The art of being able to dress well is something that will generally have you admired by others, especially if said others are interested in you romantically. However, dressing for a date can sometimes be agonisingly difficult.
How do you know if your date will appreciate your sense of style?
Is it better to stay casual, or dress up a little and hope he or she does the same?
How do you dress for a date night when there are so many different places potentially you could be going?
Stay calm when wondering what to wear for date night, and follow these tips to impress your date with your excellent sense of style in three popular date locations:
Movie Date Outfits on a Budget
A date that involves watching a movie should evoke ideas of comfort and cosiness, and this can be reflected in your outfit. Cinemas are generally kept cold regardless of the season, so even if your date is in summer, you don’t need to rely on shorts and t-shirts for comfort.
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A long-sleeved shirt will always look effortlessly stylish, and you can add a jumper over it to create a cosy layered look. Pair with dark jeans and leather shoes. Although leather shoes can be expensive when bought new, you can find some in great condition at your local opp shop or second-hand market for less than $100. If needed, you can freshen up a second-hand pair with a leather treatment or coloured leather nugget.
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Try a combination of a chunky knit, jeans and flats or ankle boots – you’ll look cute and cosy without compromising on style.
If dresses are more your thing, try a fit-and-flare dress and a cardigan for something that will keep you looking chic and feeling snug.
Your local second-hand store can carry some great vintage looking cardigans and dresses. You can even re-purpose an older cardigan by adding a broach or an embroidered patch – all you need is a needle, thread, and a quirky patch that often goes for less than $10. This will highlight your unique sense of style and add personality to your look.
How to dress for an Art Exhibition Date
This one depends on the type of gallery the exhibition is being held in.
Firstly, however, forget all those scenes in movies, where everyone visiting an art gallery is wearing black. While black can still be a good choice in many settings, it’s no longer a necessity. In general, you should dress fairly formally for a gallery opening or exhibition – consider it a chance to play dress up.
Art exhibition for men
Consider a blazer and coordinated pants for a formal setting, but remember you may be able to get away with something a little less formal, depending on the event.
If you don’t have a blazer, you can find a cheap one at a local opp shop, often less than $100. Spend another $50 to have the blazer altered to fit correctly, and you’ll have a tailor-made blazer for less than $200!
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Don’t consider anything less formal than dark jeans, but try to find out in advance the usual dress code for the gallery you’ll be visiting to get an idea of how to dress.
Chinos are another great option that can be easily dressed up or down. Regardless of which trouser you choose, ensure that it is the correct length for you, with the hem sitting at your ankle or just below. You can often find a local tailor that will hem your trousers for around $15.
This will make all the difference to your outfit.
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If you do go the all-black route, try a little black dress with simple jewellery – you can find some vintage jewellery at your local store or consider asking family members for old jewellery they no longer wear.
If, however, you desire a little more colour to match the works you’re at the gallery to see, a patterned dress with a leather jacket can be a bold, effortless choice.
Vintage leather jackets, usually valued at $500, can often be found for around $100 at second-hand stores. Heels will suit any setting, but make sure you wear something you’ll be comfortable standing and walking in all evening.
outfits for dinner date nights
Another date for which you should dress depending on the type of place you’ll be going to, dinner can be tricky.
Posh dinner outfits for Men
For a casual dinner date, try a dress shirt and dark jeans. For something more formal, why not wear a fitted black suit with a white shirt?
A blue or patterned suit are also great options and will be sure to show off your fun side. You’ll be sure to impress your date.
If you’re not sure about the dress code, you can’t go wrong with a stylish shirt, blazer and chino combo. Allowing for a chic balance between casual and formal.
Posh dinner outfits for Women
If this is a casual date, try skinny jeans and a blouse with heeled boots.
If a little more formality is required, use it as an excuse to wear your favourite dress paired with a simple necklace and earrings. You can’t go wrong with black, but it’s okay to add a little colour too.
If it’s cold out, opt for a sleek overcoat or leather jacket, which will provide you with a stylish edge, while keeping you warm and cosy. Local markets are great places to find cheap one-off jackets that can be the focus of your outfit.
Ultimately, if you’re happy with what you’re wearing, you’ll be much more likely to feel confident and enjoy your date.
Follow the guidelines, but don’t wear items that will keep you uncomfortable all night. Bring a bit of your personal style to all of your outfits without breaking the bank, and you’re sure to impress your date and feel comfortable at the same time.
A freelance writer from Gisborne, New Zealand, Maia Fletcher has written articles on a wide range of topics for various blogs and local sites. She also loves watching videos and reading books on personal finance.