We're not sure what is is about Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the other New York City boroughs, but there must be something magical in the water—because New York girls just seem so cool. And effortlessly cool at that! The way they dress, hold themselves, and fearlessly navigate the world serves as inspiration to us all.
We could only assume that New York women's impeccable approach to style and life would extend to their approach to dating—so we decided to find out. We asked 10 real-deal NYC girls to share what they would never wear on a date. Keep scrolling for their brilliant responses!
"Even if I had the flyest new lace-up Aquazzuras, I wouldn't bust them out unless I were absolutely confident I'd broken them in first. Your personality is far too important to be jeopardized by a dead pinkie toe."
"My three big no-nos on dates are high heels (who wants to take subway stairs in stilettos?), chunky jewelry (I spent an hour prepping so my wife would look at my face, not my neck), and body-con anything (fit-and-flare is better; skinny jeans and a loose blouse are best). Basically, trying too hard is, well, too hard; I'd much rather kill it in the hair and makeup department and keep the outfit feeling natural. Plus, my handbag is already way chicer than anything else in my closet."
"You could not pay me enough money to wear a jumpsuit on a date. First of all, that's a surefire way to get yourself into a wedgie and/or camel-toe situation. The last thing I'd ever want to focus on during a date is how to distract the guy long enough to dislodge a garment from my lady bits. Plus, going to the bathroom in a jumpsuit takes roughly double the amount of time as when you're wearing pants. When you're gone from the dinner table for a good five to seven minutes, people jump to conclusions."
"You'll never catch me on a date in an outfit that I wouldn't normally wear. I'm usually dressed in knits and loose-fitting clothes, so I wouldn't fathom rocking a tight bandage dress with stilettos and a face full of makeup; instead, I'd be comfortable in a sweater of some sort, and most likely dressed in all black."
"I would never intentionally wear a minidress with heels on a date for a few reasons. One, it's the least comfortable outfit to wear on public transportation, and there's absolutely no way that I'm spending money on a car for a date with a guy I'm not even sure I like yet. Two, I rarely wear those pieces together anyway, so I would feel very silly, like I was just trying to encompass the idea of a date as depicted by Hollywood. Three, I think in today's fairly warped dating culture, outfits like that immediately convey that you're taking the date super-seriously, and as we all know, it's become sadly unattractive for women or men to seem too invested in anything relating to romance. (Not to be a cynical New Yorker or anything!)"
"I'd never want to go on a date too 'done.' I would want my date to be interested in me for reasons other than my ability to navigate an eye shadow palette or pick out the seemingly perfect pumps. Plus, getting ready flusters me! And in my opinion, the only really important thing to bring on a date is a relaxed, open-minded attitude."
"I don't really dress for dates, but I would never wear anything too revealing, nor would I ever wear sneakers or sweats, unless the date involved an activity that required sneakers."
"I have a very French-girl mentality about dressing for dates compared to most New Yorkers. Most New York girls meticulously prep and polish before a date, whether with a long-term partner or a new prospect. I would never wear something I don’t feel comfortable in, like a wrap dress or sky-high heels I can't even walk in. I’m just not that girl, and I don’t think you should pretend to be someone you're not! Definitely dress for the occasion and location, but keep in mind that you should be you. Oh, and no true New York gal would ever wear a scrunchie on a date."
"As I pondered this question, I kept hitting roadblocks. My first instinct was that I would never not wear heels on a date, but then remembered rocking a pair of Chuck Taylors with a dress on an early date with my now boyfriend. Jeans maybe? Hardly: I've had many a date to the ballpark or the dive bar where some distressed boyfriend jeans and a crop top are just what the date doctor ordered. Then it hit me: What I would never wear on a date is anything that I didn't necessarily love because I thought maybe he would like it. When I first started dating my beau, I remember thinking my style might be too intense for him. But did that stop me? Hell no! The ultimate attire is whatever you look and feel like your most awesome self in. After all, confidence never goes out of style."
"There are so many things I wouldn't wear. Anything that doesn't look like I'm just sexy by accident—in other words, anything that looks like I'm trying too hard. Tight dresses, sky-high heels, short skirts, push-up bras, and the like are all out."
What would YOU never wear on a date? Tell us below!