Getting dressed for your date.

Getting dressed for a date, particularly if it’s a first date, second, third or even the elusive fourth date is itself a hard decision for most of us. Since first dates are often tricky and quite unpredictable it doesn’t mean you can’t feel and look your best. The question is: does what we wear on a date really have any effect on the outcome of said date? Impression management is the key to success whether we are going for a job interview or seeing our parents. The impression we give to someone with our appearance can determine the success of our interaction. With that said...it matters what you wear on a date, but the most important thing is to feel beautiful. Your date has already shown an interest in you so you don't need to be anyone that you aren't.

This article is designed just to give you a few tools and some insight so that you don't spend hours and hours pulling every outfit out of your closet in a frantic attempt to find something to wear. I've come up with a list of things to consider while choosing your outfit so you can be prepared to make the most out of your date and waste less time getting ready.

Dress your body type. Clothing covers almost 90% of our body, so if worn correctly, it can really help you to hide and conceal the things you don't like and accentuate the things you love about your body. Identifying what your body type is can help you identify the correct clothing items to wear that will make you feel and look your most attractive. 

What body type are you? Before we begin, let me just say that not every woman falls exactly into one of these categories. For example, you might not be exactly an hourglass, but perhaps an hourglass with apple tendencies. Or a pear with a little extra weight around your waist. The goal is to choose the body type that most resembles your body and then use that information to help find your style.

Apple: You have an apple body if you have broad shoulders, fullness around the middle, a narrow waist and good legs. The goal is to elongate the torso and draw attention to your sexy legs. We recommend knee length A-line skirts or wrap dresses with A-line or slightly flared bottom. Boot cut and straight leg jeans and pants paired with a top with a V or a wide neckline. Some cute wedges and a handbag (avoid shoulder bags) would work perfectly as well.

Pear: You have a pear body if you have narrow shoulders with a smaller bust, a well-defined waist, full hips and thighs, and a rounded booty. The goal is to add volume to your shoulders and upper body as well as enhance your waistline to give a more balanced look. We recommend high-waisted pants and skirts, flat front wide or straight leg jeans and/or pants paired with a boat, cowl and/or wide V or U neckline. Shoulder bags and heels will help to create a slimmer, taller look.

Hourglass: You have an hourglass if you have a full bust, well defined narrow waist, balanced shoulder to hip ratio and a rounded bottom. The goal is to highlight your natural curves and balance both your upper and lower body at the same time. We recommend wrap dresses, wrap tops, waist-defined tops and jackets, boot cut and straight leg jeans and/or pants. Pair those with a pair of heeled boots or ballerina flats and a shoulder bag and you are good to go.

Rectangle/Chopstick: You are a rectangle if you have a small/average bust, undefined waist and straight and narrow hips. The goal is to create the illusion of curves and flaunt your nice arms and legs. We recommend you wear off the shoulder, scoop or round open necklines. Skinny jeans are great as well as pencil A-line skirts. Pair that with a handbag and some wedges or stilettos and you will look great.

Getting well dressed for another shows respect. When you show up for a date and you look nice and smell good it shows your date that you care and wanted to look your best for the occasion. Every man and woman wants respect out of any relationship and showing up looking good can help begin that journey. Also making sure that you are dressed appropriately for your date is important. If you are going to a 5 star restaurant then you don't want to wear jeans and if he invites you to go bowling you don't want to show up in a bodycon dress and heels. By dressing nicely and occasion-specific your outfit will only enhance your experience rather than hinder. 

Bring your face and pheromones to front line: When you are dressed properly, it actually allows your dating partner to focus on your face instead of your inappropriate clothing. Make sure that your makeup is tasteful and enhances your features. Also, don't over-do it on the perfume! A little can go a long way and we naturally emit pheromones that our date naturally finds appealing. Avoid wearing flashy accessories or bulky jewelry. Less is always more. 

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