What To Wear On A First Date (Suprising Answer)

Are you wondering what to wear on your first date so you can make the best impression, but you don't want to go out and spend a whole bunch of money?

Then this is the post for you. Here's what you'll learn:

  • The simplest answer that will allow you to be yourself, not spend a lot of money, and also make a good impression on your first date
  • Some simplified first date rules

And so much more. Let's jump into it.

What To Wear On A First Date

What you wear on a first date is important, but it's not so important that you should be spending a lot of time thinking about this or stressing about it.

If you met this girl in person and she liked you and she gave you her number, that means she already wants to see you. That means that whatever you were wearing when you met her made a good impression.

And more importantly, your personality made a good impression. It wasn't your clothing who approached her.

If you've met a girl from online dating, obviously she also likes what you're wearing and whatever else you're presenting your photographs.

That's another hint about what you should be wearing on your first date, which is where we'll start.

The Simplified First Date Style Rules

Here they are:

#1. Whatever you were wearing when you met her or whatever you are wearing in the photograph on your online dating profile is good enough.

You don't need any kind of special clothing to impress this girl. She already likes your personality or she likes your photos and your messages and that's all you need.

It doesn't mean you have to wear exactly the same clothing you had in your photos or when you met her.

However, you could just wear the same style. Whatever it is you're wearing is already good enough.

There are some variables and there are some nuances. It's going to depend on what you are doing on your first date. Which brings us to the next topic:

#2. Dressing appropriately for the occasion and the location. To dress appropriately, consider what you're doing.

If you're going hiking, then obviously you're going to be wearing some kind of sporty clothes, some fitness stuff, maybe shorts, depending if it's warm weather or not.

But if you're going ballroom dancing, then you're going to need to wear whatever it is they wear for ballroom dancing, which is going to be considerably more fancy than hiking clothing.

If you're just going to a coffee shop or maybe grabbing a drink, then stay casual. Stick with the style you had when you met her and you'll be good to go.

Now, considering your personal style and what makes you comfortable:

#3. If you dress up for a first date, but that's not your regular style and you feel uncomfortable, it’s the clothing that just doesn't fit right.

If you're just trying to impress this girl, chances are going to do much worse than if you just stuck to your regular style, your casual clothing, which fits well and feels nice.

Plus, it puts a lot more pressure on you because you're putting on this big show basically to try to impress your date.

Typically, when you're trying to impress your date too hard, it does the opposite. Your personal style should be uniquely you.

If you feel good in your clothing already, then chances are you're going to feel much more comfortable around her and act more confident, which will equal more attraction.

However, if your personal style is not something you like and you've been looking to make a change for a long time, then this might be a good opportunity to do it. Otherwise, don't overthink it.

The main thing to consider for a first date style is just to wear clean shoes. Don't wear running shoes though, unless you're going running. It's a running date for some reason.

I don't know why you’d want to do that, but runners don't look good with street clothing. They only look good when you're running or doing some kind of physical activity.

Other than that, a regular t-shirt, jeans, a jacket for the occasion, depending on what kind of weather it is, or even shorts and a t-shirt in the summer will all do well for you.

For more first date info, check out this  post.


Here are some key points you need to remember when deciding what to wear on a first date:

  • Whatever you were wearing when you met her or whatever you are wearing in the photograph on your online dating profile is good enough
  • Dressing appropriately for the occasion and the location, no matter if you go hiking or to a coffee shop
  • If you dress up on purpose for a first date, chances are going to do much worse than if you just stuck to your regular style

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