An Easy Summer Date Night Dress From Athleta


It’s honestly a little scary to say, but I am dating again…

I told myself that 2022 is going to be the year that I manifest a man, and while I can’t determine if I have been successful quite yet, what I can say is that I am having fun exploring my more flirtatious feminine energy while dating. Let’s be real though, dating (no matter your age) kind of sucks.

But you know what doesn’t suck? Wearing cute date-night outfits that make you feel sexy and confident.

This Athleta Work Dress: Perfect For Date Night & The Office

Athleta is 1 of my all-time fave brands, but not typically for a sexy, summery look. That changed when I tried on this effortless yet so-perfect-for-date-night midi: the Santorini Cinch dress.

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While Athleta is one of my all-time favorite brands, it’s not a place that I would typically go to for a sexy summery date night look. Athletic and athleisure, absolutely. Workwear, sure. But a date night look from Athleta?! Never. (Or so I thought…)

But all of that changed for me when I tried on this dress that felt effortless…yet perfect for date night. At first, this dress feels simple, especially when you look at it on the rack — it doesn’t necessarily evoke that va-va-voom you’d typically expect to see from a date night look. But once I tried it on? Wow.

This Athleta midi work dress feels simple when you look at it on the rack, but it looks & feels drastically different once you try it on.
The Santorini cinch work dress was designed as a part of Athleta’s newer work-wear collection, for “commuting, work & travel.”
The Santorini midi work dress is lightweight + breathable. It's made of Athleta’s TENCEL fabric & is perfect for all-day wear.

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Comfortable + Chic: The Athleta Santorini Cinch Midi Dress

The Santorini cinch dress was designed as part of Athleta’s latest work-wear collection. In fact, Athleta’s site says it’s designed for “commuting, work and travel,” which I totally agree with. It’s 100% the kind of dress you would want to wear to work — or, in my case, on a date. Either way, this dress is lightweight and breathable and is made of Athleta’s TENCEL fabric; it’s perfect for all-day wear. Throw on a blazer and a great pair of heels, and you are ready for work.

Though this dress was designed and is great for work, I love how feminine it feels for an easy date-night look. The dress is pretty on its own, and its subtle detailing is what has me excited to wear it on my next date night. The cinching at the waist accentuates my ultra-curvy body, and I absolutely love the back slit that peeps just a little extra leg.

The cinching at the waist of this Athleta midi work dress accentuates my ultra-curvy body, & I love the back slit that peeps just a little extra leg.

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While I don’t think I’ll be making Athleta my go-to for finding great date-night looks, I was so pleasantly surprised by how great this dress is. So for now, I will take finding this simple yet surprisingly stunning dress as a win for my date-night wardrobe. Fingers crossed that it will help me manifest the person I’ve been looking for!

XX – Kat

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Dating sucks. What doesn't suck: wearing cute outfits that make you feel sexy + confident. This Athleta midi dress is perfect for all-day work wear -- & date nights.

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