First dates can be nerve-wracking without even considering the pressure of what to wear. You want to look fabulous and make a great first impression, but be setting appropriate and feel like yourself. And different types of first-dates require different types of clothes. Are you going to dinner? Or more casual, with an afternoon coffee shop meet-up, or even a lovely stroll? No matter what your plans, these first date outfits will have you feeling confident and looking great.
If you are going on a blind date or are meeting your date for the first time it may be a good idea to wear an eye-catching color. It’s much easier to find someone “in the red blouse” than a black or other neutral top. No matter what you wear, there are some practical pieces of advice to follow.
If you consider these three things when picking out your clothes you will choose something you love. The most important accessory for a first date is confidence. If you’re uncomfortable or don’t feel great in your clothes it may come across. And thinking of the items you already get compliments on will help you decide on clothes that will flatter! It may be a certain type of top or a color that you look great in.
A classic first date is upscale dinner and drinks. For this, you will want to look nice but not be overdressed. You really can’t go wrong with a little black dress and pointed flats or kitten heels. Choose a classic cut that will flatter you, like a-line or a sheath. Then you can dress it up or down as much as required by choosing the right accessories. For a nicer restaurant or bar go with something that will sparkle. For more casual venues a silk scarf or funky statement earrings will look great.
Maggy London Illusion Yoke Crepe Sheath Dress, sizes 0-16, $149
J. Jill Melanie Kitten-Heel Slingbacks, sizes 6-8, was $109 now 79.99
Nyala Foldover Clutch, 2 colors, $138
Mixed Crystal Statement Necklace, 4 colors, $128
Mixed Crystal Gem Drop Earrings, 2 colors, $39.50
Seeing a movie is another popular first date option. If you are going to see a movie you will want to look polished but casual. And of course, stay warm! Movie theaters are notorious for being cold. Choose a pair of well-tailored, high-rise jeans and a fitted v-neck sweater. You may also want to add a pashmina for extra warmth, and a pair of flat riding boots. This is a timeless and classic look making it a great option for first date outfits.
Lord & Taylor Essential V-Neck Cashmere Sweater, sizes XS-XL, 26 colors, was $160 now $59.99
Wit & Wisdom Absolution Itty Bitty High-Waist Jeans, sizes 6-18, $78
Cashmere & Silk Wrap, 7 colors, $99
Penny Leather Riding Boots, sizes 4-13, $150
Slouchy Snake Tote Bag, $118
Informal coffee first dates are very popular these days. Especially if you’re online dating. Like a first date at the movies, this look will also err on the casual side. Start with a pair of well-fitting jeans or treggings. Add a silk blouse and cropped cardigan or sweater blazer if you’re looking for a little more coverage or the weather is cold. Choose delicate accessories like stud earrings or a dainty necklace. Add a favorite pair of feminine flats and you will have a smart, casual and flattering outfit for a coffee date!
Banana Republic Soft Satin Smocked Blouse, sizes XXS-XXL, 5 colors, was $79.50 now $63
Sophie Open Front Sweater Blazer, sizes XXXS-3X, 8 colors, $148
Everlane The Side Zip Work Pant, sizes 00-16, 5 colors, $50
Sam Edelman Sally Pointed Flat, sizes 4.5-12, 9 colors, $71.96
Stella & Dot Gold Signature Engravable Delicate Necklace, $74
Chloe Mini Stud Earrings, 3 colors, $32
If you and your date are athletic maybe you will be doing something active on your first date. Don’t wear any old ratty gym clothes on an active date though! If you haven’t before, now is the time to invest in some flattering athleisure! Of course, what you wear will depend on the activity you do, but a good rule of thumb is to go for fitted over too loose and wear activity appropriate shoes. If you’re doing something light to moderately active consider an athleisure dress with leggings. Pair with a comfortable, fashion-forward pair of sneakers and a small crossbody bag for a flirty, active outfit.
KAVU Zillah Dress, sizes XS-XL, 2 colors, was $74.95 now $29.97
Girlfriend Collective High-Rise Compressive Leggings, sizes XS-XL, 4 colors, $68
Allbirds Women’s Tree Runners, sizes 5-11, 13 colors, $95
Draper James Leather Phone Crossbody, 3 colors, $98
Going to a museum or art gallery? What about a wine tasting or touring a local historic site? If you’re doing something to soak in a culture you’ll want to look like a worldly woman! The last of our first date outfits, this date calls for a refined, cultured look with just a dash of daring. Start with a floaty midi-skirt for a feminine, bold touch. Add a tucked-in wrap top for a ballet-inspired look or a fitted neutral turtleneck for more modesty. Choose fashionable shoes you can still walk in, like a travel wedge sandal. Finish off with a structured satchel, a bold lip and confidence!
J. Crew Pleated Midi Skirt, sizes 00-24, 5 colors, $98
Cashmere Wrap Sweater, sizes XXS-XL, 7 colors, $125
Vivian Gladiator Sandal, sizes 5.5-12, 3 colors, starting at $46.99
DKNY Paige Leather Satchel, 4 colors, $198
Ralph by Ralph Lauren Sunglasses, $90
Lancome L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating Lipstick in Berry Noir, $32