What to Wear on a Date When It's 200 Degrees Outside

By Liza Corsillo

A His and Hers Guide to Summer Dating Style

What you wear to meet up with potential romantic partners sends a message about who you are and what you want (it’s kind of like a job interview). So, what happens when you add Danté-esque levels of heat and humidity to the equation? The short answer: you sweat, especially if you’re meeting up outdoors. But that’s not all, discomfort in your clothes can be an obstacle to embodying your best self and can make you come off as distracted—definitely not a good first-date look. So, to help you find clothes that will keep you from complaining about the weather while you should be flirting mercilessly, we put together three sets of outfits (for gals and guys) for three different summer dates scenarios. Just remember, it doesn’t matter how good you look in your clothes, if you don’t feel good in them.

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You’ve been sitting in AC all day and now it’s time to wake up your office clothes for a few happy hour cocktails. You don’t have to change your whole look, but you should take the location into consideration. If you’ll be imbibing outside you’ll want to leave the blazer or jacket behind.

For him:

Before heading into work make sure you have an alternative to your 9-to-5 suit. Swap your white oxford shirt for a dressed up pique tee, your leather dress shoes for airy perforated sneakers (socks too please), and your year-round dress pants for a pair that are made from a summer-friendly fabric like cotton or linen. Now put on your coolest shades and don’t forget to reapply deodorant.

GET THE LOOK: Cotton Sateen Tuxedo, Striped Crew Neck Tee, Black Browline Sunglasses, Perforated Low Top Sneakers

 For her:

When humidity is at its peak, showing a little skin is a matter of necessity. Do it in style with a clavicle-baring statement blouse and textured skirt that adds a pop of color. Balance all that leg with a flat pair of slip-on loafers in boss lady cheetah print. Before leaving the office give yourself a once over, a swipe of lip color, and a quick spritz of something fragrant.

GET THE LOOK: High Waisted Textured Mini Skirt, Off The Shoulder Cut-Out BodysuitPrivé Revaux The Bruce Sunglasses, Cheetah Print Slide Loafers

 

evening-picnic

Dining outdoors is the recipe for a great date. You’ve got nature, flattering light, finger food, and—if you’re really lucky—a cool evening breeze. But even without the airflow, your picnic hang stands a good chance of success. Go for clothes in which you’ll feel comfortable sitting on the ground and shoes you can easily kick off—plus an ample supply of bug spray.

For him:

If you think there’s a chance you’ll go barefoot on the picnic blanket you should prepare your feet with a scrub and a nail trim. And when it comes to clothes you’ll want to encourage airflow in a breezy short sleeve button down and perfect-length tailored shorts. Take this simple ensemble up a summery notch with a handsome braided bracelet.

GET THE LOOK: Flat Front Stretch Shorts, Striped Button-Down Short Sleeve Shirt, Braided Leather Bracelet, Wave Print Slip-On Sneakers

For her:

Impersonate mother nature in a sweet floral wrap dress and barely-there nude suede sandals. Next, carry your park essentials—bug spray, water bottle etc—in a color-matching straw tote. Lastly, don’t forget a nice-looking hair tie to keep sweaty hair off your neck.

GET THE LOOK: Floral Print Ruffle Dress, Floral Ponytail HoldersShiraleah Natural ToteBuckle Strap Micro Heel Sandals

weekend-day-trip

Whether it’s tacos on the beach or a weekend in the country, your fun-in-the-sun date can be easily ruined by dehydration or the wrong pair of shoes. Protect yourself from heat, UV rays, and blisters with light layers, a shady hat, and comfortable kicks. Bonus points for working a swimsuit into your outfit.  

For him:

If you’re exerting yourself, you’re going to get sweaty. So build in a way to cool yourself off with moisture wicking materials or a bathing suit that doubles as tech shorts. Keep blisters and shoe squeak at bay with a pair of no show socks and lightweight canvas kicks. But don’t forget, it’s still a date and you want to look like you made an effort. Inject some handsome man vibes with a can’t-fail henley tee and a laid-back solid baseball cap.

GET THE LOOK: Washed Canvas Baseball Hat, Short Sleeve Henley, Casual Sneakers, Contrast Piped Board Shorts

For her:

When it’s too hot for yoga pants, and you need something a bit more style forward, go for high-waisted shorts you can move in. Layer in a multi-tasking black one piece bathing suit and an overshirt that breathes and protects skin from the hot sun. Finish it off with simple white sneakers and no show socks to keep your feet happy all day long.  

GET THE LOOK: Drawstring Cargo Shorts, Seersucker Print Portofino Shirt, Ribbed One-Piece Swimsuit, Superga Cotu Classic Sneakers, Tube Hoop Earrings