If you're still in the dating scene, you know that it can be an emotionally charged, energy-zapping, fear-inducing process - and that's only setting up the first date! So the last thing you want to worry about is what you're going to wear - but that often strikes fear into the hearts of the manliest men and most confident women. Luckily, a wardrobe stylist can help! Yes, you can call upon us to help you set up some date-ready looks - so when Mr. or Ms. Right does come knocking, you're all set.
Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Phillip (and Share Some Style) to get his closet ready for a soon-to-be full social calendar. We focused on using what Phillip already had in his wardrobe, but put it together in different ways, so he could project his best self on dates.
If you're in need of a few ideas on how to get yourself date-ready - check out our top tips on how to prepare for that ever-important first date (and the tips work for the second, third, fourth, etc too!).
The most important thing on a date is confidence. You must feel confident and comfortable in what you're wearing, so you can express your best self. So that means nothing distracting, nothing uncomfortable, and nothing that will draw attention away from the task at hand - getting to know the person across the table, and letting him/her get to know you.
TOP TIPS FOR GUYS
Show up clean, neat and well-pressed.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but preparation goes a long way - so make sure your shirt is ironed, there aren't any stains anywhere, and nothing looks like you've worn it to the gym.
Put in some effort.
All your dating partner is looking for (initially) is that you are invested in the date, so don't look like you've just come from running errands and worked the date into your hectic schedule.
You can tell a lot about a man by his shoes - so make sure yours say the right thing. Worn, tatterned shoes of any type or a big no-no. Sneakers can work for casual dates, but not tricked-out athletic ones - go for something sleek (like the ones here) and err on the side of simple. A classic (shined) pair of brown lace-ups are always a good choice.
When in doubt - keep it simple.
If you don't know a lot about your date - ditch the quirky graphic t-shirt and replace it with a nice shirt. A pair of dark-wash jeans, a solid or patterned button-down, blazer and dress shoes will get you through a myriad of dating occasions.
TOP TIPS FOR GIRLS
This is not the occasion to wear that tight bandage dress, or those pretty-but-I-can't-walk-in heels. Opt for styles that feel right and that won't distract you or your date.
Show some skin.
We're not suggesting a cleavage-bearing top or a micro mini - but don't hide, either. If you prefer to be covered up on top, wear a skirt. If you're wearing pants or jeans - try an open neckline or a sleeveless blouse. And a great way to show that the date is going well - take off your jacket or cardigan during dinner to show off your collarbone, shoulders or arms.
Keep it simple.
Don't get too fashion-y or overly complicated with your ensemble. The last thing you want is your date trying to figure out how that top ties, or to keep staring at the print on your dress wondering what the heck it is.
All eyes on you.
That is - all eyes on your eyes. Too much cleavage, a distracting statement necklace, earrings that constantly get caught in your hair - all this will keep your date from staring back into your eyes - and that's what you want, right?
And if you’re still looking for help getting date-ready – contact us!