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.


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…]