The Only 4 Outfits You Need for Any Summer Date

In the immortal words of Aaron Burr Lin-Manuel Miranda, “There’s nothing like summer in the city.” So if you’re in a rush and trying to look pretty for that cutie you’ve been chatting up on that dating app you always swore you “would never use,” we’ve got the perfect date looks for you; each one comfy, cute, and ready to tear up the town, no matter the occasion.

The Dinner Date

1. Topshop Floral Oversize Jacket, $95 | 2. Self-Portrait Floral-Print Crepe de Chine Dress, $276 | 3. 8 Other Reasons Hoop Earring, $26 | 4. MANGO Bamboo Coffer Bag, $60 | 5. Zara Vinyl Strap Sandal, $60

Don’t pull out the bodycon Herve Leger bandage dress for an evening full of sitting down and stuffing your face. Reach instead for a frilly, flowy number (bonus points for a flirtatious red). A jacket is always a safe move for the oft-frigid interior of a restaurant in the middle of July, while low slingbacks and a bamboo bag ooze effortless summer comfort. Let your hair down and pop in some hoops to finish off the look.

The Concert Date

Summer date outfit, the concert date
1. Zara Top with Bow, $50 | 2. 8 Other Reasons Hendrix Hoop Earring, $26 | 3. MANGO Satin Fringed Bag, $70 | 4. Topshop Beaded Denim Skirt, $140 | 5. Sam Edelman Yaro Cork Sandals, $120

You’ll be on your feet all night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t whip out the stylish shoes. (Sturdy block heels, enter stage right.) A playful riff on the classic denim mini skirt keeps things casual but interesting, while a sleeveless top makes sure you have room to wave your hands in the ayer, ay-ayer. (The air. You’re waving your hands in the air.) Throw in some funky earrings for some funky tunes, and keep all your goodies in a casual grab bag that won’t weigh you down.

The Daytime Date

1. Isa Arfen Knot-Detail Off-the-Shoulder Top, $266 | 2. & Other Stories Metal Bar Earring, $25 | 3. MANGO Beaded Shopper Bag, $100 | 4. 3X1 W3 Higher Ground High-Rise Straight-Leg Jean, $285 | 5. Manolo Blahnik Carolyn Floral Slingbacks, $365

For a stroll about town during daylight hours, opt for an outfit along the lines of leisurely chic; something that fits just as nicely into a walk in the park as a jaunt through that new exhibit at your favorite museum. Roomy jeans give you some space to breathe, while an off-the-shoulder blouse with a knot along the collar maintains a romantic mood. Asymmetrical earrings and a pop of color on the shoes keep this basic formula from falling into boring, while a beaded bag makes sure you have the cutest storage for that inevitable gift shop book purchase.

The “Just Drinks” Date

1. Topshop Embroidered Denim Bodycon Dress, $70 | 2. Vanessa Mooney Vandal Earring, $64 | 3. Mimi & Lu Amaya Ring, $53 | 4. MANGO Flowers Transparent Box Clutch, $80 | 5.  Jimmy Choo Block Heel Leather Sandal, $365

For the “neither of us wants to commit to a super long activity in case this goes south quickly” date, prepare for the dive bar, but be the best-dressed there. A spaghetti-strapped denim dress is an easy fit for a more low-brow establishment, while some pretty jewelry and a spring-inspired floral purse keep the look sweet enough for a swanky cocktail bar. And yes, we’re still fans of the block heel for any occasion where walking is required.

 

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