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Great Date Outfits

Headed out for a romantic night on the town? Here are 15 pieces that you can mix and match to make 10 knock-out outfits. Ladies, get ready to turn heads.

Date Wear Must-Haves:

1. An arty top. Modcloth Es-cape Artist Top, $47.99. 2. A colorful pencil skirt. Tracy Reese Gainsborough pencil skirt, $148. 3. Silver Statement rings. Metropark pyramid stud ring, $9; Ippolita hammered dome ring, $225. 4.  Bad-girl bracelet. C. Viviani studded cuff, available at New York’s the Future Perfect. Call the store at 212-473-2500 to have them ship it to you. 5. The classic striped tee. DAY Birger et Mikkelsen layer t-shirt, $89. 6.  A flirty denim skirt. Modcloth Dry Your Tiers skirt, $42.99. 7.  Funky black clutch. Wendy Nichol Midnight Rider clutch, $550. 8.  Stand-out winter shoes.Deena & Ozzie suede zip bootie, $78. 9.  Sweet plaid shirt. Modcloth Green Acres Top in Eva, $49.99. 10.  Deep-V dress blouse. Alice + Olivia Amy pleated shoulder top, $242. 11.  Sexy gladiator heels. Arden B. cutout sandal, $33.60. 12. Opaque tightsA.P.C navy stockings, $56. 13.  Architectural hoops. Roberto di Castro triple eclipse earrings, $450. 14.  Sleek black pants. ACNE Needle high-waisted skinny jeans, $230. 15.  An atypical cover-all. Helmut Lang wool-blend draped cardigan, $380.

>> Go to the next page to see how we mixed-and-matched these date-night staples to create ten knock-out outfits!

Quirky Karaoke Diva

What: 2+11+7+5
Where: Singing your heart out at Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar
Why: If your voice doesn’t turn heads, your outfit sure will.  

New Additions: Kenneth Jay Lane black onyx graduated square necklace, $88.

Gliding With Ease

What: 14+5+15+8+13
Where: Skating at the National Sculpture garden
Why: Body-conscious layers help you stay cute while keeping warm. 

New Additions: Preston & York slouchy knit beret, $12.

Pretty in Punk

What: 9+11+7+14+4
Where: To a freestyle session at Busboys & Poets
Why: The black & green combo says beatnik, while sexy black gladiators and stud jewelry add urban edge. 

Ready to Groove

What: 11+1+3+14
Where: Chilling out in 18th Street Lounge
Why: Funky earrings help interesting shapes stand out in a trend-conscious crowd.  

New Additions: Ron Herman Campise feather earrings, $75.

All for grins

What: 8+12+6+15+9
Where: Laughing it up at DC Improv
Why: This sweetly quirky combo proves you’ve got a sense of humor.  

New Additions: Billy Kirk shoulder satchel, $270.

Dressed-Up Darling

What: 7+10+3+2+11
Where: Anniversary dinner at 2941. 
Why: This outfit’s artistic leaning is grown-up without being stuffy. 

Too Cool for (Art) School

What: 8+3+1
Where: Mingling at Hirshorn After Hours
Why: Your art-scene squeeze will dig the creative combination.  

New Addition: Torn by Ronny Kono Astrid tube miniskirt, $106.

Sophisticated Seductress

What: 13+2+7+11
Where: Clubbing at the Park at 14th
Why: Because the dress code demands sex appeal, but you're always a lady. 

New Additions: Charlotte Russe ruffle tube top, $22.99. 

Denim and Red

What: 10+6+8+13
Where: Catching a show at the Birchmere
Why: Because nothing says country like red, white & blue. 


Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.