What To Wear On A First Date
Preparing for a first date can be both exciting and nerve-wracking and when it comes to first impressions, your outfit can either make it or break it.
It only takes 7 seconds to make that all-important first impression, so our clothes are usually a big factor in the initial stages of meeting someone for the first time.
We’re here to help with a list of tips on how to pick the right outfit for your next first romantic date.
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Your outfit should make you feel comfortable
Choose something that will make you feel comfortable because this will help you to feel your best. And when you feel good, you’ll look good, too.
Think comfortable linen jumper or a jacket, classic blue jeans, and cool cotton vintage T-shirt. If it’s a more formal event, go with tailored trousers and a smart shirt and a polo jumper.
Feeling confident in what you’re wearing can also help to calm any last-minute nerves because if you feel at ease you’ll be able to relax more and concentrate on getting to know your new acquaintance.
Your outfit should reflect your personality
Wearing an outfit that reflects your personality and individuality is a must, especially if you are interested in seeing your new date again in the future.
What you wear is your opportunity to express yourself. On this note – never dress like someone else as this is misleading and will be impossible to keep up as time goes on.
Your outfit should be fit for the occasion/date
No matter where your date is going to be, choose something that is fit for that occasion but is also stylish. Once you know the location of your encounter, you can think about the kind of clothes that will be appropriate. However, be aware that plans can change and if your date goes well, you could end up continuing to another location so be ready to adapt.
Add unique details to an ordinary outfit
Adding some unique details to an ordinary outfit can make a big difference. It’s a chance to add something extra which makes you stand out. Think about some special jewelry, a watch, silk scarf, or any other accessory that you love, like your favourite shoes, or signature scent to give your look an edge.
Don’t go over the top
Sometimes, our desire to impress others can lead to us accidentally overdoing it, especially when it comes to how we dress.
You may know you look great in certain clothes but ask yourself if they’re suited to the location and if they’re actually the best way to make your first impression.
This also applies to make-up. A more natural look is always the safest option.
Make your own rules
There are no set rules when it comes to what you should wear on a first date. It can often be a balance between the points listed above and other personal factors.
As a general rule, if you’re feeling comfortable, your body language will reflect this during your date.
There has been a lot of research into the psychology behind first dates, with both interesting and surprising results. Some studies claim that wearing different colours can have a significant impact on the way we perceive others the first time we meet them.
It’s also important to remember that although appearances are important at the first stages, the real test is to see if there’s any chemistry between the two of you. If you want to find out more about the psychology behind this, check out this Guardian article.