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What to wear on a first date

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Choose a perfect first date outfit

The guy you have been eyeing asked you out. Now the first thing that pops into your mind is, "What will I wear?!" Don't worry. By following these simple fashion tips on what to wear on a first date you will look fantastic as you head out on your perfect date.

Choose a perfect first date outfit

What to wear on a first date

1Choose a perfect first date outfitConsider the time and place

The first thing you should take into consideration is where you are going. If you are just meeting for coffee, your attire will be much different than going to dinner at the hottest restaurant in town. You need to dress appropriately for the location as well as the time of day. For lunch in the park, a colorful sundress and flat sandals are perfect. For a movie and coffee, skinny jeans and cardigan sweater are ideal.

2Dress flirty and fun

Choose clothes that are feminine and flirty. It's alright to be sexy and chic, but don't take it too far. Sleazy is definitely not "in." A miniskirt that barely covers your assets or a top with a plunging neckline will convey the wrong message. If you want to date this guy rather than just have a one night stand, keep thing classy not trashy.

3Buy something new


You don't have to buy a whole new outfit every time you go on a first date. However, shopping for something special is a good idea. Whether you pick up out a hot new dress or something as simple as pair of earrings, treat yourself to something new. After all, if he turns out to be a dud at least you'll look good!


Choose a perfect first date outfit

Make a statement

Wear one piece that really makes a bold statement. A glossy handbag, platform sandals, a big pendant or colorful cocktail ring are all good choices. Select something unique. Not only will it look great, but it'll also make a great conversation piece.

5Get your nails done

Choose a perfect first date outfit

Before your first date, do all the little extras. If your roots need a touch-up, now is a good time. If you haven't had a manicure in months, make an appointment. Whether we like it or not, looks matter. Not everyone has to be a beauty queen, but let's be honest -- he can't admire your personality the second you walk in the room, so you have to look good.

6Be confident

The most important things to wear on a first date are confidence and a smile. Men love confident women. Be confident enough to carry the conversation if you have to, but don't talk non-stop. Pause and allow him to respond. Keep eye contact, smile a lot, listen when he talks and laugh at his jokes.

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