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The definitive guide to dressing for a date

The definitive guide to dressing for a date

 

Dressing for a date can be a troublesome affair. In all of life’s occasions that involve first impressions, dates are up there with the ones that count most. So to make sure you walk into your next date worry-free, follow our guide to date night dressing – whether it’s the first encounter or the umpteenth.

 

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First date


Perhaps the most nerve-wracking of them all, the first date is filled with a lot of unknowns. One thing’s for sure though, when it comes to outfitting for multiple possible scenarios, playing it classic and understated is a good bet. The key is to look pulled together but still relaxed, effortless rather than trying.

 

If your meeting involves some kind of outdoor escapades, we recommend a clean-line parka. For a day date or coffee, a flannel shirt layered over a roll neck top works well. For evening drinks, a great light knit or an Oxford shirt. Bottoms-wise, it’s hard to go far wrong with denim. For more casual settings, choose light or distressed denim and minimalist sneakers. For after-dark rendezvous, go for dark denim and boots. Actually, that wasn’t that daunting was it?



 

 

Fifth date


Having got this far, you can now have more fun with your dating wardrobe. Show some personality but remember to keep it approachable and appropriate to whatever activity you’re undertaking.

 

A nice bomber jacket, printed shirt and tapered trousers would suit cool, swankier places. A trendy quarter zip-up, jeans, trainers and chunky socks would work for a meeting that might involve a whole day of gallivanting. The polo neck has got that retro, cool vibe. Team with a great overcoat and tailored, herringbone trousers.

 

Date six? We think it’s a given.


 

 

Anniversary


Now here’s the one where you want to actually demonstrate you’re making an effort. Start with grooming. Hair, nails, a great scent, and build your outfit from that.

 

For such an occasion as this, we recommend looking a little fancier than normal. Go for a grey suit jacket, simple tee underneath and suit trousers cut just above the ankle with box-fresh trainers, or a close-fitting, heritage three-piece suit with brown brogues.

 

Save your whimsical tie for the office do and leave your work outfits at home. This is the time to look serious but not like you’ve just run straight from a pile of paperwork. Opt for suave and classy and just by your outfit, you’ll show your partner what the occasion means to you.


 

 

Date night


Designated date night? When you’ve been with your partner for however many years, we suspect they’ll know your wardrobe inside out. So the key to date night dressing is to whip out something new. Think luxury and great quality fabrics. A beautiful charcoal blazer, a great watch, fancy but not kitsch loafers. Bring out a new investment – paired with a refined, coordinated ensemble – and you’re on to a winner. Surprising your partner is always a fun start to designated together-time. Wardrobe-wise, we think we’ve cracked it.

 

Spring beauty trends for 2019

Spring beauty trends for 2019

 

As we move slowly into spring, it’s time to start switching up our beauty routines. Not just an excuse for out with the old and in with the new, it’s also the time to get experimental with new trends. For SS19 this means bright colours and glowy, bare skin.

 

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Vibrant eyes


Using bold colour on your eyes can be intimidating, but it’s a stand-out trend for spring and the new season has us reaching for shades of azure blue. Seen on the runway at Erdem and Missoni, Margot Robbie also wore the look at the 2019 BAFTAs proving it’s very wearable when done right. We love the Diorshow On Stage Liner in Pearly Turquoise and the Shiseido Kajal InkArtist in Sumi Sky. Pair with a nude lip to keep it low key, or try an orange lipstick for a more striking combination.



 

Monochromatic pink


For an ultra-feminine look that flatters everyone, try wearing pink tones on both your eyes and cheeks. Channel the SS19 Giorgio Armani girls or Yara Shahidi on the red carpet and finish with natural lips and brows. Charlotte Tilbury’s Luxury Palette in Pillow Talk paired with the Shiseido Minimalist Whipped Powder Blush will brighten up even the dullest spring day.



 

A barely-there base


At the other end of the spectrum, skin was mostly left looking very natural. It could be the Meghan Markle effect that saw freckles being embraced at Preen, while Badgley Mischka and Altuzarra added a dewy-verging-on-shiny glow. Recreate the look by prioritising your skincare routine and using a lighter base like the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue. Add a little concealer only where truly necessary.

Scents to suit your interiors style

Scents to suit your interiors style

Call us boring, but we can’t get enough of a good candle. Wonderful gifted, even better bought for yourself, the scents you love are seriously personal - just like the way you style your space, in fact. So why choose blindly when you can go one better and match your scent to your home’s mood? Consider this your no-nonsense masterclass in hitting the right notes.

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Scandi chic


Style notes

If your space is all about visual calm, then we’d bet a sweet, heady scent probably isn’t your thing. Look to the heart notes - these are full-bodied, longer-lasting scents that linger beyond the crisp top notes, but don’t have the depth or longevity of the base - forgoing the floral for wonderfully fresh, herby ingredients. Thyme, basil, bay (and anything you’d stick in a window box) are a great place to start, with a base of moss, leather or spa favourite clary sage to round out a restful scent. And stick to three or so notes – the beauty of these botanical scents can be subtle.

Fragrance notes

Top
Sea salt, sweet mint, sea grass, aloe, tomato leaf, thyme, bergamot, eucalyptus, spearmint, basil

Heart
Green tea, bay leaf, chamomile, rosemary, artemesia, galbanum, cardamom, juniper, geranium

Base
Wood sage, leather, clary sage, moss, guaiac wood, white musk, oak moss, valerian, resin, ho wood


 

Dark romance


Style notes

If you love moody blooms, jewel tones and seriously statement accessories (is that a chandelier we spy?) then turn to one of fragrance’s most timeless formulas. These floral fusions tend to pair crisp top notes and fruity hearts with a rich, woody base - we love white flowers like jasmine and lily of the valley anchored by sweet autumnal fruits like damson, blackberry and grape. Not all earthy bases are born equal - think sweet, warming vanilla versus heady patchouli - but classic oud or sandalwood are safe bets to start with.

Fragrance notes

Top
White jasmine, rhubarb, damson, blackberry, champagne, raspberry, lime leaf, pomegranate, white grape

Heart
Cassis, rose, ginger, fig, ylang ylang, peony, orange blossom, pine, vetiver, lily of the valley, orchid, cherry

Base
Frankincense, myrrh, patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, oud, vanilla, amber, incense, musk

 

Quirky cool


Style Notes

If you’re all about artisanal detail, quirky prints and searching out design with a difference, don’t settle for simple in the scent department. Orange blossom, peony and tuberose might be staples, but what about orange bitters, pepper and tobacco? Cue the artisanal candle. These are fragrances with a bit of bite - the result of global travel, endless experimentation and a heavy dose of good old imagination. Candles based on creative concoctions make great gifts, too (if you can bear to give them away, that is).

Top
Redcurrant, neroli, bitter orange, coriander, black tea, elemi, peppermint, green mandarin, apple

Heart
Black pepper, fennel, violet, milk, chestnut, cashmere, pink pepper, pine, iris, tea tree, liquorice, honey

Base
Rosewood, caramel, tobacco, praline, nutmeg, labdanum, ambergris, clove, bamboo, tonka bean

The Beauty Cabinet: best lip products

The Beauty Cabinet: best lip products

These days we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to lipsticks, balms and glosses, so choosing which one deserves a place in our handbag is no mean feat. Thankfully our beauty team has tried more than your average makeup junkie, so when something stays in our rotation, you know it’s truly passed the test. Here’s our pick of the lip products we can’t live without.

 

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ROUGE DIOR ULTRA ROUGE LIPSTICK



 

“Anyone who knows me knows I love a red lipstick. At the moment my favourite is the Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge. It’s both highly-pigmented and moisturising with a semi-matte finish, and best of all, it lasts all day.” - Jamie Adams, Buyer


Dior, Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge, £30

 


LA MER THE LIP BALM



“During winter I always keep this balm to hand as it’s the best product for combating dry lips. It contains La Mer’s nutrient-rich miracle broth which hydrates and strengthens their protective barrier. If I’m wearing a lipstick in the evening, it keeps the colour long-lasting too.” - Sarah Thompson, Buyer


La Mer, The Lip Balm, £52

 


URBAN DECAY HI-FI SHINE LIPGLOSS



 

“This lip gloss only launched recently, but it’s quickly become a go-to in my makeup bag. The hydrating, glossy formula gives the famous Urban Decay Naked range a new spin. I like to swipe this over the top of any nude lipstick to instantly plump and nourish my lips." - Eleanor Spain, Assistant Buyer


Urban Decay, Hi-Fi Shine Ultra Cushion Lipgloss, £15.50

 


YSL ROUGE VOLUPTE SHINE LIPSTICK



“As a busy mum I don’t have a lot of time to put my makeup on. This lipstick gives more colour than a tinted balm, but it’s not heavy enough that I need a mirror to apply it. The best bit is that once it’s finished you can use the case to make a ring (loads of beauty bloggers are doing it!)” - Georgia-May Dayton, Brand Partnerships Manager


Yves Saint Laurent, Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick, £29

 


GIORGIO ARMANI ROUGE MATTE LIPSTICK



"I thought a genuinely hydrating and long-lasting matte lipstick was a myth until I was introduced to this gem by Giorgio Armani. I'm a little bit lipstick obsessed and this is a game-changer. I wear the shade 102 for a deep nude or 400 for a classic red." - Hollie Brotherton, Content Editor


Giorgio Armani, Rouge Matte Lipstick, £30

 


ESTÉE LAUDER PURE COLOUR MATTE LIPSTICK

Estee Lauder lipstick

“I like my lipsticks to be as low maintenance as possible, so this offering from Estée Lauder is a firm favourite. Long-lasting and durable, it blends easily and gives a lovely smudged finish, which means you don’t have to constantly keep reapplying. ‘Irrepressible’ is my go-to night out vampy red, and I love the dark, pink-tinged rouge of ‘Unattainable’ for winter days.” - Hannah Dunn, Editorial Manager.


Estée Lauder, Pure Colour Envy Matte Sculpting Lipstick, £27