Picnic Date OOTD & 10 Perfect Summer Dresses For A First Date

Hello, beautiful people – today, I’m going to be sharing a post about another beautiful person with you and that person is Isabel! Isabel is one of the amazing girls that I have been lucky to meet through blogging; we actually met for the first time last year and went to Kensington Rooftop Gardens to watch La La Land in the roofttop cinema and if that’s not a good start to a friendship, I don’t know what is!

Honestly, I’m so grateful for our friendship – from the first time we met, we just clicked and our conversations are always full of absolute magic. Whenever we’re demotivated or at low personal places (cough cough January), our soul chats are the perfect way to realign and get inspired. She’s a genuine treasure and I’m so glad we got to meet and build a real friendship off-screen.

Now, I will talk more about our ‘lil picnic date another time because that’s not the purpose of today’s post. No, no – today’s post is an OOTD because, quite frankly, this dress deserves some damn air time.

Do I look like a Pinterest girl yet?

It’s the perfect cute summer dress – casual, yet flattering and showing off all the right places. It’s like a grown up school summer dress. You know the gingham ones I’m talking about? No? Okay, well, I’m just going to stop talking then.

This baby is from Dollskill and let me just drop you an (affiliate) link right here:

Stripe Short Sleeve Dress | Dolls Kill

Striped Tie Front Dress – Β£25

It’s honestly like this dress was designed for picnic-ing in (is that a word? We’re making it one, fight me.) – and, more than that, dating in. Why do I think this? Well, I was contemplating this the other day as I was supposed to be going on a date. (Did I cancel? You betcha – but for a whole ten minutes, I thought about going.)


So on a first date you, obviously, want to look cute. Because you are fucking cute and that needs to be appreciated. However, you also want to look casual and laidback – and you need to be comfortable. This dress, in my opinion, is all of these things.

And then I thought: well, yes, this dress may be perfect for a first date . . . but what about others? I mean, you can’t wear the same thing on every first date you go on and the likelihood of finding “the one” on the first go is rather low. So I mean, for the sake of love, you need some other cute first date options, right?

Well, call me cupid – here are my top 10 first date dress choices:

1. Lace Maxi Dress – ASOS – Β£22


Lace Maxi Dress – ASOS – Β£22

Okay, so I acknowledge that this is a . . . well, a lot dressier than I’d normally go on a first date, but it’s so damn pretty that I reserve the right to add it to the list for guys who are 6″3 and above. They deserve it, they’re a gift to this world. Also, can we discuss how well priced this baby is?

2. ASOS – Black Gingham Wrap Dress – Β£28


ASOS Black Gingham Wrap Dress – Β£28

I should just warn you now: I am loving patterns and monochrome at the moment. My summer fashion is basically a Parisian tablecloth, okay? Don’t judge me.

3. Missguided Orange Gingham Cami Dress – Β£20

Missguided Orange Cami Dress – Β£20

Okay, so this is beautiful and perfect and wouldn’t you just look like the cutest tablecloth in it?

4. Polka Dot Off The Shoulder Dress – ASOS – Β£22

Polka dot mini dress – ASOS – Β£22

You may be shocked to learn that polka dots are not actually a trend that I’ve taken advantage of yet – I know, I’m a terrible blogger. However, I’ve seen some really freaking cute dresses and I’m having a hard time restraining myself.

5. Pretty Little Thing Red Polka Dot Cutout Dress – Β£15


Red Polka Dot Dress – Pretty Little Thing – Β£15

Can we get a hallelujah for this super cute and super affordable dress? If I weren’t in strict saving mode – and by that I mean saving up for my next tattoo mode – this would already be in your girl’s basket.

6. Lace Wrap Cami Dress – ROMWE – Β£8.51

Orange Wrap Dress – ROMWE – Β£8.51

I have a little love affair going on with Romwe at the moment (and a big ole’ review coming up for you!) – and their dresses are so cute and so cheap. Also lace.

7. Polka Dot Dress – Romwe – Β£10

Polka Dot Dress – ROMWE – Β£10

Look, guys, I don’t own anything dotty in my wardrobe and, after finding all these cute polka dot dresses, I’m thinking I should change that.

8. White Lace Dress – Dollskill – Β£35

Off White Cut Out Floral Mini Sundress | Dolls Kill

White Lace Dress – Dollskill – Β£35

Ugh. While little black dresses are a staple all year round, I honestly think the little white dress is the staple of the summer.

9. Floral Wrap Maxi Dress – Dollskill – Β£21

Floral Wrap Maxi Dress | Dolls Kill

Floral Wrap Maxi Dress – Dollskill – Β£21

*Resists temptation to buy*

10. Knot Dress – ROMWE – Β£8.98

Romwe Knot Dress – Β£8.98

Seriously, I think I’ve been underrating Romwe in my online shopping sprees – they have some really nice dresses available! (Plus, the prices give me hope for my bank account.)


Well, my friends, whether you’re going on friend dates or sexy dates, I hope I gave you some outfit inspiration. (Not you, Amelia – big sister Mia is coming out and you aren’t allowed to date until sixteen, okay? You are too precious for the boys of the world. Actually, any of my under 16 readers: I know you won’t listen, but just so the record shows I advised against it.)

By the way, guys, if you are going on ze dates, make sure you take a read of my top 3 dating tips! What makes me qualified to hand out advice on your love life? Oh, literally nothing – but there are some cute photos of me hangin’ out with my dog and what I consider some pretty solid girl chat. So it’s worth the read.

To end this post . . . have this.

What did you think of my outfit, babies? Do you like my dress? Which of the 10 on my list was your fave? What do you typically wear on a first date? Let me know your thoughts down below!


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75 thoughts on “Picnic Date OOTD & 10 Perfect Summer Dresses For A First Date”

  1. Girl, girl, girl! You look absolutely gorgeous! Actually, you look BETTER than those Pinterest girls – flaunt it! My favourites are probably 4 and 7… But the one you were wearing was just β™₯

    1. Coyote from Orion

      No offence to Isabelle… can she play the Use Your Illusion 2 album though?
      Nice modesty ploy Mia. Crank up the Marshall stacks

        1. Coyote from Orion

          I know all the tricks… just give me something to lift and tell me where you want it. I’m too old to chase beautiful girls. I am however quite a funny bloke and a fucking entertainer. Just don’t make me feel I should be saying someone else is as cool as you.
          Would you believe I got told by some woman the other day how good looking I was. I told her to fuck off if she isn’t buying my meal and getting out of my space. Seriously I felt icky… I have spent most of my life in places where being a good looking bloke is not something to crow about. Except the indigenous footy club. They were so busy counting money I ran mouth about everything to get them animated. One bloke started telling me I had a big mouth then nothing more happened.
          Oh yeah… new guitar on Wednesday. So happy I could almost crown someone with it.

      1. MIIIIIAAAAA STOOOOOP WITH BEING SO GOD DAMN DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. Seriously. That dress is EVERYTHING. That last picture thoπŸ˜‚ Apart from the dress you wore, I love the polka dot one and that blush knot dress! As for what I typically wear on a first date – I guess it depends on what we’re doing. I personally love more casual first dates, because I feel like a fancy dinner or an event to get dressed up at can feel very stiff at times. That’s why prefer more laid-back dates. Flowy dresses and skirts, some jeans and a pretty top.. Something I feel comfortable and myself in. Beautiful post as always xx

        1. FIONAAA YOU’RE TOO SWEET TO ME, ILYSM <3 And omg honestly, I love the dress so damn much, it's an issue! And ooooh I like your choices! Polka dots are calling me atm and I'm trying to resist the urge, but it's hard! And ahh I totally get you – chilled dates are super fun πŸ™‚ Thank you lovely xx

      2. I LOVE this post and your outfit so much. I think it looks way better on you than in the photos trying to sell it haha, it’s like it was made for your body! Luckily I don’t have to deal with first date situations now I’m in a relationship (thank god because the anxiety they caused me wow) but I have been looking to get some cute clothes for regular dates! Haven’t added anything particularly dressy up to my wardrobe for years so I think that needs to change! Great post lovely, I have some inspiration now πŸ™‚
        Alys xx

      3. YOU IN THAT DRESS IS AN ENTIRE MOOD MIA OH MY GOODNESS GIRL!!! I’m so in love with the photos Isabel got of you (and equally with the ones you captured of her), everything about this post was so flipping cute…also the part about going on dates, funny joke lol, though I’ll probs just buy the dresses anyway and take myself out!! xx

        1. THANK YOU SO MUCH GIRLYYYY! (Honestly priya imagine all the banging photos we’re gonna get when i’m in aus girl!) Hell yeah, romance yourself, boys are trash anyway lets not lie xx

      4. I love your dress! You look stunning 😍
        As far as the other dresses I’ve been looking for a maxi dress & the floral wrap maxi dress is gorgeous!

      5. I love these dresses! Especially the polka dot ones. I love polka dots. I have to say you look so good in that dress too! Better than the model in the photo.

        1. You know how a dress can look far more flattering on the model than on yourself? Well, that’s NOT the case here, because Oh My Sweet Baby Jesus you look balm! I mean if the dude doesn’t compliment this dress, then you better get the heck away from him.
          It’s so amazing to hear about you and Isabel’s friendship. I truly wished I lived closer to you and some of the other amazing and beautiful people on this platform. Anyway, you go n’ have a wonderful week in that wonderful dress (hihi) <33 xx

          1. Aww thank you so much lovely girl! <3 And oh my god, honestly, if you did we'd be having you out for coffee dates with us all the time! Hope you have an awesome week as well lovely xxx

          2. the dress looks much, muuuch better on you than on the model! I would never buy it from that photo. On you, it looks stunning. Wait, is it because you’re a real person with actual curves (and boobs)???

            1. Awww thank you so much girly! I have to admit, from the photo I didn’t think the dress was going to be particularly form-flattering, I just liked the pattern, but it was more flattering than I expected! xx

          3. Wow you look amazing in that dress you are rocking it!! 😊 Love all the dress recommendations as well they are super pretty too. Don’t worry I will definitely take your advice and any boy I do date will have to get your approval first πŸ˜€ the picture right at the end of the post is so great btw πŸ˜‚ xx

            1. You look absolutely stunning (especially in the last photo lol)! And I love all your dress picks, especially the ASOS gingham one which I may have to treat myself to on payday. Great post!! <3 <3

            2. You are cuter than the Pinterest girls, Mia! I have a black gingham dress with the same front tie cut out but a different skirt line. (Idk if that’s what it’s called lol…) Looking forward to reading your Romwe review, the lace one of theirs is my favorite on the list & I’ve always wanted to try ordering clothes from there!

            3. Girl I loved this post so much! 😍 Your dress is so beautiful. My favourites were the orange dress, floral dress and the knot dress. They are all so beautiful. You have such great fashion choices πŸ‘ You are beautiful xoxo

            4. I LOVE this! Blogging friends are the best! I am so grateful for all the friends I have met through it. Okay gushing over girl that dress is flipping incredible! I am obsessed! And YES you are a model! I LOVE your picnic photoshoot! SO much fun! <3

            5. I love the dress – you have such incredible style! Can I just borrow your wardrobe for a week?! Whenever I see dresses with that tartan-like pattern, I always think of picnic mats because they always seem to have that sort of design. xx

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