There are many places to go to and things to do on a date night. Aside from the right place and the right company, it is also important to choose the appropriate look for the occasion. Read on for our suggestions of date night outfits, grouped separately under ladies and gentlemen.
Stripes and Jeans
If you’re going on a casual date, there’s no point in going over the top with your outfit. After all, your attire should match the occasion. A regular striped T-shirt and a pair of blue jeans are perfect for such an evening. The choice of jeans is up to you, as both the skinny and fitted varieties go well with horizontal stripes. To give your attire a dash of style, feel free to put on a pair of (not too high) heels.
Loafers and Pencil Pants
Pencil pants shouldn’t be reserved for work and business meetings. If you want to mix things up and go the casual/classy route, you might want to pair them with loafers. For the top, you can go with a simple sweater or a loose-fitting blouse. Go with the former if you’re leaning towards the classy side. If you want to keep it cool and laid back, go with the latter.
Statement Top and Skinny Jeans
A statement top can be a great way to grab your date’s attention. If you decide to wear one, go as bold as you want to. Cutouts, wide sleeves, one-shoulder tops, ruffles, it’s all ok. You can go single or multicolor. It is up to you and your personal taste. Add a pair of simple skinny jeans for a contrast. Optionally, you can throw in a pair of sandals or even high-heel pumps.
Denim Jacket and Skirt
This classic combination is perfect for an evening walk or a modern coffee shop. You can wear the denim jacket over a plain T-shirt. It’s best for the shirt to be a neutral color, such as white or beige.
The choice of skirt is up to you. You can go with a pleated midi skirt if you’re aiming for a more conservative and relaxed look. Or a mini skirt, if you want to be more provocative. Complete the outfit with a pair of Chuck Taylors or sandals (with a short skirt).
Blazer and Faux Leather Shorts
The combination of blazer and faux leather shorts is both classy and bold. It’s the perfect option if you’re going to a bar or a dance club, but not recommended for casual and low-key settings. The faux leather shorts will reveal a lot of leg, so pick a longline blazer to balance it out. Also, the shirt beneath the blazer shouldn’t show too much skin.
As for the shoes, you can go with pumps or heeled sandals. Loafers and flat sandals are not recommended for this combination.
Putting all your chips on black might be a risky move in roulette, but it is probably the safest bet in date night outfits. Black never goes out of style and can help you achieve pretty much any look.
If you’re aiming for a rebel girl vibe, a leather jacket and leather pants are the way to go. Black skinny jeans or leather skirt can work as well. You can top it all off with a pair of high-heeled boots or, in case you’re wearing denim pants, a pair of sneakers.
No woman’s wardrobe can ever be complete without the famous little black dress. If seduction is the name of the game, then the LBD is your best friend and strongest ally. Depending on your preference and style, you can opt to show as much or as little skin as you want. It goes without saying that a pair of pumps is the best way to complete this look.
Jeans and T-shirt
This everyday combination is best reserved for casual and relaxed settings, where it’s not required of you to bring your A-game. A plain T-shirt and a pair of black or blue jeans are great if you’re grabbing some coffee or going for a walk on a lazy Sunday morning. If you opt for this combination, you can complete it with a pair of Chuck Taylors or some other pair of simple sneakers. A pair of boots might work as well.
Sweater Over Shirt
If you’re going on an activity date (read a walk in the park or a movie) you can combine smart and casual. On the smart side, try a solid-color knitted sweater and a pair of matching trousers. On the casual side, you can wear a button-down shirt beneath a sweater. Here, you have more freedom, as both solid and pleated shirts work well in this combination.
Even though the classic black and blue jeans can be ok, it is recommended to go with a pair of trousers. They should be comfortable enough for the activity part of the date, but smart enough to keep up with the rest of the outfit. Simple and discreet sneakers or trainers are your safest bet for the footwear.
Blazer and Jeans
In case you’re going out for drinks in a bar and you want to look sharp, but not too sharp, blazer and jeans are the way to go. Pick out a pair of regular fit jeans, preferably dark blue. Match them with a navy blazer and button-down shirt. Since you won’t be wearing a tie, leave the top button undone.
As for the footwear, a pair of elegant sneakers might be the best option. Alternatively, you can opt for boots or leather shoes. If you wish, you can complete the outfit with a pocket handkerchief.
Suit and Tie
A dinner date demands the best outfit in your closet, especially if you’re going to a classy restaurant. Make sure the jacket of your suit is well-tailored and fits perfectly. It is recommended to stick to solid, preferably dark colors here. Under the suit, a plain white button-down is your safest bet.
For the tie, you should go with something understated and classic and steer clear of aggressive colors. Remember that the width of the lapels dictates the width of the tie. When tied, the tip of the tie should touch the belt.
The trousers should be the same color as the suit. In the footwear department, you can’t go wrong with a pair of black or brown leather shoes. For bonus points, pick a belt of the same color.
Whether it’s a dinner or a dance club, you can’t go wrong with one of the combinations laid out in this article. Likewise, if you’re having an activity date or a casual drink, this list has got you covered.
Regardless of where you’re going or the activity, the most important thing is to feel good in your outfit. So, feel free to mix things up and break rules.