Date Night Decoded: The Perfect Ensemble In 7 Pieces

Meeting a special someone and worried about what to wear? Dress to kill with editor-approved wardrobe advice.
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  • While we adore analyzing the runways and poring over designer mood boards, we spend a considerable amount of time pondering a more prosaic question: what should we wear? Whether it’s a wedding, work affair, or weekend brunch, getting dressed for specific occasions is a constant conundrum. In the hopes of outfit enlightenment--for us and for you!--we’re delighted to present What To Wear, our weekly wardrobe guide for every occasion. This week, we'll be tackling what to wear for a hot date.

    The Goal: Create an alluring outfit that highlights your figure, without revealing too much.


  • Your average pump these are not; the slick sheen is an evolved version of the hologram trend, and the classic shape is guy-friendly.

    Jeffrey Campbell Darling Pump ($132) in Oil Slick

  • The perfect date night dress has subtle suggestive details, such as the sheer panels on this Alexander Wang frock, but still leaves much to the imagination.

    Alexander Wang Paneled Crepe And Silk-chiffon Dress ($313)

  • Balance feminine pieces with edgy accents, like this graphic black and white clutch.

    Proenza Schouler Zip Leather Pouch Medium ($536)

  • Subtly reference the tint of your heels with coordinating teal nail polish.

    Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer ($24) in Nirvana

  • Highlight your manicure with a set of delicate mixed metal rings. 

    Forever 21 Gradated Stackable Ring Set ($5)

  • Tassel earrings will frame your face and add a flirty element of movement as they swing.

    Eddie Borgo Tassel Drop Earring ($320)

  • No purse is complete without this mini kit, which has everything from a stain remover to breath freshener, so you can tackle any snafu that comes your way.

    Pinch Provisions For J.Crew Minimergency Kit ($18) in White Silver Wave

  • A rosy lip feels like a fresh alternative to typical red.

    Nars Lipstick ($26) in Roman Holiday

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