First dates are nerve-racking. And when you add in the stress of putting together an outfit that’ll make a great first impression, the pre-date stress can really start to compound. And we’ve got the numbers to prove it—46% of women surveyed* say that a first date is the most stressful occasion to dress for. Thankfully though, you have us as your go-to source. In addition to sharing three different first date outfit ideas, we’ll also share style tips to help you get ready with ease. Keep scrolling to take a look.
Grab a coffee
Since first dates are all about getting to know the other person, meeting at a laid-back location like a coffee shop takes off some of the pressure. The best part is that you don’t have to dress up either. We suggest leaning on the essentials for this casual first date outfit—yes, it’s perfectly okay to wear jeans on a first date. Style your favorite pair of skinnies with a cozy sweater and booties, then finish it off with a statement jacket and playful accessories that showcase your personality.
Go for lunch
For plans that walk the line between informal and formal, like a midday lunch, you’ll want an outfit that does the same. Start with a pair of cropped pants in a fun color and tuck in a statement tunic. A slightly oversized coat in a lighter hue overtop brightens up the look and adds an undeniably chic touch. Bring it all together with metallic accessories, neutral-colored mules, and a coordinating shoulder bag.
Sit down for dinner
Navigating a first date outfit in the winter can be tricky due to unpredictable weather but don’t let that deter you from playing up the romance of the evening. Serve up a major style moment and keep warm by wearing a faux fur coat over a flirty dress—how’s that for function and fashion? But to prevent your date night outfit from feeling too busy, we suggest sticking to sleek black pumps and a matching jewelry.