WhaT tO wEar For A DAte

The style team reveal their outfits and top tips

FLORA MACDONALD JOHNSTON,
FASHION & CONTENT DIRECTOR


Date dressing is a balancing act. Aesthetically, you of course want to look good, but that in part is dictated by feeling good. So the ultimate rule is this: be brave, push outside of your usual sartorial comfort zone, and show some of your best assets – but not too much. Nothing is more unattractive than constantly pulling down a skirt you feel is that inch too short, or manoeuvring a top you believe that inch too tight.

Now, to my date night look. I always start with my jacket and work my way from there. A good jacket is key and needs to make a statement on arrival as you stride towards your potential significant other – first impressions are everything after all. Rowen Rose’s vegan leather jacket is therefore ideal, I love its 80s power shoulders, plus its bomber shape keeps it from looking too try-hard. Beneath? It has to be our new Christopher Esber top with crystal detailing. Showing a little skin is encouraged on a date and the bling will sparkle in candlelight. I would pair the top with high-waisted jeans or wide-leg trousers to play with proportion.

Trousers, for me, always look chicest when there’s a peeping toe of colour beneath, so these Coperni platform heels are ideal, and, whilst they might make you look tall, or perhaps taller than your counterpart, you can just remind yourself that ‘short king summer’ was a trend, and you’re just keeping that going.

FLORA MACDONALD JOHNSTON, FASHION & CONTENT DIRECTOR

Date dressing is a balancing act. Aesthetically, you of course want to look good, but that in part is dictated by feeling good. So the ultimate rule is this: be brave, push outside of your usual sartorial comfort zone, and show some of your best assets – but not too much. Nothing is more unattractive than constantly pulling down a skirt you feel is that inch too short, or manoeuvring a top you believe that inch too tight.

Now, to my date night look. I always start with my jacket and work my way from there. A good jacket is key and needs to make a statement on arrival as you stride towards your potential significant other – first impressions are everything after all. Rowen Rose’s vegan leather jacket is therefore ideal, I love its 80s power shoulders, plus its bomber shape keeps it from looking too try-hard. Beneath? It has to be our new Christopher Esber top with crystal detailing. Showing a little skin is encouraged on a date and the bling will sparkle in candlelight. I would pair the top with high-waisted jeans or wide-leg trousers to play with proportion.

Trousers, for me, always look chicest when there’s a peeping toe of colour beneath, so these Coperni platform heels are ideal, and, whilst they might make you look tall, or perhaps taller than your counterpart, you can just remind yourself that ‘short king summer’ was a trend, and you’re just keeping that going.


ROWEN ROSE

Eco-Leather Oversize Bomber
£945 


CHRISTOPHER ESBER
Crystal Lattice Top
£490 


LAUREN RUBINSKI
14k Gold Diamond Ring
£1,780 


COPERNI

Stripped Platform Heels
£435 


ROWEN ROSE

Eco-Leather Oversize Bomber
£945 


CHRISTOPHER ESBER
Crystal Lattice Top
£490 


COPERNI
Stripped Platform Heels
£435




LAUREN RUBINSKI
14k Gold Diamond Ring
£1,780 

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HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.

FLORA MACDONALD JOHNSTON,
FASHION & CONTENT DIRECTOR


Date dressing is a balancing act. Aesthetically, you of course want to look good, but that in part is dictated by feeling good. So the ultimate rule is this: be brave, push outside of your usual sartorial comfort zone, and show some of your best assets – but not too much. Nothing is more unattractive than constantly pulling down a skirt you feel is that inch too short, or manoeuvring a top you believe that inch too tight.

Now, to my date night look. I always start with my jacket and work my way from there. A good jacket is key and needs to make a statement on arrival as you stride towards your potential significant other – first impressions are everything after all. Rowen Rose’s vegan leather jacket is therefore ideal, I love its 80s power shoulders, plus its bomber shape keeps it from looking too try-hard. Beneath? It has to be our new Christopher Esber top with crystal detailing. Showing a little skin is encouraged on a date and the bling will sparkle in candlelight. I would pair the top with high-waisted jeans or wide-leg trousers to play with proportion.

Trousers, for me, always look chicest when there’s a peeping toe of colour beneath, so these Coperni platform heels are ideal, and, whilst they might make you look tall, or perhaps taller than your counterpart, you can just remind yourself that ‘short king summer’ was a trend, and you’re just keeping that going.

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425

FLOSSIE STRICKLAND, FASHION & PR ASSISTANT

My heart has grown incredibly cold, so I’ll be wrapping up extra warm for my hot date. I don’t really allow much time for them (men or dates), but if by some miraculous chance I have a spare hour in my schedule and a Hinge match that’s more desirable than supper at home with my parents pops up, I will occasionally make the trip out of Zone 3.

If, like me, the thought of choosing a look especially for a date – or the person you’re going on a date with – gives you the chills, then I suggest these wool-blend high-waisted flared trousers for cosy yet cool comfort. Paired with this showstopper of a coat, they’ll literally do all the talking (so you don’t have to). I always add a healthy amount of accessorising in case conversation really does take a turn for the worst and you’re armed with the possibility of being able to feign interest in the significance of your own – and potentially each other’s – rings. Bea Bongiasca’s latest update of her classic vine tendril ring will surely beat your date’s selection, though (not to make it into a competition or anything). Finally, keeping your phone hands-free but within eyeshot is a must when wanting to surreptitiously check the time or plot your escape plan. Elaow’s metallic iPhone case with detachable strap strikes the perfect balance between a fashion statement and practical dating aid.


ROWEN ROSE
Tweed Oversize Trench Coat
£1,930


ROWEN ROSE
Checked High-Waisted Trousers
£880


BEA BONGIASCA
Double B Vine Ring
£755 


ELAOWI
phone 13/13pro Cover
£195 


ROWEN ROSE
Tweed Oversize Trench Coat
£1,930


ROWEN ROSE
Checked High-Waisted Trousers
£880


BEA BONGIASCA
Double B Vine Ring
£755 


ELAOWI
phone 13/13pro Cover
£195 

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425


ROWEN ROSE
Tweed Oversize Trench Coat
£1,930


ROWEN ROSE
Checked High-Waisted Trousers
£880


BEA BONGIASCA
Double B Vine Ring
£755 


ELAOWI
phone 13/13pro Cover
£195 

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425


ROWEN ROSE
Tweed Oversize Trench Coat
£1,930


ROWEN ROSE
Checked High-Waisted Trousers
£880


BEA BONGIASCA
Double B Vine Ring
£755 


ELAOWI
phone 13/13pro Cover
£195 

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


ROWEN ROSE
Tweed Oversize Trench Coat
£1,930


ROWEN ROSE
Checked High-Waisted Trousers
£880


BEA BONGIASCA
Double B Vine Ring
£755 


ELAOWI
phone 13/13pro Cover
£195 

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425


ROWEN ROSE
Tweed Oversize Trench Coat
£1,930


ROWEN ROSE
Checked High-Waisted Trousers
£880


BEA BONGIASCA
Double B Vine Ring
£755 


ELAOWI
phone 13/13pro Cover
£195 

HEATHER GWYTHER, CONTENT EDITOR

I hate dates. They’re like sexy job interviews for a job that may well be a lot more trouble than it’s worth. Still, so much of life is about doing things you hate for potential gain. Some may even say that every awkward and ridiculous date under your belt is a token for true love – or at least several anecdotes.

What I’m trying to say is that – no matter how unpleasant they may be – we all have to go on a date at some point. Like any other event that happens in public, this requires an outfit. As there’s no pleasing everyone anyway, I tend to go for something that says “I don’t care and yet somehow all my clothes are tight and I forgot to put on a bra.” The nonchalance is achieved tonally, with darker colours being a great way to feign being mysterious and intimidating. Shoe-wise, I’d never go higher than a kitten heel – there’s too much room for a horrific accident otherwise.


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425


ROWEN ROSE
Tweed Oversize Trench Coat
£1,930


ROWEN ROSE
Checked High-Waisted Trousers
£880


BEA BONGIASCA
Double B Vine Ring
£755 


ELAOWI
phone 13/13pro Cover
£195 

COPERNI MICRO BAGUETTE SWIPE BAG

Whilst cult label Coperni has created the ‘it’ trousers of the season (our denim flares have already sold out here at KOIBIRD), they’ve also created one of the ‘it’ bags. Their new baguette bags come in patent leather and autumnal shades of red wine and black. For me, a good weekend handbag must be small enough to carry with ease but roomy enough for keys, cards and your current book.


ROWEN ROSE

Eco-Leather Oversize Bomber
£945 


CHRISTOPHER ESBER
Crystal Lattice Top
£490 


LAUREN RUBINSKI
14k Gold Diamond Ring
£1,780 


COPERNI

Stripped Platform Heels
£435 


POSTER GIRL
Maia Top
£70 


COPERNI
Hybrid Flared Trousers
£635


BENEDETTA BRUZZICHES
Vitty La Grande Crystal Striped Bag
£920


SEBASTIAN MILANO
Satin Sparkle Heels
£425

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