What not to wear on a date

We’ve all been there, minutes from when we should be leaving the house, still wildly flinging clothes around, holding this up to that, asking ourselves do these shoes go with that jacket or will he notice the mark on that skirt …

As much as we want to be prepared for a date … looking stylish, feeling confident; the truth is, it rarely happens, no matter how much planning we attempt to put in to our outfit.

There are, however, a few simple rules that may go some way to helping us combat the errors of our sartorial ways and possibly, even ultimately, getting us out of the door on time … looking and feeling good.

A date is not the time to try out a new trend. 
If you’re not sure this is a look that works for you then ditch it, save it for another night when you can get the honest opinion from your close friends.    Trialing a trend on a date will see you half the night checking yourself out, trying to see if you look good … not the best signal to send out.

Something that doesn’t fit
If it doesn’t fit … it doesn’t fit.  Don’t squeeze yourself into something just because you like it.  It will doubtless be uncomfortable, unflattering and potentially the cause of an embarrassing wardrobe malfunction. Avoid, avoid, avoid.

Anything dirty/ripped/tatty
OK, so you love that top, but you didn’t have time to wash it.  In that case shelve it for the next time.  If you’re outfit isn’t looking and smelling boxfresh then it sends out the wrong message.  Creased clothing looks scruffy and if a stain is visible it will distract you all night, and if they clock it, well, it’s not ideal is it?

Anything too revealing
Anything too short or too low cut is a real no-no.  Go for demure and classy, if you’ve got it, enhance it with well-cut, stylish clothes, there’s just no need to put it all out on show.

Anything mismatched
If you’re not sure that something matches then it’s very likely it doesn’t.  Go with your gut instinct and ditch it.  If you’re short on time then just plump for something classic and simple that will go with everything, it may not see you stand out from the crowd in a fashion sense but if you’re confident wearing it, then that will really see you shine.

Anything too casual
OK so you’re not going to the Ritz but you’re not going to the gym either, pitch your choice of outfit around the simple but smart mark and you’ll be on to a winning look wherever you are headed.  Pare your usual look down and if anything go for understated.

New shoes. 
God love a new pair of shoes and doubtless, you’ll be desperate to flaunt your new purchase to the world, but it’s at this point you need to stop. Look. And listen. When have you ever worn new shoes out and they’ve been comfortable? OK, so maybe occasionally, but that’s generally the exception rather than the rule.  Side step (if you’ll pardon the pun) the hopping and the hobbling and slip into some old favourites instead.