What to Wear on a Date, According to a Psychologist

Choosing what to wear on a date is a nigh on impossible decision, mainly because there are so many factors to consider. It’s important to go feeling comfortable, of course, but will your date get that trackpants are in and that athleisure is an actual trend? On the other hand, going too dressed up might be a bit awkward—not least if they turn up in jeans. It's a tough call to make, especially if you want to make a good first impression, so we’ve called on an expert to help. We spoke to fashion psychologist Dr. Carolyn Mair who revealed what to wear on those all-important first and second dates, as well as how to dress for the more terrifying situations of meeting the friends and parents. Keep scrolling for a guide on what to wear for a first date and beyond, and why, according to an expert.

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A statement jacket will give you confidence. 

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An off-the-shoulder top for a date night will work wonders. And if it's a little cool, throw that statement jacket over it.

Wear with jeans for a comfortable but on-trend look.

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An excuse to go shopping? This bag will do rather nicely, thank you very much.

We're in no doubt that this handbag will boost our confidence.

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A dress is a great idea for date two.

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Did someone say jeans and a T-shirt?

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A midi dress is a great way to impress the parents.

What's your go-to outfit for a first date? Tell us in the comments!

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