Your first date is a thing of beauty – and incredible stress. Do you dress up? Will you look like you’re trying to hard? Or should you dress normally and risk looking sloppy? It can be tough to pick the perfect outfit, but relax – you can do it.
Location is the single most important factor on a date. If you’re going ice skating, you want to be prepared and not be the only one in a mini skirt on the ice. Likewise you’ll want to skip the skinny jeans on the beach. Speak to the lucky guy to determine where you’re going to go on this date. If he acts like you’re stressing him out or putting him on the spot, make a gentle suggestion that you keep things low key – and then dress for dinner and a movie.
Pick an Outfit
Start combing through your closet looking for something to wear. You want to pull together an outfit with the following criteria:
- You know its flattering, so you feel your best.
- You are comfortable in it so you’re not pulling at your skirt or trying to make your buttons stay closed.
- You have flexibility in case you wind up riding horses or bowling rather than dancing the night away.
- You are dressing for the middle road – not too casual and not too fancy.
- It’s clean and not stained.
Pull your outfit on to make sure it feels right. You should be comfortable without worrying about bending too far in your skirt or getting blisters from your shoes. You want to wear something that’s normal for you so that you’re not more uncomfortable than a typical first date should be, but you want to look nice. Pants and a nice shirt, a cute sundress, or jeans and a sweater are good, middle-of-the-road choices.
Check the Details
Before you head out the door, you’ll want to be sure you’ve got the details covered. Check for any stains or dirty spots. Lint removers will help take care of any stray cat hairs, and you’ll want to cut (not pull) any loose threads. Are you pulled together? Do you feel good? Then go and have a great time!
Black is a slimming color – buy only when worn correctly. In some cases, white might be your best friend, but you’ll never know until you know how to wear slimming clothes.
Create a Long Silhouette
To create a long silhouette, you’ll want to continue your leg line through your shoe. This means possibly wearing heels with pants barely breaking on the toe of the shoe. Another option is raising the waist of your pants above the ultra-low waist styles fashionable today. These styles serve only to make legs look shorter, especially when coupled with flat shoes, such as flip-flops.
Dress in Layers to Balance the Body
Wearing clothes in all the same color will make you appear as a block, so it far better to find balance between your top and bottom by layering items in complementing colors. For example, a great pair of grey pants can be paired with a structured blouse left un tucked to create a longer line. Then, throw a structured jacket (not a sweater) on top to give your waist and hips clear definition.
Slimming and Seek Structure
Baggy, loose clothing looks like it doesn’t fit – which it doesn’t. It can actually make you look larger by hiding your good features and creating a wide block of material. You can hide a multitude of sins in structured material and cuts. Pants should be cut to rise almost to the belly button and the legs should fall straight from the widest portion of your hip.
Tops should have seaming to emphasis your best features and float away from areas that are uncomfortable, such as a thicker waistline. Emphasis the smallest part of your waist and camouflage the rest. Add a structured jacket to any look to define your curves.
Be careful of too many unstructured clothing such as t-shirts and sweaters that will only bunch and emphasis rolls and sags. Well cut pieces are typically more expensive, but will be a staple of your wardrobe for years to come.
It’s well-known to avoid horizontal stripes as they will make you look wider by drawing the eye out. But you should also avoid vertical stripes, especially on pants, if the pants pull at all on your leg For example, a sweater with vertical stripes stretching over a generous chest and a generous belly will only emphasis these areas by showing wider spacing between stripes.
Always Wear Flat Front Trousers
Man or woman, you should be wearing flat front pants. Pleats might seem more comfortable, but they are actually creating a wider look at your hip region. This makes legs look shorter by naturally tapering the leg of the pants and makes your hips look wider. You should avoid anything that draws attention to the hips if yours are generous – pants with noticeable pockets in this area are also a no-no.
Fit Your Widest Part
When buying clothing, ignore the sizes on clothing and instead seek to fit your widest part. This might be your shoulders of your bust line for tops or your hips or waist in pants. Find a comfortable fit in your wide area and then seek the services of a tailor to bring the rest of the item into line. The rise in the pant and the fit around your wide part are the areas that matter most – everything else can be altered.
Unless you have stick legs, you’ll want to avoid any pants that taper from the hips. This makes hip look wider and shortens the body. Instead, all pants should fall straight from the widest part of your hip straight down. Again, this is the area that should be fitted when trying on clothes. A tailor can adjust the waistband for you later.
Easy Step By Step
- 1. Throw out horizontal stripes, vertical stripes that are tight on the body and any pants with pleats or taper.
- 2. Invest in pieces that fit your largest parts and tailor them to fit your smaller parts for the most slimming look.
- 3. Buy structured layers to define the areas of the body and give you more shape.
- 4. Create a long silhouette by lengthening your leg and laying items smartly.
Warnings, Advice, and Suggestions
Unless you’re pregnant, avoid waistbands with elastic or clothing with too much stretch. A bit of stretch can help clothing move with you, but too much will just make you look frumpy and clothes will stretch and look ill-fitting quickly.