Stylehiving: Dressing Up For Date Night
Last time we set the boundaries for what a first date outfit should entail. Remember, the look should reflect who you are, shouldnâ€™t give it all away (too tight, low cut, and too short are NO-NOâ€™S), shouldnâ€™t appear as though you tried too hard, and conversely, like you didnâ€™t put any effort into your look at all. The outfit I devised to meet all these guidelines included jeans, a flirty top, a blazer, and boots. However, this might not work for everyone — say, women who LIVE in dresses (as many of my friends do). A dress does not always have to indicate high-maintenance, and finding a dress you love and building upon it with fabulous accessories may result in that ever-so-elusive understated sexy, laid back, fun to hang with-vibe that is guaranteed to keep him transfixed by you. Just check out the look sported by Anne Hathaway!
Mixing unlikely fabrics is big right now and if the Fall/Winter â€™08 runway shows serve as things to come, the trend will be HUGE come Fall 2008. Donâ€™t roll your eyes, I am not a blind trend-clinger, a condition whereby one does not look at the trends or formulate any opinions about them, but professes their love for said trend for reasons that donâ€™t extend beyond its trend classification. However, this particular trend does have some meat and when pulled off right, can be simultaneously sexy and super sophisticated. Not to mention, considering weâ€™re in that annoying transitional season when the weather canâ€™t make up its mind and temperatures can go from the tropics to Antarctica, the look definitely has strong practicality appeal.
To work the look on a date, start with a simple dress that has a girly-flirty vibe — think soft colors, lace, chiffon, ruffles.
Catherine Malandrino Devore Dress, $695, Ella Moss Beatrice Dress, $200, Jill Stuart Averell Dress, $365
Pair it with a tweed blazer, cropped leather jacket, or tuxedo-inspired vest. This type of look beautifully blends masculine/feminine elements without going to either extreme, and is the perfect way to give your guy a taste that will leave him wanting more. Another variation of this concept is to swap the blazer for a professorâ€™s cardigan, a cool and comfy way to tone down a dress that might seem too fancy on its own. To make the look more cohesive, put a skinny belt on over the sweater for that timelessly seductive hour glass silhouette.
LAMB Rebel Jacket, $365, Urban Outfitters Lux menswear vest, $48
The final step in achieving this look lies in the accessories. This is your chance to infuse your own personality into the look, because there is no dating faux-pas greater than trying to be someone youâ€™re not. If you love old-school Hollywood glamour, complete your look with pretty pearls and a headband. If youâ€™re an earthy boho-chick, add some eco-friendly touches to your look. If youâ€™re a risk-taking fashionista, complete the look with bold colored tights (another major trend on the horizon) and layered necklaces. I think you get the picture. And no man, seriously, NO MAN, can resist a gal in heels — they donâ€™t have to be stilettos or anything too fancy or uncomfortable, just something that gives you a boost- be it wedges, thick heels, booties, etc. Theyâ€™ll lengthen those legs and put a bit more shimmy into your step.
Check out plenty more frisky fashion coverage over at StyleHive!