To see what we mean, click through four detailed examples and a handful of outfit ideas that you can stick in your back pocket, so next time your date tells you they’re inconveniently early, you can confidently breeze out the door in snap. Balance Sweet & Tough Crafting the perfect date night look boils down to one tenet: balance.
Not too sexy, not too sweet; not too revealing, not too covered up. At a TK Maxx store opening in London, Peaches Geldof demonstrated her grasp of the concept by pairing ladylike slingbacks and a print dress with an edgy moto jacket. Show A Little (Unexpected) Skin While there’s nothing wrong with highlighting your legs or décolletage, we’re fans of revealing skin in less predictable ways.
We think not, and are all for its appearance on date night.
To pull it off, take note on how Chiara Ferragni of The Blonde Salad’s Louis Vuitton frock she wore for a screening of Mademoiselle C is high-necked and long-sleeved.
The more modest cut is still alluring, but leaves a little to the imagination. Tried & True Combo: Sexy + Grungy By itself, Fashion Vibe blogger Zina Charkoplia’s Zara slip dress might read lingerie-like, but when toughened up with a plaid button-down (also Zara), the effect is enticing, but not over the top.
Tying a flannel around the waist is also strategic for adding shape to a loose-fitting frock. Make The Most Of All Black Black doesn’t have to be boring.
Whitney Port gave her noir ensemble a date-appropriate spin with skinny leather pants and lace-up stilettos at the SHOW Beauty launch in New York City. Pair Micro With Oversized Forgive us for elaborating on the rule of balance, but the concept also applies to proportion.
Want to wear a leather miniskirt like Irina Lakicevic of A Portable Package did?
No problem, just pair it with an oversized piece, like the blogger’s vintage Valentino blazer. Fail-Proof Pair: Moto Jacket & Mini Skirt If you’re ever completely stumped on what to wear, fall back on the trusty combination of a motorcycle jacket and flirty mini skirt. Paneled Dresses Are Your Friend We weren’t all blessed with hourglass figures, but thanks to side-paneled dresses we can at least fake it.
The look is one part tough, one part alluring, and wholly perfect. Notice how Miroslava Duma’s printed frock creates the appearance of curves?
A pair of Prada platform heels, like Duma’s, never hurt either. Hit The Metallics Try this: take one party-ready metallic piece, in this case, Aimee Song of Song of Style selected Zadig et Voltaire gold pants, and add a skin-baring basic, such as Song’s Helmut Lang wrap top.
It’s an easy formula for looking subtly dressed up, and pairs well with the neutral staples you likely already own.
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