What to Wear on a First Date

Nothing in the world quite compares to the combination of excitement and anxiety that comes with going on a first date. Whether it’s a blind date with someone you’ve never seen before, someone you’ve already made a connection with online, or a long time friend you’re hoping can be something more, it’s always a stressful but exciting experience to go on a first date. A big part of the stress that comes with a first date is figuring out what to wear. It’s never easy to figure out what you should wear on a first date, so here are some things to keep in mind when putting together your first-date outfit.

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Obviously, the first date activity matters, as it may dictate the way you dress one way or another. For example, if you’re heading to the opera, you’ll have to dress a certain way, while if you go and play paintball on a first date, you’ll want to be dressed in a completely different way. But if there’s no set dress code for the place you’re going on your first date, always remember that it’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Unless you show up to a heavy metal concert wearing a tuxedo, it never hurts to over-dress for an occasion; the worst thing that will happen is that you’ll be wearing dress pants and a collared shirt while everyone else in the room is wearing jeans, and after the initial awkwardness of that wears off you’ll be fine, and it may actually help you make a good first impression on your date, which you’re most likely trying to do anyway. If your date is in a public place, then out-dressing your peers will make your date think that they made the right decision by being out with you, so don’t be afraid to dress up a little bit. [Read more…]