Terrifying but true: I'm newly single, which means there are a lot of first dates on my horizon. To give myself credit, I'm already Bumbling with the best of them, but when it comes to actually going on a date with someone, it's scary territory. Not because I'm particularly weirded out about hanging out with strangers (or am I...), but mostly because I have no idea what to wear.
While there may be no such thing as the "perfect" first-date outfit, there are definitely looks I'm pretty sure I should avoid. Since the last time I was unattached was way back when bandage dresses were sartorially appropriate, let's just say I have some catching up to do.
Luckily for me, my job allows me access to heavy-hitting experts, women whose entire careers are centered around the idea of making relationships (and yes, dates) work. And since I know I'm not the only single sister out there, I figured it was worth sharing their advice on what not to wear come my (and your) next tête-à-tête with a Tinder match. Armed with their advice, I'm gunning to avoid any major fashion mishaps, you feel me?
Read on for their advice on what to never wear on a first date; then shop dresses I'm giving my seal of approval for date night!
"Never wear something too tight, too revealing, or something that you don't feel comfortable in. You will end up fixing the outfit every minute of the date and the man will notice you fixing the outfit, rather than the outfit itself. Focus on the big picture: feeling confident, sexy, and proud of the way you look!" — Nora DeKeyser
"While it may be tempting to run out and buy a brand-new outfit, you should never wear a brand-new outfit on the first date. It's just too risky. You don't know how that outfit will behave on you. You haven't yet ironed out all the potential mishaps of that outfit. There are so many potential things that can go wrong. Instead, choose an outfit that you already own that you know looks amazing on you. It will do wonders for your confidence on the date." — Mara Opperman
"[Don't wear] anything ultra baggy. If you're wearing a long potato sack with long sleeves, think again. At the same time, avoid anything too provocative, i.e. mini skintight Hervé Leger with your boobs falling out. Wear something demure but sexy enough. Think of a spectrum of sexy to conservative, and place yourself in the middle." — Greta Tufvesson and Nikki Lewis
Pair this off-kilter slip dress with simple black heeled sandals.
Choose a belted dress to emphasize your waist.
Embrace your inner Gigi Hadid with this sporty-meets-chic piece.
Try something a little unexpected like this minimalistic dress.
A contrasting top and bottom add a little intrigue.
A bold red dress will make you feel extra special.
Try out a feminine midi dress for your next happy-hour date.
If you're keeping things casual, try layering a tee under this cute jumper.
A flirty off-the-shoulder style is a fun choice for a day date.
Show off your legs in a long-sleeved minidress.
Lace details add a delicate touch to a date-night look.
Check out this fun minidress.
This minidress is worthy of a day spent enjoying the beach.
We're head over heels for this delicate striped dress.