Contributed by Missy Nolan, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
After trying on every single skirt, shirt and pair of pants in your closet at least 12 times, you’ve finally found the perfect first date outfit.
Or have you?
Dressing for a first date can be completely nerve-wracking. Sure, he probably asked you out because he loves your awesome personality, but that doesn’t mean you can show up in torn pajama pants and a grungy old tee.
Or can you?
If you dress too nicely, will it seem like you’re trying too hard? Will it look like you don’t care at all if your first date outfit is too casual?
You’ll get it right, so stop worrying. Try a few of these top 10 first date outfits for her – they might just help you score a second date.
10. A Classy Cardigan, Paired With Whatever You Want
Buttoned, unbuttoned, halfway buttoned…there’s no wrong way to wear a cardigan. Throw it on over a casual tee, blouse or your favorite dress. A classy cardigan keeps you looking sophisticated – and feeling warm.
Then again, you may want to skip the cardigan and use the chilly weather as an excuse to snuggle up next to him. On the other hand, if getting close is the last thing you have in mind, button your cardigan all the way up to the very top.
9. An Asymmetrical Open Sweater and Jeans
You don’t want to be a salad and water girl – unless you actually like salad and water. Flatter your curvy figure with an asymmetrical open sweater in black or charcoal. Pair your sweater with your favorite slimming jeans or form-fitting black pants. Leggings work, too.
Oh, and go ahead and have that slice of cheesecake for dessert. You know you want to.
8. A LBD
There’s a reason that women everywhere love the little black dress: it makes them look hot. Short or tall, slim or curvy – there’s a LBD out there that’s absolutely perfect for your body type and style.
The best part? A basic black dress gives you plenty of freedom to go crazy with accessories. So live a little – carry a bright red handbag, wear some dangly earrings, or throw some colorful bangles on your wrists. Slip your feet into a pair of high heels, ballet flats or even flip flops, and you’re good to go.
7. A Denim Mini and a Tank Top
It’s no secret that most men love short skirts. Show off your toned thighs in a trendy denim mini skirt. Add a tank top or a camisole, and wow – total hotness. For extra sex appeal, wear a pair of sky-high stilettos. Who says you have to be innocent and demure on your first date?
6. A V-Neck Sweater and Jeans
A v-neck sweater is understated yet undeniably sexy. Choose a form-fitting sweater in black, white or your favorite color. Bonus points for selecting a sweater in a super soft fabric, such as cashmere, to top off a pair of fresh, form-fitting jeans. He won’t be able to keep his eyes – or hands – off of you.
5. A Fitted Blazer and Jeans
Not just for the office, a fitted jacket or blazer dresses up any pair of denim. You’ll look sophisticated and classy, not frilly and overdone. A fitted blazer jazzes up tank tops, silky camisoles and even plain white tees. Make sure to stick to jeans, though – not khakis or other slacks. Save the full-blown suit for work, okay?
4. Cropped Sweats and a Matching Hoodie
Planning an active first date, such as basketball, ice skating or jogging? Stay comfortable without looking frumpy in a pair of cropped sweats and a matching hoodie or fitted tee. Wear pants with a fun word or phrase on the bottom if you’re young enough to get away with it. To complete your date night look, throw your pair into a high ponytail and swipe on some lip gloss and mascara. Guys are easy to please, and no guy can resist the athletic look.
3. A Dress
Pick a dress … any dress … for your first date. Long, short, bold, understated… it really doesn’t matter. Wear it with trendy boots, heels, flats – anything goes. Dust some shimmery bronzer on your neck and shoulders if you are wearing a sleeveless number.
Actually, there is one dress you should avoid wearing on a first date: a wedding dress. Unless your first date is in Vegas.
2. A Skirt and Camisole
A skirt is just like a dress – you really can’t go wrong. Any style, any length – go for it. Avoid super short skirts if you’re headed to the movies or a fancy restaurant. For a flattering fit, choose an asymmetrical cut.
1. Anything You Want
Seriously. No amount of perfume, makeup or cute clothes will get you a second date if you don’t feel like yourself. Even if you do end up going out again, you might feel like he doesn’t like – or know – the real you. Is that something you want?
So wear whatever makes you feel good. Confidence is the sexiest accessory of all.