There's something about summer that makes it the season for dating—long nights, warm weather, and a certain carefree attitude take over, and I come to enjoy the idea of dinner and drinks alfresco. While it's easier to stay home quietly curled up the rest of the year, there's no getting in bed when it's still light out at 9 p.m. And while yes, the dates are plenty of fun, so is the idea of dressing up for them. I tend to keep things fairly simple while always keeping in mind what exactly the date entails.
Movie night, a round of mini golf, a simple meetup over coffee, or whatever else is on the agenda, I've got an easy outfit in my rotation. Below you'll find seven simple combinations that you can easily pull together for when things are getting hot (both temperature-wise and well, you know). Now shake off any first date jitters, get out there, and enjoy yourself.
For nights when I'm grabbing a casual drink (preferably on a patio somewhere), I love throwing on a simple strappy tank with light-wash jeans. There's a bit of polish to the look, but overall it's surprisingly simple.
Available in sizes FR 34 to 42.
Available in sizes 14 to 26.
For a daytime date, sneakers are a must mostly because a good bit of walking is generally involved. But to make them feel a bit more, well, date-y, I always pair them with a mini or midi dress.
Available in sizes XS to 3X.
Available in sizes 5 to 8.
Putting together a look that works equally well for work, the office, and for drinks afterward can be tricky. I tend to style more polished work pieces (like a sleek midi skirt) with something a bit less stuffy—like a casual tee.
Available in sizes S to L.
Available in sizes UK 4 to 14.
While I know that V-necks are not for everyone, I find them to be flattering on the collarbone (as long as it's not cut too low). A pretty dress and heels make a great combination for a more dressed-up occasion.
Available in sizes 0 to 12.
Available in sizes 35 to 36.
A white blouse is a no-fail pick for all occasions, but for date night, my favorite way to style it is with a cool denim skirt. Adding jewelry and comfortable shoes of your choice finishes off the ensemble.
Available in sizes 16 to 20.
Available in sizes 00 to 16.
If you live anywhere where the temperature can have major fluctuations from day to night, I'm all for the effortless combination of a slip dress and a leather jacket.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.
Available in sizes P to L.
Whether you want to wear a button-down tucked in or choose to mix things up by tying it instead, this classic staple looks great with a pair of statement shoes.
Available in sizes 00 to 14.
Available in sizes 6 to 10.
Now you can survive your next date stress-free.