WHAT TO WEAR: Casual Date Night

What to Wear

So, you’re getting dressed for date night at one of your favorite casual diners and you’ve encountered a tricky barrier: it’s a date, but in a super laid-back setting. How is the perfect fancy-casual balance achieved? It’s all in the perfect mix, so opt for a more casual ensemble that still reflects the occasion, possibly doing so with a girly dress or a bold red lip.

This Fashionista’s approach is a great example, as it effortlessly encompasses a variety of styles from feminine to classic to grunge with each piece. Some of the most current and lasting trends have been those popularized by the king and queen of Seattle grunge, Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain. Generally the “grunge” style incorporates baggy, comfortable garb-like jeans, flannels and loose dresses; these came to the forefront with Kurt Cobain’s use of flannels and Courtney Love’s slip dresses. This ensemble is a great reflection of today’s interpretations of their classic grunge looks.

Possibly my favorite piece is this Fashionista’s feminine slip-like dress, much like this one from ASOS. I love these for their dainty and girly qualities that just beg to be mixed with edgier styles. Incorporating a beloved mix of patterns, she opted to layer the floral dress with a loose red flannel. Her chelsea boots with the perfect exposed sock are extremely versatile and are one of my favorite ways to integrate a classic and refined quality into any look. Topshop has a knack for always having an amazing assortment of on-trend shoe styles, so try their Affanita Chelsea Boot for a similar look. She accessorizes with timeless black Ray-Ban wayfarers, which you can find on the Ray-Ban website.

So whether you’re going shopping, attending a free show on campus or dressing for a Casual Date Night, this look is the perfect inspiration. Sporting a refined and modern take on everyone’s grunge favorites, this Fashionista is a great lesson in taking on-trend styles from the past and present and making them your own.

One Simple Change: If you’re in a colder area, try a pair of black tights and maybe swap the flannel for your favorite coat, or layer it with a leather jacket for a warmer version of her look.

Check out the eBay collection I put together inspired by this Fashionista!


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