Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Magical Night Out : Outfit Ideas And Tips For A Romantic Date

So the guy you have had your eye on for a few weeks suddenly walks up to you and asks you out on a romantic and beautiful evening dinner. After your heart stops doing somersaults, you discover you have nothing to wear. 

This is a fancy evening out, and you want to make an unforgettable impression on your new guy (who looks like Hugh Jackman, because that is who I always picture in this scenario). So if you are fretting about your unusually formal first date, don't worry. I've got you covered. 

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We will start form the top down. Think of me as your very own fairy godmother. Just be sure to be back before the clock strikes midnight and remember to leave one shoe behind for good luck. 

 

Hair


Updos are beautiful, but can be far too austere for a date. Although this is a very formal first date, this isn't a high school prom. You want your handsome and intelligent Adonis to focus on your voluminous locks cascading down your back, not pinned firmly to your scalp like an old fashioned schoolmarm. Yet, you don't want to leave your hair completely down. This style can be boring, and it is a special event after all. A good middle ground is a safe bet for this evening. 

I've picked out a couple of half-up hairstyle options. This looks formal enough without going overboard. 


Jewelry


Next we move on to the jewelry. Your date's focus should never be taken away from your beautiful face. The flashy and colorful jewelry should be saved for impressing your girlfriends. Take a step away from the popular neon trends of today and focus on dainty items. 

This is the one event where delicate wins over poppin' styles. Also, men tend to appreciate blinged out looks much less than women. To avoid offending your man's delicate eyes, focus on classic, lady-like pieces. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn or Jackie Kennedy Onassis. Here are a few pieces I like best. 


Now that we have hair and jewelry covered, let's move onto dresses. Picking this out truly depends on where you are going. 

In this case, you will be dining at an expensive and elegant restaurant. One with perfect soft lighting and a dazzling view of the city all aglow with nightlife. Of course, for such an event, we don't want a puffy Cinderella ballgown; save that for the wedding. However, we do want sophisticated and sleek formal dresses or cocktail dresses. Something you can easily dance in all night (no twerking please). Here are my winners for this evening's date. 

*Dresses from Aviva Dress*

Beautiful Lace dress 
*Watch the hemlines! A little above the knees is okay, but not too much.
Judge hemlines according to your height* 


Hot red cocktail dress
*Watch the hemlines! A little above the knees is okay, but not too much.
Judge hemlines according to your height*


Sweetheart, purple formal dress



A-line strapless, pearl pink short evening dress
*Watch the hemlines! A little above the knees is okay, but not too much.
Judge hemlines according to your height**



Neutral A-line Party Dress 
*Knee length-perfect hemline.*

Make sure you don't go too short on hemlines for the first date (or any date out really). Most of the dresses that look short would fall somewhere a little above knee length for me. Choose options that work for your height, or pick one that falls exactly at knee length to be safe.



Shoes


Shoes. My favorite fashion topic. A girl can never own too many pairs of shoes (of course a husband or boyfriend may disagree with this theory). Right now, the man you are about to see has no idea about the dozens of heels you have stowed away in your closet. This revelation will come much later in the relationship. You want to choose the best one out of the 50 pairs you own. One that seamlessly ties the whole outfit together. In this fantasy land date night, I would say, "bring out the Louboutins!" But alas, who are we kidding? I don't have a Louboutin salary; at least not yet. Therefore, I will give you a few choices that are equally enticing and perfect for those on a budget. 

Meryl-SoleSociety. Sensible and fashionable
Ceci-Sole Society. Snakeskin print adds a bit of fun.

Linn-Sole Society. Braided detail and a black shoe option



So now we have covered the basics of your fancy night out. Chin up, shoulders back, and practice that coy smile of yours. Most of all, enjoy yourself, and let him know what a wonderful woman you really are. 

P.S.- Don't forget breath-mints. You don't want anything spoiling that "weak in the knees" first date kiss.

**Oddly enough, I'm envisioning all this in my heart print pajamas....a girl can dream.


About Aviva Dress and disclaimer- This was a paid post by a UK website called Aviva Dress. They specialize in formal wear and evening dresses: bridal gowns, long/short prom dresses, and special events. 

 I do get compensated monetarily for some posts and I want to be very forthcoming about this. For this post, I chose items I would personally be interested in buying (had I occasion to do so). Clearly, I was focusing on formal wear since that is the premise of their website. Check them out if you have a special occasion. Although, I have visited the website, I have not ordered a product from them. Please use your own discretion when ordering online. 





49 comments:

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    1. Thank you June. I'm glad you like the idea.

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  2. All great choices, I love the red cocktail dress but not sure I would wear this on a first date I would go for something more subtle. The hair suggestions and jewellery are all lovely Lucy x

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    1. Yes, it is definitely bold ;-). Maybe on a first date with someone you've known for awhile?

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  3. Shiny, these are great! I love those loose hair styles.

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    1. Thanks Kim! I really like the loose hairstyles too.

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  4. great selection! I would pink the red silk dress and the black shoes :) that goes perfectly with my look and personality !

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    1. That red dress is truly gorgeous. I really love red dresses, they are so sexy.

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  5. They all look gorgeous , i love the first dress in white lace. If you would like to follow each other on Bloglovin my link is below , i always follow back . Thanks

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    1. Thanks Uzo. Lace has always been a favorite of mine so I couldn't leave a lace dress option out of the list.

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    1. Thanks for reading. Yes, the dresses are very pretty.

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  7. Gorgeous tips! =)
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jess

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  8. Whenever I have date nights with my man I do make an efforts, but I'm still more of a down-to-earth dresser. I think he's seen me in heels probably only once or twice, and it was at weddings!
    I do love dresses, but they also follow the more minimal line and not too party. Love the idea of having soft curls though!

    {Teffy's Perks} X

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    1. Pretty much all my dates (99% of them) are down to earth too, but I was writing an "if" situation. I love simple dates where there isn't too much fuss or pressure to look your best all the time. This one was strictly about fancy nights out and what to wear for that. Heels on the other hand....I wear those plenty of times (fancy or otherwise).

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    2. By the way, I checked out your blog with your boyfriend. You guys make such a beautiful couple ;-). Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Love your picks and ideas!

    xx Cara
    www.carascliche.com

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  10. Thank you so much for visiting my blog and commenting! I love this blog post...It makes me want to get all dressed up and go out on a date! :)))

    ~Tab
    humblebeauty29.blogspot.com

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    1. Well, I hope you get to go out all dolled up and enjoy a special night out!

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  11. I love your ideas! But I truly appreciate your last note on how this was written in heart print pj's! So relatable. Lots of love xo Ellese

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    1. Thanks Ellese. I found it amusing that I was writing about something so fancy when I was dressed down. I'm glad you caught that detail.

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  12. Great post! Love the selection
    x

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    http://bffbestfootforward.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. such beautiful, enchanting options!

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    1. :-) Thank you! Enchanting options for an enchanted night out.

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  14. Nice post. The red dress is my favorite.

    http://ninasstyleblog.blogspot.com

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    1. The red is a gorgeous dress. I would say it is a tie for me between the white lace and the red. White winning maybe just a tad over the red.

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  15. At the beginning, I was actually like, Whaaat someone asked me out?? Haha but thanks for these cute options! Love the first hairstyle, if only I could get my hair to curl like that ;)

    Every Day In Grace

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    1. No problem! I'm glad you like the intro :-). It is hard to get hair to curl like that (or at least have it stay that way).

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  16. Great post :) really like all the outfits and tips you have given :) x

    Brenda | www.brendabusybee.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for reading Brenda! I appreciate your comment.

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  17. Love the hairstyles! Thanks for checking out my blog, maybe we could follow each other? Hope to hear from you!
    Natalie

    www.maralmuse.com

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    1. Thanks for checking out my blog! I followed you on gfc and bloglovin, hope you'll do the same! Keep in touch!
      Natalie

      www.maralmuse.com

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    2. Of course. Thanks for stopping by again.

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  18. I loved all the stuffs. Great post dear.
    I am totally in love with the Purple dress :-)

    http://naturelbellefemme.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww, thanks. The purple is very cute.

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  19. As much as it sounds uncouth, but I have never been to a romantic date just yet. Maybe because it's for the reason of our strict customs not to go out very late! Lol anyway, the hairdo picks are incredibly brilliant! And I have to agree with you about updos! Romantic updos are so high school prom hence the half updo. :)

    Xo,
    Lil Miss Bianca
    BLOGLOVININSTAGRAM

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    1. That doesn't sound uncouth at all, just innocent :-). I understand that in other countries the customs are very different. Maybe you may have the chance to go out on a special occasion soon. I love the hairdo styles. Especially with a jeweled clip.

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  20. Love the hair.

    xx,Jodi
    http://highheelsandtutus.com

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