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What to Wear With Jeans on an Evening Date

by Jennifer Blair, studioD

When you're headed out on a date, you want to look your best. But being comfortable is just as important, especially if it's a first date and your nerves are running wild. A great pair of jeans is an ideal blend of comfort and sexiness, anchoring an outfit so you feel confident.The trick is pairing your jeans with pieces that give them a dressed-up feel, so you look like you're ready for romance and not a trip to the mall.

Add Some Bling

For an evening date, jeans should feel a little more special. Pairing them with items that add a bit of shine and sparkle is an easy way to dress them up. You can wear them with a sequin T-shirt or tank or carry a metallic clutch in silver or gold to give them a more glamorous feel. Jewelry also works well -- pair your jeans with some sparkly chandelier or hoop earrings or wear some bangles with flashy rhinestones. A dramatic statement necklace with bright stones can also do the trick.

Show Some Skin

If you pair your jeans with a simple cotton T-shirt or button-down blouse, they may look a little too casual for your date. To up your jeans’ sex appeal, wear them with a statement top. A lace camisole, satin corset style top or silk halter top is an ideal option when you want take your look up a notch for nighttime. But you don’t necessarily have to wear a blouse with a plunging neckline to turn heads on your date. Wear your jeans with an off-the-shoulder top or sweater for a look that’s subtle but flirty.

Button Up

When you’re headed out on a date in the fall or winter, you’ll get a little chilly in just jeans and a tank top. Adding a jacket to your outfit both will keep you warm and give you a more dressed-up look for your rendezvous. A tailored blazer in a dark color like black or charcoal works well with jeans and a sequin top or silky camisole. If you want an edgy look, though, try a motorcycle-style or studded leather jacket. Pair it with a lacy top to create a sexy contrast between the tough leather and feminine shirt.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

When you’re wearing your jeans on an evening date, the right shoes can make all the difference. Forget the tennis shoes, moccasins and even ballet flats -- they’ll give you a casual, low-key look. Instead, choose a pair of heels. You can opt for simple pumps or go for a peep-toe style for a flirty look. High-heel boots are another attractive option. If you’re wearing skinny jeans on your date, try a knee-high pair and tuck in your jeans. Otherwise, ankle booties work well. If you’re not comfortable in thin heels, wear your jeans with a sexy pair of wedges -- they’re often easier and have a dressier feel than flats.

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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