Date night dressing can be a bit of a minefield. We’ve all been there, staring blankly at an open wardrobe, five or so pieces unceremoniously flung to the ever-mounting floor pile, and wondering why there is nothing to wear. However, sometimes the key for date night, when you probably want to feel a little bit more polished, confident, feminine, etc, is to stay true to your personal style. And, unless this is right on the cutting edge of fashion, resist the urge to try out a new trend piece when, above all, you want to feel comfortable. I’d always gravitate towards classically stylish pieces, which might not sound all that inspiring, but there are a few trusted silhouettes and colour palettes that – I promise – pull this look, effortlessly, together.
We are at London’s beautiful Savoy hotel for this look so, naturally, it calls for something a little more sophisticated to match the venue’s glamorous, Art Deco heritage.
I love the movement of a pleated midi length skirt, which gives a flattering silhouette to the waist and, by finishing above the ankle, also creates the illusion of height. Paired with a simple white blouse – an old Zara favourite – just balances out the volume of the skirt and by piecing together two complementary colours also adds a few inches of height.
Accessories combine different textures – croc print leather bag and suede shoes, rather than bold colour but help to pull this look together. I absolutely adore suede shoes and the pointed toe on these just subtly elongate legs. These ones, by LK Bennett, also happen to be called ‘Fern’ – I like to think the perfect match for my personal style!
As for a date night-ready handbag, iIt can be a struggle to fit everything you need into a small clutch, so love the versatility of this one by Aspinal. Two compartments comfortably fit the essentials and the gold hardware chain can be worn over the shoulder or lengthened to sit on the hip, however you feel most comfortable.
Finally, these soft curls are courtesy of the brilliant team at Richard Ward. Creator of the Chelsea blow-dry, Richard is also responsible for the Duchess of Cambridge’s signature locks which gently frames the face and adds polish to the whole look. As it’s date night, eyelash extensions lend themselves well for a pretty, natural make up look.
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Photography: Victoria Metaxas