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Going on a blind date can be nerve-wracking, whether it’s with a guy you met online or a hook up by a friend.  You don’t know this guy. This first encounter may reveal that your suitor has OCD, is hella weird or is just straight up crazy. On the flip side, if he turns outs to be the man of your dreams, you definitely want to make a good first impression. While you can’t control the chemistry that you two will have, you can control what you wear. Wearing a cute outfit can help you feel more confident walking into unknown romantic territory. Here are some suggestions for how to dress to impress on your blind date.

Mix Dressy and Casual Elements in Your Outfit

Since it’s your first date, you probably won’t be going to a black tie formal benefit. Mostly likely, you’ll be meeting for coffee, drinks, a movie, or dinner. Mixing dressy and casual elements in your outfit shows that you can be pulled together, but you are not trying too hard. For example, pair some dark skinny jeans with a funky graphic tee and a sharp blazer. Finish the look off with a colorful pair of heels, a big ring and a cute necklace. Another option is to throw on a pretty dress with some flats and a denim jacket.

Keep It Classy

Your outfit can have a Hot touch to it, but you should probably leave the skin-baring, tight threads for a later date. Like Claire, the hilarious mom on Modern Family said, “He knows you’re a girl, you don’t have to prove it to him.”

Wear Cute, But Comfy Shoes

If you are enjoying each other’s company, the date may naturally evolve. You and your fella may want to go for a walk on the promenade or spontaneously decide to go dancing at another spot. Wearing uncomfortable, sky-high stilettos or boots (that are NOT made for walking) can limit your options.

What do you like to wear on a first date?

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