Fashion considerations for a winter date: dress to impress

If you embarked on a sun-soaked summer vacation this year, the experience probably seems distant. Daylight hours have been getting steadily shorter, and we're all having to pay close attention to weather reports before going out. But the good news is the onset of winter can present opportunities to reboot your wardrobe. Scarves, hats, and overcoat combos can exude style, and nowhere is this better suited than when you’re going out to socialize. Fashion choices can not only keep you cozy, dressing to impress will guarantee success with any date, be it a romantic night or casual hookup.

Romantic winter date
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Romantic winter date ideas

One thing you can’t have failed to notice is the festive season coming earlier each year. No sooner have the shops dispensed with ‘Trick or Treat’ decorations than Christmas fare takes over. Winter Wonderlands are springing up in town and city centers everywhere, presenting wonderful opportunities to indulge in retail therapy. You'll get the most out of any outdoor excursion by wrapping up well – stopping off for a glass of mulled wine or freshly roasted chestnuts is the epitome of a charming winter date. If you'd rather not brave the elements, why not soak in a hot tub, sipping bubbly as the windows steam up? As December is always a time for stuffing faces with wholesome food, attending a couples' cookery classes would be another suggestion.

Fashionable attire for casual winter dates

Before thinking of exciting locations, you should ensure you choose a compatible partner. Going online to arrange local hookups is a convenient way to touch base. This relaxing environment is always conducive to amiable conversations, with discreet communication channels for suggesting ideal festive dating opportunities. The key to making the most of these get-togethers is wearing outfits that are practical for keeping the cold at bay, but also make you look good for local hookups. For females, think 'party season.' Opt for figure-hugging mini sweaters that will cling to your contours, maintaining warmth and comfort as well as showing off your figure. Guys should consider matching scarves with woolly hats, preferably with a chic designer label nestling amongst the bright colors.

Cozy winter cafe date

One of the best ways of chilling when it's chilly is to enjoy mouth-watering dishes. What could be more romantic than booking a table for two, and then snuggling closely as snow dusts the panes? Males can check out online tips for suitable attire, but if you’re going to be tucking into bowls of piping hot soup, you don’t want to be over-burdened by layers. Focus on a quilted jacket with a furry hood that will maintain comfort outside, but which can be easily removed to show off your favorite snazzy sweater or shirt as you dine. Here’s a golden tip. Go for wool or cashmere items rather than cotton. The latter will retain moisture - whether you get caught in a downfall of sleet or get sweaty before an open fire, the result would be garments which also retain smells. A fabulous range of eye-catching cashmere tops are currently available in menswear outlets. Women should go for layers, again ensuring your outfits are tight on your body, and not bulky and shapeless.

Outdoor winter adventure date

Much as there can be an obvious temptation to linger inside during the winter months, the great outdoors beckons with a vast array of adventurous activities. If you’re sporty, nothing beats taking to the piste for downhill skiing or snowboarding. Careering down snowy slopes can be equally enjoyable at your local park, courtesy of sledges. How about skating? Effortlessly gliding over the ice has been a staple date undertaking for generations. Although there are marvellous stretches of frozen water to be found, such as lakes or canals, there’s always an element of risk involved in clambering aboard these natural landscapes. A far more recommended route would be hiring skates at the nearest rink. After spending time displaying your skills (or lack of them!) there will always be refreshment areas where you can adjourn to enjoy hot drinks. If you’d rather do something more relaxing, then winding down during a sleigh ride would be perfect, soaking up the atmosphere while lounging in a horse-drawn cart (or, depending on your location, possibly involving reindeer!)

Accessorizing tips for winter dates

Finally, your winter wear can be enhanced with a choice of accessories. A vital component of your December style should be designer shades, since the glare from the sun against snowy terrain can be disconcerting. You can lose a lot of body warmth upwards. Beanies, bobble hats or balaclavas are essential items for your wardrobe. Icy pavements can be treacherous, but this can be easily offset by donning sturdy boots. These needn’t look plain and functional – go for fur-lined or stylish designs. Balancing comfort with style can be a lot of fun!

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Stella Cooter

Journalist, traveller and mother, Stella writes about fashion and style, luxury and adventure.

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