So You Have a Post-Pandemic Date—Here's What to Wear

Indya Brown
·4 min read

For the first time in what seemed like forever, one of my friends announced that she was about to go on her first post-pandemic date. Of course, a flurry of outfit suggestions ensued over group text, but it felt good to talk IRL about outfits that, for once, didn't include a pair of sweatpants. In the gradual progression toward pre-lockdown life, I'm sure you, too, are starting to think about your social calendar. If a date is one of the events included in your plans, I have just the perfect looks for you.

Even if you're a veteran of the dating scene, there's always the conundrum about how fancy your outfit should be: Are jeans too casual? Will heels make me look overdressed? To make matters even more complicated, there's definitely added pressure when it comes to a first date. You're meeting someone you vaguely know (or probably never met if you use dating apps), so which outfit sets the right impression yet won't be overly fussy? To cover all of your date-night sartorial needs, I scoured the internet to find the best outfit inspiration and the pieces to re-create them. From a first post-pandemic date to a casual daytime outing and everything in between, you'll never be clueless about what to wear again. Consider this your ultimate date-night fashion guide—you can thank me later.

If you have a casual date…

Style tip: Swap out the heels for sneakers if your date involves being on your feet for long periods of time.

Shop the look:

Free People Wide Eyed Tank ($20)

Song of Style Edie Midi Skirt ($178)

Song of Style Cherie Heels ($168)

Style tip: Go for darker washes and high-waist silhouettes for a date-appropriate spin on denim.

Shop the look:

H&M Ribbed Tube Top ($5)

Mango High-Waist Balloon Jeans ($60)

Steve Madden Visionary Sandal ($90)

Style tip: To maintain a casual vibe for this outfit, leave your jewelry at home or, at maximum, add a small pair of gold earrings. The bodysuit and trousers are already quite sophisticated, so you don't need to go overboard with accessories.

Shop the look:

Magda Butrym Underwired Swimsuit ($445)

Zara Linen Blend Straight Pants ($50)

Raina Sheila Wrap Belt ($163)

For a first date…

Style tip: For a cool-girl take on date night, turn any silk scarf into an elevated going-out top.

Shop the look:

8 Other Reasons Silk Leopard Print Scarf ($44)

Zara Wide Leg Menswear Style Pants ($40)

Ayliss Shoulder Bag ($22)

Senso Monica Sandals ($149)

Style tip: If you're playing the field (don't worry—we're not judging), a fail-safe option for a calendar of summery first dates is a floral slip dress. It's not too formal yet not too casual, and it can always be amplified or dialed back with a cute shrug or canvas sneakers.

Shop the look:

Rouje Nono Cardigan ($189)

Reformation Britten Dress ($198)

The Drop Avery Square Toe Sandal ($50)

Style tip: It can be tricky to gauge the proper formality of a first date (after all, you don't really know this person), but it's always better to be overdressed than embarrassingly too casual.

Shop the look:

Miaou Sofia Dress ($255)

Luv Aj Martina Huggie Hoop Earrings ($45)

Coperni Mini Bluetooth Bag ($745)

For a night out…

Style tip: When wearing a minidress, go for heeled shoes to create the illusion of longer legs.

Shop the look:

GCDS Tie-Dye Print Ruched Dress ($533)

Chinese Laundry Tann Wedge Sandal ($40)

Style tip: For a waist-defining look, opt for a corset top. The trend has been going strong within the fashion set, and its the perfect night-out top for date-night drinks.

Shop the look:

Bardot Mini Corset Bustier ($79)

Agolde Recycled Leather Fitted '90s Pants ($298)

Style tip: Just like your trusty sweatsuit, a two-piece combo is a complete no-brainer outfit with big sartorial payoff. A saucy skirt set will surely impress—jazz it up with drop earrings or shiny metal hoops.

Shop the look:

Fashion Nova Psychedelic Fantasy Mini Skirt Set ($35)

Zara Strappy Wide Heel Sandals ($50)

For a night in…

Style tip: For an elevated date night in, try a silk-satin loungewear set.

Shop the look:

Rezek Studio Foxy Dion Top ($295)

Levi's Wedgie Icon Fit High Waist Ankle Jeans ($90)

Style tip: Since you'll be spending your romantic rendezvous indoors, swap the trousers for soft, ribbed pants. Yup, this is an all-white 'fit, so it's smart to have some type of stain remover at the ready.

Shop the look:

Mytheresa Le T-Shirt Baci Cotton Jersey Top ($225)

Mango Ribbed Soft Trousers ($40)

H&M Straight-Cut Jacket ($35)

Style tip: Throw on a chain belt to upgrade a pair of basic jazz pants.

Shop the look:

Mango Oversize Poplin Shirt ($50)

Yooai Chain Belt ($14)

Norma Kamali Spat Leggings ($115)

Nodaleto Bulla Babies Mary Jane Pumps ($682)

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This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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