Sarah Jessica Parker at the Oscar de la Renta boutique in NYC during last year's Fashion's Night Out. Photo: Getty Images for Oscar de la Renta

We're deep in the thick of strategic outfit planning for Fashion Week. Among the questions on my mind: Can I make it through coffee chugs between shows without staining that white Philip Lim for Gap dress? The answer is no. How many days will my feet survive five-inch heels? Three, maybe four. And can I really get away with the vintage Japanese kimono I thrifted last weekend? Jury's still out.

But the outfit that I've had planned for weeks has hands down been Fashion's Night Out. Last year's inaugural event felt like Halloween for grownups as giddy fashion lovers trick-or-treated from Barneys to Bergdorf to Chanel for free manicures, tees, tacos and champagne, champagne, champagne. I learned several lessons last year and I'm here to give you the lowdown on what to wear to get the most out of one of the most wonderful times of the year. So without further ado, here's one option for a party-hearty get-up.

Style Tips:
  • Dress: You are never going to be the most noticeable person in the room and trust us, that's a good thing. We saw women dressed in suits made of silk spaghetti and guys resembling everything from sparkly space football players to goth pirates last year. Don't dress to get noticed, dress to have fun. That's why we picked this festive cobalt blue dress from Rachel Roy's line for Macy's. She's one of our go-tos for affordable fashion-forward frocks and this little number fits well, has a playful open back and a great price tag.
  • Shoes: With all the glamazons striding around in sky-high platform pumps, we know you'll be tempted to strap on your stilettos. Fight the urge. I repeat, fight the urge. This is a night to bop around from party to party, and you don't want blisters keeping you from the fun. If you must, throw some heels in your tote. But we'd suggest instead opting for a sassy flat option, like these DV by Dolce Vita motorcycle boots. They go with the rock-and-roll zipper detail on the dress and are a great transition piece for fall as the tops can be folded up and down depending on your look.
  • Bag: Free stuff abounds, so we'd suggest going big with your bag. It's easier to keep track of the loot if you can stash it all in one big tote. This Kenneth Cole bag is made of nylon and coated fabric, so it's a great choice for when the party gets rowdy and the champagne starts spilling.
  • Necklace: This Banana Republic necklace never ceases to get compliments. It makes everything from a simple white tank to a little black dress look magazine-worthy. We've dubbed it the rock-and-roll icicle look.