Meeting someone for the very first time isn’t only nerve-wracking, it also makes you question every single part of your look: your clothes, your hair, your accessories. On any other day you’d might look in the mirror and give yourself an A+ for effort, but getting ready for a first date.. it makes the process of putting yourself together into a 2-hour marathon of which at the end you’re not even really sure if you *won*.
Luckily for you (ha), I’m here to assist you in this nail-biting process. We’ll take it step by step and I promise you that by the end of this blog you’ll feel (at least a bit) more relaxed.
Head-to-toe fabulous and confident, in 3 steps:
Clothing of choice
Hairstyle & make-up
Your first date outfit ready in.. 3… 2… 1… and GO.
Step 1: Your look of choice.
First of all, your first date outfit.
There are a bunch of first date outfit options that you can go for, from the traditional dress to a beloved skirt and top option. One shop I love to go for when I’m shopping for a first date outfit is Veronika Maine. They’ve been at the forefront of Aussie fashion for the past 50 years - so their style matches mine really well. They’ve got this romantic, sophisticated yet at the same time simple style I can’t get enough of. And though they play a lot with colours and patterns, black-lovers like myself will find all they need, too.
A great way to show off your figure is finding something that accentuates your body type and more specifically, your best features. Not sure what body type you are? Read more HERE to discover your very own figure.
Regardless of your figure, an universal rule is: accentuate your waist. It’s (almost always) the most thin part of your body so draw attention to it to draw away attention from other areas you might like less.
A high waisted pair of culottes is a great option: your waist is showing, your legs look longer and it’s not a tight fit which allows you to sit, stand and walk without feeling like you’re about to show off too much.
Style your culotte of choice with a cute top. Finding the right kind of top is quite crucial for your look: you want something that matches but not something that is giving too much away or on the opposite, not showing any skin at all. A halterneck top is the perfect balance between both and breaks off the straight lines the culottes are giving you.
Now, so far this look is quite the dressy type, and opting for a pair of sneakers as your footwear gives your outfit another dimension. But if you’re into the more fancy looks, a pair of heeled mules are a brilliant addition.
Step 2: Your hair & face
Hairstyles and make-up routines can be a comfort to us in anxious times like a first date. So I would recommend more than anything, for you to choose to do whichever feels most relaxing to you.
But if you’re ready to change it up and try something new, here are are a few of my personal favourite hairstyles:
A french braid: not as hard as it looks. YouTube it.
Half up, half down, twisted: not your everyday style.
Down, with a hair accessory; cute, upgraded everyday style.
Make-up wise, I’m not your next make-up guru, I’ll be quite honest here. My strategy for my make-up always revolves about highlighting my favourite features and doing as little as possible. But hey, if you love experimenting around with your make-up, please continue to do so!
Step 3: Final touches
A pair of silver or gold earrings, a shoulder bag or purse, and of course, always, a pair of sunglasses. But the very last final touch: please look in the mirror and remind yourself that you’re beautiful, and everyone would be lucky to have you! Sure, a great look, cute hairstyle and well-put on make-up and final pieces finish off your first date outfit, but the most attractive thing? Confidence!
Show me your first date outfit - tag us on Instagram @fashiola_ or simply let me know in the comments below what’s your go-to date look!