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Wednesday, June 6th 2012

Ask Shopbop: First Date Fashion

I’m going on a first date and have no idea what to wear! I want to look fashionable, but not like I’m trying too hard. Do you have any suggestions?

First date looks are always challenging, but so much fun!  A blend of comfortable and flirty is key, and most of all, you have to be yourself.   

If your first date involves one of summer’s many outdoor concerts, anchor your look with great pair of jeans. Low-rise skinny jeans with a strong cuff give off a rock-and-roll sensibility. Pair them with an easy T by Alexander Wang tee and a cool leather jacket. For shoes, be sure to pick a thicker heel if you’ll be walking in grass, and finish with a casual cross-body bag

A classic dinner date is a terrific opportunity to go for that summer sundress. Experiment with pastels, florals, chambray stripes—whatever feels best. Tone down the sweetness and inject an element of personality with some edgy jewelry and for shoes, go with something sexy and tall, like B Brian Atwood pumps.  Finish the look with loose, easy hair. An overdone ’do will take this look into no-man’s land, literally.

If your first date is a daytime outing at the local farmers market, take the opportunity to show a little leg. Rag & Bone/JEAN cutoff shorts are my favorite. Try them in bold red or stick to classic blue. Toss on a well-loved sweatshirt (for extra credit cut the neck wider for a casual-sexy off-shoulder look) and some Superga sneakers or colorful Matt Bernson sandals.  Finish with your hair tucked up into a summery derby hat.

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