It's 7:45 p.m. Your blind date is at 8:30, and you have yet to settle on your outfit. We've all been there, frantically trying (and rejecting) just about every option in our closets. Why is it that the moment you want to dress to impress, you hate everything you own?
You probably have butterflies in your stomach about the date already, so worrying about your outfit is just one more thing that adds to the uneasiness that may come with the occasion. One thing you can do to calm your nerves is stick to a uniform that's been pre-approved by someone with experience in the art of first-date dressing. So we turned to Nikki Lewis and Greta Tufvesson, co-founders of matchmaking service The Bevy. The duo are pros who know exactly what to wear—and what to avoid—when you're heading to a blind date.
"Confidence is key and is always in style on your first date," Lewis says. "Wear something that makes you feel beautiful." That being said, there are certain items they consider their go-tos and no-gos when meeting someone for the first time. Curious to see what made the cut? Read on to see their responses, and to shop pieces for your next blind date!
The Ideal Outfit:
"White blouse with black or blue skinnies and a colorful heel. It's the perfect trifecta—sexy sophisticated, peppered with some spunk."
How to Take Your Look From Day to Date:
"A perfect style is one that is transitional. If you need to feel fancier, spice it up with a piece of statement jewelry, like a bold necklace or a drop earring. Always keep a change of heels in your Céline or any big bag for your transition into nighttime."
What to Avoid:
"You're not dressing for your fashionable girlfriends, so leave the high-waisted baggy jeans, kaftans, capes, or granny shoes at the door."
Shop the Perfect Blind-Date Pieces:
A high collar balances out a sheer lace style.
For a dressed-up date, try a colorful velvet sandal.
A fun statement earring adds a stylish touch.
You can't go wrong with simple black skinnies.
A ruffle detail adds a feminine twist.
Bold red pumps stand out in a sleek, all-black ensemble.
Try an elegant take on the choker trend.
Skinny jeans are an easy and chic date-night option.
Try a statement sleeve for night-out dressing.
Sculptural earrings feel extra special.
Make sure to choose heels that are cute and comfortable.
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