Spring 2017

Your Complete Going Out Style Guide To Missoula, Montana

After a long week full of lecture halls, exams, and essays, my favorite way to relax is going out with some friends for dinner and a few drinks. I’ve styled three outfits for two different types of scenes. I kept the jeans the same for all three because all outfits are for Spring time and I love breaking out the light washed pants when for these months coming up.

The first two outfits are for a more high-end place. In Missoula, for example, Plonk, Ironhorse, or maybe another restaurant where you know you’ll just be sitting, catching up with your friends.

The first look is more for when the weather warms up. The top is a sheer bohemian print oversized blouse, which I’ve paired with a white bralette underneath. You could totally do a tank top as well, but I just love the look of the bralette peaking through around my neck. Usually restaurants like the ones I listed have pretty dim lighting, and the shirt isn’t see-through by any means, Idon’t think it’s terribly revealing.

The second high-end location outfit is actually lingerie (shh, don’ tell.) The tank is from Target’s intimate’s section but I put a black bralette underneath, and it’s not revealing anyways. Adding this army green bomber jacket over compliments the colors of the flowers and I love absolutely how classy this outfit is. I can’t wait to wear it out.

For both of these outfits I kept it simple with open toed, black suede block heels. I wouldn’t always recommend wearing heels out but when you’re going to be pretty low-key and relaxed, it’s safe in my opinion.

The third and final outfit is my go-to for the regular bar scene here in the Zoo: Red’s, Missoula Club, Golden Rose, The Rhino. I always bring a small bag with just the essentials: phone, wallet, lip balm or lipstick, keys (if you’re the DD.) I prefer a purse with a zipper closure when going out because you never know if something could fall out or someone could reach in.

As far as the outfit, ALWAYS closed toed shoes. I love these little brown booties with jeggings. I literally wear them all the time. I say close toed shoes for a couple reasons: intoxicated people spilling drinks and your precious toes being in danger. I don’t know about you but I don’t want sticky feet from someone spilling a mixed drink and I sure do not want a broken toe from them being stepped on. It’s just a safer bet to go out with your feet safe and sound.

As for the top of the outfit, I have on a plain black shirt with an army green over shirt, I sometimes substitute for a flannel this time of year. I say this is the perfect outfit because it’s still chilly outside, so you can wear the over shirt, but when you get inside a bar just tie it around your waist because it’s more than likely going to be a stuffy/warm atmosphere.

Depending on the night and the specific outfit my makeup changes every time. However, I typically always keep my hair straight unless it’s a special occasion because curls will more than likely fall throughout the night of running around and dancing the night away. Recently hoops and chokers have made a come back in the fashion world and I have to say, I’m super into it. I’ve been wearing these hoops for everything, as well as some variation of a choker or short length necklace.

The semester is almost over and I’m sure we will all need at least one night to let loose here pretty soon with finals coming up. Hopefully you enjoyed my tips and tricks to having a good and toe-injury free night!


Written by Brittani Norman | @brittanipaige

Photography by Lakyn Connors

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