Styling Tips For… Going On A Date

So, you’re going on a date. Whether you asked or have been asked, you now have to decide what to wear. Obviously, the date itself will dictate the dress code – jeans don’t really work for a night at the opera, while a ball gown will get slightly shredded in the mosh pit at a local club – but it’s still important to choose your outfit carefully, especially for a first date.

However, a date is also a time to be your most authentic self. So, with that in mind, we’ve put together a list of pointers to help you achieve a stress-free dating look incorporating your own individual style.

1. Be comfortable

Don’t wear something that will distract you by pinching, pulling or scratching, causing you to spend half the night fidgeting. Break in new shoes beforehand by wearing them around the house, and test your outfit is comfortable for both sitting and standing. If you’re not used to wearing short skirts or low-cut tops, avoid them. However, if you decide to wear either, own them with confidence – don’t spend time pulling at your hemline or neckline.

2. Plan ahead

Feeling rushed, dishevelled or being late isn’t a great way to start a date, but this can be avoided with a little bit of forward planning. Once you’ve chosen your outfit, make sure that it’s clean, pressed and in a good state of repair. Hang it up or lay it out with all accessories so that, when the time comes to get ready, you can do so with ease.

3. Make up

Make up is a personal choice, and we all have our chosen ‘looks’. We don’t, however, recommend trying out a new ‘look’ for a date, unless it’s been thoroughly tried and tested beforehand, or it’s something like a new shade of lipstick, which can be easily remedied if it doesn’t suit.

4. Check the weather

Even if you’re attending an indoor activity, such as a film or dinner, check the weather and be prepared. Shivering through the evening in a little shift dress or too-light shirt isn’t the best look, nor will it make the date much fun. A stylish tote will have room for both a cardigan and a pair of flats, or you can carry a jacket over your arm.

5. Something for the men

Guys, these pointers are suitable for you as well! Be comfortable, be prepared, check the dress code and make sure that your clothes are clean and in a good state of repair. Oh, and that new shirt does need ironing before you slip it on…

6. Be yourself.

This is possibly the most important thing to remember. Some of these pointers may work for you; some of them may not. The point of dating is to get to know someone and to share something of yourself in the hope that, maybe, it might lead to something more permanent. So, be comfortable, be confident, and, most of all, relax and enjoy yourself!

Till next time – blessings!

Rabunastylist with love xx

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Bukky Ayoade

Bukky Ayoade is a Stylist to Senior Professionals, Business Owners & Ministry Leaders. She is passionate about empowering women, help them to look and feel great by showing them how to dress and style their unique bodies. She believes that great style breeds confidence and success and is on a mission to make that happen for her clients. Contact Bukky or find her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for more styling tips and advice.

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