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In my eyes, a meal out presents the ideal opportunity to unearth those dressier items from the back of my wardrobe. A dinner date is just the excuse I need to try on everything I own and come up with some of my best looks.
And I’m not the only one who enjoys this novelty. Just last week, I noticed people next to me wearing dresses and heels to eat a burger in a pub—and why not? If you want a night away from your tracksuit bottoms or leggings and are ready to turn up the glam for dinner (or breakfast, brunch or lunch!), below I’ve listed 13 outfit ideas that feel fabulous but not too OTT for all your upcoming reservations.
From elegant skirt looks to jeans-and-nice-top combos that are bound to impress, there’s something for everyone (and every setting) here. Many of these examples work particularly well thanks to their featured footwear and accessories, so be sure to consider the finishing touches when you’re styling up your ensembles. Strappy sandals are always a dinner-date winner in our eyes, and you can’t go wrong with an amazing bag.
Like what you hear? Keep scrolling for restaurant-ready outfits to try on your next meal out, whether you’re going to Pizza Express or The Ritz.
Style Notes: Jeans and a nice top will always do the trick. Need further proof? Just take a look at Marianne’s chic ensemble.
The draping on this top is just wow.
Our editors really rate H&M denim. This pair goes up to a size 30.
A great pair of strappy black heels is a wardrobe staple.
Style Notes: A maxi dress feels comfy but looks instantly polished. Add some simple accessories and you’re set!
The perfect dinner dress.
I just can’t get enough of Ganni this season.
Style Notes: A cool-girl styling tip is to wear a cardigan as a top. And we all know a slinky slip skirt will take any outfit into dressy territory.
The continuation of button loops is a cool detail I rarely see.
I’ve tried on this skirt and love the fit.
White or cream boots will make all your outfits feel more polished, even in a downpour.
Style Notes: A blazer and jean look takes all the stress out of getting dressed. Opt for a slightly formal style to elevate your denim.
This colour is just gorgeous.
A jeans style that’ll never date.
Style Notes: There’s something effortlessly stylish about a suit teamed with casual trainers. Add statement earrings and swap in heels if your restaurant of choice is a no-sneaker zone.
Slouchy suiting feels so modern.
Try wearing these with heeled mules and a bodysuit for another evening-ready look.
I’m really into adidas Gazelles this season.
Style Notes: Slipping into a printed midi dress is the quickest way to look totally put-together, especially one in a fluid fabric.
A ready-made outfit.
Such a classic style.
Style Notes: A strappy cami works for most occasions, but the silk-satin variety is ideal for a monochrome dinner look.
Silk is the ultimate evening fabric.
These also come in beige and bright pink.
Style Notes: When all else fails, an amazing mini skirt with a simple white t-shirt is a combo to rely on. Add statement heels for a bit of glamour.
Go up a size for the cool, oversized look.
Pick a mini with an added something extra like a ruffled hem.
These will work hard for you on nights out.
Style Notes: A trending detail like cut-outs can take any outfit up a notch. Pair your statement top with jeans for an effortless result.
Team this with matching lipstick.
Reformation’s denim collection is seriously impressive.
Style Notes: Long sleeves and ankle-grazing hemlines are often essential for evening looks when the chill sets in. Keep them classic, chic and tonal for the win.
Opt for a long-sleeve tee if there’s a chance you’ll have to queue outside or travel to your restaurant of choice!
Add boots for autumn.
Style Notes: This is a round-the-clock look that will never fail you. Let leather trousers take your basic tank tops to new levels of cool.
A ribbed tank top is a year-round staple.
You’ll reach for these repeatedly as we transition into autumn.
Style Notes: Stripes are an antidote to those evenings when you don’t know what to wear. Opt for a classic colourway and trousers in a complementary hue.
You’ll restyle this for all occasions.
This bag has become a modern classic.
Style Notes: Put your trusty jeans away for a night in favour of a sultry strapless dress. No need to even think too hard about the rest of your outfit—this will be the centre of attention.
Add a blazer for the cooler months.
You can also pick these up in beige.
This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.