WHAT TO WEAR: Casual Date Night

Oscar Wilde once said, “You can never be overdressed or overeducated”. This saying always stuck with me because I was constantly self-conscious that my outfits were way fancier than the rest of my classmates’ ensembles. As the only girl wearing platforms to school in ninth grade, I would repeat this quote to myself whenever I was having fashion doubts. While Oscar Wilde’s prideful advice gave me confidence in my high school days, I now recognize that dressing correctly for an occasion is an important skill. When it comes to casual evenings out on the town, it can be hard to straddle the line between appropriately stylish and overly showy. This Fashionista perfectly mixes casual and dressy items for a perfectly styled, casual date night look.

This Fashionista’s outfit is the perfect balance between fancy and informal. She wears a long sleeved, black shirt with a fitted black skirt. The combination of black on black is always classy and dresses up any look. However, the jersey knit fabric of her top makes the look more casual. The interesting tiering on her skirt also keeps her outfit from being too plain.

While this Fashionista’s clothing items are a great blend of dressy and casual, her shoes are an even more perfect combination of fancy and informal. Sneakers and heels are on opposite ends of the fancy spectrum. What is more perfect way to straddle the middle of this spectrum than to combine the dressy and the casual. Her Nike wedges are trendy, cool and comfortable. They are not as sloppy as running shoes, but not as formal as heels. This Fashionista maintains her commitment to style, while staying comfortable enough to mesh with a casually dressed crowd.

One Simple Change: This outfit is perfect for a casual date night, but with a few simple tweaks, a similar look would be great for a dressier occasion. For a fancy date night, I would pair a similar black skirt with a sexy tank and heels. Add an awesome necklace and a purse for a posh nighttime outfit.

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