How to make date night sexier

Jul 26, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Date night need not get boring. We understand it’s easy to get into a routine, but there are some simple ways to elevate the time you spend together. With that in mind, we rounded up some tips for spicing up date night.

Couple on date night

Shake things up

You might love the little place around the corner you always go to, but routine doesn’t exactly scream sexy. For your next date night, we suggest shaking things up by trying someplace totally new. It doesn’t have to be expensive or somewhere you would never normally choose, but it does have to be a place you haven’t been and that you’ve been meaning to try. The change in scenery will add excitement to the date, which is exactly what you need to help make the evening a little sexier.

Real women speak: "We used to go to the same sushi place for dinner every week. I loved it but we didn’t realize how bored we were until we tried somewhere new! Now we make a point of choosing one new restaurant once a month. It’s a lot more fun." -- Amanda from Montreal, Canada

Elevate excitement

Rather than looking at date night as just another night, try to do what you can to create excitement around the evening. Talk about what you’re going to do and where you’re going to go in advance of the date, send each other flirty texts the day of, or even go old school and leave a sexy note in your guy’s briefcase before he goes to work. The point is to make date night seem more special and get each other excited about it.

Real women speak: "Trust me; date night gets a lot more interesting when you’re furiously texting about it a few hours beforehand. Nothing too crazy, but my boyfriend and I do tend to get really flirty with each other over text. I know it’s a bit cheesy, but it gets us both really pumped to go out!" -- Valerie from Indio, California

tieDress the part

Wearing the same jeans and T-shirt every time you and your significant other go out to dinner? It’s time to switch things up. Both of you should make an effort to dress up. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but get ready as if you’re really trying to impress each other. You’ll feel sexier, flirtier and be more likely to put more effort into the date overall.

Real women speak: "My husband used to dress really well, but once we moved in together and got married, let’s just say he dropped the ball. I suggested we ‘dress up’ for our last dinner date and it really made us both feel great. It felt more like a date, rather than just two people going out to eat." -- Adelaide, from Los Angeles

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