When was the last time you spent hours trying to find the perfect look for date night? We’ve all experienced that nightmare at least once or twice, but style should never be so frustrating. Here are a few tips to avoid the frustration next time you dress up for your sweetie:

Choose a black and white dress…

If you’re tired of wearing the same little black number, add a few black and white dresses to your wardrobe. These options put a twist on the LBD, and they were all over the runways last summer. That said, they’re just as timeless and versatile as the date-night staple. Black and white patterns are universally flattering, and the dresses can be layered for cool autumn evenings. Pair your dress with black knee-high boots and a light jacket or cape for a cute fall look.

…or, go for jeans and a nice blouse

“Think skinny, straight or boot cut jeans.”

Don’t buy into the myth that jeans are too casual for a date. Certain styles are, but not all jeans are created equal. You want a flattering pair – think skinny, straight or boot cut – without any holes, decorative or otherwise. Embellishments like embroidery, however, are a great way to add flair. Pair with a nice blouse and you have a fail-safe outfit.

When choosing footwear, avoid flip flops and sneakers, which are usually too casual for a date. Instead, wear heels or heeled boots to flatter your legs. Throw on a leather jacket for a bit of edge or an A-line trench coat for a classic, feminine look.

 

Don’t forget outerwear

Your choice of coat makes or breaks your outfit, so don’t ruin date night by wearing the same jacket you use to run errands. Go for something sturdy or structured with a silhouette that makes you look like a knockout.

Finish with a handbag

A beautiful evening handbag adds a touch of sophistication to any date night outfit. A sleek clutch is perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans, boots and a blouse. Alternatively, add a chain-strap purse to a beautiful evening gown if your plans include a fancy dinner or a night at the theater.

If you want to change things up, make your bag the focal point instead of your clothes. Choose a purse with a contrasting color or one with eye-catching embellishments. Lace, jewels, glitter and metallics all add visual interest.

With these tips, you’ll never again have to wonder what to wear on a date.