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Date night style challenge: his & hers

How would your partner dress you for a date night, or vice versa? We gave three readers and their husbands each the chance to pick their perfect couple outfits – with amazing results

Danielle Elmes-Hughes
9 Feb 2016 | 12:08 pm
  • Her: Dress, Dh790, Debut at Debenhams; Heels, Dh195, Zara; Earrings, Dh59, H&M. Him: Jacket, Dh599, T-shirt, Dh79, Boots, Dh449, H&M; Jeans, Dh350, River Island.

    Source:Aiza Castillo-Domingo/ANM

Sarah and Matthew Langbridge

Sarah, 34, is a stay-at-home mum to Monroe, three, and Scarlet, who tells us she’s “almost two!”, Matt, 38, is a musician and teacher. Both Australian, they met in London at Hillsong Church, “He played and I worshipped. Thank you Hillsong London!” says Sarah. They moved to Dubai eight years ago.

Matt’s picks

“Sarah has a killer body, so I like to see her show it off a little. I prefer seeing her in modern, funky outfits like the
one I chose. I also love seeing her hair up, as she has a sublimely beautiful décolletage.

“When it comes to dressing myself, I’m a fan of the grungy, well-fitted, indie-rock styles worn with tailored shirts. It’s nice to wear a leather jacket again; in London I had several and it reminds me of a time when Sarah and I met and fell in love.”

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Sarah: Dress, Dh2,150, Phase Eight at Debenhams; Heels, Dh145, New Look; Earrings, Dh69, H&M.

Matthew: Jumper, Dh195, Zara; Jeans, Dh195, Zara; Brogues, Dh249, H&M.

Sarah’s picks

“Any colour suits Matthew. I like to see his body shape, so I chose a tight soft knit jumper and deep blue jeans.

“For my own outfit, I love being feminine in anything that’s not practical on an evening out with handsome husband (after wearing the opposite with my little ones!). This dress is perfect for that!”

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Nancy and David Ray

Nancy, 56, spends her time volunteering with charity groups close to her heart, while David, 69, is a pilot. Originally both from Denver, Colorado, they met on a blind date in Washington DC.
David was in the Marine Corps and Nancy says he swept her off her feet. They have been living in Dubai for eight years.

Nancy: Dress, Dh2,065, Ted Baker; Heels, Dh150, Iconic Jewellery; Nancy’s own

David: Shirt, Dh195, Zara; Trousers, Dh250, Banana Republic; Loafers, Dh195, Zara.

Nancy’s picks

“I love David in a crisp white shirt; it’s classic yet always current.

“As for my outfit, I’m a girly-girl and on date nights I like to dress up and feel pretty, and this dress definitely makes me feel that!”

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Nancy: Jacket, Dh500, Phase Eight at Debenhams; Vest, Dh159, Mango; Trousers, Dh995, Ted Baker; Heels, Dh250, Debut at Debenhams; Jewellery, Nancy’s own.

David: Jacket, Dh270, Iconic; Shirt Dh195, Zara; Jeans, Dh295, Banana Republic; Shoes, Dh550, Banana Republic.

David’s picks

“Nancy looks great to me in anything silky and flowing. I love the way this top shows off her décolletage. The rest of the outfit fell into place around this beautiful top – I knew it would look great on her.

“For my outfit, I like to dress quite casual so jeans always appeal and I know Nancy loves a white shirt on me!”

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Jennifer and Paul McGarrigle

Jennifer, 37, is the owner of events company Exquisite Events and Paul, 38, is a strategic account sales manager. Both Irish, they met in 2007. Paul says, “Jennifer spotted and approached me at a John Mayer concert in Dubai and obviously she was mesmerised immediately! We married on the beach at Jumeirah Beach Hotel a year later.” They have both lived in Dubai for more than 12 years and have settled in Jebel Ali with their little girl, Holly, aged six.

Jennifer: Dress, Dh479, River Island; Heels, Dh145, New Look; Clutch, Dh450, Coast at Debenhams; Earrings, Dh89, Mango.

Paul: Jacket, Dh455, Zara; Shirt, Dh195, Zara; Trousers, Dh195, Zara; Boots, Dh100, H&M.

Paul’s picks

“Jen has some lovely clothes, but tends to choose simple black quite often in spite of the fact she looks great in colour. So, I went for something she would never have chosen – green and sparkling!

“As for my look, I thought I would try to create a combination of business and smart casual.”

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Jennifer: Top, Dh525, Coast at Debenhams; Skirt, Dh900, Coast at Debenhams; Heels, Dh180, Iconic; Clutch, Dh550, Ted Baker; Jewellery, Jennifer’s own.

Paul: Jacket, Dh499, H&M; Shirt, Dh149, H&M; Trousers, Dh195, Zara; Shoes, Dh195, H&M.

Jennifer’s picks

“I like to see Paul in colour – red shades right through to pale pink really suit him – but he so rarely wears it. I also wanted to see him in a more casual jacket and shirt as he tends to think quite practically and only buys for work.

“As for my outfit, I love a long tutu skirt like this one. It’s so girly and pretty that I just couldn’t resist it!”

Danielle Elmes-Hughes

Danielle Elmes-Hughes