When your husband declares it date night, two thoughts usually spring to mind: “Yes, finally!” and “What on earth am I going to wear?” It’s no secret that, over time, the effort put into your post-nuptial appearance can slip a little, so when date night is approaching, planning a look can feel a little bit daunting – especially when you’ve scoured the mall from end to end without any luck.
Cue: Hollywood’s best-dressed celebrities.
Now, we’re not suggesting you run out and buy a couture gown, but the rich and famous work with some of the world’s most talented stylists and designers, making them the perfect sources of inspiration when it comes to nailing date-night style. Whether your signature style is laid-back luxe or all-out glamazon, these 19 red-carpet looks will serve as sartorial inspiration.
Ditch the dress and opt for a tailored jumpsuit in a statement-making hue instead.
Find the smart/casual balance in a luxe embellished skirt.
If you live in jeans, amp up your denim with barely-there sandals and a dressy top.
For an ultra-feminine look, take a leaf out of Sienna Miller’s book with a floaty minidress and undone hair.
If sexy is your signature, try an over-the-knee boot and LBD pairing that shows a little bit of skin but also leaves enough to the imagination.
Subtle cutouts around your midriff are a great way to be sensual without trying too hard.
If you’re heading somewhere special, opt for a dress with a little added sparkle, as inspired by Margot Robbie.
For a casual dinner, go for a lighter and more earthy tone but keep the silhouette slinky.
Jessica Alba puts “less is more” into practice, sticking to one color all over and playing with peekaboo details.
If you’re the type who doesn’t like to experiment with color, stay within your comfort zone and swap simple black for simple white.
If you’ve got it, flaunt it! J.Law is a master at picking pieces that accentuate her gorgeous curves, and this nude number is the ultimate example.
Want to test the waters when it comes to androgynous dressing? Make like Jennifer Aniston in a tailored playsuit and simple sandals.
A well-tailored smoking suit can be just as sexy as a fitted dress – and Gwyneth Paltrow proves it.
Black and gold is a winning combination when considering a black-tie dress code.
A pencil skirt is not just for a corporate environment. Try the silhouette on a fitted dress and add metallic accessories for an evening out.
Slip dresses are a year-round wardrobe staple for both day and night. Opt for a figure-hugging style in black to make a big impact that doesn’t require doing very much with the rest of your outfit.
Tired of the same old date-night dress? Pair a relaxed suit with sky-high heels and a fitted crop top à la Chrissy Teigen.
If all else fails, opt for your classic little black dress – it works for every type of dress code.