I know the old adage: I’ve only got one chance to make a first impression. Well, that holds especially true on a first date with a new guy. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant recommends wearing something “sexy, flirty, and fun.” Designer Marc Bouwer suggests not dressing too provocatively, though. “Don’t be afraid to show off your shape, just not in a very low-cut or bondage look,” he says. “I suggest a button down silk shirt paired with a pencil skirt or a sexy pair of jeans.”
And here are my Date-Night Style Tips inspired from Bryant and Bouwer’s style:
Your hair and makeup on a first date should be natural “with a touch of glamour”. I part my dry hair, and section it into thick parts. I use a 2-inch curling iron on each section from the middle to the end and a spray gel for hold. I allow the curling iron to set for a few seconds before moving on to the next section. Once finished, I softly run my fingers through the curls to achieve a soft, wavy look.
If my date asks me to watch a football game at the neighbourhood pub, I want to look the part while still maintaining my sense of style. Read: no oversized team jersey. A fabulous pair of jeans, great leather boots and a knit vest always work. They’re great for any occasion. A fitted sweater finished with a motorcycle jacket is a perfect look for a day date. If it’s cold, wear a draped scarf in a neutral colour softly tied at chest level.
I blow dry my hair straight, then part it to my favourite side and lightly twist the front pieces to the back of my head and secure with bobby pins. I pull out my bangs, if I have them, to frame my face and spray before securing the crown ponytail with an elastic band. I use a 2-inch curling iron to create natural curls.
If he asks me to meet him at an undisclosed location for our next romantic encounter, he may not realize that he’s leaving me in a fashion lurch. My best bet? The LBD. That little black dress always works. I can dress it up or down by bringing a medium-sized purse to keep a pair of flats and a more luxe pair of earrings so I can quickly update my look for the excursion. Bouwer advises wearing layers. A tailored jacket or vest is also great for the unexpected.
The intricate updo is delicate and exudes an aura of romance. I use a 1-inch curling iron on large sections of dry hair to create wavy curls. Once finished, I part my hair to my favourite side and pull curls back into a soft chignon and secure it with bobby pins. I then take the curls from the part, my temple, and my ear lobe, and then twist and pin them to the back. I also allow some curls to frame my face and hair spray to set and hold.
Getting the right fashion for the right date is easy as long as you are able to sense up your style. Be bold and fashionable!