- Kristin H.
For men: Think about your outfit and think about your date’s outfit, too. She/he will appreciate a date who has an umbrella and a warm coat to share. Bad weather can turn into a great date. It’s all about preparation. People often think that men’s shoes are always more comfortable than women’s shoes. Not true. Be sure to wear a pair of shoes that looks amazing and is also comfortable for a long night out. Multiple layers just make the look better so embrace opportunities to stay warm and look incredible. If you are at a loss, head straight to Esquire Magazine for examples. A shirt, sweater, jacket and coat is both warm and dapper.
For women: Try a maxi skirt with a sexier top. You can wear fleece leggings under a maxi skirt that keep you nice and warm while allowing you to have a lighter weight top on. If you get warm, just take off the leggings in the restroom and toss them in your bag. The next time you search for a new dress or jumpsuit, filter out anything that doesn’t have long or ¾ sleeves. They’ll keep you warmer without having to layer. But, if things are colder, add a leather jacket or blazer over top. Always have great coat to make a smashing impression and keep you warm. Bring an umbrella in your bag and opt for a wool coat. Or keep a puffer and flats or hip sneakers in your car.
For men: Bring something appropriate for a religious service or dinner at a nice restaurant, just in case. A collared shirt and tie with trousers is just fine. Add a sweater or jacket to really pull everything together. For the day to day, plan on chinos or denim with a collared shirt or sweater. Really, this is about staying true to your personal style so you feel like yourself while showing your partner (and his or her family) that you care to put the effort in.
For women: Start by packing a coat that makes you feel stylish and keeps you warm. Think about where you are going. If you’ll be somewhere outdoorsy, your camel colored wool coat may be too dressy for all occasions. Consider packing a layering puffer coat just in case you are recruited for a family football game. Next, be sure to pack something that you’d feel confident in at a nice restaurant or religious ceremony. Depending on your style, this could be a classic sheath dress or a pair of trousers and a blouse or sweater, as an example. For the everyday, I vote for denim and great sweater or long sleeve top that communicates your personal style. If you’d like to kick it up a notch, consider a maxi dress. It’s as comfortable as a pair of pajamas but looks more feminine and polished than a pair of jeans and a top. And bring layering pieces in case you are cold. When you’ve got a great look, you don’t want to steal the joy by layering a borrowed coat over top to hide the joy.
For men: If you normally wear a collared shirt, add a tie or go from denim to nicer pants or add a blazer. Accessories really make the difference, so if you are feeling adventurous, select a tie, handkerchief and/or socks that show your style.
For women: The plus one approach works for you, too. For a less dressy party, elevate your look by adding accessories, heels, lipstick or a leather jacket to an outfit that you could wear to work. If you expect that attendees will be wearing a wide range of outfits, try a jumpsuit and heels. It shows confidence and is a stylish and appropriate choice for most occasions. If cocktail attire is appropriate, go for it. Just remember to wear shoes that allow you to enjoy yourself no matter what the evening brings.
For men: If you can comfortably rock a suit, do it now. If you enjoy having fun with your clothes, this is a great time to try accessories that give a nod to the season as in red socks or a red velour tie. Keep it classy and simple, but a bit festive. Remember to bring an umbrella to escort your date out in the elements and keep you both stylish and dry.
For women: This season’s trends are ideal for this outing. Velvet is everywhere and a bold pair of velvet ankle boots or heels with your dress, jumpsuit or modern pants celebrates the occasion. Alternatively, feel empowered to rock a bold or unexpected sleeve which will keep you warm and fashionable. Remember, your coat is everything. So, wear one that brings out the polished, classy version of you. Wool is just fine with an umbrella, so save the North Face for another day.
For men: Break out a hip jacket or another second layer. Whether you are opting for a field jacket, a blazer or a cardigan, this is your moment to place something stylish over a tee or collared shirt. If this is your baseline, think about adding a tie. Remember that your shoes will determine if your look is polished, sporty or tailored. Take a few minutes to polish your shoes before you head out and you’ll look and feel incredible.
For women: Embrace your inner style nerd and go for that pair of, “I don’t think I can pull those off,” boots you’ve been pining over. Think about what you are trying to communicate to the other people in the room. Are you edgy? Feminine? Quirky? Wear components that make you feel like yourself then integrate an adventure piece (or more) into the mix. Whether it’s a lower cut long sleeve dress or a mini sweater dress with over the knee boots, don’t be afraid to channel your sexy side in this fun environment!