Pink Pu Square Toe Barely There Block High Heeled Sandals, £24 | Buy now from PrettyLittleThing

Trend #6: Midi dresses that aren’t too short and not too long

If you don't want to go with jeans, then a midi style dress could work, you could wear it with flat boots or white trainers…


Midi dresses have emerged as a timeless, versatile option for going-out wear and current trends see the midi range from figure-flattering bodycon styles to flowy, asymmetrical designs that cater to diverse tastes and body types. 

ASOS DESIGN off shoulder twist midi dress with long sleeves in black, £24 | Buy now from ASOS

Light Before Dark Vixen Asymmetric Midi Dress, £44 | Buy now from Urban Outfitters

Pink with Blue and Black Shadow Leopard Flute Sleeve Midi Tea Dress, £110 | Buy now from Scamp & Dude

Trend #7: Jumpsuits for when you don’t want a skirt or dress

Or a jumpsuit which also can look good with converse style trainers.


From sleek tailored designs to flowy, relaxed silhouettes, there’s a jumpsuit to suit every style preference these days. Choose a bold colour and let your jumpsuit do the talking while pairing your outfit with stylish flats for the most comfortable outfit. It’s easy to see why jumpsuits are a firm favourite these days. 

Black Harley Square Neck Jumpsuit, £75 | Buy now from Nobody’s Child

Gini London Blue Pleated Tie Belt Jumpsuit, £55 | Buy now from New Look

Boden Clarissa Jumpsuit, £140 | Buy now from Boden

Related: Discover the best jeans for women that MNers love

Trend #8: Barely there heels that’ll elongate your legs

Barely there heels have become a staple item in wardrobes these days. These sleek and strappy heels offer a delicate look, creating the illusion of elongated legs that adds a touch of allure to any outfit. Popular styles feature thin straps, clear PVC panels, and minimalist designs, allowing the focus to remain on your outfit. Plus, neutral hues such as nude, black, and metallics dominate, ensuring effortless pairing with various outfits. 

ASOS DESIGN Halsey barely there heeled sandals in black, £26 | Buy now from ASOS

Tameika Nude Diamante Strap Barely There Mid Heels, £33 | Buy now from Public Desire

Pale Yellow PU Square Toe Barely There High Heeled Sandals, £26 | Buy now from PrettyLittleThing

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she commissions, writes, and edits to bring parents content designed to make life easier. After birthing and breastfeeding two babies in two years, Rebecca knows first-hand how hard it can be to prioritise yourself when you become a mother. So, she’s on a quest to find the best beauty and fashion products that are both practical and affordable, with the help of Mumsnet user recommendations. 

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog up and down country lanes.

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