Dress for Romance

During the job interview process, what you wear is always important. You want to make sure you are putting your best foot forward-  you are dressing for success and showing your best self.

So why, when on a first date, would this be any different?

I bring this up because I’ve recently been inundated with shocking first date wardrobe choices.

One friend of mine went on a first date, and the man showed up in a sweatshirt, sweatpants, a baseball hat and sneakers. Their first date was not cleaning out the garage, so it was totally inappropriate.

(Come on, even Emilio Estevez wouldn’t do that on a first date, and he’s in high school)

Another friend of mine went out on a date with a doctor who showed up in scrubs with a huge hole in the crotch. He even called attention to the hole. Hello?!? They are scrubs. Don’t you own a million of those? Or maybe just a normal pair of pants?

(Please make special note of the fact that, while yes, this TV doctor IS handsome in scrubs, he is still only wearing them in a hospital setting)

Ultimately, dating is a step on the road to achieving the highest relationship goal-  obtaining a life partner, potentially the biggest role you’ll ever play in life. So when going on a first date with someone, just like a job interview, don’t you want to show your fullest potential and  your best self?  I’ve even managed to simply transition from work clothes to date clothes easily with chic white dresses and sexy bodysuits under classy blazers.

Sure, maybe these guys my friends went out with were showing their full potential. But if scrubs and sweatshirts are really all they’ve got, is that someone you want to be with?

So what do you think? Is wardrobe important to you? Like me, do you struggle with finding the perfect date outfit? Have you had any first date wardrobe flops?

Let’s talk.

Happy Thursday y’all!

Lauren Schaefer

Lauren Schaefer is a nonprofit event planner, comedy improviser, avid blogger and New York City single lady. She documents her own new journey as a young professional in New York at her blog From the Fifth Floor.

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