Four First Date Outfit Options to Ensure You Dress to Impress

Whether you're a sporadic dater or an OKCupid addict, first dates can be nerve-wracking—especially if you think you might really connect with your date. Luckily, being prepared with the right first date outfit can give you the confidence you need to be your best self. Here are four outfit ideas to help you look and feel great, no matter where you're headed:

1. Classic Date

Dinner and a movie might not be the most original date, idea, but then again, who doesn't enjoy a classic night out? Choosing a first date outfit for this type of activity is as straightforward as the outing itself. Skip the stilettos and miniskirt and opt for something closer to what you wear every day but with a special twist. Pair your favorite skinny jeans with a soft silk tank and diamond hoops for a bit of extra sparkle. If you're headed out straight from work, give your office attire some personality with a statement necklace and colorful stacked heels.

2. Adventure Date

If you're heading into the great outdoors—whether it's hiking, biking, or simply picnicking in the park—it's important to dress appropriately. Wearing the wrong footwear or being unprepared for the weather will make you not only feel physically uncomfortable, but also a bit silly. With that said, you don't have to sacrifice style just because you're being practical. Pair those sturdy hiking boots with a snug sweater set off with a simple yet brilliant pair of diamond studs, and leave the more precious jewelry and clothing for the second date.

3. Formal Date

If your date has instructed you to get all dolled up for a special event, there's a good chance he's trying to impress you. It's only polite for you to do the same, right? Skip the guessing game and either do some background research or simply ask your date to find out exactly what kind of event you're headed to. A black-tie gala, for instance, may warrant a formal floor-length gown. A night at the ballet may be a bit more relaxed, and you can pull out that flirty cocktail dress you've been dying to wear. Finish off your upscale look with statuesque heels, a statement clutch, and a ring that draws attention to your matching manicure.

4. Mystery Date

Not sure what's in store for your evening? Even if your date isn't very forthcoming about his plans, you'll need to choose a chameleon-like outfit that can work for multiple occasions. A pencil skirt is universally flattering and surprisingly versatile, as are well-tailored cropped black pants. Avoid the just-stepped-out-of-the-office look by topping it off with a ruffled tank in a bright hue. If the weather's warm, try cutout or strappy sandals with a heel sturdy enough to head off the sidewalk. A pretty pendant is the finishing touch that will elevate any look.

Wherever you're heading on your first date, the most important thing is to love what you're wearing. Whether it's a necklace that makes you shine or pumps that make you strut, work with your favorite pieces to create a look you feel beautiful wearing.