First dates are ripe with all sorts of excitement and nerves. Choosing what to wear for men and women can be a challenging and confusing feat, as it's sometimes hard to know what to wear to look great, set a good first impression and represent your personality. As it's hard to say what exactly a person should wear on a first date, there are a few style choices that one should avoid. Here are a few tips for what not to wear on a first date.
It can be all too easy to throw on a pair of comfortable sweats and a t-shirt and call it a date. Since you are making a first impression on a possible love interest, you should definitely avoid anything made explicitly for comfort. This doesn't mean you should wear something that makes you feel uncomfortable; it just means that your outfit shouldn't scream loungewear or a recent trip to the gym. This includes sweatpants, sweatshirts, dingy t-shirts and anything related to those categories.
By no means is it necessary to keep yourself completely covered up on a first date. But you don't want to dress with nothing left to the imagination when it comes to showing a little skin. It's best to pick which part of your body you want to show off, and then dress modestly on all other parts. For example, if you prefer low cut tops, pair them with a medium to long skirt or a cardigan to create a great balance of skin.
It is definitely tempting to go all out when it comes to a first date outfit. Buying a new pair of heels or a new dress is always fun, but you don't want to be breaking in a new pair of shoes while you're trying to get to know someone else, as we all know how an uncomfortable pair of heels can steal our attention and sour our moods. Also keep in mind that you don't want to misrepresent yourself by wearing something that you normally wouldn't wear. Wear something that makes you feel confident and good but that is also comfortable for you, so your night will be focused more on conversation and a possible love spark than you worrying about your outfit.
Wearing an entire outfit of black can be a little intimidating and misrepresentative of your personality. It's an easy combination to wear because black is a flattering color. But when it comes to showing your personality, adding a colorful piece to your outfit can brighten and lighten the vibe on the date. If you're a happy or lively person, make sure you convey that through color in your outfit.
If possible, try to know the location of your date so you can dress appropriately. Vastly overdressing can be embarrassing and uncomfortable for both parties involved, as it shows that one of you was expecting something more and the other one may have under performed. A casual dress and nice jacket is a good and neutral place to start if you're left wondering what's considered overdressing.