First impressions are important and with a little wardrobe preparation you’ll feel better about yourself. You cannot easily change your body shape but you can control what you wear. Wear something comfortable that will make you feel beautiful and confident. Don’t wreck your chances at getting a second date. Choose your outfit wisely! Here are some suggestions to help make your first date go smoothly and leave a lasting impression on your date.

CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE OF THE VENUE.

This will give you a sense of what would be appropriate to wear for the type of setting.

PICK A COLOR YOU’RE MOST COMPLIMENTED ON.

Try not to experiment on a new color just because it’s the trend. Choose a color that you’ve often been complimented on.

WEAR WHAT YOU FEEL THE MOST COMFORTABLE IN.

Never wear something that you don’t feel good in just to impress your date. You will feel more confident and more at ease if you wear clothes that are comfortable. There’s nothing sexier than confidence. Avoid tight-fitting, low-cut neckline, and see-through clothing. Showing too much skin will distract your date from a meaningful conversation with you, and may give that person the wrong impression of you.

SHOW YOUR ASSETS.

Great arms? Wear a strapless dress or sleeveless top. Great legs? Wear shorts or a skirt. Great arms but not great legs? Wear a strapless maxi dress or a sleeveless top paired with dressy pants or jeans.

PREPARE YOUR OUTFIT WAY AHEAD OF TIME.

Ideally, you should have already picked out the outfit you’re going to wear, your makeup look, hairstyle, and accessories the day before your date. This would make the day of your much anticipated first date less stressful.

COLOR PSYCHOLOGY

Based on psychological studies, the color you wear has immense power over your mood, attitude and how you are perceived. Remember that the colors you wear not only influence you but also your date. Choose the color of your outfit consciously. Don’t overdo any color so it doesn’t overwhelm. Wear colors that compliment your skin tone, eyes, and hair color.

BLACK.

Black is charming and enchanting. A recent study found black beats red as the color of choice when finding love. The study builds on previous research into the use of clothing color to increase attractiveness. Although red increased the sexual receptivity of the wearer, black increases the impression of how fashionable the person is. The study’s co-author Jerrica Mulgrew, a research assistant at Trent University in Canada, said: “Our results provide the first real-world demonstration that people display more red and black clothing when meeting a potential partner for the first time and it was particularly interesting to find a large increase in the amount of black worn as this wasn’t the focus when we designed the study.” The findings appear in the Journal of Evolutionary Psychology.

RED.

Red is the color of passion and sensuality. True to stereotype, men are attracted to women wearing the color red. Two experiments tested whether men would be more attracted to women wearing the color red (Kaiser, Elliot, & Feltman, 2010). The results suggest that men are affected by the color red when it comes to the mating game. Women may decide, based on this research, to post online dating profile pictures in which they are wearing red, to attract more potential dates, or to wear the color red on a first date. The more comprehensive version of the findings appears in Psychology Today.

BLUE.

Blue is a favorite among both men and women. Roughly 33% of women and 57% of men said blue was on top of their list of favorite colors. Blue is soothing and comforting – great for a first date.

PINK.

Pink is a great color for women for a casual first date. Its connotations are mostly healthy: pretty, feminine, babyish, sweet but also a person with extreme political views.

GREEN.

Green is a calming and compassionate color. Choosing a green outfit will make you come across as a nice person with a positive outlook on life.

THE PERFECT “FIRST DATE” OUTFITS

Most first dates involve meeting in a coffee shop, a bar or casual restaurant so it calls for a relaxed look. Wear your absolute favorite items so that you’ll feel confident and comfortable. Remember, first dates are supposed to be about two individuals meeting for the first time to try to determine if there is a chemistry that could develop into a relationship. Picking out the perfect “no-big-deal” outfit can be tough especially when you want an effortless appealing look that will create the best first impression. Here are some very simple tips to help you choose your outfit for the first date that will work for both daytime and evenings.

JEANS.

JEANS. Casual staples like jeans are all that you need. And, add a cute shirt and subtle jewelry to complete the look. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes just in case you have to go for an impromptu stroll.

DENIM JACKET.

DENIM JACKET. If there’s one jacket to throw on over basically anything — a cute dress, shorts, trousers or a skirt, it’s the denim jacket. Add a pair of sneakers, subtle jewelry, and light makeup and you’re good to go!

SHIFT DRESS.

THE SHIFT DRESS. Our personal favorite is the shift dress. It’s a timeless classic. This dress is not form-fitting and yet its silhouette is flattering. It looks good on any body shape!

AFTER-WORK FIRST DATE OUTFIT

What if you have to go from work to a date? It’s not always easy to change your outfit between leaving work and arriving for your date. Here are some suggestions to help you choose the perfect after-work date outfit after finishing the workday and still have time to freshen up, touch up your makeup, brush your hair and spritzing some perfume.

DRESS.

DRESS. A shift dress and pointy-toe pumps works for both work meetings and a romantic dinner.

PANTS.

PANTS. Grab your favorite skinnies, add a chic jacket or blazer and wear heels!

SKIRTS.

SKIRTS. Unlike tight skinny pants or jeans, skirts feel very nice to wear as your legs have a lot more freedom. Most women probably own more skirts than pants whether it’s above-the-knee or maxi length. If combined with a simple tee shirt they will look casual, and with a blouse and heels it can look a little more dressy.