Your New Date-Night Dress Code
By Laurie Davis, Founder & CEO
All the details for date night are set … except your outfit. You phone, er, text in the help of some girlfriends (or if you’re a client of mine – your dating coach!) but still might not feel completely amazing. And let’s face it, confidence is the most important thing to wear when walking into a date.
Lucky for you, the Google fashion trends report is helping crack the “what to wear” code with the data of what people search and click. Not all of these trends are date-worthy (I’m looking at you, emoji shirt) or guy-friendly (I can’t imagine many men finding tulle skirts sexy), but here are the four that can actually help next time you’re dressing for a date, including my advice on how to wear it best with your coffee- or cocktail-date cutie in mind.
The Shift Dress: Consider a fabulous shift dress a versatile canvas in your closet. One great shift can power a few weeks of dates, especially if it’s a neutral color like white. (Side note: white dresses are also on trend for this season, up 36% over last year’s searches.) It’s easy to “shift” in one of these dresses and make it feel like a new outfit simply by changing your accessories. Pair it with a statement necklace and bold-colored heels for a Saturday night dinner date, or keep it casual with nude flats and a bun for Sunday brunch. You can even take it directly from the office to a Happy Hour date by sliding off your blazer come 5 o’clock.
The Midi Skirt: Covering up may be contrary to your usual instinct but midi skirts, which hit mid-calf, give you the perfect opportunity to play with proportions in a way that flatters your shape most for date night. For example, if you’re not as confident in your bottom half, a structured, voluminous skirt can cleverly cover – just pair it with a tighter top, which will bring the eye upwards. Or if you’ve been working on your squats and want to flaunt your booty, choose a more fitted variety like a pencil midi, and choose a top that’s a bit blousy. Either way, a heel, wedge or platform is a must to pull off this look without looking stumpy. Don’t be afraid to get a midi skirt hemmed – having it fall at that perfect spot just below the knee will keep him wanting more (leg, that is!). This trend is up 131% from last year due to its growth in the U.K.
The Silk Blouse: So many first dates happen after hours and a silk blouse is perfect for both power hour at work and happy hour on your date. Consider it a softer, sexier version of a button down. Searches for “silk blouse” is up 143% this year over last, which isn’t surprising since you’ll see it hung in store windows from Banana Republic to Anthropologie. You can go with one in any print or color but my favorite is a clean, white version -- and it seems I’m not alone. Searches for the term “white blouse” is up 58%, a trend on the rise.
The Romper: Bye, bye little black dress, hello, romper -- the slightly edgier and trendier version of the classic stand-by! The short shorts of rompers elongate your legs even more so than a dress and are generally much more comfortable. You’ve got to flaunt what you’ve got on date night, and if that’s legs, a romper will keep him drooling. But the fit of a romper is imperative and they’re not for everyone, working best on gals who are “straight” shaped, and a little less curvy.
Naturally, not every trend is going to suit your style, but having fun with fashion is about experimenting in the dressing room and learning what makes you feel sexy, poised, and confident.
What are you wearing on your next date? Let us know in a comment!