By Caitlin Burnett
There’s something about the warm summer air that makes a romantic night feel even more so, which is one reason why summer date nights are the best. The other reason is the outfit options—not having to worry about weather restrictions gives you more room to have fun with your look and wear virtually anything you want.
While date nights are always a fun reason to get dressed up, after months of working from home and being out of our regular routine it can feel a bit foreign. Creating outfits that are elevated, on-trend, and provide an air of romance may feel more complicated than it used to, which is why we’re here to help. From cutout details to strappy silhouettes, below are chic ideas for your next date night that are both classic in nature and quintessentially summer 2021.
Whether your relationship is new or you’ve been married for years, these 6 summer date night styles are guaranteed to garner compliments.
Lace, ruffles, silk, and artisanal details instantly provide a romantic vibe, which is why they’ll always be a staple in the date night rotation. Especially during the warm summer months when dreamy silhouettes and delicate details are everywhere, a romantic texture is a foolproof date night choice.
One of 2021’s biggest trends is cutouts of all kinds. From unique necklines to geometric slices missing at the midsection, cutouts are a cool way to show some skin in an unexpected way. Cutout details can be found on just about everything right now, so you have your choice of garment you want to get in on the trend with—from dresses to skirts to bodysuits. The subtle pop of skin takes the date night vibe up a notch.
Nothing shows off a fresh tan like a minimal sandal. Keeping your footwear choice understated instantly elevates your outfit and adds an air of sophistication to your date night look. Whether you’re pairing them with jeans, a skirt, or a dress, a pair of sandals featuring one or two single straps is always a chic choice.
If a classic date night vibe is what you’re aiming for, look no further than a chic midi dress. The timeless silhouette is effortless and sophisticated, while keeping you comfortable for wherever the night takes you. Whether it’s a slinky slip dress or a romantic tiered number, a midi dress strikes the perfect balance of feminine and polished.
Micro mini skirts were all over the S/S 21 runways, so it’s no surprise we’re seeing them everywhere this summer. The leggy silhouette lends perfectly to a date night look, showing some skin while remaining perfectly on-trend. To keep your outfit balanced, pair a short skirt with something more modest or oversize on top—think an oversize blazer or fitted t-shirt.
Another major trend popping up everywhere this year is strappy detail accents. Skinny straps have taken over this summer, poking out of the waistline of skirts and wrapping around the ribcage off of crop tops. These strappy details add a bit of sexiness to whatever garment they’re attached to, making them the ideal trend for date night.