Dress to Impress: Four Fashion Tips for the First Date

Posted June 9, 2021 by in Fashion

Potentially meeting someone new and getting to know them better can be a fascinating experience. The first date is the beginning of something new and potentially life-changing, so you want to ensure you bring out you’re A-game. The spark you feel on the first date can set the tone for the rest of the evening and the relationship. Hence, it’s essential to make the first impression count.

One of the best ways to make a lasting impression on the first date is by dressing up appropriately for the occasion. If you dress up too much or look drab, you might end up setting the wrong precedent.

Most women spend hours fretting about how to dress up perfectly for the first date. If you find yourself consumed with stress, don’t fret and take a breath. Below, we’ll give you some of the best fashion tips for the first date.

Two people on a first date holding coffee in a red cup and walking through a park.

When in Doubt, Pick a Dress

When you’re already extra-nervous, you don’t want to fret about what pairing will work best. You might not have the perfect top to pair with your favorite jeans or vice versa. Furthermore, depending on the location and the vibe, wearing jeans may seem too casual and make you look out of place. Whenever you’re torn between picking a dress or pants for a first date, always opt for a dress.

A flowy wrap dress is a perfect pick for a romantic date. These dresses look exceptionally flattering on any body type and accentuate the curves in all the right places. They’re also super comfortable and look perfect whether you’re heading out for a picnic, a brunch, or dinner for a first date. You can opt for several colors and designs when picking a small, medium, or plus size wrap maxi dress and look chic.

Furthermore, these dresses make styling all too easy. You don’t need to worry about any pairings. All you need to do is throw on your favorite heels and accessories, and you’re all set to impress!

Go with Something Red

We’ve all heard of the typical stereotype – red is the color of love. Research shows this may be more than just conjecture. If you want to make a lasting impression and keep your date hooked, wear something red. With red, you’re likelier to be perceived as much more attractive and desirable than more demure colors.

If you feel like an overall red outfit might be a little too obvious, try subtle ways of incorporating the color into your look. A trendy option is opting for a wash of vibrant red lipstick. Red lipstick can freshen up your countenance and make your entire outfit seem brighter. It pairs exceptionally well with almost any outfit. You can wear it with a white t-shirt and jeans, for a Parisian-chic look, or with your favorite dress for a touch of elegance. Conversely, you can opt for muted makeup with a vibrant red top or skirt for a balanced yet alluring appearance. A red bra peering from underneath a dark dress is also kind of sexy.

High-Quality Minimalism

When we think of minimalistic style, we may not necessarily think of it as an eye-catching look. However, when done right, there’s nothing as elegant and chic as a minimalistic outfit. One of the classiest outfits to wear on a first date includes the uber-chic slip skirt and lacy camisole. Made with premium quality materials, this is a stunning outfit to land a lasting impression. Furthermore, it is incredibly comfortable, and depending on the location and time, you can style it up or down. For an outdoor date, you want to keep it simple and dress according to the activity. If you’re going hiking, a breathable and comfy tee, activewear pants, and hiking boots. Wear accessories and waterproof makeup if you want to. Your goal is to look good while being able to move freely in your getup.

The silky skirt can enhance your curves and bring a touch of elegant femininity without seeming too overwhelming. Camisoles are universally flattering and help add a touch of edginess to any ensemble. This classy look goes exceptionally well in any location and can impress even the pickiest dates. Try neutral tones and accentuate your look with statement jewelry.

Pick Something That’ll Bag You a Compliment or Two

When picking an outfit for the first date, many women often try to be a little experimental and try to put together a new look. However, it might not be the best time to test your styling skills, especially if you end up with something that looks unflattering and poorly put-together. Instead, go with something you’ve received compliments on in the past.

A first date isn’t just about impressing yourself but impressing the other person. So, it’s a good idea to play safe sometimes. When you opt for an outfit that’s been well-received in the past, it will very likely be well-received again. Furthermore, this is likely to be an outfit you’re comfortable in and one you can carry well. Our fashion readily affects our mental state, and if you feel uncomfortable and stifled in your outfit, that’ll translate to your mood and behavior too. So, go with something safe so that you can enjoy yourself entirely on your exciting first date.


Dressing for a first date can seem incredibly nerve-racking if you don’t know where to start. However, following these tips will help you nail your outfit to land the perfect first impression. Of course, you can put your spin on each of these tips to whip up something that screams “you” and is something your date will never forget.

*Photos by Katerina Holmes