Whether you’ve finally found an evening that suits you and the person you’ve been speaking to on Bumble, or you’re going on a consciously-cringe ‘date night’ with your long-term partner, wearing a dress on a date is always fun.
The American rom-coms we’ve watching forever have had it wrong — it's not about a bodycon date dress (ever) or having a lot of skin on show, it's about what you feel your sassy best in. It’s also about something you can hopefully wear again, lots. (Read: What to wear on a first date.)
Realistically you probably won’t be going to a fancy restaurant, a pub garden or fun pop-up is the weekday dream. Just make sure your look is not too effort-heavy. Nothing ruins a look or makes you feel more self-conscious than obvious time spent constructing a look.
For a throw-on-and-go outfit, we’d go for a slip dress and trainers. It’s the right amount of slink, so you won’t feel frumpy or worky, but styled to make it cool and casj.
The catwalk is a surprisingly good place to look for date night inspiration — we're all about off-the-shoulder date dresses right now which (if you follow Cher Horowitz's fashion rules) will make you totally irresistible.
There are lots on the high street too. & Other Stories is our reliable slip dress go-to, and we’re getting this season’s front slit style for dates, weddings, parties… Pretty much everything.
We’re all about frills right now, as well – undeniably ‘flirty’, if that’s what you’re going for, and fun. Just remember to balance it out with a cool sock boot or sneaker so you don’t have a girly overkill.
Our if-money-was-no-object label would have to be Self-Portrait. The feminine cuts and pretty guipure detailing makes it the ultimate date night label. To avoid looking too over done, keep your make-up and hair mussed and low-key.
Whatever your date night style, shop our pick of the best date night dresses...