Dressing for different dates — how should you style?

When we head out on a date, we always want to look our best! But it can be hard to decide what to wear. Whether you’re heading out for a romantic meal or spending more time together outdoors, here’s the ultimate style guide for 2019.

Styling for fine dining

Sometimes an extra special date night calls for an evening of fine dining. It might be a restaurant that you and your other half have been wanting to visit for a while, but you’ve been saving it for a special occasion. With some fine dining venues operating a strict dress code, what should you wear?

Keep it classic with one of your stylish dresses. Many women go for a fancy look when they’re heading to a posh restaurant so it’s unlikely that you’ll look out of place. If you feel overdressed, pair yours with flat shoes and a short jacket. Alternatively, you could pair a midi dress with heeled boots and a stylish clutch. Go for a statement print and flirty frills to channel romantic vibes — but remember to avoid overly bright tones.

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Romantic cinema date

You can’t go wrong with a cinema date to spend some time together. Of course, you still want to make an effort for the big day, but you need to be comfy when you’re snuggling during the film.

Keep it stylish in slim trousers and a heeled boot. Pair your black skinny jeans with a bright Bardot top and cute tote bag (perfect for hiding snacks as well as looking stylish!). Bring some colour to your outfit with animal print ankle boots or chunky printed scarf.

Going to a restaurant too? Opt for something dressier like a loose-fitted T-shirt dress and over-the knee boots.

A cosy night-in

Save some pennies and enjoy a romantic night in. Think a candlelit home-made meal for two followed by popcorn and your favourite film. You can still dress up though, even if you do want to get changed into your pyjamas straight after dinner!

Take the opportunity to maximise comfort when you’re having a date at home. You could opt for an accordion midi skirt, paired with an off-the-shoulder crop top. Or, choose an unstructured jumpsuit that’ll look great if you decide to head out after eating!

No need to worry about what you’re wearing on your feet, so accessorise in other ways with hooped earrings and a matching bracelet.

Taking a walk

Go on an adventure with a loved one! Of course, you can expect lower temperatures in winter, so you need to wrap up well!

Consider practicality. You don’t want to be falling over on your romantic date so walking shoes or appropriate footwear are a must. Add layers to your outfit with a cosy fleece, padded puffer jacket and a cute bobble hat. If you’re planning on going out to lunch on your way home, consider wearing a dressy top under your layers, just in case your other half wants to snap a photo of you as a memory of your perfect day.  

Heading out for drinks

Going for a few drinks with a loved one is a great way to let your hair down together. How should you dress?

Follow the theme of romance with a pink mini dress, scarlet lacy bodysuit or a bold ruby-coloured jumpsuit. Or, stay classic in an LBD and accessorise by adding a pop of colour to your outfit with red accessories. Elevate your ensemble with statement stilettos or barely-there block heels. Finish the look with dainty jewellery such as heart-shaped earrings and a pendant necklace.

Never be lost for style tips with this handy date night guide!

The Best Dressed Royals: Which Royal is Giving us The Most Style Inspiration?

The British royal family are usually the most talked about royals, but other princesses deserve some attention too! Not only do these royal females look flawless when they step out of the palace; they’ve given the world some major style envy.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, England

We all know that the latest addition to the British royal family has gained herself some fashion followers after her welcoming into the royal family.

Who can forget Meghan’s silk gown that she wore for luncheon after the big wedding? High-street designers frantically began to replicate the dress to meet the demand for the style that was expected to follow — and they made the right decision. Research revealed searches for ‘halter neck dresses’ were up 40% following the royal wedding and the term ‘halter neck tops’ increased 21% week on week as people tried to replicate her look on the special day.

It looks like we all want to copy her accessories too! After the official engagement announcement in 2017, Meghan attended an event in Nottingham with a Strathberry tote bag in hand. Global search engine data reveals a 398% increase in searches for ‘Strathberry’ from November to December 2017.

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Crown Princess Victoria, Sweden

Even Princess Victoria fell for “the Kate effect”! She was spotted in an above-the-knee navy pleated dress to show off her baby bump in 2015, even though the Duchess of Cambridge had worn it for a private event the year before.

She’s always been recognised for her love of loud prints, and August 2018 was no different. Princess Victoria stepped onto the red carpet at a sustainability awards event wearing a Maxjenny party dress featuring scenic landscapes. This look generated some interest around the brand too, with searches of the designer rising by 222% from July to August of the same year.

Queen Letizia, Spain

Spanish people love Queen Letizia for her stunning wardrobe which is made up of high-street bargains and catwalk designers.  

She certainly turned heads on her state visit to the UK in 2017. Complete with intricate beading detail. It didn’t take long for the media to report how people could copy the look, with the Daily Mail suggesting a crimson fishtail dress from QUIZ as a high-street alternative.

On the same trip, the Queen wore a stunning floral embroidered skirt from high-end designer, Carolina Herrera. It’s no surprise that searches for the term ‘Carolina Herrera skirt’ rose by 50% from June to July of the same year.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, England

Research suggested that this royal princess was the most likely to convince American shoppers to purchase a UK brand. The Duchess of Cambridge has built up a loyal fashion following over the years that she’s been in the spotlight. Her influence on fashion even has its own name — ‘the Kate effect’.

After Kate wears a garment, it reportedly increases the desirability among 38% of US shoppers. We can tell she’s loved outside her nation too! After she arrived at the Victoria and Albert museum wearing a tweed dress in October 2018, search volume between September and October for the term ‘tweed dress’ rose by 50%.

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Crown Princess Mary, Denmark

Princess Mary got thrown into the spotlight when she wed Prince Frederik in 2004, and she’s since been recognised for her vibrant prints and stunning dresses.

Mary is also often spotted in a statement dress coat and pillbox hat, channelling Jackie Kennedy vibes. With her love for bright colours and stand-out styles, everyone was wanting to copy her look after she attended the Copenhagen Concert Hall in Denmark for the opening of the Copenhagen Fashion Summit in May 2018. Dressed in a chic blouse tucked into a pleated skirt by Charlotte Eskildsen, she certainly looked the part. Searches for designer ‘Charlotte Eskilden’ rose 51% after she stepped out wearing the brand.

Who’s style do you love most?