We’ve all been there – date night is looming, the washing basket is full and you haven’t worn anything except leggings and novelty slippers since Christmas. Before you panic, let us inspire you with some easy, on-trend outfit ideas for any kind of date night.

Date night is an opportunity to pamper yourself after spending most of your week looking after the family. Don’t feel guilty – ‘self-care’ is the new buzzword so take advantage of it! Book yourself in for a manicure or a haircut to really give yourself a confidence boost.

And credit cards at the ready for our style picks…

  • Unbelievably brown
    No, we’re not going mad, according to style bible Grazia, brown is the colour of the moment and it works for any occasion. It’s also a refreshing change from your LBD and a softer, luxer way to glow than rainbow brights – which, let’s face it, can feel a bit much after weeks of drab winter hues. Pair with resin earrings and animal print boots for super fashionable, sophisticated style!


  • Sophisticated skirts – from £15
    Trousers and a fancy top might be your staple date night attire, but try branching out with a sexy skirt. The pleated midi is bang on trend and comes in every shade possible from pink (Reiss Isidora skirt sale price £95) to metallic bronze and blue (Nasty Gal, sale price £15) or even sequinned (Nine by Savannah Miller at Debenhams, sale price £16.50)


  • Dress – £45
    Admittedly, sometimes all you want is a one-hit-wonder, a dress you can chuck on and look instantly gorgeous (and preferably on-trend). Enter, Marks and Spencer’s Collection animal print midi dress (£45). It packs a sartorial impact without looking too ‘try-hard’ and it works with shoes, boots, tights, big dangly earrings…you name it. Easy peasy!


  • Retro delight – Hollywood Dress, £59.99
    Not all of us are happy to settle with high street heroes of course, and that’s where this cheeky find comes in. London-born Hell Bunny is a sophisticated, well-loved modern retro brand, creating flattering clothing for all shapes and sizes. Think 50s skirts and timeless shaping that flatters curvy girls who aren’t afraid to show it. Perfect for a little alternative date night dressing.


  • Lingerie – Wonderbra Refined Glamour triangle bra from Very.co.uk, £36
    Why should we wait for men to buy us lingerie? Feeling sexy and confident starts underneath, so don’t neglect your lingerie layer – there are loads of gorgeous, sexy yet comfortable (and supportive!) Lingerie sets out there for Valentine’s Day (Very has a particularly wide range to suit every shape/size and budget) so treat yourself – you won’t regret it!
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