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What to wear on your next first date

Because first impressions really do matter

Written by
Jasmine Dilmanian

It’s time for that first date you’ve been looking forward to (or not) and you open up your closet to…drum roll please…nothing to wear. A familiar story? Not to worry. From blazers to halter jumpsuits, from boyfriend jeans to casual tees, dates these days have become an almost-anything goes affair. For the first date, the most important reminder is to wear something that represents you. As cliché as it sounds, a great fit and a look that embodies your personality is what will win the person across the table over. So, instead of staring down your empty closet, look at the great options on this list and decide what you’re going to wear.

First date outfit ideas that are sure to slay

Pretty sexy
Photograph: Asos

1. Pretty sexy

This floaty country inspired asymmetrical pastel romper is ideal for a flirty first date. With nature influencing the colour palette and embroidery, it's business on top, party on the bottom.

$24 on

I didn’t steal your boyfriend

2. I didn’t steal your boyfriend

Sport these distressed boyfriend jeans with a clean white tank and flats for an effortless and casual vibe. They're also perfect for a day-to-night transformation after work – simply pair with your favourite heeled boots.

$35.40 on

A for effort
Photograph: Saks Fifth Avenues

3. A for effort

Men – show you put in the effort by being selective about your button-down shirt. Make sure it’s well-fitted and interesting, like this color-block one.

$252 on

For the vixen
Phtoograph: Revolve

4. For the vixen

Not afraid to show some leg? Yas, queen. Look amazing on dates year-round in this genuine leather bodycon mini skirt by BB Dakota. Spicy.

$150 on

Tart and tasty
Phtoograph: Asos

5. Tart and tasty

This adorable lemon-print romper is revealing in all the right places thanks to a playful tie front and up-high hem. Perfect for a summer daytime date.

$25.50 on

Wave hello
Photograph: Old Navy

6. Wave hello

Surfer dudes on a budget can rely on this cool beach-themed graphic tee from Old Navy to do the talking for them.

$10 on

Skirting the issue
Photograph: NordstromRack

7. Skirting the issue

For a salsa dancing date or a day by the docks, put on this fun and frilly skirt. Pair it with some heels to add some sex-factor.

$29.97 on

Touch the sky
Photograph: Asos

8. Touch the sky

For tall girls who love a maxi dress, this one’s for you. Sport this striped one with flat sandals for an easy-breezy look on a boardwalk date.

$35 on

The essentials
Phtoograph: J.Crew

9. The essentials

No matter your body type, anyone will find you alluring in this open and airy simple sleeveless top by J.Crew. Pair it with nearly any bottom.

$59.90 on

Mind the Gap
Photograph: Gap

11. Mind the Gap

Hippie meets retro in this adorable and versatile mini-dress from the Gap. Layer it under a jean jacket for a local dive or pair it with red stilettos for a fancier evening.

$54 on

Make ’em sweat
Photograph: Shopbob

12. Make ’em sweat

Wearable in any season this loose-fitting white reverse V-neck sweater is comfortable and appealing at once. Add slim pants for a beautiful silhouette.

$450 on

Halter honey
Phtoograph: Revolve

13. Halter honey

This drapey halter jumpsuit has front and back sex appeal without giving it all away. Be the apple of your date’s eye in this one.

$101 on

Star in stripes
Photograph: Courtesy Topman

14. Star in stripes

Men: Pair a fun blazer with a pair of fitted dark-wash jeans for a more sophisticated date outfit option.

$240 on

Chic chick
Photograph: Revolve

15. Chic chick

A black blazer will jazz up just about any outfit. For a quick fix and a put-together look for a night out, turn to this one.

$118 on

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