We all know the cliché movie montage where the girl tries on outfit after outfit before her date, but the truth is that men care about how they look too. (And have you noticed that some of the worst offenders seem to care the least?) We’ve compiled a list of things to consider for both men and women to help you choose a first date outfit for any occasion. Ladies first, gentlemen.
Choosing cute outfits for a first date can be just as stressful as the date itself. Should you wear heels or flats? Pleated skirt, shorts or skinny jeans? And how the heck do you coordinate jewellery anyway? Sometimes it is understandable to be envious of men. They sure have it easy. (We’ll see why that’s not true later.) The first step in narrowing down what to wear on a first date is determining your date setting so you can dress for the occasion, and then it’s just a matter of following a few simple guidelines.
casual date outfit
Getting together for coffee means you’ll be in a more relaxed environment compared to other dates, so go for something casual and elegant. The key is to look effortless, a feat we all know is easier said than done. This date should reflect what you would normally wear on a day-to-day basis, which means you should definitely stay in your comfort zone. This is not the time to try something new or wear expensive designer brands to show off. Instead, go for the girl-next-door look by letting your hair down and wearing cute date outfits that you know you look good in. It doesn’t matter if that means jeans or a skirt, a swing dress or a sweater, flats or ankle boots, as long as you’re comfortable and feel confident.
What not to wear – That said, you don’t want to appear overly confident, and that goes for both extremes. This is not the right time to show off that little black cocktail dress and six-inch heels, nor will it be appreciated if you walk in with pajama bottoms and flip-flops. YourChristianDate
dinner date outfit
Now is the right time for that black cocktail dress that shows off your figure and flashes those sexy legs. But be careful not to show too much skin. Ideally, and this applies to any date, you’ll want to pick just one asset and highlight it, especially with your dinner outfit. For example, if you opt for a short dress, you’ll want to keep your arms covered so they don’t compete for attention below. Or if you want to accentuate your chest, wear a dress that reaches at least your knees or opt for skinny pants. Lastly, add some elegant high heels to complete your outfit.
What not to wear – Skip the shorts and leave your flats at home. You don’t need sky-high stilettos to look good. In fact, sometimes it can be too much. However, the elegant two-inch heels will give you more elegant than any pair of flats can ever hope to achieve.
Outdoor Date Outfit
Not all dates will be in a coffee shop or restaurant. Sometimes the best dates happen outdoors, like having a picnic in a park or going to a ball game or even strolling through a farmer’s market. Remember to highlight only one asset, so if you’re going to opt for shorts to show off your legs, consider wearing a lightweight cardigan and sun hat. During the winter, you want to stay warm and comfortable, but try to wear something form-fitting that accentuates your figure, and if it’s too cold for any outdoor date outfit that requires no less than three layers and that jacket large size, consider carrying the date inside.
What not to wear – Of course, you should dress for the weather, but that doesn’t mean throwing on a bikini top and shorts on a hot summer day or getting so bundled up in the winter that you look like the marshmallow man.
Don’t forget: makeup and jewellery.
Makeup can be tricky. How much is too much? Some women prefer to go au naturel and others like to highlight their eyes with lots of eyeliner and mascara, so there are no hard and fast rules here. Once again, it bears repeating: stay in your comfort zone. If you don’t normally apply a lot of makeup, don’t start now in an effort to impress your date. You’ll want to feel safe, and it’s hard to do that when you feel like running to a mirror every five minutes.
Jewellery can be that little extra finishing touch that turns cute ordinary date outfits into stunning. Jewellery attracts and attracts attention, so use it to draw attention to the assets you want to highlight. If you opted to wear something with a low neckline, wearing a large brooch or ornamental necklace would be the best way to focus all eyes on that part of your anatomy. However, it’s important to not only match your cute date outfits, but also choose accessories that brighten up your natural tones. For example, perhaps turquoise earrings will match the eyes better than ruby ones. And be careful not to overdo it and go crazy with too many accessories! YourChristianDate.Com
MASCULINE, SOPHISTICATED AND CHARMING
Men have it easy, right? All you need is a clean button-down shirt, good slacks, and maybe a sports jacket if you’re going somewhere fancy. And that’s it, right? Well not exactly. (For example, did you notice we haven’t mentioned shoes yet?) An uneasy majority of men think fashion doesn’t have to apply to them. Yes, your personality should ultimately be the deciding factor, but women appreciate a man with a personal style. The following tips will help you get that first date outfit.
casual date outfit
You don’t need to do anything fancy here. Be yourself and be comfortable, but of course you must also be united. Avoid wrinkled clothing, shirts or sweaters that are too tight, and pants that are too short. Sneakers are fine, although loafers or chukkas may be better, depending on whether you’re wearing jeans or khakis, respectively. For the top, you can’t go wrong with a clean button-down shirt, but a simple T-shirt and sport coat combo can also add a certain flair of sophistication to your casual date outfit.
What not to wear – Flip flops are a no-no. And while a track coat is nice, avoid that track top unless you’re going to a game with your date afterward (and even then, maybe consider cutting it down for a day).
dinner date outfit
It is not necessary to wear a tuxedo for dinner in a fancy restaurant. In fact, don’t, unless it’s a special banquet with a black tie dress code. If you are going to opt for a suit, make sure it fits you well. A jacket that’s too big tells your date that you can’t dress yourself or that you borrowed it from someone else, neither of which makes a good impression. You can still wear jeans, as long as they’re a solid colour, dark, and not faded or ripped, but pants are the best option. However, leave the slippers at home. A pair of Oxfords or wingtips would do you good here, and you may think it doesn’t matter, but ditch the white socks in favour of something that matches your pants.
What not to wear – Leave the garish, witty t-shirts at home. You are not an aging rock star clinging to his youth. And please put away the baseball caps.
Outdoor Date Outfit
Are you planning a romantic picnic for your date? A light colored button down shirt with the sleeves rolled up is a guaranteed good look for any man. Consider wearing a pair of casual loafers that can be slipped on and off easily in case you and your date want to feel the grass under your bare feet. If you anticipate a cold night, wear a jacket over a sweater so you can be gentlemanly and offer your jacket without getting cold.
What not to wear – Any baggy tank top intended to show off your muscles. Don’t be that guy. Women don’t like that guy.
Don’t forget: toilet
A well-groomed appearance goes beyond the clothes you wear. If you can’t remember the last time you got your hair cut, it might be time to consider getting it cut before your appointment. Also, while full beards seem to be ‘in’ these days, that doesn’t mean you have to look like you’ve been stranded on an island for months. Get rid of any stray hairs to give it that clean and sophisticated look. And don’t be afraid to trim or pluck a little, either. Trust us, girls will be more appreciative than critical if their eyebrows don’t point in all directions.
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Be practical. Choosing what to wear on a first date doesn’t have to be difficult. Clothes don’t define who you are, but they do say something about you, so don’t try to fit into something that isn’t you. The goal is to have the confidence to be your best self so you can focus more on making the date engaging and fun. And for God’s sake, if you need to suck your guts out to keep your outfit from ripping, don’t wear it. Always.