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What to Wear on a First Date

I am happy to be off the dating market. I have been off for almost 10 years now and its been brilliant. I was not a huge fan of the whole dating “thingy”, I have never been a fan of anything new, and the dating world is all about “The New”, it felt so exhausting most of the time.

I am sure many women and men would agree with me on how draining the whole dating stuff is, but date we must! After all, love is a BEAUTIFUL thing.

 

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Thanks to technology, dating is a lot easier now in 2017 than it was 10 years ago. Majority of the dating websites we have now were not available in my dating years. The most we had back then was social media – Facebook/Hi5, and those were still in the developing phases. Who remembers Hi5 by the way? Does anyone still go on it?

I am happy to see how much the online dating industry has evolved. It is super easy to meet someone you are compatible with online now thanks to the many dating websites available. But having a date is one thing, and what to wear on a date is another. Many women usually struggle with what to wear on a first date. They usually don’t want to show too much skin and send the wrong messages or come across as too keen, but they want to look attractive at the same time.

I have featured a couple of outfits I think would be great outfit ideas for a first date. Here are three ideas  –

A Sparkly Look

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This is a great outfit idea for a dinner sort of first date.It is a stylish/dressy look and just shows the right amount of skin for a summer evening. Do you agree?

 

A  Relaxed Look

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For a relaxed first date at the cinema or lunch in a restaurant, this outfit would be fit the part. It is stylish but not over the top. I think it would be an excellent choice for a first date in a relaxed location.

 

A Casual Look

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This outfit would be a fantastic choice for casual/day-time date. It would suit a lunch date or any chilled location.

 

Can you remember what you had on for any of your first dates? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. I love reading them.

Thanks for reading as always. Have a lovely day.

 

 

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Great date ideas you’ve probably never thought of

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The dating game has it’s pros and its cons. On one hand, it may result in you meeting your soulmate, on the other it may involve awkward moments, small talk and spending a lot of time in high street chain restaurants.

While there is no guide or way to ensure you meet Mr Right rather than Mr ‘Why Did I Swipe Right?’, you can at least guarantee having some fun on your rendezvous. Why slum it at the cinema when you can use dating as a way to experience new things? If your latest fling ends up being ‘The One’, you’ll have some amazing stories to tell the grandkids about when you first started ‘courting’ but if it turns out they were more ‘The One You Couldn’t Make Your Excuses To Leave Fast Enough’ then at least you’ll have a great story for over brunch with your friends.

 

Here are 5 great alternative date ideas that beat heading down to your local Nandos:

 

Be Culture Vultures

There’s a good chance you live within reasonable travelling distance of museums and art galleries. Take advantage of the culture on your doorstep and head to one with your date to experience some art and history while pursuing romance. You’ll get to know someone’s tastes and personality much quicker discussing your opinions on history and art than you would sat in silence together watching the latest blockbuster at the Odeon. The best thing about this sort of date is Museums and galleries tend to be free, so you don’t need to worry about any awkward moments about who foots the bill at the end of the night.

 

Cooking classes

Dates involving food don’t always have to involve a trip to your nearest restaurant. Rather than recreate that famous scene from ‘Lady and the Tramp’ why not try something a little more ‘hands on’ like a cooking class? Learning to cook with a potential love interest is the perfect way to spend a few hours getting to know each other and guarantees you always have something to talk about as you try to master the recipe given to you by your tutor.

The Penny Date

Chances are you’re already aware of The Penny Date after it went viral online last year. Perhaps you’ve rolled your eyes at the concept but let’s give it a chance as while it may be very kitsch, it’s certainly not boring. The idea behind the date plan is simple; ask your date to pick a number between 1 and 20 and then get in the car. Whatever number they pick is the number of times you will flip the coin; heads means a right turn and tails equals left. Every time you stop at the lights (or whatever is suitable) you flip the coin to decide where you go. On the final toss, you’ll have arrived at your destination for the date. It’s exciting, unpredictable and unique. Who knows where you could end up? Hopefully not at the cinema or one of the bland restaurants we’ve been trying to avoid. But even if you do, they do say life is all about the journey, not the destination.

 

Escape Room

Being locked in a room with someone you don’t know that well may seem like the opposite of your idea of a good time but breakout challenges and escape rooms have been the “must do thing” of 2016 for a good reason – they’re so much fun. Think back to the 90s and the days of Crystal Maze and Fort Boyard and remember how much you wanted to be a contestant on those shows? Well now you can – and there’s no better teammate than a date. The idea is simple, you’re locked in a room which tends to have a theme to suit the storyline as to why you’re trapped; you get an hour on the clock to solve riddles, find clues and get the keys and codes required to set yourself free. It’s ideal for finding out how you work together as a duo and guarantees no awkward small talk as you’re far too busy cracking codes. While it’s ideal for most people, maybe give this one a miss if you have a particularly competitive streak – your future partner doesn’t need to see that side of you just yet.

Wine tasting

There’s a reason most dates revolve round meeting in a bar and having a few drinks; alcohol can help calm the nerves, gets you chatting more at ease and makes the whole nerve-wracking ordeal that is a first date go a little smoother. That said, it can be pretty boring bar hopping and you don’t get to find out much about your company for the evening when you’re having to yell over the music. However, there’s no need to go teetotal on dates just yet – try wine tasting instead. You’ll still be able to benefit from a bit of dutch courage and you’ll learn a thing or two about the wine you consume along the way. Just remember to use the spit bucket now and again – there’s a difference between ‘dutch courage’ and ‘drunk and disorderly.’

 

Happy dating!

 

*This is a collaborative post.

 

 

 

The do’s and don’ts of first dates

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As Shakespeare famously said, the course of true love never did run smoothly and nothing sums up that sentiment more than the tricky task of nailing a successful first date. First Dates can be hard. While it may be amusing to watch a couple’s debut meeting on Channel 4’s First Dates, or read about an awkward rendezvous in the Guardian’s Blind Date feature, actually going on one yourself, sipping cocktails and engaging in small talk, can be nerve wrecking and leave you riddled with anxiety.

For men, the pressure is on; it’s not enough to just to iron your best Hugo Boss Black Label shirt and head off down to the local Wetherspoons, expectations are very high.

Here are some Do’s and Don’ts to help you with your first meeting and looking the part after swiping right on Tinder:

Do: Clean your shoes

Shoes are one of the first things that people notice when meeting someone initially so make sure yours are polished and prepped and make a good initial impression. Have a look at the shoes the Mister is rocking here for some shoe inspiration.

Don’t: Neglect oral hygiene

Goes without saying but if the night ends with a kiss, you don’t want to be remembered as the man she refers to her friends as ‘the bloke with the bad breath’. Brush, floss, mouthwash and carry some mints with you.

Do: Wear a watch

Not only does a nice timepiece look fantastic and really add something to an outfit, it will also ensure you keep off your phone if you’re curious to know what time it is. Nothing looks worse on a first date than someone constantly glancing down at their mobile; even if it is to genuinely to keep an eye on the time as you’re planning to get the last bus home. A nice watch looks stylish and ensures you won’t appear rude – a win-win situation. But ensure you don’t keep looking at your watch so it doesn’t come across as you being in a hurry to get away.

Don’t: Try something new

A couple of hours before your first meeting is NOT the time to experiment with a new way of doing your hair. Just don’t risk it. Stick to the tried and tested.

Do: Dress for the occasion

A simple but important one – make sure you’re dressed appropriately for whatever venue your date is taking place. Don’t turn up at a fancy restaurant or bar and be surprised if you get the knock back for wearing scruffy trainers.

Don’t: Be someone you’re not

After a bit of light research (aka excessive Facebook stalking) you’ll discover a bit more about your partner, maybe even spied a couple of their exes, and have a pretty good idea of what their type is and you’re worried it’s not you. Perhaps they seem to enjoy muscular men and the last time you worked out was back during a PE lesson at school. Maybe they look like they should be dating the lead singer of some obscure indie band you’re not cool enough to have heard of and your look is more classic normal bloke?

Don’t panic and, whatever you do, don’t have a complete style overhaul. There’s no need to be squeezing into skinny jeans and get an abundance quirky vintage tattoos if your style is more a classic jeans and t-shirt. Be yourself. They’ve agreed to go on a date with you so make sure the real you shows up.

Don’t: Forget to iron

You can have the nicest designer gear in the world but if you neglect to run an iron over it then it’s pointless. Creases and crumples look sloppy and give a lazy impression which isn’t great when trying to convince someone you’re a catch. So iron that shirt.

Don’t: Have any expectations about whether you’ll be getting your kit off or not

So now you look the absolute part for your date and are feeling good, naturally your mind starts to wander to think about whether your outfit will look better on the bedroom floor after a few hours?

Stop, don’t approach the date with any preconceptions or expectations either way.

However, wherever your clothes end up after the date, at least either way you’ll know you looked great if you followed the tips above.

Do you watch First Dates on Channel 4? What do you think of these tips?

Sound off in the comment section below.

Thanks for reading.

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