Fash Guide: The Perfect Date Look


Thanks to the endless array of fashion forward romantic comedies and Lifetime's cinematic gems, finding the elusive "one" has never looked easier or on trend. Unfortunately in real life not everyone gets a stylist to help conjure up the ideal date night look, thus leaving us filled with more worry, than excitement. To save yourself from staring blankly into your closet for hours in a "What do I wear?" coma, I suggest creating a mental catalog of several date worthy ensembles. If we've learned one thing from Hollywood, it’s that dancing around, while curling your hair and spritzing on perfume in the hours leading up to your date is way more fun than wandering frantically through a department store. A good dating rule of thumb is to always try to keep your ensembles simple and comfortable; you never want to be thinking about your outfit during your date. When it comes to hair and makeup keep it simple as well. Too much blush or bronzer could be a total turnoff to your potential beau.
As fun and exciting as "surprise" dates are, determining what to wear can be a super daunting task, especially when your guy won't give you a clue what the night holds. When the unknown date presents itself, I always say go with a fun dress, like this floral tiered LC Lauren Conrad dress. Once you've got the perfect dress, it’s all about key transitional pieces. A denim jacket can instantly dress down your look if needed, while offering warmth for cool evening breezes. And a handbag big enough to hide a pair of heels or flats, is always a smart idea so you have appropriate footwear on hand. 
For a lunch date you want to keep your look comfy and casual with an effortless feel. Overdressing for an afternoon bite to eat can give the appearance that you have extremely high expectations, leaving your date feeling like he under delivered. Stray away from denim and go with something with a resort chic vibe like white shorts and a trendy chevron striped blouse. Keep the shoes comfy and low maintenance with a fun pair of colorful spring loafers
When it comes to dinner dates, a dress is always a safe bet, but for a few extra fashion points, I always suggest a classic skirt with a great detailed top. Keep in mind that you’ll be sitting across the table from your date, so wearing a texturally intriguing top, like this LC Lauren Conrad Lace Crop Top, will keep you looking stylish even when you’re half hidden by the table. If you’re someone who tends to play with your hair, be sure to pull it back so that you're not nervously fidgeting with it throughout the meal. When it comes to jewelry, keep it simple and stylish with a stunning pair of teardrop earring and an elegant beaded bracelet. Impressionable footwear is a must for this occasion, so wear something striking, but comfortable. If you're not a sky high stiletto girl try rocking an embellished flat.

Visit this post on LaurenConrad.com here. For more outfit inspiration check out my Sequins Trend Report ideal for a fancy night out and my Spring Cardigans post perfect for a dressy lunch date or dinner.

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118 comments:

  1. These are such cute looks for dates! I'm sure you have just solved a lot of people's problems when it comes to looking for that lovely but not too over the top outfit!
    Cara x

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  2. All the suggestions are great, but the first outfit is my favorite one.

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  3. I love that style with the black pretty skirt. It looks so beautiful. And I love your gorgeous Pink bag.
    xo, Petra

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  4. ha ha...i never thought about skinny jeans/blazer being too harsh but after seeing how feminine & adorable your date night outfit is...i have to agree! we have to keep it simple for those boys! =)

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

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  5. So much lovely looks. Loving the first one. xoxo Demmy

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  6. Very cute looks!! Your blue/pink loafers are adorable. Love them. :)
    xo Andrea

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  7. amazing looks, such a cute blue floral dress!

    LOVE BO,
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  8. For me it has to be the black & white ensemble - gorgeous!
    Happy Wednesday Hun xoxo
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  9. Love the outfits, Its has inspired me!!!!

    Lauren,
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  10. Love it!

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  11. you always have suchhh cute ideas!!!
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  12. I love your top in that last picture, so pretty. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

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  13. These are amazing tips Anna. Thanks Hun

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  14. I love the first one most!! :)
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  15. Love second look!

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  16. I love all of these looks Anna. This is such a helpful guide, thanks for all the info. xoxo

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  17. Love all 3 outfits ! That pink MK bag is to die for, and right noe I'm thinking they need to open Kohl's in Canada so I can steal that whole last outfit !!!

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  18. wow, so many great ideas. The first look is amazing. Very much something I would wear.

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  19. looking gorgeous as always! the last look is my favourite!!

    Would love if you could check out my latest outfit post?

    Jess XO

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  20. LOVE the last look. Very chic and girly. Perfect for a dinner date. Where are the heels from? I love them.

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  21. I love "texturally intriging"!!! cute outfits! :)

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  22. cute!!

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  23. I couldn't agree more. Great tips, love.

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  24. Love your outfits. Definitely perfect for a date. Not too revealing but sweet, stylish and comfortable. Thanks for the advise.

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  25. Lovely clothes! Specially that pink bag is awesome. :)

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  26. Yeah grt tips.....it's always such a fuss to find the perfect dress...

    Btw do check out my new post
    Xx

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  27. This couldn't have come at a better time. Thanks Anna. The bag is gorg.

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  28. The jean jacket tip is great. Surprise dates are always more difficult than fun.

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  29. Guapísima, me encnata el bolso!!!!

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  30. This is a perfect guide for date night attire! Looks great! Thanks for commenting on my blog!
    Joanna
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  31. Love these outfit, esp. the blue shoes :)

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  32. That hot pink bag and floral dress...LOVE!

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  33. Hey Anna, love the Dinner Date look!!

    Amberly D'Anna
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  34. Love all your date looks...now I've just got to find me a date! LOL

    xoxo
    Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl
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  35. Those blue and pink boat shoes are so cute! I need a pair of my own! Love all your outfit suggestions, great picks!

    Sarah
    smalltowncatwalk.blogspot.ca

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  36. love the looks, these tips might come in handy.... in the far future because i've never gone on a date or had been asked for one >< seems a bit sad ain't it XD
    xx ish
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  37. gorgeous looks!

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  38. Loving the arm candy and your lacey top :)

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  39. I am TOTALLY IN LOVE with the first look! Down to the strappy heels!

    xoxo,
    Tif
    Ramblings of a Southern Belle

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  40. I love all of these looks but that lace top steals the show- it's So pretty!

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  41. I love the dinner date look. I am a sucker for black and white!

    Amy


    Fashion and Beauty Finds

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  42. Beautiful outfits, I love specially the white lace top of the last one!Thank you for commenting at my blog =)

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  43. I love all 3 outfits, they are each perfect for the type of dates mentioned. You look gorgeous as always! I'm loving your accessories in the last one. :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  44. I love these outfit ideas. The bows on the back of the dinner date outfit are too cute!

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  45. great looks love the dinner date! xo

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  46. Great post! The surprise-date-outfit is my favourite! ♥
    xx

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  47. love the casual look with the boat shoes!

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  48. I love your "dinner date" look...It's the perfect mix of sexy and understated, that lace crop top is beautiful!

    -Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  49. I am so jealous you get to work with Lauren Conrad! I have always wanted to meet her, she is fantastic!!! Love all three outfits!

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  50. These are great tips! I just shared your page with my friend who was wondering what to wear for a first date. You look adorable in every outfit!

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  51. I love the last look, it's so stylish!

    Xoxo

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  52. Love your blog! I checked out the Lauren Conrad post- what a great experience! Now following on gfc and twitter.


    - Zahra

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  53. You look absolutely amazing! I love LC Lauren Conrad...she creates the cutest clothing and I LOVE that it is affordable! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment :)
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  54. Also, I am now following along and would love if you would follow back :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

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  55. lovely outfits! especially loving the dinner date look!

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  56. Love the outfits, gorgeous!!
    Love your blog xoxo

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  57. Love your post girl! All 3 looks are perfect! I think the 3rd is my favorite though. :) I hope you have a great day and I have a new post, if you have time to check it out! xx, Pip

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  58. I love the dinner date look, you can never go wrong with black and cream

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    new outfit post

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  59. Thanks for stopping by! Love your posts on Lauren Conrad's blog. I loved the maxi with sock bun...still working on perfecting the sock bun...any tips?! Ha!

    xo-ashley

    www.theteacherdiva.blogspot.com

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  60. Love this post, great outfits, now I need a date! xoxo

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  61. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my post!! Loved your post on Lauren Conrad's blog!! great Job!! Love your sunglasses on your second look! ;0)

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  62. You look beautiful in all three looks! Great post xoxoxox ;)

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  63. All such cute looks but the first one is my favorite. Also love your pink bag ;)

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  64. these outfits are so cute and flirty (:

    xAnna
    fairytalefrocks.blogspot.com

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  65. Love the outfits! You look beautiful in all three!

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  66. Helpful and fabulous.

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  67. Love the denim/dress combo! So cute. :)

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  68. Great advice, Anna. I love all the looks.

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  69. Gorgeous looks! Love the dinner date look.

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    xox,
    Sabrina

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  70. I have that LC by Lauren Conrad lace top too! I absolutely love it, but it's a pain to put on!

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  71. I love the dinner date look! That shirt is so adorable!

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  72. I love all of your date outfits!! Great post!
    -amy
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  73. I love all the looks but my favorite is the casual look i love the chevron striped top!

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  74. really love that first outfit <3 the dress is soo adorable! great post and lovely looks

    Alexa <3
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  75. This is just adorable what a lovely post! x

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  76. ADORE the dinner date look. Very very cute lace top- obsessed with lace right now!!! I think it's down to Princess Kate :-) XXX

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  77. Great advice and super cute outfits! I especially love the idea of a big back with a change of shoes inside to dress up/dress down an outfit.

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  78. So many beautiful outfits, but I am definitely in love with the first one! That dress is just so perfect and perfectly flirty. :)

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  79. OMG! All of these looks are so flirty and fun! I love the Suprise Date look the most. I kind of wish that I had a cute boy so that I could wear one of these looks.

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  80. These three looks are all equally adorable....can't decide which would be my favorite. I'll take dancing over closet panic any day. Thanks for making it so easy!

    Kelly {chicsaturday.com}

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  81. I love all three looks!! If I had to pick a favorite, I'd either choose the first. I love the floral dress paired with the jean jacket. Looks great on you! And I love Lauren Conrad's clothes :)
    And I'm your newest follower!
    xo,
    Chelsea
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  82. The blouse with the bows on the back is so cute. Love all 3 looks

    Tash
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  83. very lovely summer looks!

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  84. I am loving EVERYTHING about the dinner date outfit. It's exactly my style!

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  85. Loving the third outfit with the little bows in the back! Perfect date night outfit for sure :)

    Rachel Coletta

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  86. Love it!!! I am completely in love the bow top and the whole first outfit :)

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  87. so true stressing and overdoing any look before a date can just be horrible later on! these looks are simple and beautiful. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  88. I love this little guide and completely agree with all of your pointers! Adorable and helpful post! :)

    ~Jacy

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  89. Really gorgeous outfits, I love the dress in the first one, the bag as well is such a statement. Love your jewellery as well. Fantastic accessorising!

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  90. Awesome tips! The first outfit is my fave - it's the perfect mix of prettiness without looking like a try hard.

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  91. Really great outfits for a date! I love the blue dress! :)

    Amor GLAMOROZA

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  92. i love all looks..grate post :)

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  93. wow you look sooo great ! amazing!

    lovely greets from germany !

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  94. Adorable. I love these!!

    Love from South Africa

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  95. The pink bag is so girly, just perfect!

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  96. love all the 3 looks!!xx

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  97. Hi Anna!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog recently. I'm not sure how you found me but I'm so glad you did. I'm really enjoying reading your blog posts and seeing some fabulous outfits you put together. Congratulations on all of your success so far, it's so neat that you collaborate with Lauren Conrad!! I took a peek at your wedding dress post. You were a gorgeous bride and it sounds like your hubby is a sweet man. Looking forward to checking back in here often. I'm going to add you to my Daily Read list in my sidebar. :)

    Warmly,
    Karla

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  98. Well, aren't you just the cutest doll!!! I was just teary eyed myself reading your college reminiscing post (c: It's such a good reminder to look at far how we've come *and* truly appreciate it! Glad to have found your fantastic blog, my dear, it looks like I'm not alone in my adoration (c:

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  99. Perfect date outfits! I love all three of them. And that pink bag is amazing!

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  100. Super fun date night outfits!

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  101. I love this Lauren Conrad lace top!
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  102. very interesting information ... i like it ..

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