Are you guys familiar with the concept of 'shopping your closet' ? The general gist is to find new ways to wear the things you already own, rather than buying new pieces. This is a great concept for many reasons: environmentally friendly (in essence, you're 'reusing' your wardrobe), budget friendly, and you learn new ways to try items you already had and may have grown bored with wearing the same ways over and over.
As I start mentally preparing for the arrival of baby #3, I am reminding myself of the slow season of 'one-on-one' time that a new infant heralds in coupledom. Which basically makes me want to cram in as many date nights as I can with my husband before the summer! And because I love styling outfits, I went on a search for some 'new' date outfits that I can wear on our next occasions out together. Because even on the off chance that I don't have the chance to wear all of them, looking at the outfits is nearly as good... ;)
First up is the pretty purple top and clutch from my first Stitch Fix box, paired with The Best Maternity Jeans Ever (an extremely flattering skinny jean with low belly band), these gorgeous tan ankle boots from Anthropologie, and some skinny gold bangles and a gold disc necklace.
OK, so for this look I technically have only owned the top and clutch for a month, but they were in my closet so I'm counting it. ;) I love the shade of purple and that cheeky little cross-x at the top of the shirt's back. It keeps it from being simple or boring, and the pattern adds a little pizzazz as well. The boots are the most comfortable ones I own and such nice leather! And those jeans are incredibly flattering, keep their shape even after a few wears, and are the perfect amount of stretch. I had in mind an evening at a funky bar, bowling, or a meal at a trendy but not overly fancy restaurant. This look would be perfect for a daytime date - meeting for coffee, a scavenger hunt - by simply sticking the clutch into a bigger bag that could hold your daytime necessities too.
I love wearing dresses, so any time I can style an outfit around a cute day dress, I do! This is a sweet flutter-sleeve maternity dress from Zara, in a lightweight chiffon sort of material. The tie-back belt helps to flatter your bump and define a high waist. I paired a simple gold cutout flat from JustFab with it, and added a pop of color with this LV handbag. I love the bright mustard with the navy! Between the bright yellow and the gold flats, this look didn't require much jewelry so I figured I'd keep it with my standard daily pieces - double earring studs and a small simple necklace that M gave me.
I would wear this to a museum, to a restaurant, pretty much anywhere that requires a look that is slightly more 'dressy' than 'casual' - or whenever you want to up the feminine factor a bit!
This look is my favorite! I adore the lavender lace overlay on the dress and how the suede kitten heels pick it up perfectly. I love the way the leather in the moto jacket and fringe clutch give the lacy dress more edge. I added the patterned scarf for a bit more visual interest but kept the jewelry simple and classic with a strand of pearls and my favorite (wedding!) earrings.
This outfit is perfect for a romantic dinner somewhere nice, or an evening at the theatre - and it could equally do a live music gig too.
What is one of your go-to date outfits? (If you're looking for date night inspiration, check these ideas out!)