The old saying that 'You only get one chance to make a first impression' is rarely more true than what is experienced on a first date. First dates are a chance to be one-on-one with someone, to gauge their thoughts, their goals, and to evaluate their personality and character. These inner traits, good or bad, are all takeaways that determine whether or not a second date is in order. However, one characteristic that is a deciding factor on whether or not the conversation even delves into the inner workings of your date, is your appearance.
You can bet your future that what your date sees when you arrive factors in to how the day or night will go. That's why our first bit of advice if you want to make the right impression on a first date is to dress according to the type of activities that have been planned, the weather, and the location.
Dress for the Activities
Whether your rock-wall climbing or attending an opera, the activities of your night should be the determining factor of your style of dress. If you're unsure of what people are wearing these days, there are tons of resources online to guide you into the right direction. If the activity is new, you may want to call the venue or ask your date what they will be wearing. That way you'll be sure that you and your date are on the same fashion page.
Dress For The Weather
Your outfit should show that you are aware of what's going on around you, and that means that your dress should be appropriate for the weather that you will experience. If it's cold, a mini-skirt that identifies every curve or compression t-shirt that helps you show off your gym workout may also say to your date that your outer appearance trumps your common sense.
Dress for The Location
Wearing heels on rough terrain is about as appropriate as wearing hiking boots to the beach. Whether your date is indoors or outdoors, you need to dress for the location (environment). A simple agreement prior to the date on what you will be doing is a great way to prepare. If you're unsure, wear your best outfit, and pack a "smart" outfit that allows you to adjust accordingly. This outfit should be minimal and include comfortable shoes and softer (non-dressy) clothing.
Dressing to impress on your first date is easy with a little bit of preparation. Always check to be sure that you put your best foot forward in terms of appearance and make sure you dress for the activities you will be engaging in, the weather, and the terrain you will be on. By taking a few steps to make a good first impression, you can take the focus off of your out appearance and allow your date to focus on what really matters - you!