Going on a date is meant to be exciting, but let’s face it, for many of us it’s just plain daunting. With so many new factors, our fear of the unknown makes it hard to shut out the voice in our head pointing out all the things that could go disastrously wrong.
One area you can control is your outfit. And while the success of your date is by no means only based on appearance, making a good first impression can’t hurt. You’ve probably noticed that when you think you look smart you are more relaxed and feel at ease. This is what you want to aim for when dressing for a date. Follow these helpful dos and don’ts to avoid a last minute scramble on the night of your date. With your outfit sorted, what else could possibly go wrong?
Think you need something new
While it’s tempting to get caught up in the excitement of a date and rush out and buy a whole new wardrobe, your bank account will not thank you later. One of the keys to feeling confident is choosing an outfit in which you feel comfortable. Think of something you have worn before that made you feel great and work from there. You may find you have everything you need for your ensemble already or that a small purchase such as earrings is all you need to complete the outfit.
Overdo the accessories
While accessories can be a great way to dress up a basic or simple outfit you don’t want them to overwhelm your date. Opt for your some delicate and simple pieces or choose one area to make a statement. For example, if you’re going to wear long statement earrings steer away from wearing a big necklace. A good rule of thumb is to follow the French trick of looking in the mirror before leaving the house and taking one thing off (as long as it’s not a crucial piece of clothing)!
Rely on a dress and heels
The little black dress is undisputedly a lifesaver, however, there are some times when it is not the most appropriate option. It is a good idea to think about where you are going and whether there is a dress code. Knowing your surroundings and dressing accordingly can go a long way to making the date more comfortable for you and your companion.
Try to be a trendsetter
While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being at the forefront of fashion, your date may not be the best place to flaunt new trends. Over the top trends that look knockout on the runway or in magazines are often not the most wearable outfits. If you want to channel a trend pick one and keep the rest of your outfit simple.
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Go a little more glamorous
You may want to give off a casual, laid-back aura but that doesn’t necessarily mean your outfit should be casual. It’s always better to be slightly over-dressed as opposed to under-dressed. Pick a key statement piece to add some extra glamour to your look such as an embellished clutch, impressive necklace or a killer pair of heels.
Choose comfortable shoes
Ok, so to clarify, the shoes should look killer without actually killing your feet. Shoes are a very important factor in dressing for your date. The most important thing here is to choose a comfortable pair of shoes. It is best to steer clear of new shoes, or if you are dead set on a new pair make sure you have given them a test run first. Limping along after your date is not an ideal outcome.
Show a little skin
This one may surprise you, but hear me out. I’m definitely not encouraging overexposing yourself or putting all your assets out there but don’t be afraid to show a little unexpected skin. For example if you are wearing pants you could opt for a low-back top or a hint of cleavage. If you’ve chosen a long sleeve shirt or blouse pair with a strappy heel for some added sexiness.
Test-run your outfit
Trying on your outfit the night before is essential. There’s nothing worse than imagining what you’re going to wear and then putting it on and not looking anything like you expected. Especially if this happens ten minutes before your date is due to arrive. This unnecessary stress can be avoided by choosing your outfit, and trying it on, the night before.
Why not try:
An open blouse or shirt with tailored pants or smart black jeans and some strappy heels. An updo hairstyle gives this look more glamour as does a statement bag or earrings.
A sharp jacket or blazer with fitted pants and a plain t-shirt. Pair with a closed toe pump or boots and a statement necklace to dress up the t-shirt.
Stay warm in a dressy knit matched with a fitted or flowing midi skirt. Dress up the knit with heels and a statement necklace.
Pull out the trusty LBD and add some colour with a necklace, scarf or your bag and shoes. The LBD can also be dressed down by wearing with stockings and boots. Finish the look with a coat which can be removed once inside.
Anything in red. Studies show men think red is the sexiest colour on a woman. Pick something red within your comfort range, if you don’t feel confident in a red dress or top, go for a red bag or shoe instead. Failing all this, you can never go wrong with a red lipstick.