Every time we get ready to go on a date, it suddenly seems like there’s nothing good to wear. In the end, we end up panicking and throwing on the first decent outfit we can find. If you’re about to start this process, take a few minutes to consider what you’re putting on. Is it over the top? Too suggestive? Tacky? If ever you’re struggling to figure out what kind of clothes are off-limits for a date, read on to discover our biggest date outfit no-nos.
1. Formal attire
We all dream of being whisked off to a gala, ballet, or Michelin star restaurant for a date. In reality, your date is much more likely to take you to a low-key coffee shop, standard restaurant, or local bar. As such, you really don’t want to be drastically overdressed. Any formal dress — sparkly, floor-length, or chiffon — simply looks too out of place on a date and will probably scare your date away. Find a way to style yourself in a way that’s casual, but still put-together and high-end.
2. Colorful tights
Maturity is one of the most attractive qualities in a potential partner. Unfortunately, wearing colorful tights gives the exact opposite impression. Neon, striped, and polka-dotted tights quickly make you appear immature. No mature how sultry or demure the rest of your outfit may be, bright tights have the ability to overpower their desired effect. A word of advice: Stick to black or another neutral color. They’re classic, easy to find, and complement everything. Most importantly, you’ll look like an adult.
3. Plunging tops
As you get ready to go on your date, ask yourself, “What am I hoping to get out of this?” Are you in the market for a serious relationship, something casual, or not even looking past the night? It’s a shame, but the way you dress conveys a lot of critical information to your date. Wearing a deep, plunging top could send the message that you’re only interested in a fling. And keep in mind, not everyone is interested in seeing so much skin so soon. To keep the focus on your personality and compatibility, it’s wise to dress a little more conservatively than you would for a night on the town.
4. Overly tight jeans
Dressing for a date is all about knowing which styles best suit your figure. By wearing clothes that fit in all the right places, you can easily highlight your assets and downplay your insecurities. Wearing extremely tight jeans, however, isn’t going to do your figure any favors. Tight jeans cut into your hips, constrict your thighs, and leave you sucking in your tummy. It’s much more flattering to wear well-tailored pants.
5. Extremely high heels
Very high heels (anything above three inches) are a bad idea because they’re incredibly uncomfortable. If your date wants to go for a walk or do a fun activity like mini-golf, your feet are going to be killing you all night, and this will damage your overall experience of the date. If you need a little height boost, ditch the stilettos and opt for slightly heeled ankle boots.
6. Short shorts
Extremely short shorts have a similar effect as plunging tops, but short shorts are arguably even more distracting on a date because they leave absolutely nothing to the imagination. Your legs, hips, and bottom will command all the attention. Wearing just a few more inches of fabric can still highlight your legs while being tasteful enough for a date.
7. Fishnet tights
Perhaps if you were a teenager in the ’80s, fishnets would have looked appropriate beneath a jean skirt and leg warmers. Today, though, fishnets are seen as suggestive, costumey, and generally tacky. If you want to wear a layer beneath your dress, stick to skin-colored or black tights.