Does anyone else get all romantic feeling during the summer months? Maybe it’s the long days with gorgeous sunsets, warm nights that seem to go on and on, or simply all the songs written about summer lovin’–whatever it is, we feel like summer is the perfect time to get out of your routine and make the extra effort to up your dating game. Whether you’ve just swiped right or you’re in it for the long haul, try one of these fun summer date ideas to get to know your S.O. a little better and make the most of the summertime styles at your fingertips. Not only is summer a great time to get a little romantic, it’s also the best time to pair a flirty little dress with cute accessories to wow your date with your incredible sense of style (and occasion). The perfect date outfit to go with the perfect date? Tell us more.
Date Idea #1: Head to the farmer’s market
Who knew digging through produce could be such a great bonding activity? Visiting the farmer’s market together is a fun way to find out each other’s likes and dislikes when it comes to food, get some low-key exercise while walking around, and learn more about the city you share by supporting local producers and artisans. Try some samples, learn which fruits and vegetables are in season, and check grocery shopping off your list for the week with this do-it-all date. Feeling the love and don’t want the date to end? Once you’ve packed your picks in your tote bag, you can bring them home to prepare a delicious lunch or dinner for two together. For a look that fits the vibe from the market to your kitchen, pair a flirty sundress with wedges and cute sunnies for an adorable day date look that transitions well into the night.
Date Idea #2: Go for drinks on a rooftop bar or patio
Sometimes it’s fun to get fancy! Break out your night out best and take your babe to a trendy rooftop bar or patio. Nothing is more flattering than a sunset and bistro lighting, and the romantic atmosphere is the ultimate location for gazing into each other’s eyes… or trading embarrassing childhood stories and dirty jokes. Stay under budget by going during happy hour or by splitting a few appetizers instead of ordering dinner, or treat yo’self and your boo with a bottle of wine and steak for two. Whichever way you want to roll, this fancy night out is a sweet way to enjoy spending summer time together. Accentuate your shoulders–perfectly framed above the table–in a halter style LBD with dangling earrings to attract the low lighting to your face.
Date Idea #3: Pack a picnic for the park
Still have some produce from the market you’d like to use up? Use it as an excuse to see your honey again and go for a picnic in the park with your date! Easy salads and sandwiches travel well and pair deliciously with refreshing sparkling waters or crisp white wines. Find a shady spot near a garden or by a creek for a romantic location to spend the day together. Too hot where you live to be outside for more than 10 minutes? Spread a blanket on the floor, pull over some house plants or cut flowers, and crank the A/C for an indoor picnic that’s just as cute as an al fresco adventure. Sit pretty on the ground in a lacy midi dress that doesn’t require you to pose uncomfortably to try to hide what’s happening underneath–plus, you’ll look like a total fairy princess with the skirt spread out around you 😉
Date Idea #4: Hit the dance floor
Maybe you met your match while out on the dance floor, or perhaps you have no idea whether they can move to the beat–either way, this is one of our favorite summer date ideas. Dancing can be both sexy and funny, depending on how well you can learn the steps and feel the rhythm. Does your date have some good moves? Set fire to the dance floor together. Tripping over two left feet? Keep it light and don’t take it too seriously for a fun time just moving to the music and spending the evening with one another. There are lots of inexpensive or free lessons you can take at dance studios and bars (country bar line dancing, anyone?) or you can just work what your mama gave you and hit the dance floor at your local live music venue or nightclub. Accentuate your curves and your dance moves in a bodycon dress in an eye-catching color. Pair it with strappy heels with plenty of support to make sure you can dance all night long, sans achy feet the next morning.
Date Idea #5: Take a mini vacay together
Ahh, the vacation date. The ultimate test for any budding relationship of whether or not you are compatible together for long periods of time. Vacations can bring out the stress in people OR they can bring out the best in people, letting you know you’ve got a keeper on your hands. Keep it simple with a newer love interest by taking a quick day trip to the coast or a nearby town neither of you have visited before. Been with each other a little bit longer? Plan to stay the night somewhere sunny and fun. Blast some road trip tunes, do some exploring, and in the process learn a little bit more about how well you can try new things together. Not only will this date idea give you some QT with your cutie, you’ll get the chance to wear your breeziest sundress with the ultimate summer accessories for a pretty look vacay dreams are made of. Win, win.
Are you feeling the love this summer? Share your dating tips in the comments below and share your date night looks on Instagram @lulus with #lovelulus!