When it comes to date night, John and I aren’t hard to please; give us a fish and chip supper, a bottle of fizz (be it Dandelion & Burdock, or Cava) throw in a good night of television and we’re happy to stay in. It’s not that we don’t enjoy going out, it’s just not something we do often. When we do go out, I face the inevitable question of what to wear. What do you wear when going out is no longer whiling away the small hours in clubs and bars, but a slightly more subdued, sometimes classier affair? 

 
With the seemingly early arrival of summer, John decided that we were going out. “Like, out out?” I asked, adding an emoji of shock. To which, he replied with a thumbs up sending my head spinning with a multitude of outfit conundrums: tights or no tights, coat or jacket, heels or flats? How could dressing be so hard? Thankfully, before I could answer myself, the postman arrived, bringing with him my new ASOS ‘Long Time’ ballet flats. With metallic heart shapes adorning the front, how could this not be divine intervention? 
 
It was love at first sight. I have to admit, I didn’t trawl the ASOS site for hours on end (because that would be uncharacteristic behaviour for me, ahem) I just happened to be innocently reading Diana’s blog and found the perfect summer shoe. Perfect for my style and most importantly, perfectly priced. I love how Diana chose to style her shoes with neutrals, but for me, I knew I wanted to inject a pop of colour- I just can’t help myself!
 
Since my last post, I’ve rediscovered my love of retro-inspired clothing or maybe it’s since I got my hair cut that little bit shorter? Whatever the motive or inspiration, I’m developing a more ladylike style (I seem to be wearing a lot of Marks and Spencer pieces, past and present, at the moment). When Radley got in touch, asking if I’d like to choose a handbag from their collection, I wasn’t sure I’d find a bag to match my style. After all, I usually wear a leather satchel but this felt like the perfect opportunity to try something new. 
 
So, I chose Radley’s Clerkenwell medium zip-top grab bag from their handbag collection simply because of its classic style and colour. Described as coral, it’s a bright, summery mix of orange and pink. Inside, the bag has a grosgrain lining, two slip pockets for a phone and a purse. Like any leather bag, it’s definitely an investment piece but its size means it could be worn for date night or day to day wear. I’m definitely enjoying a change of style and wonder where this new ladylike style  approach will lead!

What do you wear for date night? 
 
 
 
Outfit Details
// Floral dress :: Car boot find (originally Marks and Spencers) //
// Heart shoes :: ASOS //
// Handbag :: c/o Radley //
// Trench coat :: Primark (old) //
// Bracelet :: c/o People Tree // 
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