What to Wear on a Date

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

suitcasePreparing for a first date almost needs a checklist;  where to go, how to get there and what to wear.

Think of where you are going

Your clothing needs to match the activity and the times of day. If you’re meeting up to do a high ropes course, you’re not going to want to wear a dress or a suit, which would be appropriate if you are meeting in a fancy restaurant .

Here are some typical date ideas and some suggestions for what to wear:

Daytime coffee – For a daytime coffee, you’ll want wear a more polished version of what you would wear to go shopping or to meet friends.

A suggestion for men would be smart/casual trousers such as chinos or smart jeans with a polo shirt and woollen jumper. For footwear, men could opt for leather shoes or boots, but not the type that you would pair with a tuxedo.

For women, smart casual is also appropriate, but there are a lot more options to choose from. You could go for a smart/casual trousers, a skirt, a dress or jeans. A dress with tights, boots and a cardigan would look smart without being too formal.

Evening drinks – What you wear for evening drinks should be very similar to what you wear when you meet for coffee, however, women may wish to wear more makeup and both men and women may wish to style their hair differently.

Walking round a country park – At this time of year, wrapping up warm should be your main priority, as it’s irritating to be complaining about the cold the whole time! Choose a nice, warm and reasonably smart coat and pair it with your favourite hat and scarf. Aim for warm and grippy footwear so that you don’t slip over on any muddy bits. Underneath all your layers, add a shirt or a smart/casual jumper so that will be suitable if you go for lunch or dinner afterwards.

Be confident

If you have lucky pants or a lucky top, it can boost your confidence if you incorporate the item into your outfit. Alternatively, a shopping trip might make you feel happy more excited about what you are going to wear and some people find that getting a haircut makes them feel more confident.