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    34 Pieces Of Clothing You'll Want To Wear To A Fancy Dinner Date

    When you want to wear an outfit that says, "I *am* the wine pairing".

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women's.

    1. A knit cutout dress that is. the. best. thing you'll purchase ahead of warm weather seasons. Dare I say, I'll... actually want to make plans going forward? Just for an excuse to wear the below?

    reviewer wearing the tan colored dress

    2. A supportive underwire bodysuit capable of making the word ~swanky~ come immediately to mind. Essentially, an addition like this to your wardrobe has the same energy as popping champagne or munching on caviar.

    3. A Bardot bodysuit for souls who have *shudders at the thought* actually gone ahead and purchased denim of the low-rise variety. This will remain blissfully tucked in with every bend and snap.

    model wearing the off shoulder top

    4. A sleeved bodycon featuring drawstring ruching on each side, meaning that the length of this dress is — gird your loins — completely adjustable. Attempt to contain your excitement until you reach the end of this post, please.

    reviewer wearing the black sleeved dress

    5. A spaghetti-strap midi I encourage you to purchase *now* because raise your hand if you've had a dressy dinner for which you've spent a Saturday morning desperately searching every mall store for something to wear. Save yourself the headache and heartache and get this in advance.

    6. A cap-sleeve bodysuit I fully intend on purchasing to wear with high-waisted denim and booties. Yes, this is lingerie. Yes, this also functions as the perfect going-out top.

    model wearing the cap sleeve bodysuit

    7. An off-shoulder blouse featuring a wrap waist and voluminous sleeves for THE party top of your dreams. You can't argue with science.

    8. A cowl mini dress perfectly content with any season. Simply drape it over a turtleneck, tights, and boots on frigid days; wear it as is with your favorite sandals (and perhaps a pedicure) during the warmer months.

    model wearing the dress

    9. A ruched lantern-sleeve top that has "fancy dinner during a tropical vacation" written all over it. All that's missing is salty hair, rosy cheeks, and perhaps a straw crossbody that is somewhat impractical but looks très trendy.

    10. A tulle ruffle-shoulder bodysuit I'm going to listen to "Material Girl" by Madonna on a loop in. This is fancy-schmancy on a ramen budget; just the way I like/sort of need it.

    A reviewer in the black sleeveless bodysuit with sheer tulle puff shoulders

    11. A swanky spaghetti strap cami likely the muse behind Rihanna crooning ~where have you been all my life~. If you've thrown your entire wardrobe onto the ground in pursuit of a decent top, this bb is here to save the day because at long last — a perfectly versatile dressy top is now yours.

    12. A cutout midi dress available in a slew of hues of which, unfortunately, you won't be able to choose just one. The choice between lime green and black will feel all but agonizing, so take my advice: simply buy 'em all.

    model wearing the dress

    13. A strapless bustier to zhuzh up the pair of high-waisted jeans you wear *checks Instagram grid* pretty much every single time your boot passes the threshold of your front door.

    14. A bodycon pencil dress that looks so. damn. chic. And while the importance of owning the perfect LBD is no secret, it's likely you've had the same one for...decades (#guilty). I believe it's time we both level up.

    reviewer wearing the black midi dress

    15. A twist front midi featuring a simple, clean design that cinches at the waist *and* comes in a stretchy, slinky material that doesn't feel suffocating.

    16. Split hem pants if you'd like to give your beloved faded baby blues a break this Saturday night. Replace 'em with this hunk of faux leather instead for a barrage of compliments that'll have you exclaiming "...and I got them on sale."

    model wearing the black pants

    17. A satin bodysuit so stunning that I almost feel the urge to...dress up? And give my leggings a break? I'm sure the moment is fleeting but for now, that's enough for me to hit the "add to cart" button.

    18. A turtleneck sweater dress for a look that screams "I tried" but requires merely 10 seconds of effort. Throw this on, reach for a leather crossbody and heeled boots, et voilà.

    reviewer wearing the white dress with over the knee boots

    19. A lovely tie-waist jumpsuit that downright deserves a Michelin meal. This includes the wine pairing option which is expensive but honestly life is short, am I right? 

    reviewer wearing the blue jumpsuit
    reviewer wearing the black jumpsuit

    Promising review: "Beautiful!! Amazing quality, looks expensive, but great price. I got so many compliments on it. I wore it to a wedding. It was comfortable, beautiful, and fit really well. I’d say if in between sizes, size down. It was a little loose on me so could’ve gotten a smaller size, but it looked great!" —Mel*8

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 15 colors). 

    20. A corset dress that will *cue Smash Mouth* solidify itself as an all-star staple in your wardrobe for the next, oh, century. A splurge upfront but trust little old moi, you'll wear it constantly.

    model wearing the red jacket

    21. An open-front blazer you can consider step one in building out a versatile dinner date wardrobe. It's the crème de la crème of closet staples due to its witchy ability to make any ensemble (from band tees to ripped denim) look put together in an instant.

    22. A feather mini dress I am currently drooling over. Do I like clubs after fancy dinners? No. Do I want to go to a club and have vodka soda spilled all over my bare toes clad in open-toe sandals? God no. But will I do it for an excuse to wear this? You know it.

    model wearing the black dress

    23. A high-waisted satin mini complete with a subtle slit I am absolutely going to wear with a tied-front band tee (à la the reviewer below).

    24. A high-waisted faux leather wrap skirt for a wardrobe staple that's great for fancy dinners, team meetings, and pretty much everything else in between. Now repeat after me: chic. Just add a basic top and you're good to jet.

    reviewer wearing the skirt

    25. A long-sleeved off-shoulder top with so many 'fit possibilities that my head is spinning. Rest assured that regardless of if you wear this with jeans or a bodycon skirt, this loose-fitting bébé is comfy, comfy, comfy, and did we mention, comfy?

    26. A cutout top and high-slit skirt finer than any vino you'll be consuming during that multi-course dinner. This outfit *is* the bread and butter, okay!?

    model wearing the blue set

    27. A backless bodysuit that is the fashion equivalent of a mullet: simple in the front, extra drool-worthy in the back. Let's get a round of applause for clothing in which the pièce de résistance lies within fun straps that call for a photo op.

    28. A draped wrap skirt you'll find yourself gravitating toward for any occasion. It all lies in the power of shoe choice: Pair this with heels for tasting course dinners or with sneakers for that ~aesthetic~ coffee shop you found on Instagram.

    reviewer wearing the green skirt

    29. A mini dress designed with balloon sleeves, a flared skirt, and *drumroll please* a gorgeous open back that allows for a custom-tailored fit.

    30. A V-neck mini that is fairly no-frills, no fuss, but still extremely freakin' lovely. Take inspo from the model below and add simple hoops and a quick updo for a look best described as *chefs kiss*.

    model wearing the leopard dress

    31. A zippered cardigan and miniskirt to take away the monstrous headache that is having to match a top and a bottom before a Friday night out, a dinner in which you would have canceled in a perfect world but...alas, you don't have the heart.

    reviewer wearing the mauve skirt and sleeved top

    32. An off-shoulder Bardot mini because no, you do not want to go out tonight, but yes, you did make these plans last week and you simply can't cancel again. Presenting at least one less headache: this dress. It goes with every shoe and accessory, plus the material is comfortable and doesn't feel restrictive (despite the fact that it's a bodycon).

    reviewer wearing the black off-shoulder dress

    33. A puff-sleeve blouse I recommend buying as a birthday gift from yourself, to yourself — even if your birthday isn't for another nine months, there is no time like the ~present~.

    34. High-waisted leggings sure to make you feel trendier than thou strutting to your usual dinner spot. Pair these with any simple top to make it look as if you didn't snooze through your alarm this morning.

    Reviewer wearing faux leather leggings

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