1 Girl, 4 Looks: Date Outfits From The Corcoran's Kristin Guiter

Between her full-time gig as the Corcoran Gallery of Art's VP of Communications and Marketing and a booked-solid social calendar, Kristin Guiter takes the title of "girl about town" to new heights. A full-fledged vintage aficionado, she mixes her covetable stash of swing coats, sparkly dresses, and antique baubles with plenty of modern polish, and the result is personal style that shines whether she's hosting a museum event or sipping champagne at an after-party. So, who better to turn to for advice on what to wear when we have a special someone to impress? We spent some time with Guiter playing dress-up for date night and quizzed her on her best (and worst!) dates in D.C. and how to pick the perfect outfit. Get ready to fall in love for yourself!
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Kristin Guiter at home in a vintage '70s Oscar de la Renta snakeskin print dress, Michael Kors leather woven belt, vintage riding boots, and glasses from SEE.


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What advice would you give a girl who's seriously stressing about a first-date outfit?
"A first date is an opportunity to tell someone something about yourself — from start to finish — so I would encourage the woman to dress true to herself, in a way that will allow her to feel most comfortable and natural while also not shying away from personal expression. I dislike the idea that it's best to play the first date 'safe' by dressing conservatively...she shouldn't be afraid to let her originality shine through, whether through style or conversation!"


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Tell us about your go-to date look.
"My go-to date outfit is typically a vintage dress with a tailored fit and distinctive detail — from a '50s full-skirted frock to a '70s sequined cocktail dress, depending on the nature of the date. The dress is almost always complemented by colorful accessories and the total outfit comprises a combination of 'old' and 'new' to create a look that is at once contemporary and classic. And, above all else, expressive and personal."

3.1 Phillip Lim dress, bangles from India, Steven black platform pumps.


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What has been your most memorable date yet?
"One of my most memorable dates was my recent mini-break birthday weekend in scenic Charlottesville, Virginia. It included visits to a winery, apple orchard, vintage and antique shops downtown, dinner at the Clifton Inn, and tickets to see the Jayhawks (one of my favorite bands!) at the Paramount Theater."


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And what did you wear?
"An outfit perfect for a sunny, fall day in the country! J. Brand skinny jeans, vintage riding boots, a navy blue polka-dot vintage secretary blouse and camel cardigan with vintage pearl earrings and a broken-in leather Coach bag perfect for toting apples."


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What did you wear on your first date with your current BF?
"On our first date, we went to Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle, and I wore an ivory lace Laundry dress with vintage cowboy boots. He thought it was 'cool' that I was wearing cowboy boots and commented on it the moment he met me."

Camel Zara dress from Barcelona, vintage leather trench and scarf, Enzo Angiolini pumps, and Sondra Roberts clutch.


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Describe your personal style in five words.
"Eccentric, artsy, bold, expressive, polished."


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How do you find an outfit that expresses your style and feels right for a first encounter with a stranger?
"In my mind, those two outfits should be one and the same from the start!"

Helmut Lang skirt, BCBG blazer, HUE tights, and vintage 70's gold and silver owl necklace, bag, and scarf.


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Your take on the best date spots in D.C.?
"Dinner at Hank's Oyster Bar (!), day dates at Eastern Market and Hillwood Estate and Gardens, indie movies at E Street, live music at Black Cat, creative cocktails at the Gibson, and art openings on 14th and U streets."


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A sweet vintage scarf provides the perfect finishing touch.


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