Let’s be honest: Whether it’s with someone you met on OkCupid or a mystery singleton your best friend’s girlfriend knows, a first date is a necessary evil. Sure, you want to find an amazing partner you can grow old and start a family with; however, until you’ve downed your second drink of the night, you’re a bundle of nerves. Does she or he like me? Do I smell okay? Was that dirty joke offensive instead of funny? Do I have broccoli in between my teeth?
In the midst of what seems like a never-ending enumeration of self-directed questions, you also wonder if your prospective beau even likes the outfit you carefully picked out for the occasion. No matter how many first dates you’ve been on, you’ll always be a little anxious until you finally break the ice, but allow us to alleviate some stress. Read on for five style secrets from eligible bachelors and bachelorettes for what to wear on the first date.
1. Nix ill-fitting and crinkled clothes
Just like a job interview or meeting your significant other’s parents (given that the first date was a success), first impressions when meeting a potential partner are crucial. And while some girls or guys won’t criticize your choice to wear a chambray instead of a traditional dress shirt, they are bound to notice when a guy throws on a wrinkled shirt or a pair of ultra baggy pants. Why? In your suitor’s mind, that will translate to you not caring about the encounter.“The way you represent yourself shows that you care and the guy finds you worth making an effort for,” said Catherine Sourbis, a nursing student. “Some men aren’t stylish and that’s fine! But you should always try to present the best version of yourself on a first date.”
Looking presentable is as easy as taking a double take in the mirror and fixing any stains or crinkles before leaving. If you don’t have easy access to a steamer or iron for those pesky button-downs, opt for a lightweight sweater that is more forgiving with wrinkles. As for pants? Use this general rule of thumb: if MC Hammer would’ve worn these in the early 1990s, you shouldn’t. Whether you wear a sophisticated pair of trousers or your best-fitting jeans, choose a pair of pants that is a happy medium between too loose and too tight.