You only get one chance to make a first impression. Perhaps you’ve been out of the dating game for a while and are heading off on your first date in a long time. Or maybe you’re going out for a long-awaited date with your significant other. Either way, you’ll find plenty of inspiration in this article on how to dress on first date.
What to think about when choosing how to dress for a first dat
First what should you consider when putting together your first date outfit?
#1 Wear what you’re comfortable in
While you’ll want to choose something special, you’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable. You don’t want to be fidgeting with a neckline or feeling that your waist is digging in.
Abi @stealmystyle40 above looks very stylish but also relaxed in her print jumpsuit.
#2 Stay true to your style personality
Not only do you want to be comfortable, you’ll also want to express yourself as you really are. After all, you’ll want to the other person to like you for YOU. Stay true to your unique style personality.
So if natural is normally your style personality, stay true to that and just glam it up a bit.
Of course it’s perfectly fine to show up as the best version of you or the most sexy version of you, but stay true to yourself.
#3 Add an on trend piece
You want to look current on your first date. Even if your style personality is classic. In that case, make sure your classic style is current. Adding just one new item to your outfit can make all the difference.
#4 Mix and match formal and casual
To look great yet as if you haven’t tried too hard, mixing formal and casual pieces is a good formula.
#5 Think about where the date is
For example, if you’re having dinner, you’ll want to concentrate on your top half. But if you’re having a picnic, you’ll want to make sure you can sit down comfortably.
#6 Wear tactile fabrics
If you want to give your outfit a romantic feel, then wearing tactile fabrics like silk, satin or leather is perfect.
#7 show off whatever you’re most confident about
If there’s anytime you want to feel confident, it’s on a date. So, if you want to add some subtle sex appeal to your outfit, think about showing off the area of your body you like the most, whether that’s your shoulders, your legs or your decolletage.
Nikki @40notfrumpy above shows off her legs in her little black dress.
how to dress for a first date a first date
Now, let’s look at how to dress for a first date and some specific outfits you could put together. You’ll find a first date outfit capsule at the end so you can look at how you can mix and match all the different clothes, shoes and accessories.
Ted Baker London Trisca Boxy Cargo Crop Jacket – Nordstrom Drape Neck Short Sleeve Top – Careste Georgia Silk Skirt – Nina 60 Pointy Toe Pump – Chrysansmile Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag – Open Edit Twisted Link Collar Necklace –
You could also think about cowl neck tops which always look stylish and have some sex appeal. A print will draw attention to your upper half while if you like your shoulders, you could choose a halterneck top.
jackets and Coats
Karen Millen Compact Stretch Single Breasted Jacket – Fraiche by J Wrap Front Long Sleeve Dress – Cushionaire Alba Block Heel Sandal – Reiss Arden Basket Weave Clutch – Open Edit Twisted Link Collar Necklace – Jennider Helena Chain Drop Earrings
You could always add some drama with your coat and keep the rest of your look simple. Or, you can choose a classic choice like a blazer or a trench coat. A moto jacket or a denim jacket can add a casual element to your outfit.
jeans and pants
Cathy @themiddlepageblog above (read her style interview here) chooses a pair of on-trend wide leg jeans. She adds a classic white shirt and moto jacket, and her print heels add sexiness and playfulness to her outfit.
You can always wear a pair of jeans if you don’t want to look like you’ve tried too hard. Or a pair of black or white pants will always be on trend. You could also think about print pants, but keep the rest of your outfit simple.
dresses and skirts are perfect for first dates
A red dress is ideal if you want to create a big impression, and a little black dress will, of course, always be appropriate.
shoes for a first date
Karen Millen Compact Stretch Single Breasted Jacket – VICI Collection Satin Halter Neck Blouse – Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans – Calvin Klein Beeta Pointy Toe Flat – Reiss Arden Basket Weave Clutch – Open Edit Twisted Link Collar Necklace –
Your shoe choice can make a big difference to the look of your outfit. You could choose a classic option like a pair of pumps or block heel sandals, or opt for an edgier look with a pair of ankle boots or pointed toe flats.
Karen Millen Compact Stretch Single Breasted Jacket – Kay Unger Raven Draped Sheath Midi Dress – Cushionaire Alba Block Heel Sandal – Chrysansmile Leather Quilted Crossbody Bag – Open Edit Twisted Link Collar Necklace – Jennider Helena Chain Drop Earrings
Choose clutch bags and statement jewelry. If you want to add extra warmth, you can always add a pashmina over your shoulders.
Your first date outfits together in one capsule
You can see the clothes and accessories from above together in one capsule below so you should find plenty of ideas when considering what to wear on a first date. You can always mix and match the tops, jackets and shoes to create lots of different looks. If you have any semi formal event to attend this year, you should find inspiration below.
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