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
For a casual date
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.