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Style tips for your next date night

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It can be difficult to decide what to wear for a date, especially if you’re doing something new. Whether you’re heading out for a romantic meal or spending more time together outdoors, we’ve come up with the ultimate style guide for 2019.

 

Watching a film

Heading to the cinema is one classic date that many of us enjoy. Of course, you still want to make an effort for the big day, but you need to be comfy when you’re snuggling during the film.

Jeans and heeled boots are a perfect option for this type of date. Pair your black skinny jeans with a bright Bardot top and cute tote bag (perfect for hiding snacks as well as looking stylish!). Bring some colour to your outfit with animal print ankle boots or chunky printed scarf.

Grabbing some food first? Choose something dressier like a loose-fitted T-shirt dress and over-the knee boots.

 

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Romantic walk for two

Explore the outdoors with your other half. Of course, you can expect lower temperatures in the winter, so you need to wrap up well!

Prioritise practicality when it comes to exploring outdoors. Add layers to your outfit with a cosy fleece, padded puffer jacket and a cute bobble hat. If you’re planning on going out to lunch on your way home, consider wearing a dressy top under your layers, just in case your other half wants to snap a photo of you as a memory of your perfect day.

 

Dining out

You deserve to go all out every so often with a fine dining meal! It might be a restaurant that you and your other half have been wanting to visit for a while, but you’ve been saving it for a special occasion. With some fine dining venues operating a strict dress code, what should you wear?

Dress formal in one of your floor length dresses. Many women go for a fancy look when they’re heading to a posh restaurant so it’s unlikely that you’ll look out-of-place. If you feel overdressed, pair yours with flat shoes and a short jacket. Alternatively, you could pair a midi dress with heeled boots and a stylish clutch. Go for a statement print and flirty frills to channel date night vibes — but remember to avoid overly bright tones.

 

A few drinks

There’s nothing better than letting your hair down with your other half over a few drinks — what should you wear?

Channel romance and love vibes with a pink mini dress, scarlet lacy bodysuit or a bold ruby-coloured jumpsuit. Or, stay classic in a LBD and accessorise by adding a pop of colour to your outfit with red accessories. Elevate your ensemble with statement stilettos or barely there block heels. Finish the look with dainty jewellery such as heart-shaped earrings and a pendant necklace.

 

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Staying in

Save your money and have a cost night in for two. Think a candlelit home-made meal for two followed by popcorn and your favourite film. You can still dress up though, even if you do want to get changed into your pyjamas straight after dinner!

Maximise comfort levels since you’re in the house! You could opt for an accordion midi skirt, paired with an off-the-shoulder crop top. Or, choose an unstructured jumpsuit that’ll look great if you decide to head out after eating!

There’s no need to stress about your footwear here so accessorise in other ways with hooped earrings and a matching bracelet.

 

Follow our ultimate date night style guide so you’re never underdressed!

 

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Style Icon – Phaedra Parks

The stylish Phaedra Parks is the Style Icon for January. I have always admired this woman’s sense of style from her days on the Real Housewives of Atlanta reality show. She was my favourite on the show because she is hardworking (this lady is a lawyer, mortician and Wilhelmina model, among many other jobs) and financially savvy. I like women who go through life like Bosses.

Phaedra Parks has a great fashion sense, which is why she is the Style Icon for the month. I love her pieces and how she puts them together. Her bags and shoes are always on point. She definitely has a good eye for stunning accessories. I would love to take a peep into her wardrobe. I am sure I would love everything in it.

 

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Phaedra Parks’ style is very modern, chic and feminine. She has embraced her curvy figure and knows how best to style it. She also knows the best accessories to go with her pieces. This woman is an example of a lady on top of her fashion and style game. If you are ever in need of some fashion inspiration, you just need to binge watch Real Housewives of Atlanta on Amazon Prime and look out for the episodes Phaedra Parks appear in. That would be the dose of Fashion Inspiration you need.

I really hope Bravo brings Phaedra Park back on the show. She is a pleasure to watch and super entertaining. I hope they bring her back and get rid of some of the new faces on the show. They are so boring.

 

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What do you think of Phaedra Parks as a style icon? Are you a fan of her fashion sense? Do you watch Real Housewives of Atlanta or any of the Housewives series? Sound off in the comments section, let’s chat.

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Style Tips for the Smart Casual Look

Smart casual is another look I love styling. It is quite easy to get this look right. If you read my last fashion post about rocking the casual daywear look, then you will know all about my love for the trend. The smart casual look is also close to heart. It is another look I found myself styling pretty much everyday some years ago when I worked for an energy company in Manchester.

For those who are not sure what this trend is all about, here is a definition for you. The Oxford Dictionary defines the smart causal look as “neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style, especially as worn to conform to a particular dress code” Here are some style tips that may come handy if you intend to style the smart casual look –

 

Get a blazer

Rocking a blazer is one of the easiest way to add smartness to a causal look. A blazer has the power to add a touch of class to your regular casual look. And it does so effortlessly.

 

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Knee-length pieces

My love for smart causal became stronger when I became a Mummy in 2013. It is easier to attend an event with twins looking dressed in a smart causal outfit than going all out with heels and minis. The smart casual look is easy to nail with knee-length dresses and skirts rather than minis.

 

Linen works in the warmer months

In the summer, linen works great for styling this look. Opt for chic linen trousers instead of jeans or leggings.

 

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Add a clutch

A stylish clutch adds some more glam to your look. Go for an all-purpose clutch with some subtle beading to get this look right. I am usually not a clutch girl but I have invested in a couple this year, and I am glad I did. They are super handy to have around.

 

Are you a fan of the smart causal look? What do you like about it?

 

 

 

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