First Date Fashion by Sian Miller – The Picnic Date

Anyone who looks carefully at photos of me will notice I have something of a first date uniform (which I now wear when doing interviews too!).  My wardrobe consists of fifties patterned dresses, and not much else!  And so I’ve enlisted the help of stylist Sian Miller to tell us to Dos and Don’ts of First Date fashion.

First off, Sian gives us two ideas for a Picnic Date … not dissimilar to the rather exciting date I had last week with Captain Charm-Offensive!

Miss Twenty-Nine xxx

Picnic Date – Look Number One


This is a really pretty summery look for a picnic.

I’ve gone for a floaty midi skirt because it’s both beautiful and feminine, and also because it’s also practical when you’re potentially sitting on a picnic blanket in the grass! No-one wants to be fiddling with a mini skirt or too-short shorts trying to protect your modesty on a first date!

The actual outfit is really easy and comfortable, perfect for a day of picnicing but the pretty prints give it a nice summery touch. Don’t be afraid to mix prints – done well, clashing prints look really eye-catching.In this instance I’ve kept it quite muted, the skirt is the main focus and the shirt picks out the blue in the skirt to complement it.

With all these prints the accessories need to be quite neutral so I’ve stuck to soft colours and walking-through-field friendly shoes! This type of look will suit most body shapes but is really easy to adapt. Girls blessed with a bigger bust can easily swap the printed top for a plain colour if you feel the print is drawing more attention than you’re comfortable with. The skirt gives you loads of colour options, you can go for simple cream/black or pick out any of the colours in the skirt, pink, green, yellow or blue.

Picnic Date – Look Number Two


This second look is for those of you who aren’t into floaty florals or prefer something a little more laid back.

 I really like the easy, stylish feel to this outfit.  It’s got a bit of a riviera vibe going on, perfect for a picnic by the river! These shorts are again practical for a picnic date as they’re a nice length and comfortable to sit in while still avoiding inappropriate flashing! I really love a stripe and neutrals combination, it’s a classic that works time and time again and is a great fail-safe option for a first date.

As before, this look will suit most body shapes and contrary to popular belief, horizontal stripes will not make you look bigger! However, if you’re not used to wearing stripes you can always try smaller stripes in softer colours for something a bit more subtle. Additionally, if you prefer a little less leg on show this would look great with a peach high waisted midi skirt or some on-trend culottes, just make sure you go for a soft fabric and light colour to keep the look feminine.

Sian xx




Sian is a freelance fashion stylist and personal stylist specialising in live events and editorial styling. She’s worked on events for various shopping centres around the country, styling catwalk models and dancers, as well as styling for a number of national magazines. Sian’s blog focuses on showing you how to create different looks, how to style trends to suit everyone and how to make the most out of your wardrobe. You can also contact her at for any enquiries, be it work or fashion advice!




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