First dates can be nerve-wracking. You have no idea how that person that you briefly chatted with at the bar or have sent a few texts back and forth with online is going to act. You want to make a good impression, but you don't want to look like you’re trying too hard. You want to highlight your best features, but you don't want to draw too much attention. Below are some tips for dressing for a first date for both men and women.
Opt for a clean pair of sneakers. The importance of a clean pair of sneakers cannot be overstated. Make sure that your first date apparel is casual – and more importantly, clean. Believe it or not, your shoes attract much more attention than you would think and people make judgments about you based on the shoes you are wearing.
Additionally, well-fitted jeans and a simple t-shirt can make you look both stylish and classic. This look is dead easy and cheap – and when done right, will have your date swooning. Keep in mind that this look should be wrinkle free.
It’s important to dress comfortably and in a way that positively accentuates your best features. For example, if you feel most confident in jeans and a t-shirt, stick to this look but add simple accessories to elevate the outfit for a date. Heels, jewelry and a statement purse can quickly transform a casual outfit into an eye-catching ensemble.
However, the best choice is often the classic little black dress. The little black dress seems almost cliche to even mention – but it's a first date staple. The little black dress looks good on everyone. It’s the perfect mixture of casual and elegant – and is sure to make a good impression regardless of the venue. Choose an all-black dress in a style of your choice paired with heels, a simple purse and elegant jewelry.
First dates are a mixture of excitement and stress. You want the other person to see that you are making an effort to look your best. However, it’s also important to feel confident in your outfit of choice.
If you’ve got a first date and are wondering how to create an ensemble that achieves both of these objectives, keep the above first date outfit options in mind.