It is always exciting, and a little nerve wrecking, when you’ve scored yourself a first date. You’ve only got one chance to make a first impression. The first date is important and can set the tone for the potential future of your relationship with him.
Here are some tips to help you feel and look your best on your first date!
1. Always dress for comfort and not to impress
You want to be comfortable and at ease, which means wearing clothes you like – clothes that make you feel good about yourself. That doesn’t mean you should wear your favorite baggy shorts. But you don’t need to squeeze yourself into a body-con dress, or buy a push-up bra and put on a little black dress and high heels. Unless, that is what you normally wear when going out.
High heels are okay if you are used to it and it won’t make you feel uncomfortable or worse, in pain. For some girls, wearing high heels gives them that extra boost of confidence as you naturally end up having better posture.
Make sure you test drive your outfit, especially if it is new. Some skirts tends to ride up as you walk and some dresses tends to shift up when you sit down. You also want to stay away from anything that’s too static.
2. Keep the mystery alive
It is important to get the balance right. Don’t expose yourself too much, either too much cleavage or too much leg is a no-no. The trick is to reveal just enough to get him interested, but not enough to ruin the sense of mystery. Leaving a little to the imagination is always good.
3. Be amazing and confident
Pick clothes that you love. Spritz on your favourite perfume. Wear your best lipstick. You’ll look and feel amazing. This vibe will rub off on your date and you’ll feel more confident about yourself.
4. Be yourself (just the better version of yourself!)
Don’t be someone you’re not and I repeat, don’t dress in anything you don’t feel comfortable wearing. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl then don’t go and force yourself into a skin tight dress. If you have piercings and tattoos, there is no need to cover them up. It’s best to be yourself so that your date knows who you are from the get go. If it’s meant to work out, your outfit won’t prevent that from happening.
5. Always dress for the occasion
It’s a good idea to find out where you’re going on your first date, so that you don’t end up under- or over-dressed. If it’s a surprise though, I always prefer being over-dressed than to under-dressed.
6. Be well groomed
Ladies, it’s imperative to make sure that you don’t have a “moustache” or hair poking out of your nose. Pay a little attention to eyebrows and nails. I think manicured and pedicured nails, shaved legs, etc. say a lot. Basic personal hygiene is important regardless of whether you are going on a date a not.
Ultimately, be true to who you are. Be sure that whatever you decide to wear, it represents you and your personality. Remember, you have to wear the outfit and not let it wear you. Feel comfortable and make sure that extra effort you’ve put in empowers rather than burdens you. Remember, at the end of the day, have fun!
I have selected a few outfits from Mango, one of my favourite high street brands. These are looks that definitely match my personality.
For coffee or breakfast dates, I will opt for something simple and casual, yet a look that retains my personal style.
As for lunch or dinner dates, I am more comfortable with tight fitting pants or jeans with a loose fitting blouse.
And if I’m going somewhere really nice which will require me to dress up a little, I’ll slip on a dress or a skirt.
(Pictures taken from Mango)