How To Dress For A First Date – Tips For Girls And Guys

Dressing up for a first date is one of the biggest problems that men and women face. One poor choice can ruin your entire outfit and leave a bad impression on your date. It will be so bad that he or she won’t even bother seeing you for a second date. And once again, you will join the overflowing pool of single individuals. If you can’t seem to get it right, you might want to read the following tips on how to look good for the first date.

Tips For Ladies

Ladies, when it comes to makeup, just put together a natural look.

Don’t go over the top with a red lipstick or smoky eyes. Stick to your skin tone as much as possible and choose a lipstick that slightly brightens up your lips. Making your lips pop out too much isn’t the kind of distraction you want to have. As for your hair, you can settle for your naturally straight or curly hair but controlling the frizz is a definite must.

If you’re not used to wearing a perfume, now is the time to put some.

Place it on your skin and not your clothes, particularly in areas with a pulse and other exposed parts of your body. Don’t spray it all over though! Just lightly dab the cologne on strategic places.

Choosing what to wear can be challenging.

Basically, you want to dress appropriately and comfortably for the occasion. If you were asked for a casual date like going to the movies, watching a game, or bowling, you wouldn’t want to wear heels would you? The discomfort alone will make you more jittery during the date. Besides, you would look silly if you didn’t dress appropriately.

First date outfit tips for the ladies
  • Natural hair & makeup is best
  • Go with a light dab of perfume
  • Wear comfy shoes
  • Don't show off too much skin
As a general rule, you should avoid showing off too much skin like your cleavage or belly. You want to draw his attention to your face and not your body. You can still look sexy by showing little skin particularly your shoulders, collarbone, shoulder blades, and legs. But I dare say you should never go backless or wear overly skimpy shorts or a miniskirt.

If you intend to wear a dress or a top-and-skirt combo, make sure that it’s length is right above the knee.

Tips for men

Men, do try to impress your date. Start by donning a clean-shaven face and tidying up your hair with some mousse.

You can keep some stubble on but if you have a beard, you should get rid of it before entering the dating scene. Clip your fingernails and put on some perfume. Just don’t put on too much because you don’t want to overwhelm her with your scent! Women will notice these tiny little details and will appreciate the fact that you’re trying to look your best.

Guys, never wear a suit even if you’re taking her somewhere upscale.

A suit makes you look uptight and overdressed. The only exception is when it’s required. You can wear a long-sleeved collared shirt for some sophistication but if you’re wearing a regular T-shirt, you can put on a jacket over it. The shirt shouldn’t have any message on it even if you’re trying to look witty or funny. If dandruff is a bit of a problem for you, avoid wearing a black or any dark-colored top.

First date outfit tips for the guys
  • Shave
  • Clip your nails!
  • Go light on the cologne
  • Don't wear a suit
  • Flip-flops are a no-no
Just like the ladies, you should dress appropriately for the date. Wear casual clothes when going for a regular date but if you’re taking her somewhere fancy, dress up for the part. Denim pants are generally okay as long as they fit you nicely. When it comes to shoes, you can wear loafers or lace-ups for an evening date or your regular driving shoes, sneakers, or moccasins in the afternoon. Flip-flops are a no-go if you want to impress your date.

About the Author

Judene Macariola writes articles on lifestyle and health. He also writes for his business at Broadband Expert, a company that helps home owners and businesses find the right internet providers for their needs.

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What Girls Said 2

  • Skirt and dress right above the knee? Hell no. This is all stupid you wanna look your best on the first date not look like a plain Jane.

  • For a date to the movies, would dark wash skinny jeans be ok? or would it be better to dress up in a dress or skirt?


What Guys Said 5

  • this article is the exact OPPOSITE of what you should actually do: don't think about it so much and just go have fun. This article is promoting people to be stupid and obsess over what your wearing when it doesn't even matter. STupid article..

  • What happens if the first date was to a beach? Is she suppose to wear a one piece swimsuit in stead of the bikini that she wants to wear because according to you judene she shouldn't show to much skin.

  • What you wear depends on where the first date is and what you are going to be doing on the date.

  • I disagree 100%. Don't dress any different than you normally would if you ask me, unless of course you're going somewhere fancy and that demands it. Like for me, its always Black jeans, and some form of heavy/death metal band shirt, always. Unless I need a shirt & tie which is rare anyway. I'm not 'dressing up' for some girl.

  • i disagree with this whole article.. being nervous about what you wear to impress your date speaks that you are a weak person. Anyone worthwhile is gonna judge you on far deeper things than the clothes you wear. And don't give me the "it can't hurt" bullsh*t, because it actually can. Getting worried about something like this ruins the fun of the moment