Summertime is quickly approaching, which means the chunky sweaters and warm boots in your closet will soon be switched out for lighter fabrics, shorter hemlines and brighter colors and prints. Styling summer outfits can be fun and exciting because the season is full of vacations, day trips, beach getaways and longer days filled with fun. Sometimes, however, it can be hard to find the perfect summer outfit. This is especially true for date nights!
Summer date nights are the perfect occasion to rock your warm weather style, but choosing the perfect outfit can be time-consuming and a difficult decision. The good news is there’s a lot of inspiration out there for when you’re being indecisive, not feeling like creating an entire outfit from scratch or repeating an old one. We’ve got you covered on some of the best ensembles for the summer season. Here are six summer date night ideas you’ll love.
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1. The Maxi Dress
What’s not to love about a great summer maxi? It gives you the feeling of summer elegance with little to no effort. A maxi dress is essentially an outfit in itself, much like other dresses for women during warm weather seasons. The maxi gives you added length and a little more leg coverage when or if you need it. Styling a maxi dress for a summer date night can be more casual or more elevated depending on the location (and amount of walking) during your date. Your most important accessory here is shoes. The higher the heel, the nicer the date.
2. The Classic Jeans and Tank
There’s nothing quite like your favorite pair of jeans and a sleeveless top that fits just right. If you’re going on a jeans-appropriate date, go for this classic look that will make you look and feel fabulous. The great thing about jeans and a tank top is you can accessorize however you like. Go with a refined, simple look featuring dainty jewelry and a small bag with strappy heels or dive head first into grandeur with statement earrings, a chunky belt and a great pair of wedges or stilettos.
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3. The Blouse and Shorts Combo
This outfit exudes flirtiness and fun. A flowy blouse with shorts is perfect for when temperatures rise above full-length pants level. It’s also great for mixing and matching colors and textures. Wear this outfit combination for dinner by the water, evening window shopping, casual drinks and the like. For shorts, think about bypassing your everyday denim cutoffs. Opt for something with color or a print. For optimum summer vibes, consider wide leg shorts made of a breathable fabric like cotton or linen. Pair it with a button-down or wrap blouse in colors that complement the shorts. Play around with waist height, neckline, sleeve style and more to make this outfit fit your own style. The shorts and blouse outfit combination looks great with a pair of cute sandals and a crossbody bag.
4. The Matching Set
For a date night outfit that is on-trend and always looks put together, go for matching separates. This outfit can be found in many different options that will fit your preference and style, with tops that match a mini or maxi skirt or a pair of shorts or longer pants. Matching separates always make a statement, whether it’s a monochromatic solid color combination or a bold summer print. It’s important to let your matching set shine when it comes to styling and accessorizing. Be careful not to overpower your top and bottoms with too much jewelry or distractions. A matching crop top and pants set looks great with cohesive jewelry and hair pulled back. More romantic options like a puff-sleeved blouse and matching mini skirt are finished off perfectly with wavy hair, hoop earrings and a glowy makeup look.
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5. The Date Night Dress
You can never go wrong with a classic dress for date night. While the maxi dress is a great option, the typical date night dress usually entails a shorter hemline, making it the perfect option for those who want to show a little leg. Date night dresses are great because they make you feel like you’re getting more dressed up for the occasion and get you excited for the evening ahead of you! If you opt for a short mini dress, you can bring more attention to your legs by adding some heel height. Go for strappy or dainty heels that will make your legs look even longer. For longer tea length or midi dresses, choose a fit and neckline that is flattering for your body and makes you feel confident. This style is perfect for everyone and looks great on all body types!
6. The Jumpsuit
Much like the maxi dress, the jumpsuit is a red hot option when it comes to an all-in-one outfit for your summertime date excursion. The best part? You can totally dress it up or down! A jumpsuit is the perfect way to make a statement in style this summer. Style your date night jumpsuit according to the color, fit and (if applicable) print. Make a classic entry in a white-hot jumpsuit with silver or gold jewelry and neutral heels. Or for a more classic option, wear a solid black jumpsuit with your hair up and a cocktail-inspired clutch. For more casual jumpsuits or printed pieces, you might want to think about keeping major accessories to a minimum. Let the suit speak for itself!
A Date Night ’Fit for All
No matter what you choose for your summer date night outfit, rock it with confidence and power. You know your style (and your closet) best, so don’t be afraid to play around with different styles and mix it up for each different date night occasion.