Ready to dive into summer dating? A new season (especially a sunny and warm one) is always exciting because it brings new possibilities, including love!
And now that you’ve landed a date from a dating app or from someone you met out and about (yes, it still happens!), it’s time to figure out your first date outfit. First dates can be nerve-wracking, but the fun part is deciding what to wear on a summer date, so try not to stress! Here are some of our favorite first date outfit ideas. All of these options encourage you to get creative with your summer date outfit and show off your personality—and maybe even play around with bright colors or bold patterns!
Looking for some first date outfit inspo, ladies? We love these first date outfit ideas—summer is such a great time to freshen up your wardrobe! Now let’s color your date impressively with some confident and flirty style.
A floral sundress is an ideal summer date outfit for a daytime date—think going for lunch or a picnic in the park. When it’s hot out, these dresses keep you cool and give off a cute feminine vibe. Pair your dress with some strappy sandals (look for comfortable ones if you’re going to be doing some walking!) and a cute solid crossbody bag to store all your essentials.
A solid statement piece jumpsuit is always a power move. Seriously. Throw on a jumpsuit and tell me you don’t feel like you can take over the world! Jumpsuits are also super comfortable—a huge plus when you’ve got nerves heading into your first date—and ideal as a first date outfit for a swanky rooftop bar or a fancy dinner. Keep your accessories minimal (maybe just a chunky necklace or chandelier earrings to pull your outfit together) because this bold look doesn’t need them.
Playful rompers are like a jumpsuit’s younger sibling. They’re less serious and more carefree, and are the perfect summer date outfit for outdoor activities, like exploring a farmers market or renting a row boat at the park. (Try a romper with a striped pattern for ultimate nautical vibes!) Stay (and look) cool with a cute hat and sunglasses.
Looking for sexier outfit ideas for a first date? A cute minidress checks all the boxes. You can wear it to dinner, a movie, and drinks—it’s super versatile! You can rock a bodycon minidress to show off your figure or opt for a baby doll style if you want a softer silhouette. Choose a bright color to play into the summer vibes. You can even add some bangle bracelets or layered necklaces to add a bit of flair to your first date outfit.
Maxi dresses are super flattering on all body types and are a great option if you want to show less leg but still feel flirty. A maxi dress is comfortably flowy and pairs perfectly with a cute pair of flat sandals. This first date outfit works well day or night and can be easily dressed up or down depending on where you’re going. If you’re heading to a beach bar, go for tropical patterns or try a geometric pattern for a night out. Add a bigger bag or a clutch and you’re ready to go anywhere!
First Date Outfit Ideas for Men
We didn’t forget about the guys! Your first date outfit can make or break that crucial first impression. You want to come off fun and carefree but also look like you put effort and thought into your summer date outfit. Well, get ready to dress to impress!
This is an excellent option for a more casual first date outfit. It’s a big step up from just wearing a T-shirt, so you get points for effort. A short-sleeve button up works just as well for coffee or lunch as it does for a spot near the beach or a poolside bar. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for a floral short-sleeve button up with shorts! You can stick to a solid color, though—it’s a failproof option for just about any date location when paired with some fitted jeans or black pants. A nice pair of sneakers or loafers ties the look together.
You can’t go wrong with a classic long-sleeve button-up! For a breathable summer date outfit, go with lighter materials, like cotton or linen. You can always roll up the sleeves if it gets too hot, but long-sleeves are best for nighttime activities and pair well with long khakis or jeans. If you’re going to dinner, wear a nice pair of dress shoes. You can also sport your best pair of sneakers if your date is a daytime activity or involves a lot of walking.
A blazer dresses up any look and is sure to impress your date! Going to the theater or an upscale dinner spot? This is your go-to first date outfit. You can pair the blazer with a button-up shirt and some nice trousers. Or, if you want to be a bit more casual, wear dark-washed jeans and a solid V-neck shirt underneath your blazer. The shoes are key here: Go for dress shoes or boots for more formal events but feel comfortable wearing your loafers or sneakers for more laidback locations.
We know your first date outfits will be a hit, no matter what style you choose! It’s all about being your authentic self on every date, and the outfit only complements that. If you’re ready to go from just dating to committed relationships, our community at Heart Appeal can help guide you! Become a member for exclusive benefits, support, and resources to guide you on your journey to love.
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