First dates are always very exciting. But what’s nerve-wracking about the first date is deciding outfits. And, What to wear on a first date, is a dilemma we all face.
As a young woman, I have had my fair share of worst fashion moments. Most times, I cannot help but wonder how my friends are able to pull off some iconic look.
I can vividly recall the first date I had with my boyfriend here in Cotonou. We went the old fashion way, I mean the 80’s kind of date.
We spent the night walking round the city talking about everything and trying out new foods in different restaurants. Then, we went on to take the famous lait caille (Lait caille is some sort of French variant of yogurt).
The anticipation of a first date tends to conjure up bad cases of the what-ifs: What if it’s awkward? What if it’s a waste of time? What if my nervous energy is obvious? And then, of course, things get even more severe when it’s time to pick an outfit: Is this too short? Too modest? Too showy? Too fashion-forward? The list goes on.
Okay! My room was a total mess. I had a hard time picking out what to wear for the date. I didn’t know what he had planned for the night. So, I didn’t want to be over dressed or under dressed (I just wanted to be sure I dressed right for it, no matter what it was).
I was so confused, I didn’t know what to do. So, I just had to play safe and pulled a casual look.
Guess what I wore?
I had on a sportive leggings and a camisole. Then, I paired with a blue denim jacket and a pair of white sneakers. I didn’t wear any accessories (I’m not a big fan of it).
I knew I made the right choice, especially since I was super comfortable in it.
So, I will be sharing with you outfit options for a first date night. Just in case you get stuck with too many ideas and you don’t know which one to choose from.
1. MIDI DRESS + SNEAKERS
Despite being simple, this outfit will win you plenty of compliments. Pick a fun, bright midi dress with a subtle print on it. Pair it up with your favorite sneakers, and you are good to go. This works perfectly if you are a small size.
An elegant jumpsuit that fits your body nicely with a matching silver or golden pair of loops whichever goes with it.
3. HIGH NECK TOP
You can go for a basic black or white high neck with so many combinations like with mini skirt, denims, and jackets.
4. BLACK OFF-SHOULDER TOP
You can keep it classy with a fitted off-the-shoulder top and some cropped distressed jeans. Elevate the look with some ankle-strap heels so you can stride from the movies to dinner to evening drinks.
5. BOYFRIEND JEAN + CROP TOP + HEELS
Add a little sparkle to your next date night look, with a sexy crop, your favorite worn denim and strappy heels to pull it all together. It’s a perfect not-trying-too-hard fashion forward outfit combination.
6. OFF THE SHOULDER TOP + CROPPED DENIM
There’s something so subtly sexy about an off-the-shoulder top. Pair it with denim or trousers for an easy date night look that transitions well from day to night.
7. STATEMENT TOP + SKINNIES+ SCANDALS
This is actually my favorite pair. Grab your favorite denim skinnies and add a top with a little something extra. If you aren’t comfortable with the scandals you can switch it up with flats.
I hope you find these outfit options as useful as I did. Also, if you don’t mind you can share your first date night experience with us in the comment section below. Let us know how you were able to decide on what to wear and what you think about the outfit options above.
Have fun switching it up!
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Zay Uthman is a freelance writer with five years of experience in blog content and fiction writing. She is Nigerian but based in Cotonou, Benin Republic. Zay is a certified Google-certified digital marketer and content creator. She is an enthusiast of women empowerment and has severally evangelized the movement. Inclusive in her accomplishments is her founding of Zallure Naturals - a skin/hair care brand. Her interests her reading, writing, traveling and searching for food recipes. She is an innovative, target oriented and resourceful writer. Her skill set and knowledge allow a broad range of writing possibilities across diverse subjects and genres.