Meeting a romantic interest is always going to be a bit of a minefield, and if you’re newly dating and navigating the singles pond, chances are you feel like you’re going to sink rather than swim at times! Even after weeks of trawling through strange messages on your online dating sites, weeding out the bad ones and chatting to your prospective new partners, you still have to then go on a date and meet them in person. Much like a job interview, a first date is your opportunity to make a good impression, to sell yourself and show the other person why you would make such a fantastic mate. So the pressure is on, and looking good is definitely part of that. I don’t think there’s a person alive who wouldn’t want to look their best when meeting a romantic interest for the first time, not only to make a good impression for them but so you feel fantastic in yourself too. Here are some pointers for dressing for a first date!
Wear Something You Feel Confident In
If you’re a girl that prefers jeans to dresses, don’t feel like you need to wear a dress on a date. If you go with something that’s way out of your comfort zone it could backfire and leave you feeling self-conscious all night. If you don’t usually wear high heels, a first date probably isn’t the time to start. The same applies to accessories, jewelry and everything else. You should dress like yourself, you don’t want to be tugging at your clothes or feeling insecure, this will show in your general behavior. For a first date coming across calm and confident is the best way to go, that way you can get to know each other without your mind being focused on the way you look. You want to make a good impression but you don’t want to come across as something you’re not, so don’t make massive changes to your style.
Don’t Over or Under Dress
With that being said, you don’t want to turn up in a tracksuit or lounge clothes just because they’re comfortable! You can still make an effort while staying true to your style. For example, smart trousers, a nice top and flat shoes can still look good without having to go super glam if that’s not you. If you do like to glam up, the trick is to not go overboard. If you’re going to a quiet country pub for drinks in the afternoon or on a picnic, a heavy face of makeup, huge teased hair and a skimpy outfit probably isn’t going to fit the bill. Women’s sundresses would work well here, they’re pretty and feminine and ideal for the daytime. You could team up with a cardigan and a pair of tights or leggings if it was a bit colder on the day. If you’re going for a walk in the park or another active date like mini golf then you will need the right kind of footwear, so find out where you’re going so you can dress appropriately. Don’t be tempted to go overboard, but do still make an effort- find the right balance.
Keep It Classy
One trick for looking classy is to choose one area to show off and keep the rest covered. For example, if you want to show your legs in a dress, go with longer sleeves and not too much cleavage. If you want to go strapless on top showing your shoulders and decolletage, go with trousers or wear tights with your dress on the bottom. If you’re wearing a top that shows a lot of your back, keep your arms and legs covered. This ensures you don’t look too over the top and also helps you to draw attention to your best features.
Feeling good about what you’re wearing and how you look will allow you to be your most confident self. This will allow you to enjoy the date and get to know each other without being spoiled by insecurities.
The take-home message is that you should still look like you so stay true to your style, but aim to look like the best version of you. Dress appropriately depending on the type of date you’re going on, and keep it classy so that you’re not revealing too much and keeping an air of mystery.
What pointers would you give someone who was putting together first date outfits?