A Quick Guide to Dressing for a First Date

There’s nothing more exciting and stressful than planning out a first date. First you need to make sure that your schedules sync up, and then you have to pick a location that has just the right mixture of casual and romantic elements. On top of that and hoping that the two of you are compatible, you’re probably going to be tearing your closet apart trying to put an outfit together. Women’s clothes can set the whole tone of the date, and if you pick out something inappropriate to the occasion, you could give off some mixed signals.

Some women swear by wearing their sexiest little black dress out on every date, and others have a pair of jeans that always make them feel confident. Break out of your usual “first date” outfit, and keep these things in mind when you start to plan:

Focus on one feature to highlight

A lot of people worry about being a bit over-dressed for their first date. If you want to be subtle and fashionable, choose one feature that you want to highlight instead of going for your most attention-grabbing outfit. If you have great legs, pick out a flashy skirt to show them off. If you love your eyes, try some bold eyeliner and eye shadow and choose a dress in a complementary color.

Dress with the date in mind

Try to find out as much as you can about your date plan to make sure that you’re dressed appropriately. If you’re going to be going to a baseball game or a walk in the park, you may want to save your high heels and clingy dress for another night. If you’re going to be going out to a nice dinner, avoid wearing your usual jeans and blouse. If you are unsure of where you’re going, you can never go wrong with a casual dress and flats.

For a nice dinner

Image of outfit for a nice dinner.

For a casual date

Image of casual date outfit

Don’t dress for them, dress for you

If you really want to wear something that makes you feel sexy and confident, don’t spend too much time thinking about what you think they want to see. That may sound like the opposite of what you want to do, but sometimes dressing to impress can have the opposite effect. For one thing, dressing in a way that you normally wouldn’t will make you feel edgy and uncomfortable during your date, which is the last thing that you need when you’re already a bundle of nerves. Also, your first date outfit should express your own personal sense of style. This is, after all, a getting-to-know-you date – you’ll want them to see you for who you really are.

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3 Quick Fashion Tips for Fall 2014

How many of you reading this refuse to believe that summer has ended? Unfortunately, warm summer temperatures and long days will be gone but, luckily for us, that means that we get to put our fall wardrobe together! It can be hard to go from sun dresses and sandals to boots and coats, but if you love to express your own personal sense of style you won’t have a problem.

There are a few universal fashions that dominate the fall. Everyone has their favorite flannel shirt that they can’t wait to wear, and are counting down the days until they can slip into their new fall boots and plaid skirts. The fashion world is always changing, so there are a few things that you need to have in your closet this fall.

Bold colors
Green knit oversize sweater

Who said that bright colors are only for the spring and summer? Bold color statements can help add some extra flair to your outfit this fall. You may want to put away your neon shirts and hot pink pants, but you can still have fun some bolder (though slightly more subdued) shades. Look for jewel tones this fall: emerald green and amethyst look excellent on everyone, and can be paired with a pair of black pants or a skirt effortlessly. Bright reds and blues can also help add a pop of color to your wardrobe.

Southwestern prints

Tribal printed dress

If you loved wearing prints this past summer, you won’t have to worry about giving them up for the fall. Patterns, especially southwestern prints, are sticking around in the fashion world for a little while longer. Look for fringed blanket skirts to pair with your favorite shoes this fall, and generally any indie clothing with a folksy or boho vibe. Knit fringe is going to be big this year, and will help you stay warm and still feel fashionable. Make sure to pick up a big fringed scarf to pair with some of your favorite outfits.

Boots
Weathered Brown Leather Lace-up Combats Boots

If you love fall fashion, you don’t need to be told that you’re going to need a new pair of boots for the season. In the past, people couldn’t get enough of suede boots, but now people are swinging in a different direction for their footwear. Hiking boots and combat boots are big this fall, and you’d be surprised by how many shoemakers are getting in on the trend. If you want a fierce and fashionable look, you can never go wrong with a pair of these tough-looking boots. They can be paired with a variety of outfits, and they’ll last you a lot longer than the fall.

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How to Show the Right Amount of Skin

Is there anybody alive that doesn’t enjoy feeling attractive? Far too many people assume that women dress for men, but the vast majority choose their clothes to feel beautiful and confident in themselves. However, a lot of people have trouble toeing the line between looking sexy and trashy, and thanks to a lot of mixed messages, that line gets more and more difficult to see. People want to look desirable, but they don’t want to look trashy or unfashionable. If you want to find the perfect balance, remember this the next time you plan your outfits:

A little goes a long way cleavage-wise

Twisted Gold Knot necklace

A lot of women like to show a little cleavage, but are worried about revealing too much. The beauty of showing off your chest is that you really don’t have to do much to get your desired look. Try sexy party dresses that gently graze the top of your chest, or something with a low “v” neck. If you want to draw attention to your chest without showing a lot of skin, top off your outfit with a statement-making necklace or simple chain.

Showing off your legs doesn’t mean that you have to wear a skirt

Gray shorts with pockets

There’s nothing wrong with wearing a skirt or a short dress to show off your legs, but you shouldn’t think that it’s your only option. Shorts have been slowly becoming more popular, and now you can even get away with wearing a dressy pair to work if you combine them with tights or leggings (depending on your job, of course). You should also consider getting some high-waisted skinny jeans that will hug your curves – the higher cut will also help highlight the length of your legs.

Sheer clothes can give you the right amount of sexy without showing a ton of skin

Black and White detailed lace dress

Do you want to feel sexier without revealing practically all of your assets? Sheer clothing is the way to go! The key to wearing sheer clothing stylishly is to make sure that it’s paired with a non-sheer layering piece. If you have a sheer top, make sure that you have a bandeau underneath it. If you’re wearing a sheer slip-like dress, make sure you pair it with some leggings or tights.

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3 Rules for Your First Club Experience

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Maybe you aren’t really “a club person,” but your friends have convinced you to join them at the hippest new club in the city. Or maybe you’re finally 21, and you’re ready to go out and be the life of the party. Either way, you’re going to be going to a club for the first time, and you want to make sure that you’re ready. Going out with your friends will always be a fun time, but if you’re new to the club scene you may feel a little intimidated when the night gets closer. Don’t fret! We’ll tell you everything you need to know about having a good (and safe) night out with your friends.

Check the dress code

There’s no bigger waste of time (or bigger embarrassment) than arriving at a club, and then not being let in because you don’t meet the dress code. Do yourself a favor and find out what the standards are before you get ready to head out. Some places may expect ladies to show up in sexy nightclub dresses, and others may not have any restrictions. Either way, you’ll want to make sure that you’re dressed for the occasion. A quick look online or a short phone call can help you avoid a fashion disaster.

Wear good shoesImage of nightclub heels

We know that you may have the perfect pair of heels that you’ve been dying to wear, but if you can’t stand in them for more than ten minutes you shouldn’t wear them to a club. If you’re going to a new hot spot you’re going to be doing a lot of standing in line for drinks, dancing, and generally anything but sitting. Looking stylish is important, but not at the expense of your comfort. Wear something you’ll be happy with at the end of the night – blisters and sore feet aren’t worth it!

Look out for each other

Ideally, everyone would stay together throughout the night, but as you start to go for bathroom and drink runs and meet people on the dance floor, you’re bound to split up at some point. You don’t have to constantly keep tabs on your friends, but you should have a general awareness of where everyone is over the course of the evening. If one of your friends seems too drunk, don’t be afraid to pry them away from their dance partner and get them a cab. Always be sure to watch your drinks, and don’t be afraid to turn someone down if they make you uncomfortable.

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Your Mini Style Guide for Special Occasions

How much time do you spend putting together an outfit before you go out? Some people are able to just reach into their closet and pull out the first thing that catches their eye, but most people need some planning time before they step out. Picking an outfit can be fun, but it can also be stressful when you’re wondering if you’re wearing the right thing.

Is there anything worse than going somewhere and realizing that you’re either underdressed or overdressed? Talk about an embarrassing situation! Unfortunately, most invitations and events don’t come with detailed dress code instructions. Don’t spend hours in your closet and dresser the next time you have to dress for an occasion. Use this guide to ensure that you’re dressed for success wherever you go.

Backyard Barbecue

Barbecues are just a part of life during the late spring, summer, and early fall, but dressing for them can be a little tricky. You want to look nice, but you don’t want to look like you spent a lot of time to go to someone’s backyard. Any barbecue outfit should have an “I just threw this on” feel – so it should be comfortable, but you’ll want it to be stylish too. Leave your sexy party dresses in the closet for this affair, and bring out your most comfy maxi or sun dress. A pair of shorts and a cute top will also work, especially if they’re worn with a nice pair of flats or strappy sandals. For early fall affairs where it’s starting to get a little chilly, you can throw a cardigan over that maxi dress, wear tall boots with a shorter skirt, or go for a slouchy sweater, skinny jeans and flats.

Image of fall barbecue outfit.

First date

This is a situation where you want to dress nicely, but you don’t want to overdress in case you end up going somewhere casual. Leave your highest pair of heels at home, and wear something comfortable that you’ll be able to walk around in. Also, try to avoid showing too much skin. You don’t want to give the wrong first impression, or create an awkward situation where your date’s eyes are clearly not on your face. Instead, choose something sweet and pretty that accentuates your femininity without the showiness. Throw on some subtle, natural-looking makeup and don’t forget to accessorize!

Wedding

Weddings are the one place where you want to be sure to avoid a fashion faux pas, so follow a few tips when you’re picking out your dress. Generally avoid white in any shade (even a color block dress that’s white on top could make you look like you’re trying to steal the show in photos). Since the bride will be wearing white and you want her to have the spotlight, it only makes sense to steer clear of something that will draw comparison. Of course, a little white in your outfit isn’t bad, but it should be mixed in and lack prominence. Also, make sure that your dress is relatively demure. After all, it doesn’t do to try and flaunt your figure on a day when someone else is meant to shine – it will be seen as in poor taste and as an obvious grab for attention.

Image of sexy party dress

This dress, for instance, strikes just the right balance between figure-hugging and respectful.

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