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Most relationships are built on a series of first impressions, and a first date is a prime opportunity to make a really great first impression! And for most of us, getting dressed for a first date is fairly straightforward; a clean shirt, a non-wrinkled dress, a nice pair of shoes all seem like obvious decisions, but do they really matter?

As it turns out, what to wear on a first date actually matters a whole lot – according to a survey commissioned by AXA and published in the Daily Mail, singletons [when on a first date] will be immediately judged on their appearance, with 36 per cent [of those surveyed] considering scruffy clothes to be a big first date no-no. While 23 per cent think smart clothes is the way to go.

The same survey also suggests that you’ve only got 12 MINUTES to impress so the countdown is on! We’ve put together some simple tips that will help you look your best and stop you falling at the first hurdle.

  1. Dress for the occasion

First dates can be stressful but the perfect outfit will help you banish any pre-date jitters. Obviously you don’t want to be wearing a three-piece suit and then end up going on a hike, so make sure you find out as much as you can about where you are going and what you will be doing, and then dress accordingly.


  1. Be comfortable

Dress for comfort; no one looks good constantly pulling down a too-short skirt, struggling to breathe in a too-tight dress, or hobbling about with blisters on their feet. This does not, however, mean that it’s acceptable to wear sweat pants (see also point no. 5) simply avoid things like trying a new look for the first time or wearing a pair of sky-high heels.


  1. Let your style shine through

Fashion is the perfect way to express yourself and your personality through what you wear and how you dress. If you don’t know where to start, figure out (or at least get an idea) of the type of clothing that you like, so that you know that the clothes you’re wearing help express your personality well.


Other simple ways to do this are:

  • Wear your favorite colour; it will make you feel good and hues tell a person a lot about the wearer.
  • Don a sentimental piece of jewellery (your grandmother’s necklace, a vintage broach).
  • Dress in a familiar style (only a bit better). If 1970s disco diva is your thing, don’t show up in Laura Ashley just to win his heart. You won’t feel comfortable, and it will show.
  • Don’t try too hard, aim to wear one piece that makes a bold statement and work around it.
  1. Flatter your features and show off your best bits

Not all of us can have the size 0 body of a model, and that’s okay. You don’t need that to have style. To have style, you need to know how to tell when clothes fit you, and what kind of clothes and styles you can use to flatter your body type i.e. Apple, Pear, Athletic, Hourglass etc. And ladies, don’t forget the age-old adage: “Either show a lot of leg or show a lot of cleavage…You just have to choose one, and then you will always be suitable for any situation.” Dita Von Teese.

  1. Avoid outfit blunders

It’s safe to assume that slogan t-shirts, trainers, sweat pants, shorts and flip-flops are all unacceptable first date attire. If you’re still unsure, use the following as a rough guide.


Coffee: dress in your similar style, only better…

  • For him – jeans/trousers, t-shirt and blazer. Women tend to judge a man’s style based on his shoes so don’t go too casual.
  • For her – dressy jeans/trousers, smart-casual top, and consider a wedge heel. It will elongate your legs and say, “I’m stylish, but I’m not trying too hard”.


Movies / casual dinner / after work drinks: This requires more effort than simply jeans and a t-shirt…

  • For him – dressy jeans/trousers, smart-casual top such as a shirt or polo shirt. If you’re feeling brave add an extra layer with a trendy knit or cardigan.
  • For her – casual (but comfortable) sundress or shift dress or a blouse/top and blazer with dressy jeans/trousers, skirt or leggings.


Dinner: usually a smarter affair so you’ll want to wear something a little more dressed up…

  • For him – casual suit, think chino’s, tweed jackets and striped shirts.

For her – dress or skirt and comfortable heels. To add a little edge and show your fashion forward side, accessorize your outfit with a scarf, statement shoes or bold accessory.

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