This post may be a bit wistful and aspirational because let’s face it, as overworked college students leading hectic lives, dinner tends to stop being a formal affair. When you’ve resorted to piling your entire meal in one bowl to cut down on dishes or scavenging in your kitchen mid-study-break, the thought of a great conversation over a real meal approaches heavenly dimensions. Which is why planning to catch a meal with someone, be it a friend or someone special, should be a fun moment to toss on a cute outfit.
I created four dinner outfit ideas, inadvertently all featuring dresses, for exactly this reason. If you don’t mind wearing them and you’re in a rush, dresses will help you out on the style end. The first look features plus-size items, but don’t worry, all ring in at under $100.
Dinner Outfit 1 – $88.59
Red can be a divisive color (this dress also comes in black if you’re not a fan), but brings drama without too much work. The soft knit and swing silhouette pair well with drop gemstone earrings and a metal-accented clutch for a sophisticated look. For shoes, go neutral with blush peeptoe booties.
Dinner Outfit 2 – $99.99
I like to think that in an alternate universe, I’d not only have time for dinner plans but be lucky enough to catch up with a friend in a vibrant downtown area. In that case I’d toss on a black bodycon dress, wrap a cozy marled cardigan around me, and top off the look with a foldover crossbody bag and charcoal ankle boots.
Dinner Outfit 3 – $99.69
If you’re heading straight from classes to dinner, this look works for both occasions. Play up the utilitarian edge of this chunky knit sweater dress with a zip-detail crossbody and black ankle boots. Keep hair back with a cute knit headband to get you through a long day of classes. Optional: Wind a cozy scarf around your neck to ward off a chill.
Dinner Outfit 4 – $79.89
A cranberry shift dress is a lovely staple for dates. Dress it up with lace-up black heels, and stow away your wallet, keys, and phone in a compact cognac crossbody. For accessories, all you need is a gold tassel necklace.
What did you think of these looks? What are your go-to staples for dates?