What to wear on a casual drinks date

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Heading out for a casual drinks date and not sure what to wear? Here we reveal the dos and don’ts to keep in mind when raiding your wardrobe

DO wear something you’re comfortable in

Dates are nerve-wracking enough without your outfit making you uncomfortable. No-one wants to spend the whole night struggling to breathe in their skinniest jeans or walk in their heels. Of course, if you live in heels and love the confidence boost they give you, don’t be deterred, but if you’d usually swerve stilettos, don’t compromise on comfort. Wearing an outfit that you know looks good on you – and you feel good in – can make all the difference. That way, you can simply relax and focus on your date.

DO try

You might just be meeting for a casual drinks date but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Forget your frayed jeans, tops that need a wash, and shoes that are walking their way to the bin. Taking time to choose an outfit that is a little more dressed up than usual shows your date that you care about them and want to impress. When it comes to dating, the old adage rings true – it’s always better to be overdressed that underdressed.

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DON’T skip the shower

No date night outfit will look good if it’s teamed with greasy hair and a faint whiff of gym locker. Take pride in your appearance and make sure that you’re freshly showered, with clean teeth, hair and nails ahead of your date. It may sound obvious but having a high standard of personal hygiene will ensure you make a good impression on your date. And it could help increase the chances of your casual drinks eventually turning into something more serious.

DON’T dismiss T-shirt and jeans

The classics are classic for a reason. T-shirt and jeans is an enduring outfit choice for casual drinks dates – and it’s one of the best. It’s also one of the most versatile. You can dress it up easily; swap trainers for boots or heels and add an accessory like a statement necklace. Plus, it’s comfortable and appropriate for almost every bar you choose as a date venue. Just make sure the jeans and tee that you pick are well-cut and fit properly to flatter your figure.

DON’T ignore the iron

Whether you do opt for a T-shirt and jeans or something more formal, make sure your outfit looks its best. If you want to impress your date, go the extra mile to perfect your look and make a great first impression. Iron anything that could easily crease, shine the scuff off your shoes, and run a lint roller over those black jeans – the overall effect will be more polished.

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DO make a statement

Don’t be afraid to express your personality through your clothing choices. Not only does it help your date get to know you before you’ve said a word, it makes you appear more confident. You should never feel pressured to look like everyone else. Never suppress your character in the pursuit of style. If you love dresses, don’t feel you have to wear jeans and if you live in trainers, just choose your best pair. Be true to yourself and you’re more likely to attract someone that’s truly right for you. Adding an accessory that stands out can also provide a good talking point on your date, whether it’s your favourite necklace or cut-out piece that shows off your tattoos.


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