Just imagine, you finally meet a great guy after multiple attempts on various dating apps, and he wants to take you out on a date in a few days. You’re ecstatic and the next thing you know you’re marking your calendar and telling him you can’t wait to meet him. But, after the initial excitement, the anxiousness hits and you feel a pit at the bottom of your stomach and think, “Oh no, what am I going to wear?”
It’s common knowledge that first impressions mean everything and typically are hard to forget. If you show up to a job interview inappropriately dressed, you’ve most likely sabotaged your chances of landing the gig. This same rationale goes for first dates. You wouldn’t want to show up at a restaurant looking like you’ve just left your 6:00 p.m. SoulCycle class. Living in the digital age, it’s common that our first encounters with our male or female love interests are behind a screen where you don’t need to have a fancy outfit to impress them. This very well could be the reason why 37% of men and 22% of women are utterly confused on what to wear to a first date, according to a recent survey. Chances are they are seeing their date face-to-face for the first time and want to live up to the physical expectations the other might have for them.
We all have those articles of clothing that make us feel comfortable and confident. We compartmentalize our closet depending on the occasion and come back to those outfits time and time again because we know what works for us. But, depending on where you live, there can be immense pressure to cycle through new items in your wardrobe as opposed to sticking with the basics. For example, big cities such as Los Angeles, New York City, or Chicago, where many place fashion on a higher pedestal than in other parts of the country.
Like many, the last thing you want to do when you’ve got a special occasion to attend is to re-wear an outfit. On top of not wanting to look like the rest of the girls in the city, the glamour of wearing your once favorite date outfit for the first time is gone. You seek inspiration from your favorite fashion bloggers and magazines to see what’s currently trending and one shopping spree later you’ve got a new wardrobe that may or may not ever see the light of day after your date. While the corset trend that’s going around in your city right now might make you look fashionable, it very well could be distracting you from your date as you count down the minutes until you can change into your usual garb. Leaving you not only uncomfortable but regretful of the money you spent keeping up with the latest trends.
Wear what makes you most comfortable at the end of the day, whether it’s the designer corset everyone is rocking or the shift dress from five years ago. Sometimes it’s best to stick with what you know. No one has ever been arrested by the fashion police for wearing last season’s look.