Whether you’re going on your first date or 25th-anniversary date, one of the biggest stresses is picking out what to wear. The last thing you want is to be overdressed or underdressed and make a bad impression on your date partner. What you wear ultimately depends on what you’re doing. There are plenty of places you can go on a date, from a mountain top to a Michelin-star restaurant. This means you need to dress for practicality and style.
Below, we’ll go over different date ideas and what you should wear for each.
One of the most common date ideas is dinner dates. This is because food is a universal language that everyone can enjoy. While out to dinner, conversing is easy. You can people-watch, rate, and review the meals you both chose, and get to know each other better over tasty plates. But what do you wear to a dinner date? In most cases, the dinner date is the most formal, so this is where you’re going to show off your style.
Before you begin getting ready, make sure to check out the restaurant. Thanks to Yelp and other food review services, you can see just how fancy a restaurant is based on their menu prices and ambiance seen in the photos.
If you’re going to a 5-star restaurant with a world-renowned chef, dig in the back of your closet for your most fashionable pieces. For women, this means your favorite little black dress, statement heels, and an eye-catching clutch. For men, consider your tailored slacks, a nice button-up shirt, and a slim-fitting sports coat. Pair that with any pieces in your men’s jewelry collection, and you’ll make a great impression.
However, if you’re going to a more casual restaurant, pair that with casual clothes. For women, this might mean a pair of skinny jeans, Chelsea boots, and a flowy top. For men, lace up some white low top sneakers, khakis, and a casual button-up.
A drink date is similar to a dinner date but is often held at a bar. This means it can be a little more crowded, which means you need to do your best to stand out among the other people around you. For men, button up your tailored trousers to show you made an effort going into this date. Pair them with Oxford shoes, a nice top, and a sleek and sophisticated watch.
For women, it’s okay to head to the bar in your work attire. To change it up, throw on a statement jacket, such as a bomber jacket or faux fur jacket, and brush on a tint of your favorite lipstick. Paired with a chained clutch and some flashy accessories, you’ll surely catch the attention of your date right away.
Movie dates are another tried-and-true classic. What’s great about movie dates is that the pressure is relatively low. The theater is dark, which means the eyes won’t be on your outfit, and most attention is directed to the big screen. However, this doesn’t mean you should roll up in gym shorts and a sweaty tee.
If you’re going on a movie date, you want to be comfortable, but show you have some sense of style. For both men and women, this means wearing a pair of jeans or pants and a fun top. Playing a movie date smart-casual is the best route to take.
However, if you have post-film plans, you want to keep those in mind. To prepare for both plans, consider neutral chinos or straight-legged jeans, a button-up shirt or blouse, and a layered top that won’t make you uncomfortable in your seat, such as a cardigan or a quarter and a half zip-up.
If you’re both the outdoorsy type, channel your interests by going on an outdoor date. When considering what to wear, it’s best to leave your heels, sports coat, dress, and slacks at home. Instead, you want to pick clothes that can handle the terrain you’re exploring, whether it be wooded trails or a rugged coastline.
It can be hard showing off your style in hiking clothes and athleticwear. However, one trick is sticking to color patterns. As you get ready for your outdoor excursion, reach for neutral-colored garments and layers. This way, you can bundle up and get a cup of coffee once you’re done working your heart rate.
When it comes to dressing up for a date, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. The most important tip is knowing what type of date you’re going on, whether it be a dinner date at a local restaurant or a walk in your neighborhood park. From there, you can curate a stylish outfit that makes a lasting impression.