A traditional dinner date is thought of as a couple meeting for dinner to get to know one another in a romantic atmosphere. Though this may be accurate in some cases, in others, it’s not. The dinner date can come in many forms, requiring different modes of dress or choices of fashion. The atmosphere, time of the date, and company, if any, will factor into the equation when choosing what to wear. Whether it’s a first date, the fiftieth date, or the dreaded blind date, making the right fashion choice is imperative to the date’s success. Begin with the basics:
New clothing or shoes may be exciting initially, but the reality of new items means they haven’t been worn enough to be broken in, or to determine what idiosyncrasies the clothes may have. Dress in clothes that are familiar and comfortable. Choose clothes that fit well with shirts that don’t ride up, pants with waistbands that don’t dig into the stomach, and shoes that are sufficiently broken in and won’t pinch the feet.
The outfits should be easy to move around in, not something that should plague your thoughts with potential wardrobe malfunctions, and leave your hands free, because the need to fiddle and smooth the clothing is not present.
Ask friends for advice on what to wear and don’t be afraid to borrow clothes from friends, providing whatever borrowed fits well and is in good shape. A good friend to handhold through nerves can be a lifesaver, and it’s always a good idea to enlist someone else’s opinion about the fit outfit.
Try to relax and make time for yourself before a big date. This may not apply to a couple that has dated a long while, but an out-of-the-ordinary formal dinner may warrant some extra self-pampering. Treat yourself to a manicure, pedicure, facial, or massage to combat stress.
Try Not To Look Like Someone Else
Looking good does not mean looking like a stranger. Go easy on the make-up and hair. Let who you are shine through.
A casual dinner date is the most common type of date encountered. It is important that “casual” does not mean sloppy. A person can be casually dressed and still appear put together. Jeans that fit well, paired with a casual shirt (not a t-shirt), and a pair of flats should suit the occasion perfectly.
Some dinner dates maybe include a family get-together. This could be an informal meal at a home or a group outing to a restaurant. Either way, a few rules should always apply:
This is especially true around the mother of your date. Keep it classy and covered.
Don’t Overdo It
The want to leave a good impression on your date’s family is natural, but do not drag out your most expensive jewelry, most elaborate hairstyle, or prettiest dress. Make the outfit appropriate to the occasion, not beyond it.
Soften The Look
Wear light colors, use a make-up judiciously, and don’t make your hair look severe or over styled. You want to look approachable, not like someone’s boss.
A dressy restaurant date doesn’t require you to wear a dress, but a cocktail dress would work in this instance. A pair of nice slacks and a blouse will suffice. Accessories can certainly make an outfit in this type of setting. High heels are also not necessary. Dressy flats are quite easy to find nowadays. Just be sure to coordinate properly.
“If a dinner is formal, usually a gown in required. Dark colors or white would most likely be the best color choices in this scenario. Make sure the gown is the right size, the length is manageable so tripping won’t be a problem, and, if you must buy new shoes, break them in before the big dinner! There is nothing worse than limping around with sore feed!” – Kezia Noble Dating and Relationship Expert