— B. R. Ambedkar
Dress – Magaschoni (similar) || Clutch – Kate Spade ‘Dictionary’ (similar: 1 / 2) || Sandals – Joie (similar: 1 / 2) || Necklace – c/o Ben Amun (in black, in bone, and in wood) || Bracelets – Tiffany & Co. and Noir Jewelry || Sunglasses – Ray-Ban
Photos courtesy of fellow blogger Heidi
Last month Hubby started a new job and — for the first time in four years — he isn’t working from home.
Having worked side-by-side with him at home for so many years, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit how hard it’s been just not. having. him. home.
I’ll be honest, it’s been weird. Suddenly our whole relationship dynamic has changed in the blink of an eye!!
So far one of the best solutions we’ve found to ensure we get enough time together is to schedule our own date nights.
Like, real date nights. The kind we used to do when we were actually dating (three years of marriage really does change things!). Bottles of wine, cloth napkins, and inside jokes required!
But, as a native Chicagoan, I can say with utter assurance that summer can be the hardest season to dress for — especially for a date night! All too often you’re overpacked into a freezing restaurant blasting air-conditioning like it’s their job or a ridiculously sweltering hot patio that frequently forgets to refill your water. And nothing in-between. It can make dressing comfortably but beautifully for a summer date night challenging to say the least…
What to Wear For a Summer Date Night
1. Light Fabrics
Think Silks, Cottons, and Linens. Wear something flowy and comfortable (natural fabrics always breath better than synthetic ones). There’s nothing less attractive on a date than spending the entire time fiddling with your clothing, pulling things down, and constantly readjusting. Choose a fabric that’ll keep you comfortable in the summer heat and your comfort will translate as confidence!
2. Loose Yet Alluring Silhouettes
In addition to the fabric you’re wearing, always think about the fit you’ll be most comfortable in. When it comes to date nights, I adore the shirtdresses in particular because they’re loose without being shapeless. Look for something that creates a figure without making you feel like a sausage in its casing — a particularly uncomfortable feeling when the humidity is high in summer.
3. Comfortable Evening Shoes
Think wedges, dressy flats (like my favorite silver pair), or pumps with good cushioning and support. You’d be amazed how comfortable lace-up sandals are too (these Joie sandals I’m wearing have so much cushioning I can easily wear them ALL day long). Pick something with lots of ventilation to allow your foot to breath in the heat and to help prevent blisters!
4. Pops of Color
Since it’s too hot most summer nights to wear layers, add pops of color to create depth and visual interest in your outfit. Like bright red pumps, a red lip, or even a bright orange tote (a summer wardrobe essential!). It helps make your date outfit feel special and dressy when the weather is too humid for layers of any kind.