What You Wear Creates the First Impression for Getting a Date

Packaging. What you’re wearing can be just as important as what you say. I would rather be overdressed than underdressed in any situation. Not only does looking nice give me confidence, but it means I’m always ready to meet someone. Last weekend, I checked a sporting event off my bucket list when I went to the Ole Miss football game. I went with two girl friends who always look trendy and cute, with one of the girls being an alum of Ole Miss so there was a lot texting leading up to the game to make sure we had the right outfits. Tailgates and dresses … that’s a thing.


We spent the weekend with friends, guys and girls, trading stories about best and worst dates, and so many of them came back to what the people were wearing. Below were some of my favorite takeaways.

  • The guy set the tone of the date when he showed up in an NBA jersey for dinner at a nice restaurant.
  • The guy who came straight from a golf outing for a first date at a concert.
  • The girls at the gym who wear makeup and take selfies in the mirror.
  • The girl wearing leggings and a sweatshirt who suggests going to a buffet for dinner.

After we dropped one of our friends off at the airport, she texted that a guy in the airport asked her to grab a drink. She of course was looking cute, per usual, so I was excited. I just assumed that she agreed to the drink and was having a great time waiting for her flight to board. But after a few more texts, she said she decided not to grab a drink for several reasons (e.g. he lived 3,500 miles away). The final nail in the coffin for this guy was that he was “wearing a Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men bowling shirt”.

While it might sound superficial, how a person presents themselves can be indicative of who they are and what their priorities are. And on the flipside, there are people who don’t want to date us because maybe we look snobby or bitchy in our dresses. That’s okay. Be true to yourself to put out the right first impression that encompasses you. What’s your go-to first date outfit?

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