If like me, you’d rather swim with sharks than go through the nerve-wracking trauma of a first date then fear not, because I have some tricks up my sleeve. Although I don’t have any solutions for when he spends the whole night weeping into his sushi, talking about his ex-girlfriend and trying to sniff your hair (other than: run for the hills!), I do have some sneaky style tips that will give you one less thing to worry about.
1. Never accept a last minute invite, not only because you deserve at least three days’ notice but doing the mad dash to get ready is stressful, and dangerous. God forbid you walk out of the house in a khaki jumpsuit and spend the whole night unpicking your wedgie (true story). You need few days to brainstorm and workshop your hot date get-up.
2. The golden rule? Keep it simple. Remember: most dudes don’t get trends so best to save your tricky ensembles for a night out with your gal pals. Midriffs, harem pants, print-clashing, anything with sparkles, heeled sneakers and capes may result in a ‘HUH?!’ reaction. Date dressing should be toned down, with a splash of sexy. Think skinny jeans and a cute top that may or may not show a wee bit of your awesome décolletage and always wear shoes you can walk in. The last thing you want is to be asked on an impromptu stroll and you’re staggering about like an Ewok on acid. Also, fiddling with wayward straps makes you look uncomfortable and fidgety. You want to permeate an air of calm nonchalance. Wear something that’s going to be as low maintenance as keeping sea monkeys: try slinky jersey fabrics that flatter, with no metal fun-fare so it’s fuss free and that way your hands are available for more important things. Like subtly trying to pick spinach out of your teeth.
3. If you’re a bit of a grub like moi and can’t go a day without getting food on your person, may I suggest you make friends with black. It’s sultry, sleek and will hide any stains you acquire and yes, I know wearing your lunch is totally endearing to your colleagues, but spilling beef stroganoff in front of your Dream Boat? Notsomuch. Black’s your saviour and effortlessly cool - you can’t go past a hot-to-trot LBD. Just be sure not to choose a skin-tight, bodycon style (hello Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman). Or maybe just don’t order the strog.
4. In case the chap has a wicked sense of humour (A+ if he can make you cry with laughter = keeper) waterproof mascara will prevent smudgy Lilo-panda eyes. And if he’s so funny you wee yourself? Marry the boy right then and there (just make sure to bypass the dry cleaners on your way home).
5. A first date is a lot like a job interview. But with the potential to play tonsil hockey with your interviewer, should the night end well. Reow. So keep calm and carry breath mints. It seems like such an obvious thing but you’d be surprised to hear the amount of first kisses that are ruined by halitosis and desert mouth. Having cat-food-tuna-breath? So not chic babes. You never know when that heated moment could strike, so stash some mints in your bag to suck on every now and then and always have a glass of water by your side to casually sip throughout the night. You want that first pash to be minty fresh and lubricated, right? (Bonus tip: always keep a spare hair tie on your wrist so you can quickly put up that minxy mop should your make-out sesh get extra heated. Hair in mouth is a yucky joy kill).
6. Don’t sell a lie - try and look as natural as possible. If you layer on a disguise of make-up he's getting cheated of the real prize: your deliciously beautiful mug. Boys aren’t the biggest fans of the clown face look so use your tools to highlight your features; not make new ones. If your face and neck aren’t the same colour, step away from the bronzer brush. Never get a spray tan for the big day, you don’t want to look like an overcooked Oompa Loompa. If you’ve followed rule one like a clever kid and your gentlemen caller has given you apt notice, you’ll have a few days up your sleeve and can do a DIY gradual tan in the lead up.
7. While we’re at it, you don’t want to smell like the perfume floor of a department store - the poor fella might pass out from fume overload. They key is to spritz, not soak yourself, with an inoffensive yet scrumptious scent. Something that’s so yummy he’ll be whispering sweet nothings in your ear, purely to get a whiff.
And if all else fails? I hear potato sacks are going to be huge this season...
First published at shoptilyoudrop.com.au
First published at shoptilyoudrop.com.au