What NOT to wear on a first date


By Harriet Farkash

We all know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but let’s face it, we’re visual creatures and a tip top outfit can go a long way.

But what to wear on the crucial first date when first impressions count? According to Fashion Editor at Cosmopolitan magazine, Charlotta Backlund, you want to strike the perfect balance of being comfortable, but also being stylish. “You want your outfit to reflect your personality, but you also want to show that you’ve put in effort,” she says. “Essentially, you want to show a slightly polished version of you.”

What does that look like? Charlotta explains…

For the men

If your date is during the day…

Don’t: Daylight is much less forgiving and there is nothing worse than a man with bad shoes. No trainers or thongs please!

Do: Keep it simple and stick to classics. A casual white shirt with rolled up sleeves or a nice tee that’s paired with jeans is safe for a lunch date.

If your date is after dark…

Don’t: Go too casual. You would think it’s obvious, but tees and shorts are not appropriate for a hot dinner date!

Do: If you wear a suit to work, wear that. It’s hard for a girl to fault a man in a sharp suit! Otherwise, a shirt and dark jeans, or chinos and loafers work well.

For the ladies

If your date is during the day…

Don’t: Wear stilettos or your Saturday night outfit – you don’t want him to think you are still out from the night before!

Do: Go for a nice dress or playsuit that you can dress up or down with the help of accessories depending on the venue of choice. Also, go easy on the make-up for a daytime date.

If your date is after dark…

Don’t: Wear anything that reveals too much. Leave something to his imagination and he’ll be wanting more. Also, if you’re not confident in heels, wear a stylish pair of flats instead. Better than stumbling!

Do: Go home and get changed beforehand or bring an outfit to work. Choose one thing to show off – if you have great legs, opt for a skirt and then wear something a bit looser up the top that doesn’t show cleavage.


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