One feeling anyone can attest to experiencing is anticipation, especially when planning on going on a date. Whether you're meeting someone for the first time or have been with your partner for years, planning a special night out can make even the most anti-romantic fraught with emotions. There's already so much to worry about that the last thing you want to be anxious about is what to wear. And yet it can be hard to pick the best outfit for a night out, much less an evening in the middle of winter.
Winter dressing presents its own challenges, but it's even harder when you factor in the desire to look sultry. After all, frigid weather doesn't make wearing the most risqué and skin-barring trends of the moment a practical decision. But before you let the stress of picking an outfit make you cancel that date, you'll want to keep reading. As we've dug through Instagram to find 30 sexy date-night outfit ideas, the fashion set relies upon.
Whether you're going to the museum, seeing a movie, or just want to make your date's jaw drop, these looks will bring the heat—no matter how cold it is outside.
It might be cold outside, but if you don a leather tube dress and knee-high boots for the evening, you'll make things balmy.
Whether you're exploring the city or secured a table at the hottest new restaurant in town, you'll want to wear something that's both covered but sultry. Enter the look above.
You don't have to show skin to look still hot. Simply opt for edgier pieces (aka a leather moto jacket styled over a knit dress with pointed pumps) to attain the "baddie" status.
Yes, this is the second time a leather ensemble is in the mix, but it's a formula that works. Opting for a leather trench styled over a leather corset with trousers and heels will ensure you're warm all evening and look smokin' too.
Planning on heading to your date straight from work? The key to having an office-friendly and date-ready outfit lies in picking a conservative piece with a little edge (i.e., a leather jumpsuit that can be paired with heels or ankle boots).
Going somewhere a bit more formal for your date and don't want to be too risqué? Style a V-neck sweater with a slip skirt, tights, slingback pumps, and a scarf for a practical and pretty look.
When in doubt, opting for a sweaterdress with a sultry design detail (think high-slits or cutouts) will never be a bad move.
Another easy outfit formula the fashion set relies on for date night? A matching ribbed set paired with a vibrant pair of mules and a mini bag.
Pro tip: The key to making any winter outfit more exciting lies in outerwear and accessories. The simple sweater and miniskirt in the back of your closet can be paired with a fun faux-fur coat and metallic boots for a perfect look for your evening with your special someone.
Who says you can't wear a minidress in the winter? Style it with a faux-fur coat, tights, and platform shoes to make it more winter-friendly.
A rule of thumb for pulling off more "risque" pieces for the evening is to choose one statement piece to pair with your wardrobe staples. Take, for example, the translucent sheer top trend we've seen everywhere. When styled with jeans and pointed heels, it becomes an effortless ensemble.
Faux-fur cardigans have been trending for a while now, and we're not mad about it. Styling one with jeans and wedges makes for the perfect date-night look.
Are you planning on just grabbing a cup of hot cocoa with your partner? Keep it casual and opt for a chunky knit sweater paired with a miniskirt and knee-high heeled boots. `
Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't wear more warm-weather pieces. Simply invest in a great wool coat that you can wear over your favorite halter top and skirt pairing.
Another way you can stay covered but still look cute when it's cold out is by opting for a maxi dress. Make it feel a bit more risqué by styling it with edgier pieces like sporty shades, a menswear-inspired blazer, and a choker necklace.
Are you already running behind getting ready for your date? When you're in a pinch, pull out the slip dress in the back of your closet, throw on a heavy wool coat, and add heels (or knee-high boots) for a simple yet sultry last-minute outfit idea.
Honestly, it doesn't get hotter than an off-the-shoulder sweaterdress styled with over-the-knee-heeled boots. If they aren't gawking when you wear this, they're not the one.
Opt for a fun mesh top paired with relaxed jeans and heels, and you'll be ready to go wherever the evening takes you.
There's nothing better than showing up to a dinner date knowing you look like an entire snack. Why not pair a faux-fur coat with a matching tank and leather pants? It's a look that will have them saying, "Yes, chef."
Want to wear your favorite denim skirt and button-down? Make it feel more special for the evening by styling it with metallic shoes and a matching bag.
For a more casual date-night, try pairing a shearling coat with a denim skirt with a slit and knee-high boots.
Let us let you in on a little insider trick: Any outfit is winter-ready if you have the right undergarments. Don't be afraid to layer or add a printed tight into the mix.
Don't want to wear heels on your date? Opt for a trendy flat (like ballet flats) styled with sexier pieces like a lace skirt and an off-the-shoulder sweater.
Embodying that "cool girl" energy on your date is as simple as styling a bomber jacket with matching cargo pants, a tank top, and ankle boots.
When you have no idea what to wear on a date, the safest bet is always to keep it simple. Wearing a turtleneck dress with knee-high boots and a mini bag is a fail-proof outfit.
It's not date night if you don't dress up, so why not do the most? Pair a bodysuit with a velvet suit, sparkly heels, and a floral choker.
Pair a maxi slip dress with a moto jacket and cowboy boots for warmer evenings.
Get more wear out of your favorite cutout top by pairing it with a tweed skirt and over-the-knee sock boots for your next date night.
Again, you don't have to wear the most skin-barring pieces to embody Hot Girl energy. Style a sheer mesh turtleneck underneath an oversize moto jacket, and then finish the look with jeans and combat boots.
You've made it to the end of this story, and hopefully, by now, you have ample inspiration. But should you need some parting advice, we'd say it's all about getting creative with your styling. Pair risqué pieces (like a catsuit or jumpsuit) with more practical outerwear for a look they'll never forget.