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Tuesday, 21 July 2015

What to wear for a date over 40 | Bright patterns and a Vintage Kimono.

What should you wear on a date, over 40?

This is a tricky fashion subject... and can cause hours (or even days) of worried deliberation, over forty or not!

None of us want to look trashy and cheap, but we equally don't want to look boring, frumpy or (even worse) forgettable.
How on earth do we proceed?
Well, I think definitely not "with caution"!

What to wear on a date over 40. Patterns and vintage kimono.

It is best not to over-think this kind of occasion and outfit.
Over-thinking leads to over-doing and ultimately a style disaster.... too much makeup, helmet hair and excessive accessories are off-putting to a potential beau (believe me, I've done the legwork).

Patterned dress, vintage kimono, black leather obi belt.

I would always suggest throwing open your wardrobe and selecting an old favourite that makes you feel (and ultimately, look) your best.
Now is not the time for a completely new outfit.
Confidence and comfort are key for being yourself and enjoying your date.

Of course, new accessories can give you a welcome boost and a bit of zing-a-ding-ding, but I would avoid new shoes.... uncomfortable feet show up on your face and are not sexy!

Now granted, my 'Hot date' is with my husband BUT this is such an exceptionally rare event that it feels like a first date! (Well, almost).

Luckily, my uber-short hair involves zero effort so I could focus my time on a sexy dress ;-)
I decided on this colourful and a little 'bonkers' neoprene dress.
It is incredibly comfortable, especially after a big restricting tailoring to battle with.
It also does not wrinkle or crush...perfect if you are sitting down for part of your date.
It is a demure length, unlike my previous Bodycon effort, but still sexy.
AND, most importantly of all, it reflects my personality. I feel very 'Me' in this dress.
This vintage Kimono was my "Sqeeeeeal!" moment.
I was casually rummaging through a vintage store in Edinburgh with my friend. She was looking for something but I was just enjoying some of the extreme vintage styles and pondering how lucky students were...being able to wear completely ironic clothes and look fabulous in them.
Anyway, as I was brushing my hands along a rail of fluffy 80's jumpers, I touched on something silky...Oooo, what's this?
As I pulled it out from the tangle of knitwear I actually gasped.
It was truly beautiful.
Plain, simple but exquisite.
The fabric has a weight and handle that you just don't get in most stores now.
I slipped it on and it was like it had been made for me.
It was a no-brainer.
I put it with this butter-soft, leather Obi belt that I picked up in a TkMax bargain bucket for a couple of pounds, and it finishes it off perfectly.
The Obi goes around the kimono then, when the kimono comes off, around the dress. 
My shoes were another Charity (Thrift) shop bargain...Dune cork platform sandals with black suede straps.
My blue clutch is from Linea and I wore it here with a tea dress.

Just before we left, it started to rain (it is Scotland after all) hence my large umbrella, AGAIN!
But, you can't let a little thing like the weather spoil a potentially great night.
Patterned dress, vintage kimono, black leather obi belt. Back view

Do you have a date coming up? What are you going to wear?
What do you wear for dates with your partner? Please share in the comments!

Dress: Newlook

Kimono: Vintage
Shoes: Dune
Bag: Linea
Earrings: Claires
Umbrella: Samsonite
Belt: found at Tk's



  1. Replies
    1. Hi Pretty Flower, thank you so much!
      It is one of my all time favourites... and just a cheap sale purchase too.

  2. Stunning print on the dress and the kimono is great find. A fabulous alternative to a jacket or cardigan so elevates the outfit even more. It amazing what you can find when out thrifting. Did you do a fist pump when found it fitted? Hope you had a great date night.

    1. Hi Jacqueline,
      Thank you for the link to your site...I loved your 'directing planes' kimono post! Very true, i need to direct some to show off the beautiful (an traditionally cut) sleeves on this one next time I wear it.
      As for the fist pump....well no, BUT I did let out a squeal and performed a little dance of joy (the running man) much to my friends amusement (and embarrassment).

    2. If the sleeves are traditionally cut you must to a 'directing planes' photo! I think it's a pre-requisite for those style of kimonos! Ha, ha, love the thought of the running man! Thanks for popping over.

  3. Found you from the link up. I just ordered a kimono for myself, so it's good to see how you styled yours.

    1. Hi and welcome!
      Kimono's are great, you can make them go with anything and everything...especially with an obi belt, that just gives it some shape and form.
      I hope you enjoy wearing yours.

  4. This dress is stunning on you!! I love the added obi belt to enhance your figure.

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.


    1. Thank you Alice.
      I don't have a very defined waist so any extra help is always welcome.

  5. I love everything about this post--your writing and the dress! Spectacular Samantha! Just splendid!

    I want to meet you so badly!!


    Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    1. Ann, what an amazing compliment.
      Thank you so much.
      I feel like we should be neighbours...and you could pop in to borrow it! (just ignore the thousands of miles between houses!)


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