How to select the perfect casual date outfit? Discover how to select the perfect outfit your guy will love. Whether it’s day or night, here is the guide on what to wear on a first date, and be inspired by my outfit ideas!
Hey gorgeous! First dates can be really fun and yet unnerving to prepare for. Especially if you’re excited about your date. You want it all to go well and you want it to end with the promise of a second date. And that’s what calls for a special outfit.
What to Wear on a First Date?
Just like an interview, at a first date, the conversation begins before you even open your mouth. Your style and body language send messages about you to your date, whether you like it or not. And that’s not a bad thing either, after all, you, too, are reading his subconscious signals. Your date may find out whether you made an effort, what kind of a person you are and even whether they want to take this any further just by seeing your outfit.
That’s a lot of pressure on a simple date outfit, isn’t it? But that’s why I’m here to help, just like any best friend should! 😉 So let’s start with the basics. Here’s how to select what to wear. Your casual date outfit needs to:
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1. Be comfortable
A first date can go very far, if successful. You only have a shot at a real, meaningful relationship if you can spend quality time with them. If you really hit it off, you may want to have a longer date than you had first planned. So sometimes, coffee extends into an ice-cream, too. And you can’t send the subconscious message saying, “Look how comfy I feel with you,” in an itchy or over-tight dress. So if you’re wondering what to wear on a first date, choose a breathable fabric, the right fit and something that doesn’t make you fidgety.
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2. Let you be yourself
Do you feel most like yourself in a pair of shorts, a skirt, a dress or jeans? Whatever it is, wear that. A little experimentation never hurts, but don’t try to be someone you’re not. If you’re true to yourself, your date will reciprocate and it’ll help him (or her) feel like they can be themselves in front of you, too. And that’s the foundation of a strong relationship.
3. Show that you made an effort
You wanna be comfy, feel like yourself and yet look like you put some thought into your first date outfit. So if you feel comfiest in drab clothes, a pair of pajamas and uncombed hair, that’s still not a good date night outfit. If you look presentable, it’ll show your date that you cared enough to plan your look, and it’ll make him feel special. It’ll also encourage him to dress up on the next date, make nice plans, and in the long run, these habits keep the romance alive!
4. Look effortless
Totally contradictory to my previous point and this is where it gets tricky! How can you show that you made an effort and yet look effortless? Well, the trick is to find the right balance. Your casual date outfit should look like you put some thought into it, but it should not seem like you overdressed for the occasion. You don’t want to seem like you got dressed for a gala when it’s just a coffee or dinner date. Seeming over-eager can also be off-putting and making the wrong impression on a first date is not a good idea.
Choose a comfortable yet cute date night dress and keep your venue in mind. For example, if it’s a casual dinner, a skirt and a mini-dress are classic outfits. For a coffee or movie date, jeans with a cute top or sexy jacket are simple outfits to try. If you ask me what to wear on a first date, the answer doesn’t end with just clothing recommendations. Keep your makeup light to go with the casual date outfit. And simple accessories go a long way.
5. Keep your body type in mind
Needless to say, whatever you wear should accentuate your best parts and hide problem areas. I’ve already written much in detail about this, so check out How to Find Your Body Type and How to Dress for It. Dressing for your body shape will make you feel confident and will let you look your best, chicest self!
So I hope my advice on what to wear on a first date was helpful to you. What are you gonna wear to your first date? Lemme know below!
Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion.
Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That’s how it evolved over centuries and that’s how it’s been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives.
Shilpa’s work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times.
Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book “Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India”. Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email [email protected]