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What Do I Wear There? Summer Dates


What do I wear there? Summer dates

While listening to last week’s CF Playlist, Songs to Make You Fall in Love, I was inspired to create looks that you could wear while celebrating your love! Whether you are in a relationship, having for a fun summer fling or simply going on “dates” with those lovely friends at home you haven’t seen all semester, summer is the season for going out and making amazing memories with those you care about.

Since many of us are still on budgets over the summer, for this post, I chose to feature inexpensive date activities. I also admit that I bought into a few cliches–in my defense, they’re classics for a reason! Of course, if you have any more inventive date ideas, let us know in the comments. Now, on to the clothes!

Date One: Picnic

What to wear on a picnic date

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Maybe I’ve seen too many romantic comedies, but I think a picnic is one of the best date activities on a gorgeous summer day. Not only is it cheap (all you need is lunch, and maybe a blanket), it is also a date that allows you to have a conversation and get to know someone better: a win-win in my book.

This outfit mixes comfort and style: I wanted to ensure that the outfit was comfy enough to sit outdoors in while still looking pulled-together and classic. I love the vintage look of this striped, collared shirt, which is updated by the tie in the front. Pair this top with high-waisted, dark wash shorts for an outfit that is flattering and not too revealing. Woven sandals and a summery bracelet complete this relaxed but smart look.

Continue this vibe in your hair and makeup with natural, relaxed waves (seen here on Taylor Momsen and the Just Cavalli runway). I recommend using a frizz-fighting styling cream; it will define and smooth your waves without making them too perfect. Then go for relatively natural makeup, focusing on your lips with a coral-tinted balm. Finally, don’t forget your SPF–even though you aren’t in a bikini, you’re still out in the sun and need to be protected!

Date Two: Dinner and a Movie

What to wear on a dinner and a movie date

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For the ultimate classic date, dinner and a movie, I wanted to create a look that was a bit more inventive than your typical date look. After all, there are so many fun variations you can do on this classic date idea, from trying out funky, ethnic restaurants to forgoing the summer blockbuster for a movie in the park. (Many cities do this; find out if yours does with some Googling!)

Since dinner and a movie is typically a casual activity, I chose a pair of slim, dark wash jeans and a swingy black top for a look that’s nice but not overly dressy. To add some summer color, go for bright sandals (these are expensive but I’m obsessed with the beading detail) and a pair of fun earrings (these stained-glass like ones are absolutely gorgeous). Since these accessories are so bright, stick to a simple purse.

For makeup, keep things simple and pretty with shimmery, nude eyes. For hair, his slightly boho-chic look would go perfectly with a beachy, side ponytail like Nicole Richie’s. (Use some salt water spray to give your hair texture.) If ponytails are not your style, go for slightly more defined waves than those seen in the first look, like these.

Date Three: Meet the Parents

What to wear to meet your boyfriend's parents

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While this is probably not your ideal summer date, since most college students return home for the summer, it’s likely that you may have your first meeting with your significant other’s parents this season! For a casual dinner with his ‘rents, I wanted to create a look that was parent-friendly without being too generic.

I am in love with this nude colored, bow-adorned dress matched with deep blue accents. This cardigan will look demure over the dress with scrunched-up sleeves, while these great wedges incorporate both the nude and blue colors while adding a splashy, floral print into the mix.

Ensure that you don’t get washed out by the nude outfit by using a shimmery highlighter to accent the bow of your top lip, your cheekbones and brow bones. Also, use a lengthening mascara to make your eyes pop. I envision this look with voluminous, straight hair. However, if you–like me–tend to play with your hair a bit when nervous, it may be best to pull it back in this situation in a style like a sleek chignon.

What do you think?

Do you have any tips for summer dates? What are your favorite date night ensembles? Any great “meet the parents” suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

And if you have any “What Do I Wear There?” questions, leave them below. Yours may be answered in next week’s article!

Posted on on June 3, 2010 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , ,

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22 Responses to “What Do I Wear There? Summer Dates”

  1. 1
    June 3rd, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Very cute ideas! Love them as always :)

    I have a request too: In light of Rue rue McClanahan dying, can you do a “Golden Girls” themed post? They were really pretty fashionable women in their day, especially Blanche and I think it would be fun to do maybe a take on each character or ‘modernize’ their wardrobes … just an idea! :D

  2. 2
    June 3rd, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    oh I adore these outfits! thank you so much for this post :)

  3. 3
    June 3rd, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    why is there a pic of taylor momsen for picnic? her look is a little too aggressive for a picnic but i like the outfit you put for it.

  4. 4
    June 3rd, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    These outfits are great( as usual) I really like the ‘meeting the parents’ outfit, i’ve been looking for a conservative but fashionable outfit to wear to an event this summer and that dress is just adorable! :)
    And I really like Amanda’s suggestion-that would be a great post!

  5. 5
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    i’m in love with the meeting the parents outfit. the dress and cardigan combo is AMAZING.

  6. 6
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    LOVE the picnic outfit (I want to buy the top), but I would never wear that dress to meet the parents. It’s not sophisticated, sleek, or long enough.

  7. 7
    June 3rd, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    All of these are really cute outfits, but I just have 2 little comments. Firstly, the tied-up top isn’t really a modern thing. My mom used to do that in the 70’s. Second… you forgot about purses. I get that it depends on the occasion, but personally I could use some input on that front. Otherwise, really cute post. I love the Dinner/Movie outfit!! :)

  8. 8
    June 3rd, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Just what I was looking for! I have a date on Sunday. All these looks are too casual for what I need though :(

  9. 9
    June 3rd, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Great post!!! I love the outfits and hair/makeup suggestions!! LOL when I looked at the first outfit’s polyvore picture I got confused–I thought you were suggesting Little J’s raccoon eyes rather than her hair, hah! Keep up the hair suggestions, I really believe that a great hairstyle can make or break a look.

  10. 10
    June 4th, 2010 at 7:57 am

    the nude coloured dress is perfection paired with the cardigan (:

  11. 11
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Love that first top. It reminds me of one of the iconic pictures of Marilyn Monroe on the beach. It’s super cute! And…PLEASE do a Golden Girls post. That show is one of my absolute favorites!!!!

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    June 4th, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I wouldn’t wear heels to meet my boyfriends parents – ever – even after I’d met them! I’m the same height as my boyfriend and I wouldn’t want to create the wrong impression by towering over him (and the entire family) whever we went out :/

    Plus I’d probably just fall flat on my face – not a good look either!

    Best go with some cute ballet pumps ;)

  13. 13
    June 4th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    You have the bare mid drift top but no suggested jewelry for that all so lovely navel!

    I wish you would do a comparison of body jewelry so your readers can find out where to get real jewelry for those hot spots.

    Chief Navel Officer

  14. 14
    June 4th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I love love love the dress in the last outfit. Also a Golden Girls post would be Ah-mazingggg =]

  15. 15
    June 4th, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    I love the second outfit! it’s cute yet casual … I also love the “what to wear there” posts. maybe you guys could do one on graduation ceremonies because I had a few this week and at first had no idea what to wear… I didn’t want to be innapropriate or too casual but I also didn’t want to look too over the top.

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    June 5th, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I love the second outfit. My only suggestion for it would be to bring a cute cardigan because movie theaters and restaurants get chilly from the A/C.

  17. 17
    June 6th, 2010 at 3:38 am

    I’m not totally a fan for the second outfit (I think it’s a little too dark and the top seems too baggy) and I think you should add a cardigan if not a lightweight jacket because the theaters tend to be a tad bit chilly. On the other hand, I ADORE the first and third outfit. The top and dress are out of this world! Kudos! :)

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    June 9th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    I dont think I would ever wear that dress to meet the parents, I dont think its quite long enough or sophisticated and the heels are a little too funky, but other than that I like the dinner and a movie outfit!

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    June 21st, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    hm. these are cute clothes, but not at all practical for the kind of date i’m about to go on. how do i look cute while bicycling 16 miles in the rain?

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