How to Dress for a Date

Worrying about how to dress for a date can be stressful, especially if it’s a first date. Luckily, there’s nothing to worry about because dressing for a date is actually quite simple. As all you need to do is stick to some basic principles and remember to have fun with the process.


1. Think about where you’ll be going. This is the most important thing to get squared away because it can dramatically affect what you should wear. If you’re going somewhere formal like a classy restaurant or a play, you’ll want to wear something formal and dressy. If you’re going somewhere relaxed or casual, you should choose something comfortable and classy.

2. Stick with your own style and don’t try to be someone else. Tying to be someone else is one of the worst things that you can do when dressing for a date. If you’re a guy and your style is jeans and a button up shirt, then go with that. If you’re a girl and you don’t like to wear dresses, then don’t. What you choose should be true to your personal style, while still being classy and appropriate for the setting of your date.

3. Try on a few different outfits. This is a great way to see yourself in different things to decide what’s best. Sometimes an idea for an outfit that you have in your head doesn’t look good once you’re dressed. This process can really help you to eliminate clothing combinations that don’t look good, so don’t rush it.

4. Don’t wear worn or beat up shoes. This may seem like common sense, but it’s something that many people (men and women) choose to ignore.  Good shoes can make a great impression, and they don’t even have to be expensive. Showing up to a date (especially a first date) with worn, old-looking shoes can make you look unprepared or sloppy, so take time to choose a nice-looking pair of shoes.

5. Ask someone else how you look. This could be a roommate, family member, or even a friend. Getting someone else’s opinion is a great way to gauge how you look. Just make sure to tell them that you’re going on a date and you need an unbiased opinion.


Make sure that you leave enough time to get ready. If you end up rushing or trying to speed through the process choosing an outfit, it will reflect in your appearance. Even if it means having less time to do other things, set aside enough time to get ready for your date.

Remember that there is more to you than just your appearance. While it’s important to look as nice as possible, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts. Good conversation, intelligence, confidence—all these things together will affect what your date thinks of you, so don’t get too caught up in worrying about one specific thing. Have fun, relax, and remember to be yourself because dates should be fun and enjoyable, not worrisome and stressful.

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