Lately, I’ve been a bit enamored with the color red. Between the holidays and Valentine’s Day, it seems to be everywhere, in so many cute styles. But, I know that red doesn’t work for everyone, so I wanted to come up with some date night outfit ideas that didn’t include red. If you’re looking for outfit inspiration for tonight, or for your next date night, these are some alternative colors and textures and how to wear them…


Lace (and its “cousin” laser-cut) is always a romantic option. It can be as casual as my laser-cut peplum top (left, in the photo), heavy as my short-sleeve blouse (middle) or as delicate as the trim on my tank (right).

Date night: lace

A lace dress is feminine and elegant. I really like this navy Eliza J asymmetrical lace dress and would wear it with metallic heels and a pearl clutch.

Lace also pairs well with a print or texture. Anthropologie’s lace skirt trimmed skirt and simple white blouse are a perfect combination. This yellow color is already appearing in spring collections so you’ll be able to wear it now and later.

A lace bodysuit is sure to grab attention! If that’s too risqué, a lace shell is much more modest. Both work well with fitted jeans or pants, and booties.


If red is just too bold for your skin tone, a shade of pink might be more your style. This year, the ever popular millennial pink has been replaced with a dusty rose color. It’s not a color that works for my skin tone, so I buy accessories rather than clothing in this color.

If dusty pink works for your skin tone, try a faux suede jacket over a white t-shirt and jeans, for a casual comfortable date.

For a night out, a cocktail dress is feminine and sweet.

If you like something brighter, try a hot pink blouse. Mine is an older style from BCBG, but this Paige camisole comes in a similar color. (Bonus tip: this color is featured in Pantone’s Spring/Summer 2019 so it is very likely to be a popular color in the next few months.)

Banana Republic’s long sleeve blouse is a great work staple and comes in both light and hot pink. Wear it with a pencil skirt and pumps.


If you’re enjoying a more casual date night, there’s something about a neutral outfit that makes you feel cozy! I wear this cardigan jacket with leggings, jeans or a knit dress.

This beige cardigan has a similar fuzzy texture to mine.

I love the neutral camo-print of this cardigan for a date night at home.

This Club Monaco knit dress comes in a soft oat color. Wear it with tall boots and a neutral color coat.


Silk is soft, romantic and feminine. I like to wear this silk camisole under a structured blazer or with a textured cardigan. Because mine has lace-trim hem, I wear it over slim fitting jeans or pants.

A silk camisole with a plain hem can be tucked into a skirt or pants. For one that’s under $100 take a look at Everlane’s clean silk camisole.

A buttoned silk blouse is polished enough for work and can be unbuttoned a few inches for your date.

What Is Your Favorite Kind of Date Night?

What do you like to do for date night? One of my favorite date nights doesn’t involve dressing up or going out. Sometimes, it’s fun to have snacks instead of dinner and curl up on the couch instead of the movie theatre. So if I had one more suggestion for date night, it would be some comfy pajamas, the softer the better. What’s your favorite date night outfit?

love, Nipa |

4 thoughts on “What To Wear On Date Night”

    1. Now that you mention it, I can’t figure out why I haven’t done either of those things on a date before! Thanks for reading my post 🙂 Nipa

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