How to put together the perfect daytime date outfit
You’ve just been asked out on a date by a total cutie and at first all you feel is a rush of elated excitement. Then suddenly your stomach drops and one thought come to mind. “holy macaroni, what am I going to wear?”
Regardless of your relationship status, putting together the right outfit for a casual date can be more stressful than the date itself! You don’t want to regret your outfit ten minuets after you two meet up and it is equally as important that you feel confident and comfortable in your choice of attire.
Rather than getting dressed up only to completely change your ensemble (and potentially repeating that cycle more than necessary). I’ve put together my personal sartorial tips that have lead me to successful daytime date outfits. With the stress of what to wear out of the way, you can spend that extra energy getting excited about your date.
It has taken me a while to finally put together the best outfit combination and style suggestions that take into into account all of the typical daytime date activities. So regardless of what you’ve got planned; a round of mini golf, getting cultured with a visit to the museum, or Ice cream in the park. These style tips follow my personally favourite ways to achieve the right balance of chic and casual.
The vibe- Dressy casual, Romantic
Depending on the activity, a daytime date is usually a more causal affair than one taking place during nighttime. Whilst it is wise to dress up a little and make an effort, comfort should be your first priority. The last thing you want to do is be fidgeting with your outfit—there are more important things to be thinking about!
The pinafore dress
The pinafore dress is often overlooked but it can work wonderfully for many occasions. Although this dress type may initially feel ‘childish’, this is Try and put aside any thoughts of children in school uniforms or the teen girls you see styled with crop tops. Instead embrace the pinny for what it is: a fashion-forward, flattering wardrobe investment that will see you through summer in style.
I have had this beautiful Needle & Thread Prairie Embroidery Bib Dress for years now and it has became a Spring/Summer staple in my wardrobe. Although this is an older version, the brand updates this design with a new pattern and colour palette almost every year. Due to the intricate pattern and rich shades, this darling piece is the perfect example of how the pinny can be designed into something more mature. If you style your pinafore dress just right then you can easily avoid any indication that you’re dressing up early as Dorothy for halloween.
As the pinafore dress has such a clean, structured cut, it is best paired
with simple pieces. Due to the British weather being at its most unpredictable during the Springtime, I felt that a crisp white button up shirt was the perfect combination to tone down such an intricately patterned pinny. It is light enough to keep you cool if the sun decides to make an appearance but will also keep you warm enough if it has chosen to hide behind the clouds. Moreover, as a daytime date can be stressful enough, the last thing you want to do is go out and find a new outfit the day before your date takes place. As the white shirt is an important wardrobe staple, you should already have one or two hanging in your closet.
My personal take on the classic white button up shirt is designed with frilly details and pearl buttons with a fitted silhouette; all the elements that speak my personal style. However, something less extravagant would work just as wonderfully.
The pinafore is a more casual take on a dress which is why I think it can work perfectly for a daytime date.
Shop perfect pinnys
Choose your favourite colour palette
If you’ve mastered your own personal style then you should have a colour palette for each season. (depending on where you live in the world of course.) This will make it rather easy to put together a colour palette you love for your daytime date outfit. However, if you are stilly figuring yourself out then don’t threat. Simply choose your favourite colour; in this case, I chose pink. Then chose a complimentary colour and finally one neutral shade to elevate the colour palette to something classier. I went with black and white as this is my favourite colour combination ever but also works well with the pink pinafore dress as it also contains black and white in the design. Therefore, my overall outfit looks very put together.
Some colour palette examples could be:
Olive green (favourite) + Pale Pink (complimentary) + Black (neutral)
Lilac (favourite) + Dusty rose (complimentary) + Grey (neutral)
Soft orange (favourite) + Navy Blue (complimentary) + Beige (neutral)
Whatever colour palette you chose, I recommend sticking to just three shades. This really is the magic number when it comes to putting together a classy look as it allows room to be creative whilst avoiding an outfit that looks OTT (over the top). Above all, it is important that you chose a colour palette that you adore and makes you feel great when you wear it.
Dress for the location
This is where a style guide can potentially go out of the window. It is important to let the location be your guide–your look should reflect your environment. Wearing a mini dress whilst sitting on the grass for a picnic is going to result in a lot of struggles. Similarly, waltzing through the V&A museum in a pair of 5 inch heels is potentially going to become quickly uncomfortable.
As a result, I recommend to ask your date where you two are going. If it is a surprise however, I suggest playing it safe with something similar to what I am wearing here. A midi dress may be a wiser choice if you have an inkling that your date would take you somewhere crazy. Or ask them for outfit recommendations so you can have a hint as to the appropriate attire.
Choose one favourite asset
Do you love your arms? Wear a strapless dress. Feel the most confident with your legs out? Wear a shorter hemline. When you are meeting up with a potential romantic love interest, it is important that you feel at your most confident. Therefore, choosing you favourite body part and showing it off will ensure that you feel at your best.
One of the three core values of Eternally Elle is about keeping it classy. This is why I have only recommended to choose one body part to show a little skin. Of course, I never want to be giving off the wrong message and telling women how much of their bodies they can show off. I truly believe that all women should be liberated from the oppression of society and should be free to reveal as much of their figures as they desire, without being held responsible of the pathetic male gaze. Despite this, I also personally think that it is a little more exciting when you don’t give too much away. Moreover, I think that balance is important in achieving a put-together outfit. If you wear something short, level it out with long sleeves and low heel as I have done here. Similarly, if you are sporting a low cut neckline then consider opting for a midi or maxi dress length.
Above all, I recommend wearing something that fits you! Good tailoring is highly important for elevating any outfit to looking more expensive. I also believe that when you wear something that feels like it was made for your body, your confidence increases dramatically.
Don’t ever forget: Your body is far too beautiful to be hiding it in baggy clothes! Flaunt your figure, sweetheart. It deserves to be celebrated, regardless of the occasion.
Find a great pair of ankle boots
Finding a great pair of ankle boots can be really difficult, especially if you are as fussy as I am, but they are a great staple in your wardrobe. I have yet to find flat shoes- other than ballet pumps- that are feminine and chic. Therefore, the ankle boot works as the perfect alternative. Not only are they comfortable and chic but they are also great for the British weather when you don’t know if a surprise shower will be underway. Cold, wet feet is no fun. Particularly on a date. Moreover, I have found that they are the perfect shoe for a daytime date when you want to look a little more sophisticated without murdering your feet!
This will probably come across as rather obvious, but I highly recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to plan out what you are going to wear. (And enough time to steam or iron your outfit beforehand!) Looking unkempt and stressed out until the moment before you meet your date is no way to start out! Moreover, a date can already be a little nerve-wracking anyway. The last thing you need is to add to it.
Therefore, I recommend to ensure you have everything laid out the night before your date. This will make getting dressed in the morning a breeze.
Dress for you
Although this particular pinafore design may feel a bit too ‘flashy’ for a casual meet up with your love interest, it is also important to dress in something that feels you. An artistically feminine and elegant piece such as this reflects my personal style well.
If you have searched for style tips on putting together the perfect daytime date outfit, you may have noticed that there is one piece of advice that is consistent throughout; keep it super casual and low-maintenance. Whilst I do agree that turning up in sky high heels isn’t going to be ideal for a simple coffee date or trip to the museum. It is more important that you turn up as yourself and not someone you think your love interest wants you to be.
I know that most people would find my ‘casual style’ to be anything but causal. However, that is simply how I love to dress. If turning up in a pretty dress that looks a bit too ‘dressy’ for a daytime date, despite the dress having a hemline at an appropriate length and wearing sensible shoes, is a turn off. Then, he’s probably not the guy for me. It is more important to wear something that makes you feel connected to who you are on the inside than following a set of style rules. In addition, I would never recommend that you try and impress someone through dressing up as someone else. If they can’t accept you for you (including style choices) then look elsewhere. Continue wearing the clothes that make you feel good. Personal style is just that- personal.