Dressing for a Winter Date

by - Tuesday, January 22, 2013

If you have a first date this winter [http://www.mademan.com/mm/10-first-date-ideas-during-winter.html], you may be wondering what to wear. Winter clothing often brings to mind heavy garments that are practical but not that attractive. This is not always the case, however. You can put together great looking winter outfits that keep your warm yet do not look dowdy and are perfect for a date. Here are tips for both women and men regarding choosing the perfect outfits this winter.

Tips for the Women

The first thing you should do is ask your date if the places you are going to call for formal clothing. You do not want to arrive at a formal restaurant wearing clothing that is too casual. The opposite side of the coin, dressing too nicely for a casual occasion, is not as embarrassing.

A lot rides on a first date and your clothing should match the impression you wish to give. You can dress sexy, but make it appropriate. This means a bit of cleavage is fine, but do not overdo it – you want his focus to be on you as a person and not just your physical features.

Maxi skirts are big this year. Wear a solid color maxi skirt paired with sexy boots or heels. Add a pretty blouse covered with a wrap, sexy shawl blazer, or cover it with your woolen winter coat in severely cold weather.
If long skirts are not your style, you can wear shorter skirts, but keep in mind you will need to wear a long coat to keep your legs warm.

Fashionable scarves keep you warmer and add a nice touch to most winter outfits [http://www.thefashionspot.com/style-trends/news/171363-15-chic-and-creative-ways-to-tie-scarves]. 

Choose silk or satin scarves for formal wear if you are going to a nice restaurant or a performance such as a symphony, opera or theatrical production. For more casual yet still dressy dates, scarves made of other materials, such as linen or cotton blends, are fine.

Tips for the Guys

A first date is your chance to show your chosen one your finest qualities. The clothing you wear will convey a lot to your date. If you dress too casually, she may assume the date is not that important to you. Do not be afraid of going those extra steps to make yourself look great. The dapper look is in right now, although it never completely goes out of style. This means clothing with a tailored look such as starched collars, debonair jackets and an overall Ivy League flair.

One way to achieve this look without it costing a lot is to shop clearance sales and sales of items from the previous season. Shopping around, many people can find great deals on Brooks Brothers clearance clothes [http://www.brooksbrothers.com/Sale/sale,default,sc.html] and other items for any wardrobe need.

Wear a suit and tie if you are taking your date to a nice restaurant or other formal venues. Accessories such as a tie bar, cuff-links and suspenders add to a debonair look. Your shoes must be nice dress shoes to match the suit – do not think you can pull off wearing casual shoes.

For less formal dates, a nice pair of trousers, a crisp button down shirt covered by a dapper blazer is ideal. You can wear nice leather shoes with this – avoid athletic shoes or work shoes.

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