Date night. Last year, after not going on a formal date for almost two years, my husband Will and I made a box of date night ideas. The idea was to close your eyes, grab a slip of paper from the box, and do just that. No objections. I don’t think I need to explain to parents why we didn’t touch that box again! (LOL, but also crying face emoji). Apart from learning just how important it is to hold hands on days where you’re not each carrying a kid, pushing a trolley or carrying groceries, I learnt the significance of putting in a little effort for each other – I mean putting on a bra, getting your hurr did, make up, plucking, perfume, high heels, a tie, shiny shoes, shaving, cologne, the works! But so many times, a dinner at a fancy restaurant will set you back anywhere between R300 and R1500 depending on whether the spot uses Helvetica on their menu or not. While date night is the perfect time to dial up the glam factor, often this leaves very little in the budget to “bring it” in the evening wear department.
So recently when an opportunity for us to spoil ourselves came along, I decided to search for threads I could wear for the next three dates. However, scrolling through Pinterest and date night posts for inspiration always left me feeling as if I could never ‘dress to kill’, rather just dress to slightly amuse. Leather shorts. Louboutins. Satin slip dresses. They all kinda made me feel that I couldn’t bring the sexy. Then I realised that none of these actually suited by personality nor encapsulated the person my S/O fell in love with.
I persevered and found three looks that tick all the boxes, for me. So, below are a few sizzling hot pieces I feel will make you slay on your night out, and feel as sexy as you really are. These are looks I simply love but do shop around for ensembles that capture who you are. And to show them off, there are a number of picturesque spots around the city for people looking for a glam night out.
A DRESS WORTHY OF DATE NIGHT
You may not have the paycheque or the paparazzi of a celebrity but it doesn’t mean that you can’t feel like one. I love the fabric of this dress, it’s cool and light and flows with the breeze beautifully. I found it in China Town for R295. Actually the one I spotted was R325 but I walked a little further and found this one. It’s gorgeous on its own but I do feel that accessories play a vital role – so, play around with glamourous jewellery, an eye-catching sparkly clutch and enviable high heels that suit your taste – to turn a discount buy into a date night statement.
Wear it to:
- A Champagne boat cruise to watch the sunset
- Romantic candlelit dinner and jazz. The Crypt promises a romantic night out.
- Art gallery visit at Zeita Mocaa
- Wine tasting at any of our lush wine farms. I love Durbanville Hills since it offers 8 wine tastings from R80 to R100 which includes sun soaked views of Table Mountain and surrounding vineyards.
- Galileo open cinema – I love their open rooftop option where you two can take in the city lights and starry sky.
I had to sit on the Superbalist site like someone putting in offers on Bid or Buy to find this pretty printed number in my size. And it was worth the wait. I’ve paired it with a wine-red sling bag, but so elevate the look with bright espadrilles and a round jute bag and you’re all set – they simply exude summertime fun vibes – compact, functional and oh so cute!
Dress at Superbalist. Usual price R499, but as you know Superbalist has become famous for hosting flash sales and sending 40-45% vouchers. I got this for R299. Don’t worry if your size isn’t available now – add it to your waitlist. If enough people are interested, they do replenish stock.
Wear it to:
- The Planetarium and a picnic in the park. Here are some of SA’s best picnic spots.
- Stand-up comedy night
- Sunset cable car ride
- A scenic car trip. Rent a vintage car here.
- A twist on the classic ‘dinner a show’ – visit any of our amazing theatres, followed by a stroll through our tons of food markets offering an array of scrumptious street fare.
BOYFRIEND JEANS, WHITE TEE, KIMONO
Date night doesn’t have to involve candles and carafes of wine. Ditch the dress and opt for something a little more relaxed – your favourite worn-in denim, comfy tee and vibrant kimono. It’s the perfect not-trying-too-hard look, suitable for many fun outdoor activities. If you do want to add sparkle, toss out the classic sneakers and slip on a pair or strappy heels, matched with a shiny clutch.
The Kimono is from the Poetry / Cape Union Mart factory shop at Access Park. I’d be lying if I said I remember the price but I left feeling quite savvy with finding such a good deal.
The boyfriend jeans are an well-worn staple. Shop a similar style for just R250 here.
- Putt putt. I recently saw a glow-in-the-dark version that looked like tons of fun, complete with 3D glasses.
- Canoeing on the coast
- Ride a speedboat
- Cycle along the promenade. Start the trip here.
- And if you’re up for adventure and in Cape Town, paragliding off Table Mountain. Something I don’t know whether we’ll ever try as a couple since Will has a debilitating fear of heights. But they do promise a safe, exhilarating experience.
Whether going bold or going sailing, candlelit dinner or shark cage diving, make sure that you make a statement on your big night out. xx