There’s nothing quite as lovely as spending a romantic night on the town with your significant other. Whether you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary or stepping out for your weekly date night, such an occasion is always a big event. As such, it only makes sense that you pull out all the stops for your big night. Not only should you put thought and care into where you’ll be dining, but the same also goes for what you’ll be wearing. Date night is no average day, after all, and it deserves to be treated like the special occasion it is. This guide to what to wear on a romantic dinner date will ensure that your next night out is picture-perfect in every way.
When deciding what to wear on a romantic dinner date, it’s always best to choose clothing that follows the three C’s: comfortable, classy, and chic. Your outfit should be equal parts fashionable and functional and should allow you to become your most confident self. Starting from the top and working downward, try to choose a blouse that follows clean, classic lines and accentuates your best features. Opt for slightly more luxurious fabrics, such as silk and chiffon, to create an added element of glamour to your ensemble. When choosing your blouse, be sure to consider how it will complement your skirt or pants. If you have opted for more form-fitting bottoms, consider choosing a flowy top to create an element of movement in your outfit. Conversely, if you’ve chosen a flowy skirt, consider a more structured blouse instead. This will help maintain balance throughout your outfit.
Comfort is key when selecting a skirt for your romantic outing. Oftentimes, the hem of a skirt falls slightly higher when the wearer is seated. As you will be seated for most of your dinner date, this is something you will want to consider carefully. Try to choose a skirt with a hem that reaches your fingertips when standing, if not longer. This will ensure that the hem does not raise too high when you sit for dinner. Consider choosing a colorful or patterned skirt to offset the design of your shirt, as well. Neutral-toned, structured skirts that are slightly closer fitting can also be a great addition to your ensemble and can add a seductive element to the entire look.
If skirts aren’t your style, consider opting for a classic and comfortable pair of pants instead. Stick to classic lines when choosing pants, as this will draw more attention vertically. You want to draw your date’s eyes upward toward your top and face. The style of shirt and shoe you plan to wear will also influence your choice of pants. If you are planning to wear a statement heel, consider cropped pants that allow your shoes to take center stage. Additionally, if you will be wearing a slightly looser top, consider choosing more tailored pants to create balance in the ensemble. High-waisted pants are also very trendy at the moment and will help to create a crisp and classic look for your date night ensemble.
For an effortless and elegant date night look wrapped up into one simple article of clothing, choose a chic dress for your night on the town. You won’t need to worry about matching tops and bottoms and can prepare for your date in record time. As with a shirt and skirt ensemble, you will also need to consider hem length when choosing a dress for your dinner date. Try to adhere to the same fingertip guideline as you would with skirts when selecting a dress. Select the fabric and style based on the dinner venue. For dinner dates at a more high-end restaurant, consider a dress made of luxurious fabrics in a classic style. Perhaps a style that resembles that of Meghan Markle or Duchess Kate Middleton will help you achieve a more classic and elegant look. For an outdoor dinner date, consider choosing a dress that’s more on the casual side. Cotton fabric and printed dresses are ideal for a romantic date in the great outdoors.
Outerwear is just as important as innerwear when crafting a date night ensemble. Though you won’t be wearing these items for most of your date, it’s still important that they match the overall style of your ensemble. Try to choose a jacket or coat that will complement the overall look of your outfit. Adhere to the same color scheme and overall aesthetic, taking care to match styles as much as possible. Pea coats and tailored jackets are always a good choice to achieve a classic look with clean lines. Bomber jackets, trench coats, and leather jackets can also be a fun addition that will add an edgy appeal to your outfit.
When stepping out on the town with your significant other, you want to make a statement. High heels are often the preferred option to do this. Heels help further the clean, vertical lines you are attempting to achieve through the rest of your ensemble. Be cognizant of the location for your dinner date when selecting your evening heels. As with all aspects of your ensemble, comfort is key when choosing shoes. Depending on the distance you will need to walk or the time you will need to wait for a table, you may consider choosing a slightly shorter heel or opting for flats. If you’d like to add a touch of personality to your ensemble, consider incorporating embellishments, lace, or tulle in your shoe choice.
Accessories will serve as the cherry on top of your entire date night look. This will include your purse, headwear, and jewelry. Jewelry is the most popular way to add a touch of sparkle and glamor to your outfit. When choosing jewelry and accessories for your date night look, try to remember that less is often more. Coco Chanel famously advised that a lady always takes off one accessory before leaving the house. Limiting yourself to just a few choice pieces of jewelry will ensure that your ensemble does not become too overwhelmed by bling. You should be the star of the date, after all—not your jewelry.