First dates can stir up a number of different emotions. You might be excited to meet someone new, but worrying about whether you and your date will get along can be nerve racking.
Making a good first impression on a first date is crucial. Here are a few tips to help you look and feel great on your first date and stay calm and collected.
What To Wear
With everything running through your mind before going on a first date, worrying about what to wear is the last thing you want to think about, but it’s usually the first thing that comes to mind. It’s true, most women dress to impress other women. Remember, men don’t see the same in women’s dress that other women do. Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect outfit for your date:
1. Dress for comfort. I’m not telling you to throw on your sweats and an oversized t shirt. I’m simply saying, wear whatever you feel most physically and emotionally comfortable in. The more comfortable you are, the better you’ll be able to focus on the date.
2. Leave something to the imagination. On your first date, you want to come off as a classy, fun, sophisticated woman. Showing off too much skin can ruin this image. Reveal enough to interest your date but not enough to ruin the mystery.
3. Dress for the occasion. Google the location of your date to get an idea of the vibe and dress accordingly.
4. Prepare Your Smile
You want your smile to be its absolute best on a first date. Smiling increases your confidence and makes you appear more youthful and attractive. You usually don’t have much time to prepare for a first date, so a quick fix for your smile is bleaching. You can either schedule an appointment with your dentist, or use an over-the-counter whitening product. However, the best and most affordable way to keep your smile white and healthy is to practice proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year.
It’s also extremely important to make sure you have fresh breath on a first date. Make sure you keep breath mints on hand, especially after you finish your meal.
5. Think Positive Thoughts
Get rid of any negative thoughts you have about this date. Don’t think about “what ifs” or worst-case scenarios and no negative self talk. If you go on a date with a positive attitude, you will be much more likely to have an enjoyable time.
6. Set Realistic Expectations
Expecting too much from a first date will only leave you feeling disappointed if things don’t go the way you planned. Rather than focusing on whether or not he’ll be your prince charming, just focus on having a good time.
7. Stay Calm
First dates can be anything but calming. To help with your nerves before a first date, do things that will keep you busy and keep you from over-thinking things. Go on a run or call up a friend to keep you from getting anxiety about the date.
When it comes to first dates, a little prep work is never a bad idea. Using these helpful tips before a first date will leave you feeling confident and worry free.
Trisha Banks is a blogger for Lakeway Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Lakeway, Texas. Trisha has a first date coming up and wants to know how to prepare for it.