First dates can be tricky. You’re normally full of nerves, you overthink the smallest things and above all, you want to make a great, lasting first impression. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but unfortunately in the dating world, appearances matter. What you choose for your first date outfit says a lot about you and how you feel about the other person. Think about it, you’re essentially showing them whether you think they are worth putting in some effort for or not.
The question of what to wear on a first date really has no right or wrong answer. As long as you are comfortable in your clothes and you feel confident, this will shine through and will no doubt impress your date!
When it comes to what not to wear on a first date, it goes without saying that anything that is dirty or torn is a big no-no. If you feel like your movements are constricted in any way and you are going to be aware of your clothing for the entire date, then it’s probably a sign that you should wear something else. You don’t want to sit through a dinner date enjoying a bowl of pasta while trying to suck in your gut to keep your buttons from bursting!
Here we list some of the best first date outfit ideas that will not only wow your date but more importantly, will make you feel like a millionaire!
1. The Coffee Date
For perhaps the most classic and casual date option you really can’t go wrong with the staple of everyone’s wardrobe – a pair of comfortable and familiar jeans. Go simple, but still impactful, and pair it with a solid color t-shirt or jumper and some sneakers or leather boots. You will be sure to have them do a double-take as you arrive. When choosing a color for your top, the best for first dates is usually red for its boldness and seductive quality – the science backs it up!
2. Just A Casual Drink
Depending on whether you are heading to a bar or a pub it’s easy to be overwhelmed when thinking of what to wear on a first date for drinks. We’re happy to quell your worries by telling you it’s very similar to what you wear to a coffee date! Start with those same jeans but then take the look to the next level with either a button-up (leaving the top two buttons undone) or a polo shirt. Elevate it even further with your choice of an accessory such as a ring or a necklace!
3. Dinner – But Make It Fancy
A fancy dinner date does not mean that you need to dust off your tuxedo and polish your cufflinks. Choose a comfortable pair of chinos and a well-ironed color-matching shirt. Throw on a neutral jacket in case it gets chilly and a pair of leather shoes (brown is the most versatile choice) and you are good to go! Your accessory for your classy first date outfit is a spray of your favorite cologne and of course, your dazzling smile!
4. Off To The Movies
Heading off to the cinema means you need to put together a comfortable and usually casual first date outfit. A comfortable graphic t-shirt would work here. Combine it with a pair of jeans or shorts and you have a recipe for success – just don’t forget a jacket for those cold theaters. Either you can wear it or you can keep it as a secret weapon for when you notice that your date is chilly – thoughtfulness and consideration are sexy!
5. Let’s Go Wine Tasting
When deciding what to wear for a wine tasting date, try to combine what we showed you with the casual drinks and the fancy dinner dates. Pair those same comfortable chinos with a polo shirt this time, add an accessory of your choice (perhaps some stylish sunglasses if the tasting is outdoors?) and you’re all set! When choosing shoes, bear in mind that a walk through the vineyards is a possibility so make sure that they are comfortable and won’t give you blisters.
6. Put On Your Hiking Boots
A hiking date is a great ice breaker if you are both into fitness and the outdoors. Here, you will want to prioritize comfort over style but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to look good. A simple t-shirt and plain shorts that reach just above the knees is always a flattering look. Those cargo shorts you’re thinking about? Put them in a bag for a charity shop now. You don’t need all those pockets – that’s what a backpack is for! Needless to say, a good pair of hiking boots is essential. Oh, and don’t forget the sunblock!
7. Picnic Time
Not as popular as the coffee date or going to the movies, the underrated picnic date can be a great way to share an intimate moment with someone. For this look, you will want to combine style and comfort. Throw on a chequered button-up shirt, roll up the sleeves for a relaxed look and choose some chino (or jean) shorts. Sandals are ideal for this look because nothing says you are comfortable around someone like taking off your shoes while you eat food out of a basket on the ground!
While everyone will have an opinion on what to wear and what not to wear, the most important thing to remember when choosing the best first date outfit for you is to make sure that it is comfortable and it’s something that makes you feel good.
The best thing to wear on a first date isn’t the most expensive brand-name shirt you can find or the most obscure fashion trend that someone decided on halfway across the world. It is different for everyone and should be a reflection of who you are and what it says about you.
Don’t lose your individuality or personality by trying too hard to impress. Have fun with it and remember – out of all the things to wear on a first date, you can’t go wrong with something that is authentically you!