So you’ve finally met a guy who seems to be the kind of person worth taking the trouble to dress up for. What’s better? He’s asked you out on a date – your first one together! I bet you’re all excited and looking to make an impression with this one.
Looking great on your date is sure to earn you brownie points and your guy will definitely find it hard not to shower you with compliments and attention. If you’re wondering how to dress to impress him on the first date, know one thing – you don’t need to have a genius level IQ to be able to do so.
There are several ways in which you can dress up to impress a guy. And contrary to the popular belief that most young girls harbor, you need not wear skimpy, revealing or uncomfortable outfits to look good.
Though first dates can be tricky and unpredictable, it does not mean you cannot look your best.
Here are a few tips on dressing up for your first date.
1. Wear Something that Makes You Feel Good
The best way to look good is to feel good. The way you feel on the inside is what you reflect on the outside. So wear something that you know complements your body type and makes you look fresh and radiate confidence.
Apart from that, be yourself. Don’t do or wear anything that would make you uncomfortable. If you don’t like wearing high heels, put them aside. Similarly, you need not switch to flats just because your date is shorter than you.
This logic applies to your clothes too. You don’t have to wear that tight skirt to look glamorous. Wearing ill-fitted clothes will only make you feel uneasy, which may reflect in your behavior and body language. Instead, wear what makes you feel great in your own skin.
2. Dress as per the Occasion
How would it look (and feel) if you turned up in stilettos for a date that involves going for a walk around the park? Or if you showed up in walking shoes for a sit-down dinner? That’s right – you would feel totally out of place. And your date would feel awkward too!
The idea is to dress up according to the occasion. If you decide to go for a picnic, you need not dress up like you’re going to a night club. Wear your cute custom tank top and jeans instead. The sophisticated sit-down dinner date is the perfect excuse to put on your little black dress, matching shoes and carry a handbag/tote/clutch.
3. Flaunt Your Individuality
If you dress the way everyone else does, how will you to stand out from the crowd? In fact, that would make it all the more difficult for your date to tell how different you are from others. Don’t be afraid to let your individuality shine through.
If your date likes you, rest assured he’ll notice almost everything about you on the first date itself. Whether it is your hair, nails, earrings, bracelet, and even your belt. So do wear your favorite accessories that define you and create interest.
Do use them wisely though, as your first date can reveal a lot about your personality. You don’t want to create a negative impression and scare your date away!
4. Be Miss Happy Feet
While a lot of us think that wearing a brand new pair of shoes on your first date is a great idea, more often than not, doing so proves to be disastrous. You never know how they will behave during the course of your date.
You don’t want to end up with cuts and blisters on your feet or trip and fall when with your date, do you? Many a time, even the most comfortable-looking shoes can leave you cringing if you decide to take a walk or burn the dance floor.
It is a good idea to wear your tried-and-tested pair. Simply clean and/or polish it and it’ll be ready to make you fly.
5. Keep It Simple
It is best to keep your look simple and down-to-earth, yet charming for your first date. Postpone the glam, high-maintenance look for later. Simple and elegant (but well-fitted) outfits can be sexy too. Avoid skimpy clothes and formal wear. Opt for knee-length skirts, dresses, jeans with a pretty top that hugs you torso without suffocating you.
In other words, wear something that portrays you as desirable and someone who doesn’t need an army of people to help her get dressed.
6. Pay Attention to the Details
While you don’t need to run to your hairstylist before your first date, you need to ensure that your hair looks good i.e. clean and neat. Style them in a way that makes them easy to manage. If you’re having a bad hair day, tie them in a bun or a ponytail and you should do well.
Pay attention to your nails as well. No one like nails that are dirty, chipped or have leftover nail polish on them. Clean them up and opt for a non-messy, natural look, if you do not have time to spruce them up.
Depending on what you decide to wear, do get waxed. Wear a good perfume as those who smell good inevitably attract other people towards themselves.
7. Play Your Trump Card
Want to dress to impress but still in a fix about what to wear? Simply put on a piece that always looks great on you. This could be anything – a blazer, a pair of jeans, a smart t-shirt, a fabulous dress, or a pair of stylish shoes. This is the best way to ensure that you make a great first impression.
First dates are exciting as well as nerve-wracking. But it is up to you to make the most of it. Dressing well is one of the key concerns, and getting that right will definitely go a long way in scoring a second date too. Keep the above tips in mind and you’ll surely put your best foot forward and have a great time on your first date.