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.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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).

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

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

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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“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



“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




“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



“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



"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



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