This post was written in collaboration with eHarmony Australia.
Whether you’re coupled off or single and ready to mingle, choosing that perfect date outfit can be a huge decision. With the change of season and the weather playing tricks it is not always easy choosing an outfit to suit the chance of rain but still look, and feel fabulous.
Although I’ve been coupled off for a good four years now my partner and I still date regularly, and even though we live together and see each other every day, I still love dressing up and putting in that extra bit of effort when we head out, not just for them, but for me too! Here are two easy ways to take inspiration from the runway to your dating life, without burning a hole in your pocket!
ALL ABOUT KHAKI
Dress: Topshop ($62), Shoes: SPURR @ The Iconic ($36), Clutch: Accesorize ($45), Earrings: Pernille Corydon @ The Dressing Room ($83), Rings: Charlotte Russe ($8), Lipstick: Butter London @ Beauty.com ($26)
Khaki is one of those colours that can be intimidating to accessorise because there is always the possibility of looking like you’ve joined the army, but this powerful hue is very in and very date appropriate if styled correctly.
The Midi Dress has been on trend for a while now, and this sexy silhouette is classy, yet still playful. A body con or wiggle style dress oozes femininity, revealing your curves without revealing too much. As seen at MBFW15 by designers including Jennifer Kate, the lady like mid length is a classic, and paired with killer heels and fabulous accessories, can guarantee a perfect look for a romantic night out.
I’ve chosen a nude heel and statement bag and earrings to compliment the khaki. A nude heel should already live in your wardrobe, as they’re versatile and work well with most dresses, but if you’re on the hunt for a great nude pump, The Iconic has a huge sale on at the moment with many styles to choose from. The SPURR Ankle Strap Heel is a platform, saving your feet from added pain (because a date can be stressful enough already) and if your night out involves dancing you’ll be set. And if it’s chilly, you can’t go wrong adding a leather jacket to the combo.
Paranoid about revealing your natural shape in a figure hugging dress? Shape wear is perfect for hiding any lumps and bumps, but don’t forget to remove it if your date goes well and you continue the evening! Bridget Jones style crisis averted. I’m a huge fan of Target’s shape wear selection with sizes ranging from petite to fuller figure.
The 70s are back baby, and this boho inspired look is perfect for an afternoon out with your partner in crime. Alice McCall’s latest collection graced the MBFWA15 runway with a throwback to the flower power era, featuring bold prints and bohemian vibes. If you’re digging the 70s trend but don’t want to feel like you’re wearing a costume, simple boho touches can add that little bit extra to a casual look.
A great pair of skinny jeans are a must have, especially between seasons, and this pair of ASOS Ankle Grazers are cheap and cheerful and perfect for day and night. A blue jean can be styled in many ways, but with boho in mind I’ve paired it with a luxe kimono and simple white tee and dainty accessories. You could take this outfit anywhere, from a casual lunch to the movies.
If you’re taking the outfit out during the day, a sandal is perfect, but if the weather turns sour a brogue or ankle boot would also work a treat, and bright lipstick will compliment the fun look! Be adventurous – that is what dating is all about, stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things!
And finally, don’t forget your smile, an open mind and some confidence! Remember you can learn something from every person you come across, so embrace it, and have a ball.
What is your favourite A/W15 trend? How do you incorporate the latest looks into your wardrobe? What did you wear last time you went on a date?