Whether you’re going on a movie date or whisking your love away for a romantic weekend, keeping these tips in your roster will ensure that you are dressed to impress.
Let’s face it! Dates aren’t always like they show in the movies. Yes, they can be truly romantic, but there’s a lot of thought that you need to put in while planning one, right from where you’ll go to what you’ll say and what you’ll wear. While the first two depend entirely on you and your significant other, we can surely help you out in the third department. Based on possible date scenarios, we bring you tips on not just dressing to impress, but also keeping your own comfort in mind.
CASUAL VIBE FOR A MOVIE DATE
Movies are all about unwinding with a tub of popcorn. The vibe of a movie date is meant to be easy and relaxed, so we recommend you dress for comfort rather than go for too formal a look. Opt for jeans and loafers and channel the smart-casual aspect by teaming them with a regular T-shirt layered with a smart shirt with Madras checks. A cool sling bag would be a handy accessory.
Ladies, you could opt for a trendy graphic T-shirt with geometric prints or a bright knitted sweater (if the weather is nippy) coupled with a printed circle skirt for a movie date. Pair these with spunky sneakers or flat ballerinas along with a tote bag.
A BALANCING ACT FOR LUNCH
If you’re sneaking in a quick lunch during your office break, pick a smart shirt in a nice pastel shade, which can pass off as office wear. You may consider rolling up your sleeves or losing the tie to look more relaxed. For a weekend lunch or brunch at a casual bistro, you can count on the classic chinos look. Pair your beige or tan chinos with a smart chambray shirt or a solid-coloured one in a refined print. Tip: wear a classy watch and carry a smart pair of sunglasses to finish off your day look!
Ladies, be prepared to be spoilt for choice. For a quick office lunch, opt to wear a knee-length dress with stripes or floral print. Complement the dress with a nice set of pumps and a trendy tote. If you’re not going out from office, go for a jumpsuit – it’s casual as well as glam! A shirt dress would suit the occasion too. Accessories could range from hairbands, totes and statement bracelets to pointed-toe ballerinas.
DRESS UP FOR DINNER
Impress your date: book a table for two at a gourmet restaurant and clean up well. Wear a nice shirt in a solid dark – deep blue and wine are all the rage this season – or with a fine texture or foulard. While nothing spells sophistication better than a black suit, we recommend you take things down a notch and swap your all-blacks with a smart textured blazer in navy or grey.
Ladies, an LBD (little black dress) would work wonders for such an outing. Pair it with pencil heels with stud detailing or dressy wedges and classy jewellery and you’re sure to have made a lasting impression on your dates.
BEING YOURSELF FOR AN OFFBEAT DATE
If you’ve been seeing each other for a while and you’re probably going on your fourth or fifth date, it’s time to plan something special more suited to your mutual interests-a weekend getaway to a luxury resort, a spot of adventure sports or a day at the beach. Again, in keeping with the nature of the date, keep your style cool and casual. Polo shirts, chinos, half-sleeved casual shirts and shorts are your go-to options. However, don’t hesitate in playing around with prints and checks to add a bit of your personality to your attire. Tip: Opt for a cool backpack, cap and funky sneakers to add that playful touch to the outfit.
For the ladies, a short dress or shorts along with a spaghetti-strap top or a printed T-shirt are equal parts fun and stylish. Add to the outfit with some funky earrings and sneakers.