First dates are nerve-racking. Wanting to make a lasting impression, you have probably stressed over every detail of your date. We can ease your mind on a topic everyone stresses over before the first date: what to wear. We are not going to go through your closet and pick out your clothes, but we will give you the guidelines you can use for every situation.
First dates come in a wide variety. The first rule of dressing to impress on a first date is to dress appropriately for the situation. Wearing a suit to grab a coffee will either give the impression that you are trying to hard or that you are unapproachable. Wear casual clothes for a casual date, formal clothes for a formal date.
Second, make sure your clothes are flattering. Make sure you pick colors that are good for your complexion and highlight your best features. If you have nice eyes, wear something that makes their color stand out. If you have great legs, wear a skirt that shows them off.
Even for the most casual of dates, make sure your clothes fit you appropriately. No one looks good in baggy sweats, even if you are just taking a stroll in the park. Remember, casual does not mean sloppy – make sure you look your best, even if you are dressed in jeans and a t-shirt. Make sure your jeans are clean, in the right size and style for your body type. Your t-shirt should be fitted as well, leave the too big, stained shirt with the funny saying in your drawer at home.
Give the impression that you dressed for your date. Even if you have to go straight from work to your dinner date, don’t look like you are showing up in the same thing you wore all day. Make sure your clothes are stain and wrinkle free, and make sure what you are wearing doesn’t scream “office wear”. Take a few things with you to change into when you head out in the morning. For example, if you work in a formal office, you can take your pencil skirt suit from business wear to date wear by bringing a cute, flirty top and shoes with you and changing in the bathroom before you head to your date.
Finally, it is important to wear something that you are comfortable in and makes you feel good when you are meeting someone new. If you are comfortable and feel good about yourself, that will shine through. Confidence is sexy on everyone.