"We all get a little rush of excitement at the prospect of buying a brand-new outfit for a first date, but this is not the time. You're much better off wearing clothes, shoes especially, that you've already tested."
- Nina Garcia
- Nina Garcia
What are first dates all about? Getting to know one another, right? So, why do we focus so much of our attention on what we wear? The type of clothes you wear is to let your date know that you care about the way you look. Regardless of gender, a first date outfit is a huge deal "maker or breaker" for many. Instead of jeopardizing your chances, keep our tips and suggestions in mind while getting ready for your date.
What to Wear on Your First Date
More often than not, first impressions from a first date define whether or not it'll mold into a healthy and strong relationship. Although that's not the only parameter, it often plays a huge role. Depending on the activities you may have lined up for the date, here are a few options you can choose from.
For a DRINKS or KARAOKE DATE
This night calls for a hip and somewhat chilled-out attire. Wearing colored pants (not to be confused with skinny, brightly colored pants) with a casual t-shirt and a jacket is the perfect way to keep it informal. There's no particular need to add accessories to the outfit (as you're not a woman), but if you really want to take it up a notch, add a flattering fedora hat.
For a CLUB DATE
Going clubbing automatically means you want to be noticed with her. It's "dress to impress whoever sees you" time; and she's going to expect you to look the part. The way to tackle the attire for the night is by keeping it semi-casual, yet trendy and slightly funky. Don't be scared to wear a vivid-colored shirt to seal the deal.
For a MOVIES or COFFEE DATE
This is another "very public" and popular place for a first date. Whether you're meeting her for a cup of coffee or catching the latest flick, here you don't need to make big efforts on your attire. If you're a casual dresser, maintain your style for the date. However, if you feel that it may not be enough, add layers or accessories as per the weather.
For a FANCY DINNER DATE
A fancy dinner date is all about wearing a nice pair of classy pants, matching shirt, elegant shoes, and a smile that wins her heart. You want to show her a good time? Well then, you have to dress the same way too. A chic suit is a must because most fine dining restaurants have a certain dress code that needs to be followed. So, think carefully before you finalize the venue.
For a BEACH or ARCADE GAMES DATE
Even if this is a super casual date, you still have to wear clothes that look well taken care of and quite new. Wearing a pair of clean and presentable shorts, t-shirt, sneakers, and a baseball cap can make you look responsible and handsome. However, avoid t-shirts with cartoon characters and offensive tag lines on them.
Your objective is to look amazing, be confident, and seem approachable. Make sure you don't go overboard with your outfit and add unnecessary layers to show off your sense of fashion. Obviously, dirty and wrinkled clothes are a big no-no whether it's your first date or the 10th. Turn your wardrobe inside out, if you have to, and make sure you dress to impress.