Say “Hello” to Summer Romance With These Striking Date Night Outfits

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Last Updated
Apr 26, 2022

Sure, kisses under the mistletoe are great, but there’s something about a summer romance that feels eons sweeter. The excitement of a new fling, mixed with the warmth and levity in the air—it’s a combo that promises to leave you lovestruck. The hard part? Picking the ideal summer date night outfit to set the tone for that perfect evening.

Whether you’re hitting an elegant soirée with your plus-one or meeting for a quick drink in the city, we’ve organized the best date night looks from the Instagram set. Slinky silk dresses, loose button-downs, and LBDs await.


Summer Wedding Guest

First things first, the biggest summer date of all: weddings. Pick a dress that’ll wow your plus-one, like Shea Marie’s pink plumed Cult Gaia dress. Flanked with cut-outs along the midriff, this statement dress is sure to drum up a few compliments. Style the gown with a raffia bag and tousled beach waves.


Last-Minute Date Night

Date night dressing 101: always have a faithful slip dress on-hand in case you and your beloved manage to snag a last-minute reservation at American Bar. Jasmine Tookes decorates hers with delicate gold jewelry and—the unsung hero of every five-minute getting-ready routine—a slick bun.


Drinks and Dancing

If your idea of a perfect summer date night involves strong aperitifs (cough—espresso martinis) followed by hours on the dance floor, a trusty LBD is your answer. Style yours with a silky button-down on top, à la Vogue staffer Samantha Colie. You can always retire it to coat check if the late night turns into an early morning.


Dinner and a Show

Whether the ballet, the opera, or tickets to Hamilton are on the agenda, an evening of entertainment warrants a bit of dress-up. Opt for a cowl-neck gown and statement drop earrings for a look that will ease the transition from the restaurant to the theater. Don’t forget to lather on some glowy body oil to make the most of the exposed-shoulder moment.


Al Fresco Brunch

Brunch is the ideal day-date for those clear, 70-degree Saturdays. Influencer Camila Coelho’s chocolate-brown outfit suits the occasion perfectly, calling on a corset top and matching trousers to bring the heat. Take a page from her book and accessorize with angular sunnies, strappy sandals, and an Aperol spritz.


Fine Dining

If Michelin-starred eats are on the menu, dressing to the nines is the only way to go. Start with a tiered mini dress and add in classic, high-impact accessories, like Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi pumps. These are the ultimate date night shoe (just ask Carrie Bradshaw)—plus, you’ll get extra brownie points for syncing it with Bottega’s cult-loved Jodie bag. 

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