What to wear on a first date: ideas and tips
Make sure your fit is clean
Look, this is the obvious tip but you’d be surprised how many people don’t check for it: make sure whatever you decide to wear is clean. And yes, this means more than just whether they smell.
If you’re wearing a shirt, make sure it’s ironed or neatly folded to avoid creases when you pull it out of your closet. If it’s a dress, same deal, make sure it’s hung up nicely on a coat hanger.
Make sure your outfit matches the location of the date
When coming up with an outfit for your first date, it’s best to think about where exactly you’re going. For example:
- If you’re going out for a picnic or to a cafe, wear a cute linen dress, paired with a straw-hat and sandals.
- If you’re going to the movies, go for a cute t-shirt and jeans combo, styled with a pair of combat boots or sneakers, and your hair in a ponytail.
- Or, if you’re going out for dinner, consider wearing something a bit more formal, like a chic satin dress with a pair of kitten heels, and a flower brooch.
Whatever it is, make sure it’s comfortable
Sometimes, dates that start out as “just lunch” can turn into an all-day affair, frolicking through the city or Botanical Gardens and just hanging out. So, when coming up with an outfit for a first date, prioritise comfort over anything else—that goes for shoes too!
Look, if you and your first date cutie get along well and end up walking and talking for another five hours, your feet and body will thank us the next day.
Be true to you
Whatever you wear, make sure it’s something that you would genuinely want to wear. Don’t like wearing dresses or skirts? Don’t wear a dress or skirt on your first date. Don’t like wearing earrings or other pieces of jewellery? Don’t wear chunky jewels.
A first date is about getting to know someone, so make sure that you come as the person you are, not the person you think they want you to be.