Now that our kids are older and can be by themselves for a few hours, Paul and I often go out to dinner as a way to get out of the house… and to save me from having to cook! We both love good food and drinks, and we have fun trying new restaurants and visiting old favorites.
Working from home most of the time, I don’t have a reason to get gussied up very often so I like to use these “date nights” as an opportunity dress up a bit. I’ve had people ask me, in a rather condescending tone at times, “Do you really dress differently to go out to eat with your husband than the rest of the time?”
Um, yes. Yes, I do.
I mean, the poor guy has seen me in the worst of times and he’s still hanging in here 22 years later. I figure the least I can do if he’s taking me out to dinner is clean up a little bit.
And yeah, I do it for me too. I enjoy dressing up! But I also feel like it’s a way to show him he’s important enough to get dressed up for. I don’t go all out — I usually just wear jeans, but I like to swap out my typical t-shirt for a fun top and my flats for heels.
This floral off-the-shoulder top is a perfect example of what I look for in a “date night” top — it’s flirty and fun and a step above the tops I typically wear to run errands around town.
I don’t mind off-the-shoulder tops for a few hours, but I don’t really care to wear them all day. This one is nice in that you can also wear it on your shoulders. Not all of them work well both ways, but this one does. It’s also on sale, and at the moment, available in all sizes!
If you’re in need of a strapless bra, I highly recommend this one. Cyndi turned me on to it last summer, and it was a total game changer. It’s actually, dare I say it… quite comfortable. A least as far as strapless bras go. It also has the convertible straps, should you need those.
For this look, I paired the floral top with my go-to white jeans and a pair of espadrille wedge sandals. I like how the black in the sandals bookends the outfit since black is the base color in the top.
I kept it simple and carried a black clutch. I don’t always match my bag to my shoes, but sometimes I like to and it seemed to work out well in this case.
This Gigi New York clutch was gifted to me a few years ago, and it’s a great gift idea if you ever want something unique for a special someone in your life. I love how you can have it monogrammed.
I’ve had these earrings for a while, but I tend to wear them more in the summertime for some reason. They just look light and summery to me. I love how the white agate in the gold frame shows up against my dark hair and draws out the lighter colors from my top.
After I shot this look with Alison, it was around lunchtime, so I texted Paul and told him that he should take me out to lunch since I was all glammed up. It didn’t work out, but at least I’m all set for our next date night!
photo credit: Alison Cornell
Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today!
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