Date nights are a huge priority for Zach and me. This doesn’t mean we go on dates all the time, but when we do, we soak in the time to laugh, talk, flirt, explore. Especially since having kids, we try to go somewhere that isn’t “family-friendly” and overrun with littles. But as I stood in front of my closet overflowing with my practical grey tees-and-jeans uniform, it was obvious my clothes had swung too far towards daily wear without an option for a fun night out.
When a gap in your closet appears, it’s super helpful to define your needs before you buy. Here was my mental checklist for a date night top:
- It had to work for at least 3 seasons.
- It had to be above trends, since this wasn’t for daily wear.
- It had to make me feel cute + flirty.
- It had to mix in with what I already own
While shopping online at J.Crew last month, I stumbled on a sleeveless, swiss dot top in a shade of blue that matches my eyes. It met all my criteria, and was discounted to roughly $5 more than a Target blouse, with much higher quality. Before purchasing, I ran through a few ideas of how I could style it with my own clothes. That’s essentially the inspiration for this post!
Cozy up sleeveless for winter with a cognac belt, dark denim, a fuzzy grey sweater, and leopard print flats.
Styling note: I am a huge fan of the half-tucked top. It keeps an outfit polished and flattering.
BONUS: I was also hunting for a girly top to layer under this schoolboy blazer. So the blue top checks that off my list as well! I’m digging the monochromatic look for church, a work meeting, or my favorite women’s conference this fall.
Getting dressed becomes much easier when you have a wardrobe that works for you. No standing in front of your closet with no ideas of what to wear. For a date night, any season of the year, I have a quick go-to outfit that I love.
- Clear out what doesn’t work from your wardrobe. Promise, you’ll feel SO much better already.
- (Friend, If you get super stressed over this, ruthlessly take things out of your closet – pare down to what you absolutely LOVE wearing. Store the leftovers in a bag for six months. See how awesome it is to just wear what you love. If you find yourself missing something from the bag, go get it. The rest you can take one last look at, then donate it or sell it.)
- Get dressed every day like normal.
- Make note of gaps for YOUR daily life (maybe you need new workout gear, or underwear, or a daily uniform).
- Define a mental checklist about what you’re shopping for.
- Shop for those items only.