It has been an especially difficult time for single people this past year, with the lockdowns putting a dampener on the dating scene and preventing people from having hook-ups. But now the lockdowns have finally been eased it’s time to get yourself back out there. First dates can be somewhat nerve-wracking, even more so when you’re out of practice. So here are some tips on what to wear on your first date to make the best impression!
Match the occasion
This may seem like an obvious tip, but it can be quite difficult to know what to wear when you’re going out somewhere you’ve never been before. If your date is something casual like coffee, then dress casual! If they’re taking you to a 5-star restaurant, then get ready to dazzle in that new dress you’ve not had chance to wear yet. If you can research the venue online, look and see if there are any dress codes, as some places may require you to be up to standard.
How casual is too casual?
The last tip is a very simple place to get started when figuring out your outfit, but it can still feel complicated when you desperately want to impress your date. If you have agreed on a casual first date to just get to know each other, then they’re likely not expecting you to come out with makeup ready for the red carpet and high-heeled shoes. Find something comfortable and stick with what you know, if you usually have natural makeup on then do that, if bold eyeliner is your thing, then stick with it! A casual first date is to get to know you, not to impress, so stick to what you normally would do in this situation.
Fancy first date? Dress up!
If a fancy restaurant has been suggested for the first date, it’s likely they want to impress you, and will be expecting the same back. So put yourself out there a little. A black dress can never go wrong with the right accessories, and more striking makeup and a bold lip will match this perfectly. And it is likely that the venue will definitely have a dress code, so if you’re still stuck, or want to do more than a simple black dress then check the site. Or, you could look on Instagram and see posts people have tagged to the venue to get an idea of how others dress and take inspiration from them.
Is this a passionate night, or a spark igniting?
You will also want to consider whether you intend on seeing this person again. If this is a one-night stand, then you can go all out to make it a passionate and steamy night. Wear your best lingerie and cute skirt, put on your heels and be ready to wow them. But if this is someone you are planning on seeing again, or pursuing a relationship with, then you may want to save the best until later, and do just enough to entice them in. Wear a cute dress and boots, or perhaps some jeans and a nice top. You don’t want to give them too much and set a standard for how you always be (unless of course, that is how you always are).
Match the weather
If you’re in a heatwave in the middle of summer, you’re likely not going to want to wear jeans or a jacket. Check the weather in advance so you can play around with that. Will you need an umbrella, or will a jacket do? Is it going to be hot enough to wear a skirt or shorts, or are tights needed? Is chafing going to be an issue? If you’re in the middle of winter and its cold, a jumper dress will be perfect for a nice cosy date out, and it can be styled to be very casual or more done up to match the occasion. If it’s spring then you’ll want to get rid of some of your thicker woollies for a long sleeved shirt and jacket, or a dress and cardigan could work. You should always check the weather so you can be prepared for the worst.
Follow this simple guide to knock the socks off your date. But what you should do if a guy suddenly stops talking with you and the date didn’t go as you hoped? Was it your outfit, your hair, your makeup? If it didn’t work out just try again! It doesn’t matter if you didn’t nail the outfit, someone out there will love your style no matter what you show up in. The more dates you go on, the more practice you’ll have at finding the perfect outfit.