Dating Dress Code
Dress to Impress on Your First Date
Many of you ladies might think you won’t need help primping for a first date, as you’re already impeccably dressed and would never think of committing any fashion crimes. But when it comes to impressing someone you’re sweet on, even the most stylish among us can lose our way. Herewith, your definitive guide to dating-wear do’s and don’ts.
Make an effort.
It goes without saying: you want to let your date know that you gave a damn to look good for him, and vice versa. If you’re a girly-girl, this is a no-brainer: you always aim to look put-together and “done”. But even us girly-girls can sometimes miss those all-important details.
So fresh, so clean.
Now, I hate ironing as much as you, but if you insist on wearing those oh-so-butt-flattering yet wrinkle-friendly black pants, be sure to iron them before heading out. And if you’re going to pull out your trusty LBD, make sure you put on your deodorant after slipping it on. Some of these so-called “invisible” brands simply aren’t and you don’t want to end up with those dreaded white slash marks near your waist. Be neat. Your date will surely appreciate your chic, tidy, and crease-free look.
Less is more.
A general rule when it comes to first-date dressing? Don’t show too much skin. You want to look sophisticated, not like a dime-store hooker. A little cleavage is good, however. Keep the girls strapped into a well-fitting bra and you’ll show some sex appeal without giving off the achingly desperate cougar vibe.
This rule also applies to makeup, so be subtle. Maybe a little extra shimmer shadow in the corner of your eye, or a couple of extra coats of mascara, but don’t go trying out that ubiquitous smokey-eye raccoon-look if it’s not something you’d wear day to day. Honesty is key here. You want to convey what you actually look like, not what you’d look like as a circus performer.
Clean hands, manicured nails.
Ever since I outgrew my decades-long nail-biting habit, I’ve noticed people’s hands and nails. And you know what they say about hands: well-kept hands say “stable, together”; chewed, dirty fingernails say “Nervous Nellie”. So keep up with regular manicures at home or treat yourself to a professional mani at a salon. You’ll feel more confident if you’re not embarrassed to show your claws.
You might think that date-night is a great excuse to run out to Aritzia and buy a sexy new top. But know this before you drop your already debt-ravaged Visa card: you might be more comfortable and at ease in clothes you already own. Wear what makes you feel great. First dates are stressful enough—the last thing you need is a boob to unexpectedly slip out of a top you’re not used to wearing.
Lastly, dress according to where you’re going.
If you’re going bowling on your first date, don’t show up in a sexy Mendocino dress; go casual with jeans and a nice top. The same is true if you’re going to a snazzy restaurant: dress appropriately.
Written by: Kristen Vinakmens
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