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What to Wear on a First Date: 12 Outfit Ideas for a Great First Impression

Deciding what to wear on a first date can be as exciting—or nerve-racking—as the date itself. Whether you're headed to a casual movie or a fancy dinner, the most important part is that you feel comfortable in your outfit. But we know "feel comfortable" doesn't help when you're standing in front of a closet, second-guessing every piece you pull out. So, we scoured our favorite blogs for stylish solutions.

Printed Dress

Printed Dress

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It's hard to go wrong with a flirty dress on a first date. Too many to choose from? Decide what feature you want to highlight, and go from there! Try a sleeveless dress to show off toned arms or a mini if you love your legs. From there it's all about accessories. We love how Julia of Gal Meets Glam gave this floral print dress a casual spin with flat ankle boots and a trench coat.

Photo: Gal Meets Glam

Sweater & Jeans

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Selecting what to wear on a first date depends largely on what you'll be doing. Have casual plans like a movie or lunch? This outfit seen on Danielle of Envision Pretty looks relaxed and put-together at the same time. Get her look with a cozy cardigan, silk tee, your favorite skinny jeans, and a cute pair of ankle boots.

Photo: Envision Pretty

Blouse & Skirt

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Men will vary on their opinion as to what to wear on a first date, but most agree they like it when you keep things simple. Pam of The Girl From Panama found a look that does just that so you can simply copy it: Pair a silky blouse with a mini skirt, and add personality with accessories.

Photo: The Girl From Panama

Belted Dress

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How do you pick out what to wear on a first date if you don't know where he's taking you? You wouldn't be underdressed or overdressed in this navy number we saw on Megan of Lush to Blush. Tip: Belt a loose-fitting dress to define your waist. It's ultra flattering and pulls the look together, so he can tell you put some thought into it.

Photo: Lush to Blush

Black Dress

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Taking the time to get gussied up can be fun. Spend a little extra time on your makeup, paint your nails, and then pick out the perfect first date outfit. This look on Nicholl of The Chiffon Diary would be chic for an evening date for drinks or to go to a nice restaurant. Top a sexy black dress with an edgy leather jacket.

Photo: The Chiffon Diary

Leather Pants

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It's easy to think that on a first date you have to wear your tightest, sexiest outfit, but there are other ways to show off your assets than with a low-cut top or a high hemline. If a first date is casual, give leather pants a try. It's a step up from jeans yet still practical. Wear them with a pair of suede, over-the-knee boots as Rachel of Pink Peonies did.

Photo: Pink Peonies

Dress & Tights

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It's more difficult to pick out what to wear on a first date in winter. (A mini with bare legs isn't sexy if your teeth are chattering.) When snow won't allow for a failproof LBD and sky-high heels, try a cute outfit like this one on Chicago blogger Liz of Sequins & Stripes for inspiration. Look for a bodycon dress in a thick material. It's warm, and the sculpting fabric will flatter. Wear it with tights and tall boots.

Photo: Sequins & Stripes

Lace Top

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Sheryl of Walk in Wonderland has another killer outfit to wear on a first date if you don't know where he's taking you. Team your favorite pair of black skinny jeans—not faded or distressed in case you end up at a nice restaurant—with a lace top. It's romantic without being too formal.

Photo: Walk in Wonderland

Shift Dress

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So maybe you're going on more first dates than you have outfits for (get it, girl!), or maybe your first date came together at the last minute, and there was no time to plan. You still need an outfit that packs a punch. Take a tip from Mara of M Loves M: A shift dress is a flattering choice for what to wear on a first date! Add a few accessories and a sexy pair of pumps, and you're ready to go.

Photo: M Loves M

Sweater Dress

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We love this look on Emily of The Sweetest Thing for a fall or winter date! Look for a sweater dress with something extra like a pretty pattern or subtle fringe. Wear it with tights if it's long enough or skinny pants if it's tunic-length. A little heel is not always a good idea on a first date, so opt for tall-heeled boots to finish the outfit.

Photo: The Sweetest Thing

Tuxedo Dress

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A little black dress is a no-brainer for a first date. For a first date that requires a little dressing up, we like the idea of putting a twist on the classic piece. It could be a cool fabric such as tweed or a style like Helena of Brooklyn Blonde's tuxedo dress. Tip: Tone down a deep neckline with a big necklace.

Photo: Brooklyn Blonde

Dressed-Up Denim

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Picking out what to wear on a first date doesn't have to be stressful. Stick with your favorite white tee and jeans as Kate of The Fancy Pants Report did—then add accessories. You can't go wrong with pointed pumps. Wear them as a pop of color in a monochromatic look.

Photo: The Fancy Pants Report

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