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LAST WEEK'S EDITION
BY LAUREN BLACK
My favorite part about going on a date? Getting ready for it. Your favorite playlist is blasting, your favorite beverage is in hand, and you have an excuse to pick out an outfit that makes you feel like your best self. The highs and lows of dating—whether your single AF or coupled up—have certainly felt amplified by the various stages of confinement we're undergoing in quarantine. And communicating your boundaries and prioritizing your health and wellness has never been more important. So when it comes to an actual date night, I'd much rather focus my energy on what I can control (like having fun and feeling confident) than any expectations I have for the night (at this point, literally none). If you're feeling stuck, try one of these formulas below for a guaranteed good time.

The First FaceTime.
To channel the same level of excitement as an IRL date, slip into something that will put you in a fun and flirtatious mindset for your video call, like a satin top and flowy (read: comfy) pants. Don't miss the opportunity to sport your favorite pair of dangly earrings.
TOP Aritzia, $88 PANTS Mango, $80 NECKLACE Mejuri, $85 EARRINGS Shashi, $64 SLIPPERS Emu Australia, $60
The Outdoor Drinks.
In my mind, a casual drinks situation doesn't need any extra effort on my part beyond what I already know makes me feel, well, hot. A knitted tank or bodysuit, my favorite jeans, layers of dainty jewelry, and a subtly-sexy, strappy pair of kitten heels always does the trick for me.
TOP Intermix, $158 JEANS Mother Denim, $238 EARRINGS Mateo, $250 NECKLACES Mejuri, $395 and $170 BAG Yuzefi, $357 SUNGLASSES Ray-Ban, $154 SHOES Jaggar, $130 FACE MASK Araks, $40
The Park Picnic.
Whether a mini or a midi is more your style, a printed dress paired with crisp sneakers is a forever flirty formula you simply can't go wrong with. Plus, it's the perfect look for the hottest date spot in quarantine: your local park.
DRESS Realisation Par, $180 NECKLACE Ana Luisa, $75 SUNGLASSES Crap Eyewear, $79 BAG JW Pei, $49 SNEAKERS Vagabond, $130 FACE MASK A.L.C., $24
The Netflix & Chill.
To show just how comfortable you can be around your date, make use of all those cute sweatpants you splurged on in the beginning of quarantine for a Netflix and chill session.
TOP The Range, $119 BOTTOMS The Range, $225 EARRINGS Mejuri, $50 BAG Mango, $40 SNEAKERS Veja, $145 FACE MASK Erdem, $65
The Small Group Sesh.
Group settings can be a little intimidating, especially if you're still getting to know the other members. My favorite way to offset any feelings of self-doubt is to opt for a trendier look that I know will make me feel both cool and confident. Plus, a statement item (like a vintage blazer) will give you an easy conversation starter.
BLAZER Mango, $90 T-SHIRT Alternative Apparel, $24 SKIRT Aritzia, $58 SUNGLASSES Akila, $105 NECKLACE Ana Luisa, $115 RINGS Ana Luisa, $59 each BOOTS Marc Fisher, $160 FACE MASK Cosabella, $18

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