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The First Date Style Guide

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by Match Relationship and dating advice from match.com

Finding the right outfit for a first date can be a daunting task. No one wants to look underdressed when making a first impression, but looking like you’ve tried too hard is equally risky.

That’s why we’ve pulled together some fail-safe first date looks with Burton, so first date dressing becomes a breeze, whether it’s drinks and dancing on a Saturday night, or a mid-week meal at a brand new restaurant.

From all-out formal dressing to keeping it casual, we’ve got it covered, so read on, and get ready to impress with your first date dressing skills…

The Casual Date

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Want to keep it casual for your first meeting? How about taking your date on a day trip to a different city, where you can sample the local bars, museums and shops? You definitely won’t be short of things to chat about when you’re both taking in a new place. Or maybe you could keep it closer to home and head to a local park armed with a picnic for two.

Outfit-wise for a casual date, a pair of chinos should be your first point of call, as they’re a great alternative to jeans and make an outfit look the right side of smart, but still understated.

We’re big fans of chinos for summer, as they are a refreshing substitute to denim. Style with the ever-classic Harrington jacket, or try one of Burton’s smart blazers layered over a casual shirt.

The Formal Date

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Out to seriously impress with dinner at a luxury restaurant followed by champagne cocktails? Or maybe you’re a plus one for your date’s formal occasion.

Either way, it’s time to suit up, but not as you know it. Rather than traditional black, navy or grey, why not try a skinny suit in a muted tone like stone or pale blue? Wear with a printed shirt in a bold contrasting shade for serious style points, and leave the tie at home.

A great fitting suit will serve you well for weddings, parties and formal dates for seasons to come, so make sure you find your perfect style with Burton’s guide to The Right Fit.

The Action Date

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Looking to mix up the traditional dating game with a fun packed day of underground trampolining? Or are you hitting the rollercoasters and log flumes at a theme park? Action-packed dates can be the hardest to dress for because you still want to look like you’ve made an effort and be comfortable.

We’d suggest going for a sporty feel with a pair of chinos, and adding a sharp element to your outfit with a bomber jacket. A simple or printed tee and tennis style trainers will complete the look.

Above all, when picking something to wear for your first date, it’s important that you choose an outfit and activity that you like, and feel comfortable with. That way, your date will be impressed with your outfit, but it will be your personality that really makes the impression.

Have you got a fail-safe first date outfit for every occasion? Let us know what it is in the comments below.

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