First Date Style Guide

Have you ever heard the phrase, “It only takes 7 seconds to make a first impression”? In the dating realm, it takes even less.

The truth is, your date is taking a mental note of you and your appearance even before you say hello, shake hands, hug, and settle into your date. So what does this mean for you?

You need to dress to impress.

Your first date outfit is a factor that can make-or-break your date. The outfit you choose for your first date will set the tone for how your date perceives you. You want to start on the right foot and make the best first impression possible.

Creating an outfit takes time, effort, and strategy. We’re here to help.

What not to wear

There are a few general rules to first date outfits, but for the most part, it comes down to you and your personal style. You don’t want to be uncomfortable on a first date, as people can sense that. However, there are a few DON’Ts when it comes to what to wear.

Don't Wear Baggy Clothes

Baggy clothes are a huge turn-off when it comes to impressing a first date. If your clothes are too big for your body, it’s noticeable. Everyone looks better in clothes that are the right size and a slimmer fit that isn’t too tight and still allows you to be comfortable is the best option for most men.

Don't Overdo a Fashion Trend

Fashion trends are cool for a moment, but once they’re out of style, they make you look tacky. Even if what you’re wearing is in style, you don’t want to overdo it. Examples of fashion trends are skinny jeans, oversized shirts, large belt buckles, excessive accessories, etc. Keep your outfit simple to make a statement.

Don't Look Sloppy

This rule is a catch-all for your overall appearance. Your hair, your teeth, your accessories, and most definitely your clothes. If you look in the mirror before you go out and your outfit looks like you threw it on at the last minute, your date will notice.

General Rules

Dial in the fit

As we alluded to above, the fit of your clothing matters. A lot. For in-depth guidance, check out our clothing fit guides.

Wear Neutral Colors

On a first date, the colors of your clothing should be a mix of whites, greys, blues, blacks, and sometimes dark greens. Once you get more confidence and a better sense of your personal style, you can add in a few pops of color by adding a bright-colored accessory.

When in Doubt, Dress it up a Notch

While the right formality of dress depends on your date’s setting, as a general rule, you want to take the outfit you’d normally wear and dress it up one notch. For example, if you would normally wear a t-shirt and jeans in the setting you’re in, you can dress it up a bit by switching out the t-shirt with a button-down and the jeans with chinos.

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