How-to dress for a date

Follow these helpful dos and don’ts to avoid a last minute scramble on the night of your date.

How-to dress for a date

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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    1st Aug 2014
    Hate the colour red! No chance for me :)
    Believe it or not, I just can't find a nice LBD. Always something 'wrong'.
    2nd Aug 2014
    Why is this article focused towards women, who generally try hard to look nice, unlike some men...
    2nd Aug 2014
    Why do women have to "sell" themselves with how they look? "Show a bit of skin" "Dress glamourous" these statements just show women have to worry about what they wear but guys just chuck a pair of jeans and a shirt and they are done. As long as you are clean and neat is enough, why try to impress your looks on a first date, when you want to know about personalities first and whether there is any "real" spark. By the way perfume is an excellent way to cover up natural pheromones which humans use for attraction. (same goes with deoderant)
    2nd Aug 2014
    If you don't know how to look good at this age, you never will. I second the comment about men. Women usually make a big effort, but most men in this age group are a disaster. They know there is an over supply of women. However, I'd rather stay single than contemplate someone who can't make an effort. The occasional "distinguished" type is the exception.

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