We Picked Out 4 Foolproof Summer Evening Dinner Looks, So You Don't Have To
Getting dressed for a dinner out may seem simple, but often the 'fit you choose will totally depend on the type of plans you have. There are countless factors to consider, like who you're eating with, if you'll be outside or inside, and whether the restaurant is laid-back or more upscale. But once you figure out exactly what kind of look the evening demands, a fun dinner can be a great opportunity to show off your fashion prowess.
Luckily, we have you covered. We imagined four different dinner scenarios that you might encounter this summer — a casual dinner with friends, a group birthday party, a date, and an outdoor dinner. Keep scrolling to check out our outfit ideas for each occasion.
Casual Dinner With Friends
For a foolproof group dinner outfit, stick to the basics — jeans and a tank. From this comfy-cute formula, you can create tons of different looks. We paired Agolde 90's Mid Rise Jeans ($188) with a ribbed sweater tank ($47) from Banana Republic. Wear a pair of kitten heel flip-flops, like this Steve Madden option ($83), to add a trendy twist to the basic outfit, and finish the look with a patterned shoulder bag. We went with the Princess Polly Highland Bag ($40).
After a year of Zoom parties, we don't blame you for wanting to make a splash at your first in-person birthday dinner with friends. This summer is all about taking risks with fashion. With its ultramini length and bright floral print, the With Jéan Andy Dress ($279) is a guaranteed head turner. We suggest styling it with a pair of black or white cowboy boots, like these ($348) from Frye. Twist your hair up into a claw clip, put on some chunky gold hoops, and you're ready to go.
It's date night and you're laboring over an outfit that strikes the perfect balance between runway ready and effortless. Whether it's your first night out with a dating-app match or a weekly dinner with your longtime partner, you can't go wrong with a silky, midi-length slip like the Banana Republic Square-Neck Slip Dress ($129). Since the dress is so simple, you can have fun with the accessories. Consider a mule with a funky heel, like these ($279) by Cult Gaia, and the daffodil-yellow Boden Christina Crochet Clutch ($85).
Since it can get chilly at night, opt for something with sleeves, like the LA Made Audrey Off Shoulder Pullover ($110). Tuck the front of your sweater into a pair of relaxed white trousers — Banana Republic has a great sustainable linen option ($99). If you're dining by the beach or pool, you'll likely want to prioritize practicality with your footwear choice. The metallic silver Arizona Birkenstocks ($135) would nicely complement the light lilac of the sweater.