Queer Outfit of the Week: Summer Day Date

Welcome to Queer Outfit of the Week where I scour the world and tell you all about my one favorite queer outfit this week. I’ll envision a scenario where you or your girlfriend or your best friend or your mom or your cat could wear it and talk all about why it’s a great outfit for that event. Every week will be a different style, gender presentation and event so there’s a little something for everyone — even the person who just wants to look at pictures of stylish queers! So let’s get to it! We’re going to figure out what the heck we’re going to wear this week!

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Queer Outfit of the Week

It’s 100,000 degrees outside, summer’s not yet over and you’ve just met the girl of your dreams. She’s a barista in that place downtown where you get Arnold Palmers and she just agreed to go out with you on a day date! So what are you going to wear?! You’re going to wear your go-to summer date outfit!

A short-sleeve button-up with a bow tie and floral shorts are just perfect for a date when it’s blazing hot out. The short sleeves and short pants keep you cool while the floral bow tie lets your date know that today is something special. It’s the summer so don’t be scared to mix crazy, brightly colored patterns. As long as you stick with no more than three colors you should keep your look from getting too crazy. If you’re MOC and have the common problem finding men’s shirt with sleeves that are too long, you can totally cuff your short sleeves, it looks adorable and retro.

Accessorize lightly; you don’t want her to think you’re trying too too hard. Stick with a watch and your favorite sunglasses. For a cleaner look you can wear a pair of light colored desert boots, but if it’s really hot don’t be scared to wear sandals. Still, go for your nicer Rainbows and shy away from flip-flops that look like shower shoes.

Autostraddle Summer Day Date Outfit
J.Crew, Jack and Jones, Ray-Ban, Ecko Unlimited

So go forth on your awesome date! You’re gonna look put together, laid back and extra special for that extra special lady!

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Lizz is a consumer, lover and writer of all things pop culture and the Fashion/Style Editor at Autostraddle.com. She is also full time medical student at Brown University in Providence, RI. You can find her on the twitter, the tumblr or even on the instagram.

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  1. That flowery bowtie is really cute, but the first outfit has tooo many patterns going on for me.

    I went on a summer date and just wore a sundress, simple and pretty!

    • Too many patterns can be overwhelming, but if you keep the colour palette down (max three as Lizz mentioned) and the scales of the patterns are differing, you can make that sort of outfit work.

      Sundresses and floral skirts are super simple and pretty (wore a floral skirt last week for a cute picnic in the park last week).

  2. Now I’m just imagining both girls on a date reading this post and showing up in the exact same outfit :))

  3. I definitely want a girl to show up to day date in that outfit! But what’s a tomboy femme like me supposed to wear???

    • Yea, this post was SUPER limited. I’m pretty capable of dressing myself, so I only read it out of curiosity, but seriously? ONE outfit for ONE type of gender/style presentation? Weak.

      • I guess because it was ‘Outfit’ of the week, singular : / Not the same as style guide (which I’d prefer because there are more options!)

      • the point of the column is that every week lizz picks one outfit she’s seen online or in the world and writes about that one outfit and how to get it — in the spirit of Style Thief, but with regular people. it’s not a post on summer date-wear for everybody who might ever read this website (those types of fashion posts take about three months to put together), it’s a post about one outfit worn by one person.

        on a more behind-the-scenes note, lizz’s time is super limited now bc of school, so this column will be a quick, fun way for her to keep bringing us fashiony things on a regular basis! wheeeeee!

      • I totally understand where you’re coming from, I don’t think I explained my new column well. I’ve updated the intro to better explain it!

        This post is part of an ongoing series where I pick an outfit I like that’s super cute, topical and seasonally appropriate (well for anyone living in my neighborhood) and talk about where one might wear it! We have a lot of style guides that go the other way around and talk about a range of styles and presentations for an event, but those huge style guides tend to take a lot of time and resources. With that in mind I like to save those sorts of articles for situations that apply to the most people possible, like our what to wear to a wedding series, the bathing suit edition or underwear week.

        This article series is supposed to be a different type of style coverage. It’s supposed to be a short and sweet little blast of queer style every week. Also it’s so we can gush at cute girrls and bois!

    • (Tomboy Femme to Tomboy Femme…)I think that first outfit would be super cute!–for my own TF style, I would just substitute a light-weight floral skirt for shorts, a tucked-in sleeveless button-up for the short-sleeved one, and accessorize from there.

  4. I prefer day dates to night dates. Night dates come with so much expectation, half the time I’m anxious of impending disappointment.A nice summer picnic at the park,wearing a cute outfit sounds just about right :)

  5. Ugh. I’m meeting someone for dinner tomorrow and now I really want to go shopping. What are you doing to my budget?! *sigh* To the thrift store!

  6. I love the idea of this column, Lizz. Sometimes it takes me a long time to process visual information, including fashion, so I appreciate deconstructing just one outfit!

    Also, I’m from Boston, where the fans of Cafe Pamplona call them Amanda Palmers.

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