Date night ahead but you and your sweetheart can’t manage to look good together? You’re into chic and sexy, but your date wants to be casual? Here are a few suggestions how to look connected while avoiding making a fool of each other.
Practice good “coupleship” by discussing what kind of occasion you’re dressing for. From business casual or laid-back the choice is yours as long as you both steer in the right direction. For fancy occasions the best thing for a guy to wear is a darker suit jacket, preferably matching pants, and a dress shirt. It is okay to skimp on the dress shirt and spend it on a good suit instead. Men can save money by purchasing suits on sale or from thrift stores, and getting them fitted afterwards. For casual purposes men can simply exchange their dress pants for dark blue, non-ripped jeans, and a V-neck T-shirt.
Women can dress sharp on the cheap by avoiding showing too much skin. Think Michelle Obama or Kate Middleton. Both fashion icons stay classy by covering up. For a polished appearance it is recommended that women wear knee length skirts or pants, a matching jacket and most importantly: good shoes (preferable leather) to go with your outfit. Elegant heels dress up any lady paired with some casual skinny jeans or fancy dress suit. Splurge on some nice shoes, and save your money by getting that cute dress or pant suit from Target, or shop at one of those “nicer” consignment stores such as Goodbyes in Laurel Heights.
To truly be a “rockstar couple” (think Brangelina or whoever Jlo happens to be flaunting this week) make sure you’re walking on the same color palette. You know it’s true love when both of you can agree on similar hues. Decide on three main colors such as blue, black and brown, and gather in front of a mirror to make a final decision which shirt or jacket to exchange for another. You won’t break the bank by getting a T-shirt from H&M, and pair it with a nice jacket from Nordstrom Rack or Banana Republic on sale. If you’re wearing a belt remember to always match the color of the shoes with the color of your belt. Plain colored shirts and jackets tend to look more elegant while prints and louder colors scream casual. Keep in mind that elegant dressers keep their outfits tonal, often wearing the same (or very similar) color top and bottom.
Seriously, drop the matching beer T-shirts you both got at October Fest 2008, and move on. True “rockstar couples” nonchalantly dress as if they just happened to coordinate. Nobody needs to see your cute matchy-matchiness because we probably can already tell that you’re together. Coordinate your colors instead (See section 2).
Rule number 1: Less is more! We have so many choices when it comes to bedazzling ourselves that it’s tempting to overdo it. “Rockstar couples” should never steal each others sparkle, especially the men. Women can achieve an elegant look on the cheap by choosing small but real jewelry over fake diamonds. Earrings should only consist of one for each ear. The same goes for hands. Women (and men) can achieve a classic look by minimizing their ring collection to only one, maximum two rings per outfit. Avoid stacking or wearing multiple rings at once – this is 2012! For men, the best way to accessorize is with a nice watch. Whether fake or real, men look more elegant when carrying a neat gold or silver watch with a metal band instead of plastic or leather. Time is money, so gentlemen wear a watch if you want to impress!
5. Dress to impress
Lastly don’t forget: It’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed! So keep shining, and enjoy your evening because no you’ve earned!
Petra O., a local San Francisco clothing designer and Fashion Week San Diego participant, is constantly involved in improving people’s fashion day by day. Good style doesn’t need to have a costly price tag, and with a few tricks anybody can achieve elegant style without starving one’s wallet.