(Tuckers dress, Chanel sunglasses, Comptoir des Cotonniers shoes)
Photos by Stephanie Sian Smith.
I bought this Tucker dress in the sale at Liberty and have been saving it until the sun came out!
(Comptoir des Cotonniers shoes)
When a member of Team ELLE admits to going on a first date we always immediately ask, What are you going to wear? And its one of those questions I am often asked by people who dont work on the magazine as well.
Yesterday, one of our lovely commercial team (who shall remain nameless) headed off to a very expensive restaurant in London wearing a black leather skirt, plain black T-shirt and white blazer (with tights and very high heels). Her verdict? It worked given the mixed weather and it was a posh restaurant so I needed the blazer but it swiftly came off when we had drinks in the bar.
I wore a Vivienne Westwood kilt and a rollneck when I met my husband on our blind date 15 years ago. Today, I would never advise anyone what to wear on a date because as we say at ELLE: 'It's not what you wear, it's the way you wear it, that matters. But this is what the team told me
Seamus Duff, entertainment editor: Clean underwear.
Emma Strenner, beauty director: Flat shoes so I don't trip over if I'm nervous and I would avoid a white shirt at all costs in case I spill red wine.
Alice Wignall, features director: A dress with pockets. Don't know why, but on our first date my now husband said pockets in a dress were sexy.
Julia Shutenko, fashion intern: It would either be a casual dress that wouldn't look like I tried too hard, or a pair of cool jeans with a nice top and heels.
Bonnie Rakhit, market and merchandising editor: Sexy underwear to make me feel great. But he definitely wouldnt get to see it on the first date!
Esperanza de la Fuente, fashion intern: Something really flattering. Skinny black jeans and a nice top. Too boring?
Laura Davies, sub-editor: I would want to portray my true personality so boyfriend jeans with heels show I'm not (that) high-maintenance. I'd team with a T-shirt, my favourite black blazer with leather lapels and an oversized clutch.
Sarah Bonser, fashion intern: A slip dress may sound slightly risqué but if you stick to a loose style with spaghetti straps and a bias cut it's perfect for every occasion and the ultimate in understated glamour.
Sophie Gridley, junior sub-editor: I couldn't bear to be tottering, so I'd have to go for flat shoes. A dress: minimum effort, maximum girlie. I'd also always add a touch of the smarts: a satchel or something vaguely college-like to offset the feminine dress. And I'd top it all off with pretty rosy blusher the only kind of make-up boys notice.
Ivy Storvik, chief sub-editor/production editor: I'd probably wear my Topshop skinny jeans, black wedges, a simple, bright top and an expression of pleasant surprise (this being because I am a single mum of a one-year-old and nights out are akin to lottery wins right now).
Andrew Falconer, managing editor, ELLE & ELLE Decoration:
On a first date I'd go casual because this is a date not an interview, comfortable because you want to be able to relax, and colourful because you want to be remembered. This is not the time for black unless you're dating a goth.
Alice Parfrement, acting assistant to the editor in chief: In winter Id go for skinny black jeans and heels; in summer Id wear a pretty white dress and sandals. Always accessorised with a smile (or grimace, depending on the outcome).
What about you? Let me know.
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From ELLE publisher Meribeth Parker
The Clinique team sent me a beauty bag with champagne! Everything a girl needs
Today the Editor is:
Downloading the Pose app - a new way to interact with street style
Thinking about what to take on holiday
Getting in the Olympic spirit