If only you could hit fast forward to the part where you're madly in love, and didn't have to deal with that awkward first date, huh? Yeah, except life isn't that simple. In reality, you have to put your best Louboutin forward and brave dinner and small talk long before you ride off into the sunset.
Step one? Figuring out what to throw on for the evening.
While you might not consider yourself a vain creature, the fact remains: EVERYONE gets judged on their appearance. Add first dates into the mix, and your looks are picked apart twice as much. In essence, you're limited to one first impression, so you have to make it count. It's no big deal (read: holy sh*t a solo night at home with some wine and popcorn sounds enticing right about now.)
If you're worried you won't nail your first date outfit, allow us to help. Here's what you should wear to woo his mind and heart.
ALWAYS Dress For The Occasion
Many women are a part of #TeamOverdressed, and that's fine for them. However, when you're heading out on your very first date with someone new, you want to be appropriately dressed for the occasion. Ball gowns at the ball game? Guess again.
No matter what, make sure you know where you're headed for a day or night out, and plan your outfit accordingly. You run the risk of receiving countless side-eyes otherwise.
Don't Oversell Your Sex Appeal
While there's nothing wrong with being sexy (some women just ooze sensuality), you don't want to overdo it. If you're showing ample cleavage, cover up your legs, and vice versa. Remember: THIS IS THE FIRST DATE, you should refrain from selling more sex than personality.
Be True To You
Don't show up to your date as someone else. If you're usually more laid back with your style, don't go full on glam for your night out. It's all about having confidence in who YOU are.
Just think about it, the more you get to know this person, the more they'll get to see who you really are anyway. Why bother pretending to be someone you're not?
Leave Huge Purses At Home
Hobos and massive totes? Forget about 'em. Whether you're heading out for a day date or a night cap, small bags and purses are your best bet. Trust us, you don't want to serve bag lady realness.
Have LBDs On Deck
If all else fails, a LBD will swoop in and save the day. In fact, every woman should have at least two little black dresses in her wardrobe: casual and dressy. You'll never fall victim to a first date fashion faux pas ever again... promise!
Choose Shoes That Suit You
Some women live and die by their high heels, while others can't stand the thought of them. No matter what side of the fence you're on, it's okay. Remember, it's all about your comfort.
If you two are hitting an expensive restaurant, don't you dare feel like you have to throw on a pair of 6" stompers. Leave that to the pros. Fancy flats will do just fine.
Don't Cake On Makeup
Ladies, while we love to paint our faces, it can be a MAJOR turnoff for a lot of men. With that considered, go easy on the makeup the first time around. But there's no need to worry, we're not saying you have brave him with a bare face, just don't cake it on.
You'll thank us later.
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