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Dinner dates are the best for spending quality time with a significant other, friends, and family. Drinks or coffee meet-ups are solid for a first meet-up, but by date, two or three, bring on the food.

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Whether you schedule weekly night-outs or the occasional outing, having a lineup of cute dinner date outfits at the ready is ideal for looking your best. It especially helps to have formulas that work in various climates and vibes, from low-key to dressy and heat-proof to rain-repellent.

So with that said, here are basic considerations for how one can pick the right outfit for dinner;

Colour Concept

A basic understanding of the concept of color will set the foundation for picking the ideal outfit for dinner. Ideally, a mix of warm and cool colors helps achieve the concept of harmony, where stronger warm colors (red, orange, yellow) are offset by more tempered, cooler colors (blue, purple, green). The goal of this is to harmonize the color balance of the ideal outfit.

Assuming that you do not want to dress overtly boldly, you will focus on outfits that consist of wearing colors that are tints (lighter variants) and shades (darker variants) of the same color. A popular example would be wearing a light blue shirt with navy pants.

Kind Of Dinner

It can be a fancy and formal evening outing, date night, or a business casual event so it is important to choose according to the kind of dinner.

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Assuming it is a more formal dinner, ensure you always look sharp with a crisp dress shirt, a dinner jacket or blazer, and a tailored pair of dress pants. Then, add to your classic formalwear with various tie and pocket square combos to match the vibe of the evening.

Nevertheless, if it is date night, stick to classic wardrobe essentials like a dark pair of slim-straight jeans, a long-sleeve sweater, and some sort of the third piece, like a twill jacket, to bring it all together. To give your relaxed look a more polished finish, we suggest skipping the sneakers instead of wearing a sleek pair of boots with a matching belt.

Or even if it is a business-casual event such as networking events or business dinners and you are all excited about making a good first impression. Treat this event with importance and always put your best foot forward by wearing something tailored, like a sports coat, chinos, dress shoes, and ties are optional for a business-casual look.

And for a casual dinner meet-up with friends or family, you can embrace laid-back pieces like a cozy sweater, loose-fitting jumpsuit, or sneakers. The key is mixing in a polished little something, be it a fun pair of earrings or a cool bag.

The Kind Of Weather

This is another factor you should consider because, in the colder months, you can’t fail in a sweater dress or a fitted turtleneck, printed pants, and ankle boots.

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And for sunny months, you can go for a tank top, midi dress, pretty shorts, and heeled mules.

The Venue For The Dinner

This is another factor that should be considered so you can ascertain whether it is an indoor dinner or an outdoor dinner and change your outfit accordingly. And it also helps in a way so that you don’t overdress or underdress for the dinner.

The Unexpected Mix

The juxtaposition of styling and the unexpected mix is another way to make a stand-out dinner outfit. There are so many dynamic outfit combos to make beautiful trends relevant for all types of dinner. With a sleek dress or shirt as the anchor, there are endless combos to carry it from winter to spring, snow to sun, and intimate evenings.

Conclusively, choosing an outfit that matches the formality of the said dinner helps to express your personality.

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This article was first published on 6th July 2022


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