Park Dates Are a Thing—Here's Exactly What to Wear

Maxine Eggenberger
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I'm far from a dating expert. My husband and I have been together a total of 15 years, so I've missed out on the whole Bumble and Tinder thing. That said, when my single friends are getting ready for their dates, they still choose to run their outfits past me, which I always find so flattering.

After a decade spent working in fashion, I've become acutely aware of the small cues your clothing choices can make on your behalf, whether you know it or not. You need to feel comfortable in your clothes, especially on a date. If you don't, you'll hold your body in an entirely different way than how you usually would, which makes it harder for the person you're with to connect with you. Wearing something that isn't you will send off the wrong signals and completely change the tone of your meet-up. Of course, get it right, and you'll feel good and confident in yourself, which can help everything else fall into place.

Recently, with the nicer spell of weather we've been having, my friends have had an increasing number of park-based dates. This, of course, means there's a whole host of decisions to be made. Shoes will need to be practical. As for clothing? It needs to strike the perfect balance between being stylish but not OTT and appropriate for your casual outdoor surroundings without looking as if you've made zero effort. It might sound complex, but it can be done. In fact, I've found eight foolproof ensembles that tick all those boxes.

From a classic jeans-and-nice-top combination to the skirt-and-shoe pairing that always works, here's what to wear to a date in the park.

1. KNITTED CO-ORD + DENIM SKIRT

Shop the look:

Warehouse Cable Stitch Boxy Cardigan (£27)

Warehouse Cable Stitch Knitted Cropped Vest (£15)

Monki Denim Mini Skirt (£18)

2. STRAPPY DRESS + CHUNKY BOOTS

Shop the look:

Faifthfull the Brand Alexia Dress (£189)

Thomas Sabo Hoop Earrings (£79)

Arket Chunky-Sole Leather Boots (£150)

3. FANCY TOP + CLASSIC JEANS

Shop the look:

River Island Off-Shoulder Blouse (£38)

Frame Barrel Jeans (£275)

Vans Old Skool Trainers (£60)

4. SLIP SKIRT + SLOUCHY KNIT

Shop the look:

& Other Stories Cropped Cardigan (£65)

By Far Rachel Bag in Cream (£350)

Olivia Rubin Penelope Skirt (£198)

5. MIDI DRESS + ESPADRILLES

Shop the look:

Reformation Carolena Dress (£255)

Arket Braided Straw Tote (£79)

Castañer Carina 60 Espadrilles (£85)

6. SIMPLE JERSEY + HIGH-WAIST JEANS

Shop the look:

Arket Ribbed Racer Tank (£15)

Oroton Celia Clutch (£180)

Frame Le Jane High-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans (£250)

7. SHORTS SET + CHUNKY TRAINERS

Shop the look:

Marks and Spencer Pure Linen Long Sleeve Shirt (£28)

Marks and Spencer Linen Shorts (£18)

Adidas Torsion TRDC Trainers (£119)

8. TEA DRESS + METALLIC SHOES

Shop the look:

Missoma Gold Double Chain Necklace (£175)

Diane von Furstenberg Kathy Dress (£119)

Jimmy Choo Knotted Sandals (£350)

Next Up: 7 Outfits to Wear to the Pub That Don't Look OTT

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