Although we all know that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that’s exactly what we all do. In fact, scientists say that we make snap decisions about a person we are meeting for the first time in less than a second. You are probably already nervous enough about your first date, without us dropping that little bombshell on you, so to make up for it, here are ten tips that will make it a lot easier to decide on what to wear on a first date.

1. Find out where you are going

You should know where you are going on a first date with someone you don’t know very well anyway, for safety reasons, and you should also let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to be home. That little warning message aside, knowing the venue will also make sure that you dress appropriately for it. If need be, visit the venue before the date and then you can see if it is formal or informal.

2. Plan your outfit in advance

Once you have worked out if it’s going to be jeans and T-shirt or a little black dress, start planning what you will wear, long before the date comes around. You will be flustered enough getting ready for your date, so you don’t need to be panicking about what to wear on the night as well.

3. Look approachable

If things do go well on a first date, you are going to want to look like you are approachable and effortlessly elegant. Choose an outfit that displays just enough of your best features to get him interested and avoid wearing clothes that cover up everything and might make you look prudish.

4. Wear what makes you feel comfortable

Another good tip on what to wear on a first date is to dress comfortably. Of course, you want to look amazing for the night, but don’t look so amazing that you feel uncomfortable throughout the entire date. Choose an outfit that is comfortable to wear and that is not too far out of your comfort zone. Otherwise, you will be feeling nervous and awkward all night and that will show.

5. Choose comfortable shoes

Heels look great, but if you can’t walk in them, it’s not going to make a great first impression. As well as dressing to impress, you need to dress for having fun too, so a first date is probably not the best time to wear a brand new pair of high heels. Choose a pair of shoes that you know you will be comfortable in and then you can concentrate on your date and not on your blisters.

6. Less makeup is better than more

It’s not only about what to wear on a first date, it’s also about what makeup to do. Studies have proven that most men prefer a girl with less makeup, rather than more, so don’t go overboard with makeup on a first date. Light makeup that enhances your features will be a lot better than heavy makeup that hides the real you.

7. Show your feminine side

This might sound sexist in the 21st century, but the fact of the matter is that men do like women in skirts and dresses. Of course, we have already said that you should wear what you feel comfortable in and that should override anything else. However, if you let your femininity show through, whatever you choose to wear, a lot of men will find that very attractive.

8. Leave it to the imagination

It’s usually best to err on the side of caution on a first date when it comes to how much skin you show. A little bit of leg or cleavage will be enough to get his attention, but too much, and you might give him the wrong impression about you. Leaving more to his imagination will also get him intrigued and make him want a second date, so he can find out more.

9. Choose an outfit that is you

Another tip on what to wear on a first date is to chose an outfit that is simply – you. Just because you want to impress, that doesn’t mean that you should try to be someone else just to please. Stick with your own sense of style and wear something that you would be happy to wear again. While first impressions are important, it’s your personality and the person that you are that really counts. After all, you want him to like you, not just your outfit.

10. Don’t forget that it’s supposed to be fun!

Above all else, don’t forget that a first date is supposed to be fun. Yes, you want to impress and you might want to dress a bit conservatively for a first date, but if you don’t want to do that, then don’t! There is no point choosing a first date outfit that you really don’t feel happy in and that isn’t you.