Dressing for the First Date

01 May

The uncertainty of which outfit will make you look both incredible, and like you’re not trying too hard is enough to make you want to cancel on the whole thing altogether. Fear not! Follow these few simple tips and you’ll find that dressing to impress is much easier than it seems.

If you’re anything like me, I start contemplating this question days, if not weeks, before every social engagement, no matter how insignificant.

“What should I wear?” If you’re anything like me, I start contemplating this question days, if not weeks, before every social engagement, no matter how insignificant. If you’re getting ready for a date, the uncertainty of which outfit will make you look both incredible, and like you’re not trying too hard is enough to make you want to cancel on the whole thing altogether. Fear not! Follow these few simple tips and you’ll find that dressing to impress is much easier than it seems.

Consider the Venue

The first step when deciding what to wear on your date is to determine what type of attire is most appropriate for the location of your date. While it’s unlikely you’d be going somewhere that has a formal dress code on the first date, it’s a good idea to do some research on the venue beforehand just in case they have a “no jeans” policy. Conversely, it’s possible to be overdressed for a date as well. If you’re meeting for drinks at a local pub, dressing in your Sunday best will make you look silly and out of place. My suggestion is to do some research on the venue. You’ll be able to find out if they have a dress code, or at the very least what kind of overall vibe the place has. Once you have an idea of how fancy you need to be, the rest will fall into place.

Comfort is Key!

Yes, you want to look like a total knock-out but if you’re re-adjusting yourself all night to avoid a Janet Jackson-esque wardrobe malfunction, you’re going to be uncomfortable. Dates can be uncomfortable on their own, so the last thing you want is skintight pants cutting off your circulation before the appetizers have been ordered. The more comfortable you are the more confident you will be, and trust me confidence will make you sexier than dressing in any article of clothing has the power to.

Wear Flattering Colors

Whether you’re aware of it or not, certain colors are more suitable on certain skin tones than others. For example, no matter how hard I try, I cannot pull off the color red and my friend with a different complexion than mine, looks absolutely amazing in red. Due to my skin tone, I am better suited to wearing dark blues and greens. Wearing a shirt that matches or brings out the color of your eyes can also be extremely flattering. If you have no idea where to begin, there are tons of resources online to help you figure out what type of skin tone you have and which colors are the most complimentary for your complexion.

Less is More

Coco Chanel, arguably the most elegant woman in the world once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” Although this applies to accessories, it’s always wise to keep things simple. This doesn’t mean you have to completely discard your personality or start dressing in all black. But if you’re naturally an unconventional dresser, try compromising by pairing a simple outfit with a funky accessory. Remember, your date doesn’t know you, so don’t let whatever you’re wearing distract them from becoming acquainted with the real you.

My biggest piece of advice is, not to stress too much about impressing your date with your wardrobe choices. As long as you’re wearing something appropriate, comfortable, and flattering, you’ll have the confidence to relax and have a good time and trust me that’s what’s really going to impress your date.

While these helpful hints can guide you in the right direction, sometimes you may require a more tailored approach. Our team at Maclynn International is comprised of dating coaches and relationship experts who can assist you in your dating journey. Get in touch with us to learn more about our service today.

by Lexi DeMinico

Matchmaker

Lexi is a true New Jersey native, and she has always been fascinated with human behavior. She has extensive experience in applied behavior analysis and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Penn State University. Lexi is now applying her keen eye for behavioral analyses in a wholly different capacity, as a matchmaker in our New York office. Connecting the dots between psychology and dating, Lexi’s academic background makes her the perfect cog in the Maclynn International machine. Empathetic, optimistic and generous, Lexi is thrilled to now have the opportunity to use her experience to bring tangible, real-life happiness to others in their search for their ultimate partner.More by this author