3 Summer Date-Night Ideas and What to Wear for Each

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Written by: Amanda Chung


Published on: June 13, 2023

Fashion editor: Caroline Griswold

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When it comes to dates, both planning them and getting ready for them, summer has the other seasons beat: The weather is warmer, the sun stays out longer, and—this is a fact—everyone looks better with a healthy glow. Below, three fun (and entirely doable) date ideas, plus the outfits (and sparkling adornments) to go with.


Twirly silk sundress. Rose-gold bijoux (fun fact: The ring is reversible). Bottle of Sauv Blanc and a shareable spread to enjoy against the backdrop of a sherbet-hued sunset. If you’re in LA, we recommend picking up a premade box from Lady & Larder; if you’re not—or would simply enjoy packing your own provisions—here are three easy picnic-basket menus to reference.


When your reservation’s at 6 and the curtain rises at 8, you’re going to want a chic look that easily segues between settings. A little black dress sans tights fits the (play)bill—though if you really want to impress, may we suggest ramping things up with a bold cat-eye and carnelian-inlaid accessories?


Put on your favorite crooners (Norah Jones, Nat King Cole—you know the vibe) and practice your hand rolls with Blue Ribbon’s DIY sushi-making kit. Skip the sweatpants in favor of a coquettish knit bra and skirt, then complete the look with a shiny bracelet that catches the light every time you slice more sashimi.

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