The Secret to a Date Night Outfit That Wows!

The Secret to a Date Night Outfit That Wows!
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The Secret to a Date Night Outfit That Wows!

In this post I’m going to share my secret to creating a date night outfit that totally wows!  I’ve been around the block, and gone on my fair share of dates.  I may be getting married soon but that doesn’t mean I’ll quit shopping for those dynamite looks to totally knock B off his feet!  Here is what I’ve learned.

♥ Show some skin, but not too much! This isn’t Pretty Woman, and classy is always synonymous with sexy.

You’ll notice in my outfit, I chose a shorter skirt, but a higher neckline.  I focused on my long legs and even flattered them with some high heels, but I didn’t want to overly reveal by wearing a plunging neckline as well.  This was the perfect middle ground.

♥ Choose a color that makes you comfortable.  Whether that’s your favorite color, or just one you know looks amazing with your skin tone.

I went with black and pops of gold.  Black is always sexy in my opinion, and I feel super confident in it.  Gold flatters my skin tone, so I knew the combo would be smashing!

♥ Keep bold accessories to a minimum.  If you’re wearing bright red sunnies, a printed scarf around your neck, a lip print purse, a yellow hat, and feather earrings – your date might be too distracted to focus on the true beauty … your face!

Like most gals, I love me some accessories, and I even gathered a few of my favorites together for this look.  I didn’t, however, go overboard – and I stayed with my color scheme.  A pair of gold earrings, a crossbody bag, some killer heels, and a fun baker boy hat were all I needed to take this look to the next level.

Outfit Details // dress | heels | hat c/o Lipton Publicity | earrings | similar bag

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Of course I can’t close out this post without mentioning my very biggest, top secret, super important tip:

♥ Wear a smile! ♥

It’s cheesy, but it’s true.  A confident woman is an attractive woman.  And if you don’t feel confident quite yet, just know that fashion is a great place to start.  When you feel beautiful on the outside, that confidence within begins to show and your beauty only increases!

Don’t push away those pre-date jitters because they’ll keep you exhilarated throughout the evening.  Just keep smiling, and soon, not only will your date be smiling back, but you’ll notice that you’re having more fun than you could’ve imagined!

Alright, so those were a few extra tidbits aside from just creating a fabulous date night look, but they’re all coming from experience, so now I can only hope my experiences help you make marvelous memories!

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The Secret to a Date Night Outfit That Wows!

Photos by Brandon of Erudite Productions Inc.

Outfit Details // dress | heels | hat c/o Lipton Publicity | earrings | similar bag

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79 Comments

  • Reply
    Kimberly Burke
    February 5, 2018 at 8:55 AM

    Your adorable! I love those pumps and the lace details on the sleeves!!! Super cute gf!!!

    http://www.withlovefromkimberly.com

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:52 PM

      That’s so sweet of you! I love these heels to death. There’s nothing quite like a pair of rose gold pumps to give you a confidence boost for date night 😉

  • Reply
    lydia
    February 5, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Okay girl, you’re seriously the cutest & so fab! Can I have this whole look, please?! Love all your tips and couldn’t agree more with you. Really love the wear a smile, part!!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:52 PM

      Well aren’t you just a gem?! Seriously, this comment made me smile so hard. Thank you!

  • Reply
    Lacey
    February 5, 2018 at 10:46 AM

    Could you be any cuter? Seriously dying RN!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:53 PM

      Of course I could be cuter – I could be you! Hehe. Thanks, Lacey!

  • Reply
    Emily Wilkinson
    February 5, 2018 at 11:16 AM

    Such good tips & I love that look!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:53 PM

      I love hearing that. Thanks so much for the kind words! ❤️

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    Oh to Be a Muse
    February 5, 2018 at 12:29 PM

    I like your point about keeping bold accessories to a minimum. You look lovely in this hat!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:54 PM

      It’s so nice to hear you agree! I just feel like even I get distracted when I’m wearing so many accessories, so I’m sure my date is feeling that way all the more! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply
    KatWalkSF
    February 5, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    I am SO in love with your dress! You are the cutest!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:54 PM

      I love it too! The star print stole my heart immediately, and the fun layering had me hooked!

  • Reply
    Annette Dattilo
    February 5, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Confidence goes such a long way. Love the star print on your dress.

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:55 PM

      Agreed 100%, and I think a lot of confidence can come from feeling great in a dynamite outfit. This look definitely gives me confidence!

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    Sharon Wu
    February 5, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    i literally love anything with stars on it so needless to say i’m in love with this dress! and anything you wear wows 😉 hehe <3 have a wonderful week sweetie!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:55 PM

      Haha I feel the exact same way, Sharon! Star print has been my kryptonite lately. There’s just something so whimsical and fun about it! Thanks for the sweet words ❤️

  • Reply
    Liz
    February 5, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Such a cute outfit! And I love all of these tips! Definitely agree with being confident!

    Liz

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:56 PM

      Confidence is definitely a struggle for me, and that’s where I rely heavily on my outfit because when I feel like I look good, I feel much more bold and confident. Gotta love fashion – for so many reasons!

  • Reply
    Shira
    February 5, 2018 at 1:48 PM

    Those tips are awesome and I loveeee the layering of that gorgeous star print!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:56 PM

      Can you believe this dress came with the layered top beneath? I love the concept so much, but the great part is that they aren’t attached, so if I wanted to switch things up, I totally could – which means I can wear this dress into spring and summer no problem!

  • Reply
    Nataly
    February 5, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    Great tips and even cuter dress! I love rose gold anything!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:57 PM

      Thank you so much, Nataly. I’m a sucker for rose gold as well!

  • Reply
    roxy
    February 5, 2018 at 4:53 PM

    Such a cute date night look! I agree with all of your tips, and would add that a subtle tease can be a little sexy. For example I might wear black leggings with a white-button down to work with a nude bra underneath….and then before I meet up with my fiance I might change into a black bra underneath instead for a slightly sexier look.

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:57 PM

      You’re even more daring than I am. I generally don’t go for the exposed lingerie look, but I know some people who can rock it for sure!

  • Reply
    the eye traveler
    February 5, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    such a lovely outfit for a date night. beautiful yet also keeps you warm, what an ultimate goal?!

    http://www.theeyetraveler.com

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:58 PM

      Definitely! I appreciate the fact that Chicwish kept winter in mind when they came out with their latest line of cute dresses. I don’t have to worry as much about freezing to death but I still feel super cute!

  • Reply
    Kelsey
    February 5, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Okay that dress with those heels… absolute perfection! Such a great date night look! xo

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 7:58 PM

      Kelsey, you’re so sweet! Thanks for the encouraging words. I’m glad you like this look so much! 🙂

  • Reply
    Kait Elizabeth
    February 5, 2018 at 8:15 PM

    I love the layered look of this dress! I’m always wearing a turtleneck under stuff in the winter for warmth! Hugs, Kait

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 8:59 PM

      I love that too. That’s why I was so excited when this dress came already layered. Such a unique piece!

  • Reply
    Rachael Thomas
    February 5, 2018 at 8:15 PM

    I’m in love with this star print dress on you, and these are such great tips! The gold accessories and hat look perfect!
    Rachael

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 8:59 PM

      Thanks a million! I am a huge star print junkie haha so this dress was made for me!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    February 5, 2018 at 8:55 PM

    Yes 🙌🏻 definitely smile, what a difference it can make!! Love your tips, and you are just the cutest, love your posts so much!!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 5, 2018 at 9:00 PM

      Goodness, it makes a difference even just to me when I smile! So important. Best accessory there is!

  • Reply
    Kileen
    February 6, 2018 at 1:51 AM

    Great tips babe and your outfit is so cute!! I am loving that star print!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 6, 2018 at 4:17 PM

      Thanks so much cutie! Star print has become a serious obsession of mine. I think I’ll be putting together a full star-print round up soon!

  • Reply
    Helen
    February 6, 2018 at 2:29 AM

    This are great tips! And I love your outfit, you look so fab! I also love your gold rose shoes. Perfect for your black dress! 🙂

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 6, 2018 at 4:17 PM

      I feel like I can run the world in these rose gold heels. They are seriously stunning!

  • Reply
    Julia Comil
    February 6, 2018 at 3:11 AM

    Love your shoes and dress!!! So pretty!!! The hat is the perfect final touch

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 6, 2018 at 4:18 PM

      Aww thank you, Julia. You have no idea how nice that is to hear because I was totally worried that I couldn’t pull off this hat haha!

  • Reply
    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    February 6, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Amazing tips! And I love love love your dress! It’s so cute and flirty, and I love the heels! Great outfit!

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 6, 2018 at 4:18 PM

      You’d seriously look adorable in this dress! It’s such a fun one with the layered mock-neck top beneath!

  • Reply
    Rach
    February 6, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    You nailed it with your outfit tips! And this dress of yours is so cute! It is a good mixture of flirty and classy!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

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      Stephanie Whitman
      February 6, 2018 at 4:18 PM

      That’s the best thing to hear. Thanks a million, gorgeous!

  • Reply
    Cara Newhart
    February 6, 2018 at 2:07 PM

    You’re too cute! I love how unique this outfit is and those gold heels are ah-mazing!

    xo, Cara
    https://brighterbold.com

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 6, 2018 at 4:19 PM

      I agree with you 100%. These rose gold heels are one of my favorite pairs of shoes because they’re just such fun!

  • Reply
    Laura Leigh
    February 6, 2018 at 6:12 PM

    You look SO fabulous and I LOVE how much fun you’re having in these photos!!!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 7, 2018 at 9:46 AM

      That’s so sweet of you to say! I definitely love having fun with my photos. I want people to see my personality more than anything 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura
    February 6, 2018 at 6:47 PM

    Love your date night outfit!! These are all great tips. I love getting dressed up for date night with my hubby too!

    xo, Laura

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 7, 2018 at 9:47 AM

      There’s something so special about walking into the room in a gorgeous dress and my fiancé just going, “WOW!” And I’m sure you understand that!

  • Reply
    Laura Botkin
    February 6, 2018 at 10:44 PM

    This outfit is so cute!! Love the tip about smiling! I have always struggled with it when I was dating!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 7, 2018 at 9:48 AM

      Oh my goodness same here! I would just be so insecure and stressed out on dates haha. Thankfully my fiancé is great at making me smile so I don’t have to try so hard anymore 😉

  • Reply
    Jessica
    February 6, 2018 at 11:16 PM

    You look so cute here! Love that dress! So important to smile all the time!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 7, 2018 at 9:48 AM

      I can’t even rave enough about this dress. It’s seriously the cutest of all time! I feel 100x more confident when I wear it!

  • Reply
    prachi
    February 6, 2018 at 11:22 PM

    love the lace details and the pumps

  • Reply
    Ruth Ridley
    February 7, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    And you wear the best style!!! You are killing it in this dress mama!!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 7, 2018 at 9:48 AM

      Awww that’s seriously the nicest thing to hear! Thank you, gorgeous!

  • Reply
    Anna English
    February 7, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    I totally agree, CLASSY IS ALWAYS SYNONYMOUS WITH SEXY! Cute star print too!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 7, 2018 at 9:49 AM

      Yes! I love that you agree! I don’t feel like I have to show all my goods to the world to feel sexy. Sometimes covering up can be even more alluring! Classy is definitely sexy ❤️

  • Reply
    Kylie
    February 7, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Gorgeous girl you are ROCKING this look! LOVE your cute tips too!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 8, 2018 at 10:13 AM

      Oh my gosh that’s the nicest thing to hear. Thank you so much!!!

  • Reply
    Sara
    February 7, 2018 at 1:27 PM

    Those heels are so fun and I love your quilted bag! And I agree that the key to date night sexy is to highlight your best/favorite feature and leave the rest to the imagination!

    xo, Sara

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 8, 2018 at 10:14 AM

      You can’t go wrong with rose gold heels in my opinion 😉 And I’m so glad you agree! I think that’s a super important thing to remember for date nights!

  • Reply
    Whit
    February 7, 2018 at 1:43 PM

    LOVE how you layered this dress over a cozy turtleneck! Your style game is strong!!

    love,
    Britt+Whit

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 8, 2018 at 10:14 AM

      It actually came that way 🙂 The pieces can come apart, but I love them together for winter!

  • Reply
    Denise Kokinis
    February 7, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Totally agreed on showing a little bit of skin but not too much! I love the bit of subtly that goes into wearing an outfit for date night! I love the way you put this together, it is sooo cute!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 8, 2018 at 10:15 AM

      I think subtly is super important when it comes to date night outfits. Leave some of it to the imagination hehe

  • Reply
    Steph
    February 7, 2018 at 7:37 PM

    I am so in love with this whole look! You are killing it.

    xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

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    LuxMommy
    February 8, 2018 at 6:20 PM

    Yes, the perfect date night look. I love this and that purse is too cute!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 9, 2018 at 8:34 AM

      I agree 100%. This look is great for date night or really any other occasion as well!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    February 8, 2018 at 8:34 PM

    This dress is SO darling! I love the star print and love how you styled it!!

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 9, 2018 at 8:34 AM

      Thanks so much! Star print is such an obsession of mine lately!

  • Reply
    Azanique Rawl
    February 9, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    This dress is so cute! What a fun outfit 🙂

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Reply
      Stephanie Whitman
      February 9, 2018 at 8:34 AM

      Thanks you, gorgeous! I sure do love a good statement dress!

  • Reply
    Jenn Hanft
    February 12, 2018 at 7:47 PM

    Ahhhhh I’m so in love with your style and your smile! I love the stars on this little black dress that make it so much more cute! Layered on top of a turtleneck is perfect for the colder weather. And girrrrrl you know how to pull off hats 🙂 I wish I can pull off hats like that haha. Bookmarking this for date night tips hehe muahh <3

    With love, Jenn
    https://jubilantdose.com

  • Reply
    Carolyna Bauer
    February 12, 2018 at 10:44 PM

    love this look! I love dressing up classy! XOXO,
    Carolyna
    @carolynabauer // carolynabauer.com

  • Reply
    kelly Fordon
    February 23, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Such a darling date night look! I’m all about star lately, so naturally, I NEED that dress!

    Birdie Shoots

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