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Five ways to heat up date night

Whether you’re stepping out with a new beau, spending quality time with an old flame or mingling with other single folks, a sizzling outfit or stylish sexy extras can help make you feel like the only girl

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Patent heels, Winners Glow in the Dark bra and bikini bottoms, La Vie En Rose Lace dress, Kensie One-shoulder dress, Le Chateau
Drew Barrymore and fiancé Will Kopelman

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Whether you’re stepping out with a new beau, spending quality time with an old flame or mingling with other single folks, a sizzling outfit or stylish sexy extras can help make you feel like the only girl in the world, but it doesn’t mean you have to take out a loan. Here are five ways to heat up your date night look without burning your budget.

Be on red alert
Forget dressing for the job you want, how about dressing for the date you want. If entertainment and passion are on your date night agenda, invoke the power of red. Red is strong, sexy and sassy, and will always wow. You can do a little, like a red lip, red nails or red high heels. Or you can do a lot, like a fabulous scarlet frock. With the right fit, there isn’t a woman alive who can’t wear the heck out of a red dress. Keep accessories minimal, the colour is the main message.

Try: One-shoulder dress, Le Chateau, $110.

Start feeling lacy
Soft shades and delicate details are enjoying a major fashion renaissance, and lace is leading the pack. It’s elegant and refined, but with a peek-a-boo element that makes it undeniably alluring. This romantic fabric looks modern thanks to slouchy shapes or an oversize scale. Choose simple gold jewelry, it’s the best way to play up the sweet side of lace.

Try: Dress, Kensie, $138, available at Sears.

Light up the night

Staying in can be every bit as fun as going out. There’s none of the hassle of waiting among the masses, and all of the benefit of hanging out with your special someone. It can be especially fun if underneath you’re sporting some serious lingerie. Don’t underestimate the power of a brand new bra and underwear set to raise your spirits, as well as his eyebrows. Check out a glow in the dark set for some truly illuminating boudoir fun. The only rule of a date night outfit is that it must enhance your sexiest part: your self-confidence.

Try: Glow in the Dark bra, $45, and bikini bottoms, $25, La Vie En Rose.

Aim high
A brand new head to toe look isn’t mandatory, but new accessories can rejuvenate your night out uniform. Heels undoubtedly pack the most stylish punch while putting ladylike swagger in your step. The hottest ones display colour blocked bold hues that look equally chic with a LBD or a smoking pair of jeans.

Try: Patent heels, Winners, $50.

Easy does it

Hair and makeup can be the finishing touches that put your look over the top, but you shouldn’t shellac and coif yourself so completely that you’re unrecognizable. The best date night looks balance something exceptional with something easy. Think a dress that hugs your curves and undone waves, or a sultry smokey eye and a simple striped t-shirt. An air of effortlessness, even if it takes more than five minutes to create, goes a long way. Cost: nothing. Outcome: priceless.

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