Choosing your first date clothing

On a first date you want to make a great first impression. You only have one opportunity to make a good first impression so it important that you get it right. Your outfit is one of the first areas your date will pay attention to, so it is an area not to be overlooked. For some people, choosing an outfit for a date is a not an easy decision to make. The next time you need to choose clothing for a date, make sure you take the following tips on board.

Preparation

The key to choosing a successful outfit is being prepared. Take time in picking out your perfect outfit, whether this involves looking in your wardrobe, or looking in the shops. Even if you know exactly what you are going to wear, always take time to try it on just to make sure it still fits and is stain and hole free. It may be an outfit you wear regularly, but you might have forgotten about a stain you got on it the last time you wore it, so it is always a good idea to check just to make sure. This will give you time to wash it, or pop to the shops if necessary and prevent any last minute panicking. Many people make the mistake of planning their outfit in advance, but not trying it on until just before the date, only to discover it doesn’t fit as perfectly as thought. Regardless of the outfit, always try it on days prior to the date.

Have a back up plan

Even if you have your ideal outfit washed and ironed waiting for the date, it is always a good idea to have a back up outfit planned in case of emergencies. Sometimes accidents happen prior to a date, such as make up stains, perfume or aftershave spills and even threads being plucked; this is when the back up outfit comes in. As with the chosen outfit, make sure you try on your back up outfit in advance to make sure it will suffice if you are required to change at the last minute.

The date location

Wherever the date venue, always wear clothing that suits the date location. Wearing fancy clothing to the cinema or to the seaside will look silly and make you stand out; not to mention make you feel daft. Alternatively wearing jeans and an old t-shirt to a fancy restaurant will draw unwanted attention to yourself. Wearing appropriate clothing will not only show you have made an effort, but will make you feel comfortable and appear relaxed. If you are unaware of where your date is taking you, it is always suggested that you are slightly overdressed than under-dressed, although a ball gown or tuxedo isn’t required; Smart trousers and a casual shirt is sufficient for a man, and smart trousers with a fashionable top and cardigan or jacket is ideal for a women.

Choose an outfit that suits you

When choosing an outfit the most important factor to consider is comfort. Your comfort should be your first priority shortly followed by the style of outfit. It is important that the chosen outfit suits your body shape and your age, plus enhances your good features and hides any flaws. For example, if you have large hips, never wear hipsters; they will only emphasise your large hips. Instead opt for a flattering top that will drape over your hips and disguise them. If you have areas of your body that you don’t like, it can be tempting to cover up with baggy clothing. Baggy clothing usually has the opposite effect and can actually make you look much bigger than you are. Alternatively, tight clothing can also make you look bigger than you actually are, plus they can be uncomfortable, especially after a dinner date.

Avoid Designer Outfits

It is acceptable to wear an item of designer clothing, but avoid dressing head to toe in it. The last thing you want is to look like a fashion victim and high maintenance. You might be a fan of the latest fashion and designer wear, but be realistic. You risk putting your date off you, who may feel you are out of their league if you are dressed purely in labels. If you wish to wear designer clothing, make sure you don’t look like a walking advert.

Ask for advice

If you are unsure of the best style of outfit for you and your date, ask friends or family to help you. Friends are usually more than willing to give their advice, and even lend you some outfits to try on. Borrowing an outfit is a cheaper alternative to buying a new one.