You’re supposed to meet your date in an hour, but you’re still tearing through your closet for an outfit, and your mood is getting worse by the minute. This is a familiar scenario when you can’t seem to find the right date outfit. Whether you’re going out on a first date with a guy you met on a dating site or a night out with your long term partner, having the right date outfit is important.
The goal is to impress with the least effort and without overdoing it. You want to look polished but a little flirty, comfortable, and confident but stylish. We know how stressful it is picking out a date night outfit, so we’ve compiled these date night outfit ideas to help you create a killer outfit that you’ll feel confident in, no matter what your plans are.
First Date Outfit
The pressure of wanting to create a great first impression during your first date can be nerve-wracking. The key to a successful first date is to be comfortable, relaxed, and confident and choose the best first date outfit. The last thing you want to be doing is fidgeting with your outfit. Aim for an outfit that’s polished but chic and feminine. Wear something dressy but not too uptight. A stylish top and a skirt paired with medium height heels will have you looking sophisticated but down to earth.
Showing too much skin can be a turn-off, so be subtle about it. If your date outfit is backless or low cut in the front, you can wear it with jeans or a maxi skirt, and if you decide to wear something short, balance it out with long sleeves and a low heel.
Avoid extremes such as overly trendy first date outfits or heavy makeup. It’s better to be minimal and more natural for the first date. Also, choose colors that accentuate your skin tone; go for soft tones and light colors over black. Only go for bright colors if your skin tone can carry it. Choose the best fitting clothes that flatter your figure but not too tight. If your date outfit requires constant adjustment, double stick tape, or constant sucking in, don’t wear it, but it shouldn’t be too loose or oversize either.
Dinner Date Outfit
Dinner dates are a bit more sophisticated, so you need an incredible date night outfit that’s both classy and stylish. There are many dinner date outfit ideas depending on the occasion. Wearing a dress is a natural choice if you’re going for a formal occasion. Choose one that’s equal parts lovely and chic, and keep the style fitted but elegant. The hem should be below the knee, and the dress should be fitting but not tight.
The best colors for a dinner date outfit are black or white, but you can dress in other lighter tones that work with your skin tone. You can also go for a great pair of skinny pants like fitted pants or black leather that show off your figure but still classy and pair it with a nice silk blouse or camisole. For makeup, aim for a balanced look that enhances but doesn’t overwhelm your features. Not too much, but not too little. The goal is to look like you put in an effort to look nice but didn’t overdo it. You can finish off your look with classic black or nude sandal heels, light jewelry, and a sleek clutch.
Casual Date Outfit
The ultimate goal for a casual date outfit is to achieve the effortless vibe of “I just threw this on.” Whether you’re catching up over coffee, grabbing a quick bite, or going for a casual drink, you want to look like you’ve put in some effort while still being dressed appropriately for the activity or venue. While denim is the go-to option, you need to pair it well with dressier pieces to create a look that appears effortlessly stylish and easygoing.
If you’re meeting your date after work, choose a cute date outfit that balances style with practicality and feminine subtleties. Opt for a skirt or a dress with a feminine top and finish off with a statement jacket like a fitted blazer and swap your work bag for a clutch.
You can wear jeans and a nice t-shirt but throw in a blazer or a leather cropped bomber, but a mini skirt or a dress with a denim jacket is also a great combination. With a casual date outfit, you can experiment with bright colors that make you look cheerful. You can do wedges or flat sandals depending on the venue and accessorize with sunglasses and a watch.
If it’s winter, there are some winter date outfit ideas that will ensure you stay warm and cozy while looking stylish and sophisticated. You can never go wrong with a mini dress or mini skirt paired with black tights, your favorite statement heels or boots, and finish with a faux fur jacket.
Movie Date Outfit
While a movie date outfit doesn’t need to be as sophisticated as a fancy dinner date outfit, you still need to pay extra attention to what to wear. When picking your movie date outfit, go for one that’s comfortable and practical; after all, you’re going to spend your time in a cramped and overheating theater. So go for a smart casual look that’s chic and gorgeous.
Skirts or dresses are fussier and aren’t a great choice, instead, opt for a cute top and stylish pants. But don’t wear denim pants; choose a more sophisticated style such as wide-leg designs made in loose fabrics. To complete your movie date outfit, wear a longline waistcoat and block heels.
Concert Date Outfit
Going to concerts is exciting. Whether it’s your favorite pop star’s stadium tour, jazz on the square, or a concert at an outdoor amphitheater, you need a date outfit that has an edge but still feminine and chic. A leather jacket is the most obvious choice, and you can wear it with almost anything. You can pair it with skinny jeans and low heeled boots to create a slim silhouette. If you feel your outfit is too dark, you can pair with a white top.
You can also pair your leather boots with feminine prints and black and white denim accents and finish off with a red lip for a chic but not flashy look. A colored skirt with a minimal top is the perfect date outfit for an outdoor concert. You can add some minimal accessories like a sleek sling bag and light jewelry.
Whatever the occasion, having the best date outfit will make you feel more confident, so you can let your personality shine through and enjoy yourself on the date. Only wear what’s comfortable for you to create a great impression. Do you have any other date night outfit ideas you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments section below.
Mrs. Green is a family photographer, and writes about relationship psychology. She’s a wife and a mother of two adorable kids who won’t get bored even for a minute. She completed a photography course in college. She’s passionate about photography and writing. She loves personality psychology and to help couples with advice on the relationship.