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Must-Have Sweaters for Date Night

When the weather starts to cool down as fall progresses and winter sneaks up, the more likely it is that a sweater becomes a part of your date night wardrobe. A women's sweater encompasses so many things: timelessness, class, style and comfort are just a few examples. Now, anyone who has ever been on a date–whether it's the first date with a new person or the 50th with the same person–knows that piecing together an impeccable date night outfit is a task. So in order to help you out with the outfit planning process, we've come up with some tips on everything you should look for in a sweater that you plan to wear for date night. We've also included some sweater options that are perfect for the occasion!

A Sweater for a Certain Type of Date Night

The only way to make sure you are wearing the right sweater on date night is to first know what type of date night it is. Is date night a cozy night in with the hubby curled up on a couch with a blanket, a pint of ice cream and a Netflix marathon? Or is date night the third date at a rustic seaside restaurant with the new guy you've been seeing? Once you know what your plans are, you can start searching for the most fitting sweater.

A Sweater That Makes You Feel Fabulous

The sweater you wear on your date night should make you feel comfortable and confident at the same time. You shouldn't have to sacrifice one thing to have another. It is possible to find a sweater that offers both and more. In order to find a sweater that makes you feel fabulous, you should make sure it's completely comfortable when you wear it. And the only way to know this is to try it on. If none of the sweaters you currently own make you feel great, it may be time to squeeze in a little shopping before the big night. Give yourself a chance to try on a few cotton sweaters until you find one that works for you. It should be something that fits nicely, yet doesn't feel restrictive or inflexible. The last thing you want to be thinking about is how difficult it is to move or breathe while you are on a date. Once you've made sure it's a comfortable fit, the second part of feeling fabulous is the huge confidence booster it should give you. When you put it on, does the material feel silky and smooth and luxurious against your skin or does it feel grating and irritating? The way your clothing will make you feel, mentally and physically, will affect how you feel the rest of the night.

A Sweater That Is Flattering on You

It's a date. It goes without saying that you want to look good, and a poorly fitted, unflattering, cheap sweater will negatively impact your whole outfit. As we stated in the tip above, always make sure you try on a few different sweaters until you've found the right one. Know your body type and get familiar with what kinds of sweaters offer the most flattering fit for your body type. After getting the fit down, make sure you've landed on a sweater color that enhances such things as your complexion, eye color, hair color and so on.

You Can Never Go Wrong With Cashmere ...

Cashmere will always look good for a date night or other special event. It gives off an air of sophistication but never comes across as haughty. It's a luxurious material, one that will keep you comfortable all night and keep you looking great from the beginning of the date until the end. If the date is happening on an extra chilly night, opt for a cashmere turtleneck or a cashmere cardigan sweater instead. This rule of thumb applies to both men and women: You can always spruce up a date night outfit by adding a cashmere top.

... Or a Shawl Cardigan

We don't know what your date night looks like, but let us paint you a picture: a quiet evening on the deck of a beach house. It's the evening. Dusk, to be precise. As the sun is setting, you and your significant other are basking in the sounds of the waves crashing onto the shore and the smell of the sea breeze. You have a fire going in the fire pit and a glass of wine in hand. What would you be wearing in a situation like this? A shawl cardigan sweater. Or, perhaps, a big, cozy, bear of a sweater that wraps you up and gives you an added level of comfort on an already deliriously, wonderfully cozy night.