{Fashion Monday} Impress Your Date

When I was creating the impress your date outfit I realised one thing, have not been on a date in over 10 years (wow, just saying this out loud makes me cringe). It is scary to think how time flies when you’re in a relationship and though you go on ‘dates’ when in a relationship somehow it is different to when you’re not in a relationship.

I started thinking about back in the day, when I was fresh on the dating market searching for that one who would inevitably change my life (for better or worse) but change it would be. I kept going back to that feeling of wanting to ‘impress your date’ when you’re meeting for the first time, are official, being introduced to their friends and even meeting their family for the first time.

Even though most of us don’t think of us as impressing our dates for these occasions in actuality that is exactly what we are doing.

Impress Your Date

Impress Your Date

Since it’s been a while since I last went on a first time, I figured I share what I threw together recently on a not so ‘first date’ type of gathering but did call for the ‘impress your date’ kind of look. Most of us struggle with what to wear on special occasions or important gatherings, I know I do a lot of the time. But I have realised recently that I spend so much time over thinking it.

Those who know me, know that I dress for comfort first before style but then again lately I have been upping my style sense and I am thinking about how I am dressing and planning what is appropriate where. So when I had to attend a recent special occasion, I had several options and they were all simple and yet stylish. For this particular special occasion I am thinking about, I thought wearing a shirt dress was exactly what the doctor ordered.

Perfect Weather

Those in the UK know how crazy hot it’s been the last 2 weeks and not that we are complaining, we are just trying to get used to it. As someone who was born in a warm client and had, hard to adapt to new climate it’s been absolutely glorious if not torturous at times.

I felt dressing simple and light was the way to go and even during the evenings I did not need a cardigan as it was still warm enough.

I decided to pair a lovely shirt dress with open toed sandals and my large tote bag which practically carries my entire house excluding the kitchen sink. To make the outfit more stylish and standout a bit more, I threw together a couple of simple jewelry.

Like I said earlier, I tend to over think my outfits sometimes and it’s been forever since I last went on a ‘first’ date. What do you think of my impress your date outfit? Is this something you would wear? What did you wear on your most recent date?




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  1. July 29, 2016 / 11:27 pm

    I need to send this post over to my best friend, she making her way back into the dating world currently. Me on the other hand, I somehow manage to impress my boyfriend in joggers and hoodies 😀 I love this outfit though! I wouldn’t normally where a wrap around style dress but I really like the tartan kind of look 😀

    • July 31, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Awe how lovely, I wish I could pull of joggers and hoodies.

  2. July 29, 2016 / 11:32 am

    Love the whole outfit and the choice of colours too! I can’t even remember the last time my husband and I went on a proper date, probably six years ago, before T was born.

    • July 29, 2016 / 12:29 pm

      Thank you Dean, time sure does fly and things like dates keep pushed to the way side

  3. July 28, 2016 / 1:12 pm

    I havent had a first dat in over 17 years lol. But I love to go out with my Hubby and I dress it up for sure. This outfit looks so simply stylish for any occasion during the day. Add some sparkly strappy heels and jewelry fir the evening and you are good to go! Reminds me of Burberry!

    • July 28, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      Oh wow 17 years, how awesome is that

  4. Robin Rue
    July 28, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    This is such an adorable dress! You could even transition it with leggings for a fall look. Love it.

    • July 28, 2016 / 4:56 pm

      Absolutely, it’s so versatile

  5. July 28, 2016 / 10:37 am

    The dress is gorgeous and reminds me of Burberry, I love the open toe sandals.

    • July 28, 2016 / 11:51 am


  6. July 28, 2016 / 8:31 am

    This is cute! Normally I stick to skinny fit jeans, a classy top and heels then wow with the makeup but it depends on what you’re doing. On my last date we were just having a movie night at his so I dressed down x

    • July 28, 2016 / 9:38 am

      I love the idea of your outfit skinny fit jeans with heels my kind of look.

  7. July 28, 2016 / 6:46 am

    I’m loving that dress! On our last date I wore…. er… the only fancy dress I know. A little blue gothic number. 🙂

    • July 28, 2016 / 7:17 am

      Hahaha sounds like it looked awesome on you

  8. Emily Leary
    July 27, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I love a good shirt dress and this outfit is just perfect. Love those shoes!

    • July 28, 2016 / 7:17 am

      Thanks Emily

  9. July 27, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    I am obsessed with his whole outfit – the bag is gorgeous x

    • July 28, 2016 / 7:17 am


  10. July 27, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Lovely outfit! I think what I’d wear on a first date would depend on what we were doing – if there was a lot of walking/standing, I wouldn’t be able to wear high heels!

    • July 28, 2016 / 7:16 am

      I don’t think I would want too much walking on my first date, I had a restaurant in mind of this outfit

  11. July 27, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    My goodness, these are some wonderful collections & the color theme you have chosen is quiet amazing as well. I am in love with that outfit, that gorgeous bracelet & that cute looking watch! Perfect way to impress your date!

    • July 28, 2016 / 7:16 am

      Thanks Lisa

  12. July 27, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    What a stylish and classy outfit choice! Those are some great ways to impress your date.

    • July 28, 2016 / 7:15 am


    • July 27, 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you Stella

  13. July 27, 2016 / 11:09 am

    I love the outfit you’ve put together! So stylish and sleek! x

    • July 27, 2016 / 11:23 am

      Thanks so much, that was the aim

  14. July 27, 2016 / 10:08 am

    I really love the bracelet – the right jewellery can really make a difference x

    • July 27, 2016 / 11:23 am

      So true, the right jewellery can make or break an outfit

  15. July 27, 2016 / 10:02 am

    Love the watch and sunglasses! Good post -I haven’t been on a date in so long too! x

    • July 27, 2016 / 10:05 am

      Thanks Amy

  16. July 27, 2016 / 4:54 am

    Oh I love this collection. I think my favorite is that bracelet. I might just have to have my very own of that one.

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:42 am

      It’s a very beautiful bracelet I love it too

  17. July 26, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    I never know what to wear on dates, such a great outfit. Love the bracelet x

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:41 am

      Thanks Rhian, I go with what is comfortable, yet stylish and simple always helps too

  18. July 26, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I do love the items you picked out especially the bag I do want that!!!

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:40 am

      I love me my tote bag, I carry everything in them

  19. July 26, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    I love the soft colour pallet you chose! Pale pink is so lovely in the summer, especially next to a tan!

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:30 am

      Thanks Lena, I love pale pink its a beautiful colour

  20. July 26, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Burburry is so classic! I love this look. The earings are cute too

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Thanks Kristen

  21. July 26, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    I love that bracelet, it’s just beautiful! My typical first date outfit is just jeans and a pretty top as that’s what I’m comfortable in 🙂

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Thanks Jess, I think what works for you should always be what you comfortable in to show off

  22. July 26, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    This looks like a lovely dress, perfect for any date!

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:39 am

      It sure it and thanks Tara

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:38 am

      Thank you

  23. Kathy
    July 26, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    I think this is a wonderful outfit. I really like the sunglasses and that bracelet. Very pretty!

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:38 am

      Thank you Kathy

  24. July 26, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    Great tips for a date! I can’t say I have any dates coming up but I’ll be sure to keep this post archived just in case 😉

    Ashleigh x

    http://www.beingashleigh.com – UK fashion, lifestyle and travel blog

    • July 27, 2016 / 9:29 am

      Thank you Ashleigh, it’s been a while for me and though I do not have any dates arranges of late it was nice to put it together just in case

  25. July 26, 2016 / 3:28 pm

    That outfit is literally PERFECTION. I love how well coordinated it all is and those sunglasses are LUSH xxx

    • July 26, 2016 / 4:35 pm

      Awww thanks so much Laura

  26. Nikki Wayne
    July 26, 2016 / 12:24 pm

    I want the dress, looks really sophisticated! I want towear something like that on our weekend date!

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Awww hope you able to, have fun over the weekend

  27. hannah
    July 26, 2016 / 11:08 am

    Theres some good tips here. I say always dress to impress x

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you

  28. July 26, 2016 / 9:23 am

    Very helpful tips! I really like the shoes they look fab for summer

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:41 pm

      Thank you Melissa, I am loving them too

  29. July 26, 2016 / 8:00 am

    New Look always have some surprisingly sexy heels. I like this outfit, I’m quite a neutral or black clothes wearer.

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      New look surprised me all the time

  30. July 26, 2016 / 6:44 am

    Who knew beige could be so adorable and totally not boring!

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Hahahaha you’re telling me

  31. July 26, 2016 / 5:45 am

    Cute picks, and I love the idea behind the post! I think neutral & classic colors are always key when impressing someone. It helps the other person to focus on other elements of you! xx Adaleta Avdic

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      So true and thank you

  32. Elizabeth O.
    July 26, 2016 / 4:20 am

    I love the “dress to impress” idea especially if it’s for the firs time. It’s not that you’re pretending or anything like that, you’re just showing your best side, after all, it’s a chance to meet someone special. This outfit is lovely!

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Couldn’t agree more Elizabeth, thanks

  33. July 26, 2016 / 3:53 am

    These are definitely some great date picks. Those sandals rock and I think that shirt dress is so cool!

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you

  34. July 26, 2016 / 2:53 am

    The shirt dress looks so nice! I love earth tones and this one in hues of brown really caught my eye. The entire ensemble would definitely impress your date. Great choices!

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      Thanks so much, I love it too big time

  35. July 26, 2016 / 2:04 am

    Such a cute look you have here!

    xoxo, Jenny

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      Thanks Jenny

  36. July 26, 2016 / 1:29 am

    I love that dress! The XL plaid print is really unique but still simple.

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      I know right, thanks

  37. July 26, 2016 / 12:28 am

    that burberry dress is gorgeous!! that would totally impress a date!!

    • July 26, 2016 / 2:34 pm

      Thanks Kristen, I love it

  38. July 25, 2016 / 10:54 pm

    I think the most important part of a first date outfit is to be comfortable. You definitely want to impress, but not be fidgeting with your clothes or wishing you choose shoes that don’t kill your feel. I usually save those issues for later down the road, where you can joke about trying to impress which is why you feet hurt.

    • July 26, 2016 / 8:59 am

      Hahaha that is true hence why I go for comfortable heels and ensure I check before hand where we going if it involves a lot of walking them flats it is lol

  39. July 25, 2016 / 9:46 pm

    I have never really been on a date as me and my other half got together when I was just 16…8 years ago, crazy. But I do love the jewellery you have picked especially the rose bracelet.

    • July 26, 2016 / 8:58 am

      For real? You’ve never been on a date not with your OH?

  40. July 25, 2016 / 9:07 pm

    Yes love this outfit, the neutral colours are so classic and love that dress.

    • July 26, 2016 / 8:57 am

      Thanks so much

  41. July 25, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    I absolutely love the bracelet within this post, it caught my eye immediately x

    • July 25, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      I love it, thanks

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