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What Should I Wear on a Brunch Date?

by Jennifer Blair, studioD

Dressing for a date at a ritzy restaurant or fancy party can be nerve-racking -- the pressure is on to come up with something sexy and glamorous in that kind of setting. For a brunch date, though, you get a little more leeway since you're meeting during the day at more casual venue. But that doesn't mean you still can't look flirty and polished for your rendezvous. Just opt for low-key pieces that are high on style and you'll be set.

Dress It Up

A dress is always an ideal option for a date, but when you’re getting together for brunch, skip the sexy little black cocktail dress and go for a more casual style. A maxi dress is a good option year round -- you can wear a tank style with wedges when the weather’s warm, and layer a cardigan or blazer over it with boots when the temperatures drop. For the summer, a sundress in a floral print or bright color and sandals can work well for your brunch date. In fall and winter, try a belted shirtdress or sweater dress with tights and knee-high boots for a chic date look.

Skirt the Issue

A skirt can work just as well as a dress for a date, and it allows you to personalize your look by changing up your top. For brunch, though, avoid super tight or short miniskirts. Instead, choose a skirt that hits just above or at the knees to keep the look casual and daytime-appropriate. A denim pencil skirt is an ideal option -- you can pair it with eyelet tank top and wedges for summer or a V-neck sweater and boots in the fall. In cooler weather, a corduroy skirt can also work well for your brunch date. Try a swingy skirt in a feminine pattern like polka dots or flowers -- pair it with a simple T-shirt and ballet flats for a stylish, low-key brunch outfit.

The Long and Short of It

You may think of shorts as something you throw on over your bathing suit at the beach, but the right pair can be an attractive option for a brunch date. Choose shorts with feminine details like a scalloped hem or in a soft color like blush, peach or lilac. Pair them with a short-sleeve, button-down blouse and wedges to look polished for your brunch date. If you want a little more coverage for your legs, walking or Bermuda style shorts are an ideal choice. Wear them with a fitted tank top and a vest, and add a bold statement necklace or chandelier earrings to make the outfit pop.

Get a Leg Up

If you’re headed to a casual restaurant for brunch, there’s no reason that you can’t wear jeans. Just choose a pair in a dark wash so they have a dressed-up look. You can pair them with a T-shirt or tank and a fitted blazer to make them feel a little more special for your date. If you prefer skinny jeans, wear a belted boyfriend sweater and knee-high boots for a comfortable, casual look. Classic trousers can also work for your brunch date, but skip the usual button-down blouse that you’d pair with them for the office. Instead, opt for a comfortable V-neck sweater or a romantic peasant top to give the trousers a softer look. Wear them with boots, pumps or ballet flats and a bold earrings to finish off your outfit.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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