On a regular basis, I tend to dress pretty casually. On the weekends, I like to be comfortable – because running errands in heels isn’t nearly as productive or appealing as doing so in sandals or sneakers. Monday through Friday, my office doesn’t have a dress code, and while I am constantly striving to make even the most casual of outfits look pulled together and “work appropriate,” the lack of pressure to abide by a dress code essentially means I’m in weekend attire 7 days a week.
My only beef with my overtly casual lifestyle is that, when shopping for new additions to my closet, I still tend to gravitate toward elevated pieces that air on the dressier side of things. As a fashion and trend lover, these pieces are more exciting to me, and are items that I would prefer to spend my hard-earned cash on. While some of these pieces can easily be dressed down for my day job, many are simply better left for special occasions – i.e. date night.
Although any time James and I get to spend together can feel like a date night, evenings that actually involve leaving the house and sticking to some sort of concrete plan are more special, and warrant an elevated and equally special look.
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I love the idea of dressing up pants or shorts for evening, and straying away from the go-to dress. This look takes that notion one step further. By mixing and matching monochromatic separates, you’re left with a warm-weather spin on a classic pantsuit.
When I purchased this cami, I immediately wanted to wear it with something structured and masculine, to juxtapose its feminine details. I chose an oversized blazer, and love how the addition of the shorts further complement the mix of feminine and masculine elements. On cooler nights, this blazer/cami combo would also look great paired with jeans or trousers.
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This look is super versatile, and will get so much wear beyond date night. I love the contrasting elements of the tough and edgy leather jacket (a staple in my casual wardrobe as well) and the light and airy dress with feminine details (ruffled neckline, eyelash lace paneling).
My favorite aspect of this look is that I can pretty much wear the jacket with any dress and create tons of different outfits that all have a similar feel! For future date nights, I can also mix up my accessories, by wearing a statement shoe or statement earrings.
What are some of your go-to date night looks? Would love to hear your outfit ideas, or tips and tricks for date night dressing, in the comments below!