Dating at any age can be nerve-racking, intimidating, and stressful. None of these are looks you want to project! You want to look cool, confident, friendly and fashionable. Let’s work with what you can control: your wardrobe. Your jitters will back off when your fashionable style comes forward.
Casual Dates: Coffee shop dates, a stroll in the park, Saturday lunch
You don’t want to be overdressed for casual dates but being under-dressed might send the wrong message. You could come off looking aloof, bored, or like you don’t care. And you do! So let’s dress the part.
Outfit: Wear great-fitting jeans with a silk top or blouse paired with a cardigan or cropped leather jacket. Or wear a loose open weave sweater with a camisole underneath. Tuck the sweater into your jeans, just at the center front (a thumb tuck) and wear a great looking belt. A cute strappy sandal is perfect for warmer weather and boots or booties make a great choice for colder weather. Avoid running shoes.
Accessories: Wear your signature jewelry. Or if you’re wearing a thin sweater or long tunic, adorn your chest with layered thin necklaces or wear a long pendant. A few bangles on the wrist are a nice touch.
Makeup: Go light on the makeup for your daytime look. No false eyelashes! Add color in your lipstick. Nails should be polished or at least manicured.
Evening Dates: Going dinner, seeing live music, attending a comedy show
Evening dates mean you get to look more feminine perhaps even with an edge. No office attire! Here’s an opportunity to add sequins in moderation, ruffles, or bolder jewelry. Don’t shy away from expressing your personal style.
Outfit: Show off an asset of yours, just not all assets all at once. Pair one fitted piece with one loose piece – like a sleek fitted top with full pants. Or try wearing a shorter print skirt with a modest top or easy-fitting sweater. Wear heels or booties if you aren’t going to be standing a lot. Dresses are a great option. Cotton or jersey knit dresses that follow your curves without clinging to them are easy and comfortable to wear.
Accessories: A small clutch with gemstones on it or a crossbody bag with a chain strap works well. Chandelier earrings or large hoops are fun. Consider scarves and pretty gloves for warmth.
Makeup: You can go heavier on the makeup with more blush color, eyeshadow trios, and/or a bold lipstick color. Dare to add a few false eyelashes.
Formal dates: Dinner out at a nice restaurant, art show openings, fundraisers, a guest at a wedding
Have fun with this one! You can be creative, artistic and modern. Or be sophisticated and classy. Just don’t be too conservative; it could make you look stuffy. We know how fun you are. Your date should too.
Outfit: Wear something that you feel radiant in. Maybe it’s a delicious color that you wear beautifully or an outfit that has interesting details you might otherwise avoid: like sheer over pieces — like the short skirt with the long chiffon skirt over the top, or add some lace sleeves (sleeveywonders.com) or a fun cape. Wear the appropriate undergarments so you’re not advertising any of Vickie’s Secrets. Or go for a classic tuxedo pant and ivory satin blouse or a high-waisted skirt paired with a simple knit top tucked in. Wear patent pumps (your choice of color), patterned flats, or dressy heeled sandals.
Accessories: Fill in a deeper neckline with multiple strands of pearls or wear a statement necklace. Keep attention near your face with dazzling earrings. Add a cocktail ring or two. Be sure to carry an evening bag, not a hobo bag.
Makeup: Give yourself time to prep and primp. Consider getting your hair and makeup done professionally earlier in the day. If you’re doing this yourself, dramatic makeup and styled hair can take time. Plan for it.
Active dates: hikes, sailing, playing golf
You’re not going to the gym or on a run. You’re going on a date. Make sure your outfit conveys that distinction. Coordinate and choose something with some shape!
Outfit: Sweaters, vests and jackets are essential for layering for the outdoors. It’s hard to carry on a conversation if your teeth are chattering! Remember, you can look sporty without being in workout gear. Choose clothing pieces that are easy to move in. Consider having the layer closest to your skin be one made from tech fabrics that wick away moisture and odor.
Accessories: Scarves are necessities for protecting you if the wind picks up and they’ll add style to your outfit. Sunglasses are a must. Hats can be your partners in fashion: try fedoras, wide-brimmed hats, straw hats, or baseball styled caps that aren’t team specific. Keep jewelry to a minimum so nothing gets in the way of your activities.
Makeup: Make sure your makeup won’t melt if you work up a sweat. Light foundation, sunscreen, mascara, eyebrow definition and a light lipstick will do.
If dressing for dates makes your head spin, let me help. I can get you dressed for any type of date so that you can feel confident and look great. We’ll do what we can and leave the rest to fate! Email me at [email protected] or call 507.250.2030 for more information.
…dressed for between a casual and evening date — it’s movie night!