First Date Fashion Faux Pas


First Date Fashion Faux Pas
What not to wear on a date.

Advising women about what not to wear on a date is a significantly easier task than suggesting what to wear. Why? Simply because so many outfit choices are potentially wrong (which makes many fewer correct). Despite their seeming oblivion, men actually do notice what a woman wears.

"It does matter," says Jeffrey, a New York-based social worker. “A woman’s attire conveys to others how she feels about the occasion at hand.”


Therefore, to help you avoid communicating something you’d probably prefer not to—such as disinterest, promiscuity, prudishness, or insanity—during your next romantic encounter, YourTango has compiled a guide to dating fashion no-nos (for a list of what to choose instead of these prohibited looks, see our What to Wear on a Date guide).

Forget to Get Ready. “I consider the time a girl invests in an outfit a possible indicator of how interested she may be in me,” says Greg, a 26-year-old law student. “I still remember when a date showed up wearing jeans and a plain white tee-shirt the first time we went out. She looked good, but the lack of effort was disappointing.” Greg is not alone. All the gents I polled agreed that they appreciate observing some special effort. So avoid wearing jeans and t-shirts; ratty or dirty clothing; pajama bottoms; or anything else to suggest that your date’s opinion means less to you than C-SPAN’s faithful coverage of all-night filibusters.

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