Slide on your short knit dress, those fabulous Jimmy Choo pumps and a few accessories and you’re ready for a first date with that cute guy you met at the coffee shop. While dressing for success may seem easy enough, getting ready for a date can be a nightmare for some single ladies. Your goal is to look presentable, modest and stylish, without overdoing it. Use these savvy dating fashion tips and dress to impress on your next date.
Go Au Naturale
When dressing for a date, be subtle — less is more. Wearing too much makeup can poorly contour the faces of even the most beautiful of women. If you wear heavy, funky-framed glasses, opt for your Vision Direct contacts on your date. Use subtle makeup to hide your flaws, while playing up what you consider to be your best feature. For example, if you want to show off your full lips, use a light application of foundation, a spritz of Evian water for a dewy finish and your favorite shade of lipstick to make your pout stand out.
No, a floor length dress and heels just won’t do for a hiking date in the mountains. It’s essential to be practical and match your ensemble with your date destination. Patti Stanger, the brains behind Bravo’s “The Millionaire Matchmaker,” suggests picking one or two assets and showing them off. Keep jewelry to a minimum, leave a little mystery to your attire and dress in solids, as prints can make you appear heavier. For a casual date, a pair of jeans and a cute blouse is acceptable. If he’s made reservations for dinner, opt for a tailored jacket and slacks or a sassy, flared skirt. When all else fails, you can never go wrong with your little black dress.
Do’s and Don’ts
Avoid those unsightly fashion faux-pas, and feel confident in whatever you wear by following these simple dating fashion do’s and don’ts:
- Do have clean and tidy manicured hands and nails.
- Don’t wear heavy makeup.
- Do dress appropriately for the occasion, never showing too much skin.
- Don’t wear hairspray or perfume that is overpowering.
- Do use a color corrector base foundation if you’re prone to blushing.
- Don’t try to be too trendy or wear too many trends at once.
- Do wear clothes that fit well and flatter your figure.
- Don’t wear new shoes that will hurt your feet.
- Do shop for an outfit ahead of time to avoid date-day stress.
- Don’t wear bright colors that may look tacky or cheap.
Start with Shoes
What woman doesn’t love a pair of Christian Louboutin red sole pumps or a suede over-the-knee boot? Unfortunately, many women sacrifice style for comfort in their choice of footwear. Studies show that 88 percent of women wear shoes that are too small for their feet, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Be both comfortable and stylish in your shoes while on a date, whether they’re your favorite heels, wedges or even flats. If you insist on wearing high-heeled stilettos, be sure to practice walking in them until you’re a pro.
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