First Date Dos and Don’ts

Saturday, August 04th, 2018

Going on a first date can be nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time, so it is easy to forget the basic dos and don’ts that will help your date to run smoothly.

Here are some dos and don’ts to help you out.

Do wear something comfortable

Your first date outfit should be comfortable, but should show that you have made an effort. You don’t want to be struggling to breathe, or eat, after forcing yourself into a pair of super tight trousers. Uncomfortable high heels are also a no-no if you are likely to spend your date complaining about how much your feet hurt.

Don’t complain

If you’ve had a terrible day, try not to spend the first half of your date explaining why your manager is so mean, or why the woman in the post office shouldn’t have been so rude to you. Try to keep things upbeat and enjoy your date instead of dwelling on your bad luck.

Do ask lots of questions

Asking lots of questions about someone shows that you are interested in getting to know them better. Try asking about their family, their friends and their favourite activities. Just make sure that you don’t just ask questions without talking about yourself too.

Don’t steal their chips

If you go for dinner, try to order something that will prevent you from stealing chips from your date’s plate. It sounds like a silly reason to get upset, but it is enough to really annoy some people. If you are keen to share, suggest going to somewhere that is set up for sharing, like a tapas bar.

Do offer to pay

If you have had a meal (with, or without chips), do offer to pay, or at least go halves. It’s very rude to turn up without means of payment and expecting your date to pay for you.

Do flirt, but don’t be sleazy

A nice bit of flirting — smiling laughing at their jokes and a little bit of touching are all acceptable, but don’t be too sleazy and make too many sexual references. Leave the innuendos to Carry On films!