As many of you know, I’m currently single and navigating the complex world of online dating (offline dating doesn’t appear to exist any more). I’ve now mastered the art of first date chat, but still struggle when it comes to first date dressing.
There’s so much pressure, because you naturally want to look your best. But, make too much of an effort and you run the risk of coming across a bit try-hard. I therefore think it’s best to stay true to your personal style when getting ready for a date, and choose something that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
My wardrobe is filled with pieces from hush, and I regularly wear their designs on first dates. After hearing this, the hush team challenged me to put together three first date outfit ideas from their insanely-covetable autumn collection. This sounded easy enough. But, really, I’m no expert. How do I know what makes an appealing first date look? So I decided to do some proper research, and invited a man I used to date to judge all three outfits…
Christian and I dated briefly last year whilst he was living in London (he’s a native New Yorker), and have remained friends. He very generously offered himself up to be used as clickbait for this post, and provides his unbridled fashion opinions below.
Look #1: The Romantic Midi Skirt
I’m not sure if there are rules against wearing clothing emblazoned with the word ‘Love’ when you’re going on a first date, but I couldn’t resist this adorable knit! Paired with the lace midi skirt skirt it creates a soft, romantic look without appearing overly-feminine.
If you have a date lined up that feels dauntingly formal (dinner, drinks at a swanky bar or theatre tickets), this outfit is a real winner! The lace skirt and heels keep things on the dressy side, but the knit adds a dose of casual cool and will help you remain comfortable if feeling overdressed is a big concern. (FYI: This textured camisole would also look great with the midi skirt).
Christian’s Verdict: “This is cute. But I personally think slogans or ironic messages are a bit of an eye roll on a date. However, as long as your clothes make you feel comfortable and allow your personality to shine through it’s all good.”
Look #2: The Flirty Little Black Dress
I felt the most “date ready” in this outfit. Probably because a little black dress is always a safe bet. And this bell-sleeved number was definitely made for date nights! The flirty sleeves and short hemline provide some sex appeal, but the comfortable, loose fit prevents it from looking too flashy. I added leopard print boots for a pop of colour, and was ready to go…
Christian’s Verdict: “This is easily the cutest – just a little neckline, just a little leg… It seems to be the classic little black dress. I like that it has an element of casual, but it’s still dressed up. It looks cool.”
Look #3: The Man Repelling Mules
“Fancy grabbing a drink after work this week?” is now the go-to line for men asking women out on a date. It doesn’t show a great deal of effort, let’s be honest. So the aim is to appear equally as casual when dressing for such a liaison. And that’s why leather leggings and statement tops are a match made in heaven. It’s a cool, stylish combination that doesn’t appear too try-hard!
I may have gotten a little overconfident when it came to my choice of footwear, however. These mustard slip-ons are super-cool, but do straight men understand the appeal of mules?! Perhaps they’re best reserved for dates with the girls…
Christian’s Verdict: “I don’t think this outfit is man-repelling. But my first thought would definitely be, ‘Oh, okay. She’s really into shoes.’ If I complimented the shoes I’d be lying, but it would mean I liked whoever was wearing them.”
Although outfit #1 is actually my favourite from the bunch, I felt the most confident and “date ready” in the bell-sleeved little black dress. And, unsurprisingly, Christian also agreed that that was the best date night outfit. So, next time you’re panicking what to wear on a date, head straight to hush, order a LBD and style with a pair of sassy ankle boots!
What are your go-to first date outfit ideas? And which of these hush looks is your favourite? Leave a comment below to have your say…
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Photos by Victoria Metaxas