This blog post was originally meant to be titled what to wear on a first date. Then what to wear on a first date if you’re going to dinner and want to eat loads of food but hide your bloated belly underneath a top that’s both baggy enough to accommodate and still look chic. Then what to wear on a first date if you’re going to dinner at a place that only serves clear food (simply imagine spilling red wine jus, or more likely, burger juice, down this pristine white top?) And then I remembered the time I did wear a white top on a date and subsequently trailed the sleeves in soy sauce – which would have been bad enough had I not already dribbled some espresso martini on it beforehand. So whilst the laid-back cut of the denim, minimalist heels and simple-chic silhouette of the top on paper make for an excellent date outfit, IRL it’s just not going to cut it. Nothing says FANCY ME! quite like spilling food all down yourself.
Of course, it all depends where you’re going on your date. Cut-off denim is far too lowbrow for some of the fancier places I’ve been in my dating history – but then it’s also far too dressed up for some of the crap pubs I’ve endured an awkward tinder date or two at.
What do you even wear on a date these days? I feel like it’s the same problem we all get when it hits Friday Night and our wardrobes suddenly shrink and fizzle like the Wicked Witch of the West post-bucket of water, leaving behind a pile of lacklustre black clothes.
That said, the baggy top and slim-fitting jeans/trouser combo has become a winning formula no matter the destination. Just level-up from oversized T for pub dates to a floaty blouse worn slightly open to reveal a lacy bralette. Simple, but effective – as long as it’s not in white…
Photography by Rebecca Spencer