When you find that special person to share the summer with, it can give you a feeling of butterflies in your stomach. There’s just something about the fresh air and the balmy nights that brings out the best in us. Of course, you want to look your best, too, so figuring out what to wear on a date night can be a struggle. But it doesn’t have to be. Just start by figuring out what’s planned for the night. Then, look at the weather forecast and dress for the occasion with the date night ideas mentioned here. Here are our top picks for cute summer date night outfits.
Have you ever been out watching a band when a cute older couple starts cutting up the dance floor? You can’t help but think, “I hope we’re like them when we’re older.” It might sound old-fashioned, but dinner and dancing are arguably the most romantic things to do on a fun date, even if you have two left feet. If you’re lucky enough to have a dinner and dancing date in your future, a cotton sundress will be your go-to choice, since they can be as casual or as fancy as you like. And when they’re made of cotton, you can move freely without overheating. Sundresses are great for when you want to look amazing but not like you tried too hard to do it.
If you’re going straight to the movies, a pair of women's jeans will be just fine, as long as they aren’t too distressed and don’t have holes in them (it gets chilly in the theater). As far as what to wear with it, this is your chance to look effortlessly put together with a nice top and some jewelry. Think of a nice blouse or mock turtleneck. Don’t forget a lightweight jacket or cardigan even if it’s summertime. If you’re going to dinner first, you might want to account for that, too, as some restaurants are fancier than others. If you are going somewhere like a nice steakhouse or French restaurant, you might want to opt for a nice skirt or black pants instead of jeans.
When you’re going to be hunkering down for the night and binge-watching the latest Netflix series, you’ll want to be comfortable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look great too. The key is to act like you just threw on whatever clothes you had laying around, but also to make sure that what you had “laying around” isn’t wrinkled. Think comfy capri leggings and a nice T-shirt or a tunic top. Don’t forget to spritz a tiny bit of perfume for the final touch.
If you’re a music lover, you know how fun concerts can be. But an outdoor concert under the stars with your crush is so much better. While the look you want to achieve will depend on the band and type of music, the key is to dress for the weather and wear comfy shoes. That means no heels or you’ll risk twisting your ankle in the grass. And since the weather usually drops a few degrees at nighttime, be sure to tie a flannel around your waist so you can put it on when you get chilly. A plaid flannel works well for rock concerts, while a solid-colored flannel can look a bit more formal for classical or jazz concerts. Other than the flannel, a T-shirt and jeans or shorts are the only other things you need. Tip: Swap the perfum
Mini-golf, moonlight kayaking, go-karting at an amusement park—whatever it is, the couple that plays together stays together. And you certainly don’t want to be constricted by your wardrobe when all you want to do is have fun. Skorts are great for this reason. Pair it with a fitted T-shirt or tank top so you look like you dressed up but are ready for anything.
Date night means something different for everyone, but one commonality is the desire to look just right and feel comfortable at the same time. Most of all, don’t dress in a way you wouldn’t normally dress. Be yourself, but be the best version of yourself.