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Whether you live with your partner or not, the pandemic has undeniably put a stop to your traditional date night plans. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a date night – even if it’s a little different to those that you are used to. If you don’t live with them, this could involve heading out into the park for a romantic picnic, for example.
But if you do live with them, there’s nothing to say that you can’t enjoy a wonderful dinner at home. Although it’s tempting to dress down throughout this time, it’s the perfect opportunity to dress up! But then comes the tough and daunting decision of what you’re going to wear. You want something that you’re comfortable in, but that’s still stylish.
Before your date, you can spend the evening beforehand pampering yourself! Run yourself a lovely hot bubble bath, put on a face mask and relax. If you fancy, you could also shave your legs and pluck your brows – whatever you want to do. This self-care is the ultimate relaxing activity to enjoy that will help you to unwind before heading down (or out) for your date night.
If you’re unsure as to what to wear for the evening, here are some ideas that you can use for inspiration. Bound to impress, they are ideal both now and throughout the year.
A Blazer Dress
If you’re looking for an outfit that will turn your partner’s head, look no further than a blazer dress. The perfect statement piece, it can be paired with some designer glasses (such as these web choice ones) and heels. As it’s a very trendy look, you’ll also easily be able to find one of these at a price that suits your budget!
Alternatively, if you love retro clothing, then maybe opt for this elegant look instead. Comfortable and stylish, retro jumpsuits are ideal – whether you’re heading out for a romantic walk with your partner or indulging in a dinner at home. Available in a range of colours and styles, you’ll be able to find one that fits you to a tee.
Skinny Jeans and a Floral Blouse
For a more casual look that still oozes style, why not try a pair of skinny jeans with a floral blouse? Comfortable yet still date-night worthy, it’s the perfect alternative to a dress. Also, many people will already have these in their wardrobe, meaning that they don’t have to order any new pieces online. Pair these with dangly earrings and ballet shoes.
As it’s getting closer to summer, the temperature is starting to heat up. And because of this, you’ll undoubtedly be looking for clothing that’s light and breezy. This is where a co-ord set comes in. Available in different combinations, from a skirt and a top to shorts and a top and trousers and a vest, there are so many different options for you to choose from.
A Maxi Skirt with a T-shirt
If you’re looking for an outfit that’s feminine, but still casual for your next date night, then a maxi skirt and t-shirt might be just the ticket. There are so many different ways you can style this, from a skirt that’s floral-patterned to plain and heels or flats – whatever you’re comfortable in.
Off-The-Shoulder Skater Dress
Yet again, this classic look is bound to go down a hit. Paired with flats or heels, it will get you in the summer spirit in no time. As simple or as extravagant as you want, this popular look is suited to any type of date you plan.
The Iconic LBD (Little Black Dress)
And who could forget the classic little black dress? Fitted or not, this iconic look is a staple for date nights. Due to its muted colour, it can be paired with any colour of jewellery, shoes or bag. Plus, it can match any style – you don’t have to be uber-feminine to wear it!
5 Lockdown Date Night Ideas
Although we’ve already touched on this briefly above, it’s good to have an idea of what you can do for your date night throughout the lockdown. So, to help guide you, here are 5 ideas you can use:
Take Delight in A Virtual Trip to the Theatre
If you love to go to the theatre and are missing it during this time, then you’re in luck! So many shows are being streamed for you to enjoy together. Available across different platforms – from Disney+ (Hamilton) to the BBC, there are so many options to choose from. Plus, a lot of them are free, so you don’t have to worry about this date night breaking the bank!
Simply set up some blankets, grab some popcorn and enjoy a night at the theatre from the comfort of your home!
Get Competitive with a Game Night
Ok, so you may be fed up of all the quarantine quizzes you’ve had to attend. But now’s the time to enjoy a fun game night with your partner! Bring out a good old-fashioned board game and indulge in a night of competitiveness and laughs. Paired with your favourite tipple, this is an extraordinary way to spend a date night during the pandemic.
Indulge in a Cheese and Wine Night
If you both love cheese and wine, why not make a night of it for your next date? Romantic and exciting, you can sample various wines and cheeses whilst catching up. A unique idea, it’s bound to be unforgettable. Alternatively, if you’re not fans of wine, why not mix it up and try a cocktail sampling/making night or a gin and tonic night – whatever floats your boat!
Take on a New Hobby
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more casual idea for your next date night, then why not try taking up a new hobby together. From painting to pottery the possibilities are truly endless when it comes to ideas that you could use. Although this might not be the first idea that comes to mind, it can prove to be very fun – both throughout the lockdown and once it’s lifted.
The ultimate bonding time with your partner, it takes you away from the TV and into an activity that you can enjoy together.
Set up an Outdoor Cinema
If you’re fed up of watching films in your living room or bedroom, why not change it up and head outside to watch a film? With the weather improving, it’s the ideal opportunity to grab a blanket, set up a screen (either a laptop screen or projector screen) and enjoy a classic movie. There’s so much inspiration for how you can set up the area (e.g. on Pinterest) that will make the night even more magical.
So, there you go! Those are 7 on-trend and stylish date night outfits that you can take inspiration from throughout the lockdown. Alongside this, you can also choose from one of the above date night ideas. But, at the end of the day, no matter what outfit you wear and what date night you plan, you’re guaranteed a wonderful night with your partner that will create fond memories for many years to come!
And just think, in the near future when the world is back to normal you’ll be able to choose from an even wider selection of date night ideas. But for now, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy them from home or to take advantage of the nature around you – as long as you social distance from other couples of course!