10 Ways to get date ready

Apr 15, 2013 at 3:00 a.m. ET

There is nothing like the anticipation of a date, no matter if it's your first or fiftieth. Depending on how well you know your match, you may want to consider these ways to be fully prepared for a night out.

Couple on romantic date

Blind date

If you've been hooked up on a blind date, the best thing you can do is have an open mind. When getting ready, take these tips to heart.

  • Get the full scoop, but leave room for interpretation
    If you have been hooked up by a friend and are going in totally blind, make a point to learn everything you can before your rendezvous. However, don't take someone else's opinions too seriously, and be open to learning about him yourself.
  • Keep it classy
    When getting ready to meet the man of mystery, be sure to choose an outfit that shows your style and enhances all the right things. Don't go overboard with the makeup and perfume — keep it subtle yet sexy.
  • Have fun
    With the stress of a blind date, make sure to keep it fun. Go into the experience with a good attitude and keep your expectations reasonable. Instead of trying to fit him into your perfect husband list right off the bat, go in hoping he is enough of a match for a second date.

Old flame

If you're meeting up with an ex to rekindle an old flame, make sure to keep a few things in mind to make it a different experience than the first time around.

  • What's new?
    Think about all of the good things that you have accomplished since you broke up. Showing that you have changed and grown since the last time you were together shows maturity and the possibility that things can work.
  • Do it differently
    If the relationship fizzled out years ago, don't get back into old habits. Opt for a new and different restaurant, and don't let conversation drift into what didn't work last time. Keep it fresh and make an effort to start anew.
  • Look like yourself
    You may be tempted to do something extreme with your look when seeing an old flame, but take caution. If an extreme cut or color goes bad, your confidence will be shot. Think about looking like the best you and enhance things, don't change them.

Your hot hubby

If you actually get a chance to go out on a date with the man you wake up next to every day, spice it up with a few new tricks.

  • Brag about it
    Update your social media sites telling your friends and family how amazing your hubby is and how excited you are to go on a date. The public recognition will make him feel loved.
  • Entice the man
    Have fun with your man all day by sending sexy texts and words that convey excitement about your upcoming tryst. No matter how long you have been together, letting him know you're thinking about him all day will keep it fresh and exciting.
  • Don't be afraid to try something new
    Sometimes couples find comfort in visiting their favorite spots on a date, but doing the same things can eventually lead to boredom. Spice things up and try something new. Find a new comedy club or try an outdoor adventure instead.

Final Tip

A great date, no matter who it is with, is to plan to be a tourist in your own town. Go on a walking tour or bus tour and dine at a local favorite. The sights will provide an endless amount of conversation topics!

More on sex and love

Clean up your home to turn up the romance
Tips for a first date
Dating mistakes you don't realize you're making