Planning your date night outfit can cause all sorts of trouble. Half the time you don’t know where you’re going, and even when you do, working out a perfect top-to-toe look takes time, and lots of patience.
Fear not! From outdoor cinemas to fancy cocktail dates, finding the perfect date night outfit is easier than you think. Sticking to some simple rules will get you from closet to out the door, without anyone getting hurt.
Take a look at our top date night outfit ideas, perfectly planned for a whole range of dates one could be taken on.
Whether they’ve gone to the effort of setting up a DIY, homestyle outdoor cinema, or got front row tickets to one of the many outdoor cinemas around town (bean bags included, we hope), outdoor cinemas are the perfect place for a first date.
Keeping it cool and casual is the best way to go. So for a casual, yet sexy, take on the first-date-BFF (the LBD) opt for a fun and flirty black playsuit, with minimal fuss, as an easy-to-wear option.
Play the look down with a vintage style denim jacket and a pair of Vans or New Balance (in a funky colour, of course). Then pull it all together with a bowl of popcorn and maltesers and you’ll be set to go!
For the fancier of us folks, post-work cocktails are all the rage and generally the easiest of options to organise when your 9-5 work lifestyle doesn’t allow for anything else. In saying that, cocktail dates are not to be dissed. Small bars are great for intimacy, the cocktails (duh) and the general vibe of the place.
For those who don’t want to wear their work attire, choosing a date-appropriate cocktail dress can be tricky. Look for one that’s modern and fun. Nothing too short or tight, as you don’t want to spend the entire night pulling, tugging and adjusting yourself.
Go bold in a printed midi like this dress from Talulah. The floral print and graduating hemline allows the deep V to do its thing without looking to OTT.
Here’s where you get to show your true fashion style. Casual dinners mean anything goes – just please don’t wear trackies and your never-been-washed pyjama top.
Go for a touch of disco diva crossed with a sprinkle of nineties class by teaming a sequin midi slip with a simple white t-shirt for some cool and casual flare.
Finish it off with a pair of platform sneakers and a novelty over-the-shoulder bag for a seriously sartorial date night outfit.
Home picked varieties or a day at a cellar door, wine tasting makes for a fun, interesting, and seriously delicious date. Going cool and casual is the perfect way to ooze confidence while also showcasing your laid back flare.
Opt for a mid length spring/summer inspired dress with a print, then pair it back with minimal accessories and an easy-to-wear hair do. Think strappy block wedges and a messy low bun.
Scrub up on your wine knowledge beforehand to make your date be extra impressed!
Possibly a few dates into the relationship, a candlelit picnic means they’ve gone all out with the planning and opted for something super special. Much like the outdoor cinema date, a picnic calls for a date night outfit with minimal fuss, but maximum WOW!
Opt for something fun and funky that will have them keeping all eyes on you, the entire night. Jumpsuits are the perfect way to keep the overall look simple, yet give off the vibe that you know your stuff when it comes to fashion.
Pair back a modern, semi sheer black jumpsuit with easy to take off slides and a super warm angora cardi – incase a cool breeze kicks in ????