What to Wear on a First Date

Getting ready for a first date can be a little stressful. Once the actual asking part is done, you’ve got the time, location, and (most importantly) your outfit to worry about. Here are some tips for what to wear on a first date.

Location is Key

Where you’re going obviously affects how you should dress. My advice is to choose somewhere casual, yet sleek and trendy. (No, your favorite sports bar doesn’t count.) High-end restaurants aren’t a good choice for a first date; you want somewhere with a casual atmosphere. A trendy Asian bistro or local gastropub are both solid choices. The best first dates are all about getting to know each other, less about future expectations.

If possible, avoid choosing a spot that’s a regular favorite among you and your friends. Nothing kills the casual vibe of a good first date like having to spontaneously introduce your date to a host of your friends in the same night.

Dress to Impress....Comfortably

It’s tempting to pull out your fancy clothes for the date, but remember that you want to keep things casual. You should definitely dress to impress, but you don’t want to feel stiff and awkward all night. Keep your Sunday best in the closet.

A dressed-up jeans outfit is a great way to create an air of casual sophistication. Sleek, darker denim is a great starting point. A great jeans outfit is stylish yet will keep you comfortable all night, giving your more energy to focus on your date.

Tie or No Tie?

This is a first date, so a tie is arguably optional. However, since a tie can add extra color and zest to your outfit, I’d recommend wearing one. Plus, if you’re rocking a dressy jeans outfit, a tie will balance out the casual denim.

This burgundy floral tie from Bonobos is a nice option with a light blue or pink button-front shirt like this one...

Follow these tips to assemble a great date outfit that strikes the balance between formal and fun. Above all, keep your comfort in mind. A first date is nerve-wracking enough without having to worry about uncomfortable clothes.

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