Date Night Dressing

Today I'm sharing some more photos taken by the wonderful Jenny Gavan. I've been eager to share more of them ever since last Sunday's post but I've managed to restrict myself from overloading you with them until now. When styling this outfit, I had a kind of 'date night' look in mind. Date nights, whether they're with my friends or my boyfriend, are always something I love styling myself for as I feel they really give me an opportunity to dress a little bit more feminine than I do in my day-to-day style. This outfit is definitely something I'd feel really confident in wearing for a date.

One thing that I pretty much always try to incorporate into a 'date night' look is a red lip. For me, a red lip totally elevates any look and is so versatile in that it works for everyone and anyone's style. I particularly love co-ordinating a red lip with an item of clothing I'm wearing, in this case it's my bag, to help me feel a little bit more put together and confident. This lipstick is Glossier's Generation G in Zip- I've been wearing it quite often since I purchasing it and it's definitely the easiest and most fuss-free red lip I've ever owned.

I am so into polka-dots at the moment. I feel like everyone and their dog is to be honest because they're everywhere but this blouse is one of the many pieces of polka-dot printed clothing I have succumbed to buying in the last few weeks. This blouse sat in my ASOS saved items for a good month before I bought it. For some reason with certain pieces, even ones that aren't crazily expensive, I just can't bring myself to buy them. Whereas with others, I'm happy and eager to pick them up as soon as I see them. I think it might all be about cost per wear really because blouses really aren't something that I'd wear day-to-day and I would definitely save a piece like this for something like a date night. However I have seen similar blouses to this one styled really well for the day time- Sammi Maria styled a similar piece from Topshop with a denim skirt, which looked so good and is definitely a look I'm going to try and re-create. Anyway, again, I think polka-dots can really add a touch of femininity to an outfit and as soon as this blouse entered my wardrobe, I knew straight away that it would look great with red lipstick.

These jeans are in my absolute favourite style from Topshop- the Cropped Dree. I have them in this black wash as well as a lighter pair, which I've featured on my blog a couple of times. The fit is a little bit more flattering and formal than your average pair of straight leg jeans but I think their frayed hems keeps them casual and easy to wear.

This cross-body bag is a new addition to my wardrobe from MissGuided. I was on the hunt for a small-ish red bag because I thought owning one would help me to incorporate more colour into my outfits as well as giving me more opportunities to wear red lipstick. I love the croc print of this and the gold hardware, something that I always look out for because of my everyday jewellery usually being gold. It is a little bit impractical though, I mean, it doesn't even fit my phone in (although I do have the largest iPhone- the size of which consistently shocks people when they spot me with it). However, it's not something that I bought to use every day anyway and I always tend to keep my phone in pocket so this doesn't really bother me. For some pieces, I'm willing to push practicalities aside.

Now onto these shoes- my beloved Mary-Jane style shoes that I have worn many a time when everyone else is wearing heels (comfortability of shoes is probably the only time practicality really does come into play with my outfit choices). These are probably the most feminine shoes I own, maybe even the most feminine thing I own full stop. I feel like they really can transform an outfit and they're pretty much always my shoe of choice for a date night. I can also confirm that they are very comfortable.

I hope you've enjoyed this blog post and have taken some inspiration for any date nights you might have planned! If you don't have any planned, you should! It's so important to carve out quality time with your friends and/or partner. Plus, you really don't need to leave the house if you don't want to. Some of my favourite date nights have been spent on the couch with a tub of Ben & Jerry's (my favourite is the vegan Peanut Butter and Cookies flavour) watching a film (red lipstick and Mary-Jane's optional).

Blouse- ASOS

Jeans- Topshop

Bag- MissGuided

Sunglasses- Primark (should still be in stock in store but for an online alternative, see here)

Shoes- ASOS (old and can't find good alternative, sorry!)

Watch- CASIO