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What to Do, What to Wear: Movies


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Seeing a movie — it’s the quintessential date idea, a fabulous escape from reality, and a way to admire your celebrity crushes on a giant scale. (I went to see Premium Rush and I was not the least bit disappointed — with JGL’s dimples, that is.)

Yet movie theaters, in my opinion, can be among the hardest locations to dress for. The A/C tends to be set to “Arctic” and, depending on who you’re going with, your ensemble could need to be dressy or casual.

To save you the dreaded blank stare into your closet and panicked thoughts of “WHAT DO I WEAR,” I’ve put together four outfits that would be super cute for any movie outing.

Movie theater outfit 1: Shorts, sweatshirt, comfy slippers, statement necklace, tote
Top: Isabella Oliver, Necklace: Dillards, Bag: Etsy, Nail Polish: Topshop, Shorts: Kohl’s, Shoes: Gap, Lipstick: Topshop

Despite fall being right around the corner, summer does not seem to be going anywhere. In order to beat the heat without freezing in the theater, I paired these super cute polka dot shorts with a simple, lightweight pullover.

Now it’s time for extras. Black nail polish is a fun way to start the transition into fall, while smoking slippers are super comfy. For a pop of color, add a neon statement necklace and a swipe of matte pink lipstick. Finish off the outfit with a mustache tote (because who doesn’t love mustaches?) as a place to stow all the cheap candy you bought at the gas station. ;)

Movie theater outfit 2: Distressed jeans, long sleeve top, satchel, black sneakers
Jeans: Forever 21, Lipgloss: Illamasqua, Top: Mango, Scarf: Hollister, Shoes: DSW, Earrings: Modcloth, Bag: Flying Tomato

If summer is NOT just around the corner for you and fall has comfortably settled in, this outfit is perfect; it’s casual, comfortable and warm!

Distressed jeans are coming back this season, so pull out your pair from high school and work them proudly. Add a flowy jumper on top and sleek boots on the bottom. Keep the makeup simple to let the accessories pop. Add a bright scarf near your face, bold earrings and a statement bag.

Dress: Mango, Bangles: Oasis, Clutch: DSW, Shoes: Pull&Bear, Cardigan:

This outfit may be a bit too formal for going to the movies with your friends (but then again, who’s to say what’s too formal?!), so think of this as a first date dinner & a movie sort of outfit.

The cardigan gives the dress a more casual feel, but this look is all about the bold accessories for glamour. To bring out the subtle blue in the dress, I paired this outfit with blue flats, a set of fun bangles and a bold clutch. If you are going on a date, I’d forgo bringing in your own snacks, so stick with a smaller bag for the theater and restaurant.

Necklace:, Top: dELiAs, Skirt: River Island, Bag: Wet Seal, Shoes: Lane Bryant

Since I included two casual outfits, I thought it would be only appropriate to include one more dressy option for the movies. This could be worn if your first date was strictly at the movies, as this is the perfect combination of casual and dressy.

Because burgundy is going to be a huge trend this fall and looks flattering on all skin tones, I think this skirt would be perfect for a movie date night. Chambray is the perfect pairing for this skirt. With leopard slippers, a bold necklace and a small crossbody bag, you’ll look super fab for your first date.

What do you think?

What movies have you seen lately? Do you have a “uniform” that you wear to the movies? Which outfit is your favorite? Also, please, please leave suggestions below about activities/outfits you’d like to see! All of my posts are based off your ideas, so keep them coming! :)

Posted on on September 6, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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28 Responses to “What to Do, What to Wear: Movies”

  1. 1
    September 6th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    The 4th outfit is definitely my favorite, I just love the chambray with the burgundy! I think it’s the perfect mix of feminine and casual, and it’s just right for fall. Great job on this post :)

  2. 2
    September 6th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Love the post! Had to laugh – whenever I go to the movies, I do sneak in goodies in a bag, so I always plan my outfit around my hobo shoulder purse :P

  3. 3
    September 6th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    I lovelovelove the first two styles! They look just so comfortable to me, definitely something I’d love to wear to a theater! Good job putting those together :)

  4. 4
    September 6th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    i’m dying for those slippers, I’ve seen them everywhere and I’m thinking about getting a pair in leopard!

  5. 5
    September 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Absolutely wonderful and very trendy ideas! I’m so glad to have found this blog site!

  6. 6
    September 6th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I wish fall would just hit us in LA already! i love the second outfit

  7. 7
    September 6th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    these are all wonderful. i usually go in sweats and a t shirt, because i feel like no one looks at me in the dark anyway. but i do have a movie date coming up so im definitely going to consider option 4, thanks!

  8. 8
    September 6th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    LOVE the last outfit, I’d wear every item of it.

  9. 9
    September 6th, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    The last is my fave, I love dressing up just to go to the movies with friends.

  10. 10
    September 6th, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    i love how wearable these outfits are! they could be worn in any casual setting.. great post!

  11. 11
    September 6th, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    The fourth is definitely my favorite. But I’m not really digging the other outfits. The sweater looks like something I would dig up from the back of my dad’s closet. Maybe more different outfits?

  12. 12
    September 7th, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Love these outfits! The ripped jeans are always a favorite of mine, as well as bangles! I love that deep red skirt. Also, I am so excited for Fall to come around so I can start wearing scarves!

  13. 13
    September 7th, 2012 at 3:18 am

    I love the fourth outfit!! Good mix of structured and formal as well as cute and laid-back. It would be nice to see some outfits for a late summer barbecue/ garden party? The sun is still out but it’s not so hot anymore! x

  14. 14
    September 7th, 2012 at 7:29 am

    Love this, I’d have the jeans the the polka dot shorts in a flash!

  15. 15
    September 7th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    The last outfit is definitely on the right track. Keep it up!

  16. 16
    September 7th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Not really feeling any of these. Movie theaters are always FREEZING. My legs would be too cold with 3 of these outfits.

  17. 17
    September 7th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Sarah, Ignacia, Fashionfreak, Marianna & Blair– I’m in love, love, love with chambray & burgundy! I’m glad you all like the outfit. :)

    Chloe– I do the same! I CANNOT justify spending $5 on candy that you can get for $1.50 at the gas station!

    Denny– I must admit the first two are my favorite, as well. :)

    Larissa– Agreed! I’ve seen really cute AND cheap ones at Target. AND they come in leopard. :)

    Fayemes– Thank you, thank you! Keep coming back– we are always posting great stuff!

    Ashleigh Maynes– I agree! It’s 88 in Pittsburgh today?! I’m dying for fall weather!

    Samantha– Good luck on your date! :)

    cg– I really appreciate that! :) :)

    Ali– I must admit that I’m a huge sucker for over-sized boyfriend fit tops/sweaters. I will be sure to include more fitted tops in my next post!

    Leigh– I’m so excited that distressed jeans are coming back into style! And I’m so ready for fall too!

    Lisa– Me too! I’ve been longing for a pair of polka dot pants.

    Carrie– I’m that person that is ALWAYS freezing. You could easily pair tights under most any dress & keep your legs warm while looking chic. :)

    P.S. I LOVE reading all your feedback. :) Please let me know what else you’d guys like to see!

  18. 18
    September 7th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    P.S.S. So many smiley faces and exclamation points! haha. I need to find new ways to express my enthusiasm through type.

  19. 19
    September 7th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    LOVE all these outfits, especially the first and last. And I also love JGL ;)

  20. 20
    September 7th, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I really like the first one. That’s pretty much exactly the kind of thing I’d wear to the theater right now

  21. 21
    September 8th, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Loved reading this one! My favorite was the 2nd outfit because I am craving some fall weather and I seek comfort at the movies. The scarf is great for a scary movie…I typically hide my face during the whole movie and the scarf acts as my safety blanket! (Can’t bring a real blanket into the theater!)


  22. 22
    September 8th, 2012 at 1:33 am

    I am absolutely in love with the burgundy trend. Naturally, I am quite taken by the last outfit, although I am equally fond of the first two as well. (Girl, I’m echoing your sentiments on Premium Rush. Not at all disappointed. ;D)

  23. 23
    September 8th, 2012 at 10:08 am

    I love your picks! Also, go Dukes!

  24. 24
    September 8th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    As do so many others here, I love the last outfit and the combination of chambray and burgundy:D

  25. 25
    September 9th, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    I’m a bit lost.. would you leave the chambray untucked or would you tuck it in to the skirt?

  26. 26
    September 9th, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Destiny– If you have not seen Premium Rush yet, you should RUSH to see it! (in an outfit similar to the first, yes?) ;) You’ll thank me later!

    Laura– Literally, his smile melts my soul. And THOSE DIMPLES?!

    Katy– Thanks girl! It’s a great transition outfit for summer to fall! :)

    Tammi– That’s a BRILLIANT idea for the scarf– shield from the scary/chic accessory. Can I admit that I STILL haven’t watch The Ring in it’s entirety with my eyes open…

    GS– Thank you!!! YAY DUKES!!!

    A– I’m glad you do!! :)

    hayleyB– I would recommend either tucking it into the skirt OR tying it up, as it will accentuate your waist. :)

  27. 27
    April 19th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    why r you people so crazy

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