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February 2, 2016

3 Date Night Looks that Show Off YOUR Best Assets

As we talked about in this week’s Clothes & Conversation, “Date Nights Aren’t Just on Valentine’s Day” , with Valentine’s Day approaching, date night looks take center stage. And having great style is just as important as having great confidence. So, highlight your favorite assets with one of the outfits below and make any night out feel just as special as Valentine’s Day.
Got any special date night spots you want to share with your fellow Mark Shalers? Let us know in the comments below and on social media. Remember, whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-starflower-tunic-dress-regular-petite/4131539
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Nic + Zoe - Starflower Tunic Dress
Starflower Tunic Dress
Nic + Zoe
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Why is it a Find? A little pop of feminine color adds some flirty fun to this Nic + Zoe dress – the shorter length doesn’t hurt, either. It has a full back zip and stylish black trim that also gives it a little more edge than your typical sweater dress.
Wear it with: Thanks to the black design, it’s easy to just add black tights and some great heels – the dress does the rest. If you’re tall, you can wear it like a tunic dress with coated jeans or leggings and high boots. Your shoes will really dictate how dressy or casual you make this dress. It will work for a lovely dinner or show with sexy heels, and it can have a more relaxed look with knee-high flat boots and leggings or thick tights…a fun look if you’re hitting a concert or local bar.
Fit Tip: Nic+Zoe’s modern fit is relaxed, and that works effortlessly with this body skimming silhouette.
Alternatives: Maggy London’s lace sheath dress offers a pop of color (red) and modern fit as well, but it’s cut shows off your arms and waist.
https://www.shopbop.com/jem-legging-goldsign/vp/v=1/845524441910912.htm Goldsign - Jem Leggings
Goldsign - Jem Leggings
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Goldsign - Jem Leggings
Jem Leggings
Goldsign
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SHOW OFF YOUR GAMS
Why is it a Find? Once you get Goldsign’s black denim leggings into your wardrobe, you won’t know how you got by without them. The denim is a nice mid-weight and it’s super stretchy so it really slims your legs and behind, almost working like a compression material – but ladies, they’re also really comfortable.
Wear it with: For a date night, we love these denim leggings with an easy, but alluring top as we’re showing here. But there’s so many things that work with them – a button down and cardigan with menswear-inspired oxford shoes make them appropriate for a casual work day; throw on a plaid shirt or easy sweater or sweatshirt with sneakers or lace-up boots for any weekend day.
Fit Tip: They are a contemporary fit that truly works on most every lady, since the leggings style is easy to pull-on. The simple elastic waistband is wide, sucking you in and keeping things smooth under any top, sitting just around your belly button.
Alternatives: They come in a dark blue wash that is perfect for every weekend - and night. For an easier, modern fit, NYDJ provide the same sleek look in sizes 0-18.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/splendid-jersey-off-the-shoulder-top/4199770 Splendid - Jersey Off-the-Shoulder Top
Splendid - Jersey Off-the-Shoulder Top
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Splendid - Jersey Off-the-Shoulder Top
Jersey Off-the-Shoulder Top
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Why is it a Find? This off the shoulder style is very stylish this season - and next. That’s great, but we love it because it's a slimming and flattering look no matter what your shape is. The famous designer, Donna Karan, has said that she loves showing off ladies’ shoulders because they never gain weight. We like the way she thinks. And this Splendid top also shows off your collarbone, which is just the subtle suggestion of sexy that we really like.
Wear it with: The simple tunic shape just skims the body, so it’s not super skinny and looks great with the denim leggings we’re showing here. You can also tuck a bit of the front in and wear them with your favorite boyfriend jeans.
Fit Tip: The fold over neckline can be worn pulled down as shown, just off one shoulder, or as a cowlneck style – creating lots of options to wear it for more than just a date night.
Alternatives: Three Dots also makes a beautiful pale pink version. Vince has a yummy cashmere alternative. And Joie’s take on off the shoulder still allows you to wear a bra with its skinny straps, short sleeve, and loose body. Alternatively, you can skip the shoulder reveal and go with Generation Love’s loose fitting top that has a sexy, lace back – easy to wear with a black bra or cami.
https://www.shopbop.com/tusk-choker-necklace-chan-luu/vp/v=1/1592608351.htm Chan Luu - Tusk Choker Necklace
Chan Luu - Tusk Choker Necklace
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Chan Luu - Tusk Choker Necklace
Tusk Choker Necklace
Chan Luu
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Why is it a Find? Chan Luu’s delicate choker style shows off your neck and collarbone without interfering with the cuff along the neckline of the top in this outfit. The sterling silver is a lovely quality and creates a perfect balance.
Wear it with: Any open neckline (like we’re showing here) really shows it off, so it will look great with v-necks, scoop necks, and open button down shirts. Through the ‘shop it’ button, the alternative view highlights how great it looks with a crewneck or turtleneck, too, so you’ll get tons of wear out of it.
Alternatives: We love the look of any delicate short necklace, but statement earrings are a stylish option for this outfit, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/katespade-new-york-libby-pointy-toepump-women/4073192 kate spade new york - Libby Pointy Toe Pump
kate spade new york - Libby Pointy Toe Pump
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kate spade new york - Libby Pointy Toe Pump
Libby Pointy Toe Pump
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Why is it a Find? Have some fun with kate spade new york’s whimsical black pumps. The crystal polka dots play up the round detail of the choker necklace in this look. But even without it, they instantly add a stylish finish to the denim leggings and feminine top. And with the closed toe and rich suede fabric, they are just right for the colder months.
Wear it with: Of course, we love them in this look, and they look just as good with rolled up boyfriend jeans. On the dressier side of things, they add sparkle to a simple black dress and look wonderful with a solid cocktail dress of any color.
Alternatives: Any shoes work with this outfit. Simple black pumps or heeled booties look great, and if you like flats, a delicate pointy toe or ballet flat will still feel appropriately ladylike.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446886679 Rebecca Taylor - Aerin Top
Rebecca Taylor - Aerin Top
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Rebecca Taylor - Aerin Top
Aerin Top
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LOVIN' YOUR ARMS
Why is it a Find? The cobalt blue color of this Rebecca Taylor blouse is so flattering, and not just for the blue-eyed ladies out there. It’s beautiful on most every skin tone. The silk fabric is soft and “touchable”, while the silhouette has a ladylike nonchalance that is date night ready. The double-layer hem is longer in the back than the front, so the top doesn’t look too voluminous which is very slimming – and can be helpful for the view from behind.
Wear it with: While this top will look beautiful with white jeans or a linen pants in the Spring, for now, we love it with the black drapey pants we’re featuring in this outfit. And you’ll never go wrong with your favorite dark jeans.
Fit Tip: Rebecca Taylor has a contemporary, but not too trim fit. And this top has a flowing body, which should look just right in your typical size. It also has our favorite sleeveless detail – a shoulder line that is slightly cut in to define the shoulders and elongate the arms.
Alternatives: Besides this gorgeous blue, this style comes in black, soft blue, and soft pink, too. Joie has an ivory eyelet-detailed option in the same cut. And Equipment offers a beautiful silk spaghetti strap style, with adjustable straps and body-skimming silhouette - perfect if you have a smaller bust.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/Drapey/PRDOVR~E1756/E1756.jsp J.Crew - Matte Crepe Trouser
J.Crew - Matte Crepe Trouser
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J.Crew - Matte Crepe Trouser
Matte Crepe Trouser
J.Crew
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Why is it a Find? The matte crepe fabric gives these J.Crew pants just the right drape for an easy and sophisticated pairing to the top in this look. They keep the attention on your upper body, but do everything to flatter your lower body at the same time.
Wear it with: The waistband is flat in the front and has comfy elastic insets so when you sit, ladies, they move with you and nothing will hang over. This is also why this outfit’s top works so well – it’s shorter in the front and longer in the back, concealing that portion of the waist. You can also just do a partial front tuck of any blouse, as shown in this picture, for a menswear-inspired take.
Fit Tip: These pants have a stylish split hem that is meant to hit at/just above the ankle, and they come in Petite and Tall, so the length should work for everyone. They are J.Crew’s typically modern fit, with a relaxed shape in sizes 000-16.
Alternatives: For Vince lovers, their easy-fitting pants are made of a similar crepe fabric, with an easy pull-on style that is super comfortable. For a slimmer fit and full length, Alice + Olivia’s wide waistband pants are our absolute go-to's. They are a modern fit and will take you from desk to dinner with ease.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306623854&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446893368 Loeffler Randall - Leather Tab Clutch
Loeffler Randall - Leather Tab Clutch
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Loeffler Randall - Leather Tab Clutch
Leather Tab Clutch
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Why is it a Find? Loeffler Randall’s black leather clutch is so simply versatile, with a truly luxe leather and blackened metal hardware in the closure and chain strap so it will always go with everything. The strap can be tucked right into the bag when you want to use it as a clutch, but we love the delicate strap to keep you hands-free. And if you’re out to dinner or at a bar, the strap is helpful to hang your bag from the back or your chair or nearby hook.
Wear it with: Besides this outfit, this clutch works for all of your “going out” needs – from a casual bar outing to a wedding.
Fit Tip: The accordion styling actually gives you more room than it appears, so it will fit all your essentials.
Alternatives: This suede clutch has a stylish, but not overdone, fringe. Instead of the ladylike finish the featured bag offers, this one adds a little sassy edge.
http://www.zappos.com/product/8674202/color/300922 Sam Edelman - Dayna
Sam Edelman - Dayna
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Sam Edelman - Dayna
Dayna
Sam Edelman
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Why is it a Find? The ankle-length pants we’re featuring in this look are just made for a pair of sexy lace-up heels. Sure, this lacing is very stylish right now, but your date is only going to notice how great it makes your legs look. The mix of suede and leather makes them easy to pair with bags in both materials, too.
Wear it with: Besides cropped pants like we're showing here, these heels look great with dresses and skirts and will add an edgy vibe to a pair of rolled up boyfriend jeans.
Fit Tip: Shopbop shows how pretty they look on.
Alternatives: Sigerson Morrison has a slim wedge version with all the same sexy appeal. And if you’re loving the featured shoes, but don’t need another black pair, they come in nude and fuchsia through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://www.zappos.com/product/8712656/color/180663 Maggy London - Wrap Bodice Fit and Flare Dress
Maggy London - Wrap Bodice Fit and Flare Dress
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Maggy London - Wrap Bodice Fit and Flare Dress
Wrap Bodice Fit and Flare Dress
Maggy London
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CHIC IS ALWAYS IN STYLE
Why is it a Find? We love floral for a date night, and a wrap dress is not only sexy, but so complimentary on every figure. The wrap detail accentuates your waist, while cleverly concealing any mid-section lumps or bumps. Maggy London’s style and quality certainly exceed the reasonable pricing on this seasonless jersey knit dress.
Wear it with: The ¾ sleeve and black grounded color combination makes it easy to accessorize any season. Today we’re showing you how to wear this in the colder weather, but once it warms up you can ditch the tights and booties in favor of simple nude pumps or metallic strappy heels.
Fit Tip: This dress is available in sizes 2-16, and Maggy London’s modern fit isn’t too trim and runs true to size.
Alternatives: For a trimmer, contemporary fit, we always swear by Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses. This updated floral on a black ground also works with the accessories featured in this outfit, with a subtle pop of friendly color. And it just went on SALE today. (As with all DVF wrap styles, if you are between sizes, we suggest sizing up so you can ensure proper chest coverage when “wrapping” – even if you have a smaller chest.) Chetta B.’s chiffon version goes up to size 16 with a flowy silhouette, perfect for dressier nights.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/gorjana-3-disc-necklace/3984078 Gorjana - 3-Disc Necklace
Gorjana - 3-Disc Necklace
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Gorjana - 3-Disc Necklace
3-Disc Necklace
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Why is it a Find? The delicate layered chains of this Gorjana necklace shows off the wrap neckline of this dress without overpowering the look. The hammered discs sparkle against candlelight with a dainty size that is the perfect balance to the floral pattern in the dress featured and sits perfectly in the v-neckline.
Wear it with: Any open neckline will show off this pretty piece. To step up your night out look, you can also add these dangling chain earrings.
Alternatives: It comes in gold, silver, and rose gold through the ‘shop it’ button, so go with your favorite. This outfit will also look stylish with a pretty scarf in blue, pink, or rich red.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/commando-ultimate-opaque-control-top-tights/3394487 Commando - Ultimate Opaque Control Top Tights
Commando - Ultimate Opaque Control Top Tights
Why is it a Find? If you follow us regularly, than you know we are huge fans of these Commando tights. The best out there, the black is true and doesn’t get that shine some do when you pull them on. They’re our go-to season after season. And they hold up really well, so you should get multiple uses out of a pair.
Fit Tip: The waistband is the best part – it’s not banded, so it creates a perfectly smooth line under the most fitted of dresses. Some tights suck you in, but then create a muffin top – not these.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/kate-spade-new-york-darota-bootie-women/4308942 kate spade new york - Darota Bootie
kate spade new york - Darota Bootie
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kate spade new york - Darota Bootie
Darota Bootie
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Why is it a Find? The dress featured in this outfit certainly works with your favorite black heels, but in the Winter sometimes you want something more substantial and these kate spade new york booties add a little modern style, while also adding a bit of practicality. The throat is low enough to look great with a dress, showing off your legs once you add your black tights.
Wear it with: Besides dresses and skirts, these booties look great with straight and wide legs trousers and jeans. The almond shape toe helps elongate the leg without the more severe look of a true pointy toe.
Alternatives: If your size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, try kate spade new york’s own site. Alternatively, this dress is shown with simple black pumps, and that looks great with black legwear for a classic look.
 

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