Nightlife: Knock ‘em dead: dos and don’ts of Friday night fashion

It’s Friday night. You’re exhausted from a week of research papers, and now you’re ready for a fun night out. Sound about right?

We don’t know about you, but our first thought is always what to wear.

Whether you’re going out with a couple of girlfriends, or meeting up with the cute guy from your economics class, there are some definite “dos” and “don’ts” of downtown dress.

To wear: Being modest is a good thing. Try a leather jacket with a flowing tank top and your best jeans. Wear your hair down and you’ll be sure to turn a few heads.

Not to wear: Ditch the 5-inch platforms. Stumbling down Welch while bar-hopping isn’t a good look for anyone. Speaking of not being a good look, leggings are not pants. They are leggings. They may be acceptable to wear to class, but keep them at home for a night out.

To wear: Skirts and dresses can be okay but need to be chosen wisely. If you have to consistently pull the hem down, it’s too short. If you’d be upset if a little beer was spilled on you, then it’s too expensive for the bars. Just be practical.

Not to wear: Do not, under any circumstances, wear your Uggs. Correct us if we’re wrong, but we’re pretty sure there aren’t any snow drifts in Mickey’s.

To wear: Pick one statement item. This one is very simple: If you’re wearing dangling earrings, skip the necklace and vice versa. If you have some awesome purple pants, keep it simple with a neutral top. If your outfit is too busy, people won’t know where to look.

Not to wear: Lose the ballerina bun. Unless your day job is an extra in “Black Swan,” ditch it. Letting your hair down is a much better look, we promise.