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:

Striped Tie Front Dress – £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 – £22

Lace Maxi Dress – ASOS – £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 – £28

ASOS Black Gingham Wrap Dress – £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 – £20

Missguided Orange Cami Dress – £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 – £22

Polka dot mini dress – ASOS – £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 – £15

Red Polka Dot Dress – Pretty Little Thing – £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 – £8.51

Orange Wrap Dress – ROMWE – £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 – £10

Polka Dot Dress – ROMWE – £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 – £35

White Lace Dress – Dollskill – £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 – £21

Floral Wrap Maxi Dress – Dollskill – £21

*Resists temptation to buy*

10. Knot Dress – ROMWE – £8.98

Romwe Knot Dress – £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!

Peace,

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

  1. UniquelyMe – I'm a teen blogger who, basically, believes that being unique and being yourself is the best thing you could be! And, duh, I can't leave out music, books and Marvel, of course! 🎶📚🕷

    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

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Aww thank you so much, you’re such a doll! And oooh good picks, number 4 is definitely the one I was most tempted to buy ;-; <3

      1. UniquelyMe – I'm a teen blogger who, basically, believes that being unique and being yourself is the best thing you could be! And, duh, I can't leave out music, books and Marvel, of course! 🎶📚🕷

        I know, right?! Np haha

      1. 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.

  2. stickysituation – An expressive soul who indulges in poetry, art and music.

    MIIIIIAAAAA STOOOOOP WITH BEING SO GOD DAMN DROP DEAD GORGEOUS. Seriously. That dress is EVERYTHING. That last picture tho 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. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      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 🙂 Thank you lovely xx

  3. Alys – A 20-year-old student blogging about travel, mental health and creativity.

    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 🙂
    Alys xx
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    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Aww thank you so much Alys! <3 And lucky girl! I do like a good first date but they can definitely be painfully awkward! And I'm glad I could help 🙂 xx

  4. 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. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      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

  5. Karalee – Hello! I created this blog in 2016 to share my reviews of cosmetics, skin care, and books. As well as reviews, you will also find various lifestyle posts from blogging advice to recipes!

    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!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much, you’re so lovely 🙂 And ooooh nice choice! x

  6. Miely – Philippines – I simply write things that might matter to others and things that satisfy me. I'm a mother, blogger, and freelancer who really loves writing experiences.

    the dress just looks better on you 😀

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you girly! I am definitely loving those patterns at the moment 🙂 x

  7. Throughmylens – Currently living in the City of the Dreaming Spires..! A complete bohemian at heart. Come, get to know me through my blog posts.. Hop on board and join me on my journey to find all things beautiful! xx

    Love love love!!

  8. Britney – Maryland

    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. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much lovely! And omg YES I am loving polka dots atm too 🙂 (also, your new profile pic is gorge!) x

  9. kittyp0p – My name is Shannon. I'm Italian, 24-years old, and I've been dating my boyfriend for almost 5 years. I'm a CEO. I have a cat & a frog that I adore. I'm into fashion, self-care, makeup, photography, dance, organizing, and art in any form.

    You look magical I love the gingham trend for summer! That orange cami dress is super pretty too

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you lovely! And definitely agree with you, gingham is a fab print for this time of year 🙂

  10. vvhnguyen – Hey lovelies, My name's Vivian and I'm a 19 year old college student from Austin, TX. I absolutely love writing and being social, which honestly explains my major being marketing. I spend most of my days in classes and hanging out with friends and family and I'd love to spend some time with y'all as well so definitely check out my blog to follow along with my life. Love Y'all, Vivian

    Literally looking perfect!!!

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you so much girly! If I’m being honest, it’s a little more revealing in the boobies than I usually wear but hey it’s summer! x

  11. SimpleSerenity – My name is Azra, welcome to my blog SimpleSerenity. I'm from Bosnia and Herzegovina, 24 years old chemical engineering student that works as a beauty journalist. I hope you'll enjoy spending time on my blog and enjoy my content. It would mean a world to me if you would subscribe and leave me any feedback that you have! If you want to ask me something you can email me at simple_serenity@outlook.com.

    That dress is actually the cutest, you look so lovely in it. Gotta say thanks for adding that last pic, I did not expect that haha. xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thanks lovely! And it was honestly too funny not to share! xx

  12. 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. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      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

  13. Sev – lectrice avide, dévoreuse de dramas, gourmande qui s'essaie à la cuisine, jardinière en herbe.

    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. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      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

  14. 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 the picture right at the end of the post is so great btw xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Awww thank you so much lovely girly! And good LOL you better 😉 Honestly, it was such a funny photo I couldn’t help but share it 😀 xx

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Why thank you girly! And I feel you on that one, same here ;-; x

  15. Siya • BeStyleChic – Hola Peepz! this is siya here - a blogger living in the city of joy-India,and sharing my love for fashion-beauty-media-travel & more with all of you. Here you'll find travel guides, styling posts, etc. if you hit that 'contact me' button - a new friend ❤🍷cheers to Life xoxo ♥

    Wow loved the lookbook

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thanks girly! And definitely agree with you – I love a good mint green dress!x

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    IN LOVE WITH THESE DRESSES! You look stunning as usual and the last picture omg

    1. crystalsandcurls – I'm going through a bit of an existential crisis right now, I'll tell you about myself when I figure out if I'm real or not.

      Thank you girly! And omg loool that picture is honestly so funny x

  17. 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

  18. hoiyinli – Fashion Design Graduate of UCA Rochester now working in Communications. I love to create and make art, bring ideas to life, write and read.

    Girl you look so cute in the dress! Really love it on you. That last picture is amazing, haha!

  19. Style of Laura Jane – The Style of Laura Jane is a thought-provoking dating and relationship site for you to read, learn, laugh at my experiences and explore less conventional perspectives. If you enjoy think-pieces, confessions without a side of sugar and sarcastic (though truthful) dating advice, you've stumbled upon the right place.

    Gorgeous photos! I really like that polka dot dress. I don’t have anything dotty in my wardrobe at the minute either. xx

  20. wellcolourmeyellow – I write stuff and pretend it's nice

    Looove the dresses, especially the cami and the black gingham one ^^
    (PS yes you look like a Pinterest girl, its actually really uncanny of a phenomenon ha)

  21. Honeydew – Las Vegas, NV

    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!

  22. seaofwordsx – Christina, 27 years old, blog about my journey in life, loving yourself and mental health 🌸

    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 You are beautiful xoxo

  23. Rossy Galaxy – Pacific Northwest – I'm a full-time SAHM to an energetic 5 year old boy and I'm married to my best friend. / / I love makeup, photography and cars.

    That is such a gorgeous dress! Looks fab on you!

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    Gorgeous looks, girl! Great post

  25. K.M. Sutton – I am a country girl living on the Upper East Side of the concrete jungle. My friends call me a modern day Renaissance woman. I have dabbled in a little bit of everything, from being a yoga instructor to holistic chef, to skating coach, to glorified nanny, to student. I am a self admitted coffee junkie. A wannabe mermaid. A wanderluster who dreams of other countries. A fashionista who really does need a bigger bank account. But most important of all, I dream of living in a bungalow by the ocean and being a published writer (in style of course) sipping coffee in the morning and a martini in the evening. I love to meet my readers, so feel free to comment or email me. Happy reading!

    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

  26. Hannah – Hello there! My name is Hannah and I am a 22 year old lifestyle blogger who loves travelling, coffee and social media. Welcome to my corner of the Internet.

    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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