Dating is tricky. You can’t be too eager or too aloof. And are you trying to make them like you, or figuring out if you like them? And Oh My Word! What Will You Wear? (Insert dainty squeal or masculine sigh…).
Here are some tips and tricks to keep you looking and feeling fabulous for first date night. It may not lead to wedding bells, but at least you’ll know you put your best foot forward with no regrets.
1. Coming Straight From Work:
Sometimes heading out on a first date straight after work is unavoidable, so at least be prepared.
Men – take a fresh shirt, deodorant, a change of socks and a splash of cologne. Don’t overpower her with too much cologne – it’s a mood killer. Unless you’re going somewhere super fancy, take off your tie and undo the top two buttons – no more than two, you’re not Fabio. If you work in utility clothes it’s best to go home, shower and change. You’ll look and feel better for it.
Ladies – take a fresh little dress to change into, something that won’t crinkle. Make sure it’s comfortable and flattering. Don’t wear white, Murphy’s Law will ensure that red wine and spag bol are splashed all over it. Freshen up with moist toilettes, and touch up foundation. Wipe off and reapply lipstick fully. Crusty old, layered on lipstick is Not Attractive. Be careful reapplying mascara, cakey mascara looks trashy. Think neutral with a touch of glamour.
2. Don’t be Depressing:
Black is for the office and funerals. Give it the night off on first date night. Save your little black dress for future occasions, and hang that black suit back in the wardrobe. Colour is flirty and fun, and you’ll feel fresher and more vibrant.
Ladies – a soft cream, silk camisole with a coral skirt and a pretty pump shoe with delicate gold jewelry will show your soft, romantic and feminine side whilst making you feel calm and comfortable.
Men – Swap your black work pants for grey or navy blue. Pair with a light blue, white or purple collared shirt. Make sure your belt and shoes are polished and clean. Yeah, I really said that… If you’re going somewhere more casual, then dark blue denim jeans look fantastic with a collared shirt, black belt and shoes.
3. Don’t Be A Show-Off:
Let’s face it. Nobody likes a show off! For the ladies it’s the girl showing too much skin, and for the menfolk it’s the man who forgot to do his shirt buttons up. Either way, no please.
Men – that buttons undone, thick gold chains, hairy chest look from the eighties didn’t impress the ladies back then, and believe me, still doesn’t today. Even if you mum says you look lovely – you don’t.
Ladies – show off your upper body, or show off your legs. But don’t do both. Why go for cheap and tacky when you can go for smart and sassy? Remember you can still look and feel sexy in a pretty top and a below the knee pencil skirt. Then you’ll be elegant and alluring at the same time. Sexy As!
4. Be Yourself:
If you wouldn’t normally wear a suit and they make you feel uncomfortable – don’t wear one on a first date. And ladies, if you don’t normally wear heels, then a first date isn’t the time to try. Fellas, check out Zara Man for handsome smart casual gear, and ladies, try Review and Cue for pretty dresses and separates.
Your clothes are the first thing you put on everyday that tell the world who you are. Look sharp and handsome, or smart and sassy for your first date, but make sure you still look like you. After all – you’re the one that somebody wanted to go out with in the first place. Then sit back, relax, enjoy your evening and let Cupid take care of the rest.