Dressing for Date Night Like a Pro

Cvent senior account manager Liz Owens tells us how she shops for a romantic dinner out. Plus—outfits for other evening occasions.

Liz Owens. Photograph by Jeff Elkins.

Last year, published a list of the best cities to be single in, and Washington was third behind New York and San Francisco. Liz Owens, 29, would agree our area holds a certain allure for the unattached—she’s socially active and a seriously good catch.

Smart? Check. Attractive? Check. Independent? Game for fun? Check, check.

“While many of my friends are busy coupling in the suburbs, I’m fervently charging in the opposite direction,” says Owens, an account manager who shares a swank Cathedral Heights pad with a friend.

For nights out, Owens stocks her wardrobe with looks versatile enough to handle whatever the evening entails—whether a date or a gathering with friends:

Dinner for two: “Skinny jeans and heels, a silk blouse in a neutral color.”

Ice skating and a movie: “An oversize sweater. Gray knit beanie. Both hands are required in case of a fall, so go with a Rebecca Minkoff cross-body bag.”

Society soiree: “Nicholas silk dress, velvet pump, gold envelope clutch.”

Fourteenth Street or Shaw neighborhood bar hop: “My favorite scene of all. Rag & Bone jeans, James Perse T-shirt, House of Harlow ring, a pair of Freebird booties and you’ve bagged yourself a hipster.”

What Liz Is Wearing: Jacket from Topshop, H&M beanie, AG “Farrah” skinny jeans, T-shirt by Leith, purse by Olivia & Joy.

Dressing for Date Night

Outfit pieces for a fashion-forward night out in DC.

1. “Moto” jacket, at Joe Fresh ($69) 2. “Crystal” blouse in rose, at Rag & Bone (Georgetown) ($350) 3. Lace bralette, at American Eagle Outfitters ($25) 4. Illuminating Rectangle Ring, at House of Harlow 1960 ($68) 5. “Glover” pump in pink-multi, at Nine West ($89) 6.“Flavia” acrylic clutch by Edie Parker, at Saks Fifth Avenue ($1,595) 7. Jo Jacquard A-line dress,at BCBG Max Azria ($338) 8. Crop top and pencil skirt, at Erika Schrieber ($190 and $178)