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The Perfect: Summer Date Night

Gather this outfit—and these extras—for an A+ warm weather evening.

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Welcome to "The Perfect,"'s weekly roundup, where we lay out exactly what you'll need for the perfect outfit, shopping list, Saturday night, or whatever it may be. In a shopping landscape where the options are endless, consider it a complete snapshot of must-haves.

The perfect date night has a few commonalities: a great outfit, perfect accessories, and something major to do. (Oh, and someone decent to join you.) From the little details to the bigger, logistical items (train through wine country anyone?), there's a perfect suggestion, below.



Creative arts, Drawing, Illustration, Line art, Painting, Pattern,

Make the most of a night out, sartorially speaking, with a NSFW cut. 

Milly Addison Dress, $425;



Perfume, Turquoise, Cosmetics, Teal, Aqua, Turquoise, Spray, Liquid,

The right scent—this one pairs lily of the valley, jasmine, and green notes with wood,  pepper of Akigalawood and patchouli—immediately transforms your mood. Pack a mini version for a mid-date refresh.

Miu Miu Eau de Parfum Set, $110;



Footwear, High heels, Sandal, Green, Shoe, Basic pump, Teal, Turquoise, Strap, Court shoe,

Take a barely-there silhouette and add striking details for a sexy touch.

Alaïa Ankle-Strap Sandals, $1,290;

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Blue, Bed, Room, Interior design, Bedroom, Textile, Bedding, Wall, Linens, Floor,

Abandon the ordinary, a.k.a. your bedroom, for a night somewhere luxe that may or may not involve room service.

Gramercy Park Hotel,



Jewellery, Fashion accessory, Bracelet, Body jewelry, Chain, Pearl, Gold, Necklace, Bangle, Beige,

Flip the idea of a ball and chain on its head with a gilded take on the metaphor.

Tiffany & Co. HardWear Wrap Bracelet, $6,500;


Lip Color

Green, Cosmetics, Lip care, Beige,

For color that's still kissable, try a two-for-one pot (a few swirls work on your cheeks, too) that leaves skin looking moisturized to boot.

Tata Harper Volumizing Lip and Cheek Tint, $36;

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Handbag, Bag, Fashion accessory, Shoulder bag, Product, Leather, Fashion, Kelly bag, Material property, Tote bag,

 Shrunken down to smaller proportions, a structured bag is ready for after-hours action.

Gucci Sylvie Mini Chain-Trimmed Bag, $2,250;



Mountainous landforms, Transport, Landscape, Dusk, Mountain range, Horizon, Hill, Railway, Sunset, Evening,

You could stick to dinner-and-a-movie. Option B: A train ride complete with on-board apps and wine tastings, culminating in dinner at a vineyard.

Napa Valley Wine Train;



Bottle, Liqueur, Drink, Wine bottle, Alcoholic beverage, Distilled beverage, Wine, Product, Glass bottle, Alcohol,

For date night at home or a glass before heading out, a smooth summer red is a real crowd pleaser.

Ciu Ciu Lacrima di Morro d'Alba,

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Leah Melby Clinton
Leah Melby Clinton is a writer, editor, and serious shopper who loves discovering new labels, detailing the best ways to build a wardrobe, and interviewing interesting people.

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