Yay for date nights! After more than a year of virtual dating, it’s time to get back out there and meet new people face-to-face again.
So, what do you wear? You may have spent the last year in nothing but sweatpants, but when it comes to first dates, first impressions are everything. Your style can help with that!
Try out a few of the first date style tips below to look and feel your best on your next night out!
1. Dress Comfortably
You don’t need anything over the top! Find something easy to wear and best describes you as a person. This includes everything from your underwear to your accessories! (You don’t want to worry about wedgies from uncomfortable underwear, right?)
Grab a stylish (yet comfy) dress or pair of well-fitting jeans and pair them with comfortable shoes. You never know how long the date will last (or how much walking you’ll do), and you don’t want your outfit distracting from your good time!
2. Keep It Simple
Jeans and a sleek and stylish top or light-weight dress will usually do the trick for just about any first date. When it comes to looking your best for a date (especially in the summertime), utilizing a few of your staple pieces will help you put together a polished look that doesn’t make you look like you’re trying too hard.
3. Dress According To Planned Activities
If it’s a beach date, you’re not going to wear jeans and heels, right? Right. It’s important to pair your outfit with whatever you have planned. Make sure you know what you will be doing and for how long.
Try wearing something casual and cool so you don’t work up a sweat. If you’re grabbing drinks, a casual summer dress, or your favorite sleeveless top and jeans can give you that fun and flirty look.
4. Flaunt Your Personal Style
A first date—or even the first few dates for that matter—is the best time to show off your own personal style. Expressing it through clothing is a great way to do it!
Whether you prefer to wear something bright and splashy, or very sleek and understated, the way you present yourself will communicate a lot about who you are to the other person.
5. Wear A Tried And True Outfit
When meeting someone new for the first time, avoid wearing a brand new outfit. Not only are you not presenting your most authentic self, but you may run into some unexpected wardrobe issues during the date.
Go with an outfit that you know you love and have worn a few times before. Knowing how you will feel in the clothing for an extended period of time is important! It ensures you will feel at ease throughout the date. (Not to mention, you already know how good you look in it!)
6. Look Flirtatious
Don’t be afraid to look a little extra flirtatious when putting together your date look! Showing off your neckline, chest, or shoulders are subtle ways to show some skin without revealing too much.
If you prefer to stay covered up, wearing your hair up is another option for looking a little more flirty. Don’t be afraid to show off your face and neck, and maybe even spice things up with some earrings.
7. Keep Hair and Makeup Simple
Keeping your hair and makeup natural-looking is a must when looking to make a great first impression. Wearing makeup that’s much heavier than you would normally wear not only masks your face, but can give off an inauthentic impression.
Stick with a light makeup look that enhances your natural features without completely erasing them. Same for your hair — rather than going over the top with curling or straightening your natural hair texture, try wearing your hair as you would on any normal day. The goal is to show your date the real you!
8. Wear Clothes That Fit
While you do want to feel at ease on your date, wearing clothes that are far too oversized or simply the wrong size for your figure won’t work in your favor.
You want to be able to show off the best features of your body when going on a date, and wearing clothes that either hide or squeeze your figure will counteract this goal. Be sure to pick out pieces that fit you well and highlight your best features. This helps boost your confidence!
9. Wear Sensible Shoes
Deciding which shoes to wear on a date is arguably the most important decision you’ll make when it comes to how well you will enjoy the occasion. Uncomfortable shoes have the power to ruin your whole outing if you’re in pain the whole time.
It’s best to avoid super high heels, and instead, reach for a lower pair of comfortable pumps that you’ve worn many times and know you can get around in easily. Of course, if the date is more casual and you can wear flats or sneakers, seize the opportunity!
10. Limit Your Accessories
As you put the finishing touches on your outfit before you head out the door, keep the accessories to a minimum. For example, if you don’t wear a lot of jewelry on any given day, stacking on necklaces and rings may make you feel distracted or uncomfortable.
Remember, first dates don’t have to be nerve-racking! With the right outfit, you’ll feel confident, excited, and ready to make the ultimate first impression