Looking your best is not just a matter of the clothes you wear, but also how
you take care of your entire body and appearance. Looking your best is important
not only for the impression you make, but for feeling good about yourself as
It might seem insulting to even mention, but it deserves a respectful
reminder: Get clean. Most people are into the good habit of taking a shower,
shaving, and washing their hair before they go out. Many have become conditioned
to use deodorant or anti-perspirant. But how about paying attention to some of
the finer points of grooming? Pick clothes that are clean and pressed. Make sure
your nails are clean -- dirty nails have turned up among the top 10 turn-offs in
some surveys. And don't forget your toenails -- in summer, of course, they're
exposed if you wear sandals. And you may never know when you could take your
shoes off for that spontaneous walk along the breach or through the grass.
Everybody knows what it feels like to have a bad hair day -- it can ruin your
mood! Liking your hair can be even more primary than feeling right about what
you are wearing, because hair frames the face so prominently. Give yourself time
to wash and style your hair before your date, in case you are dissatisfied and
want to make changes.
Be judicious about trying out a new hairstyle. Certainly be daring if you
like, and if it makes you feel exciting, but also be prepared for the effects of
sudden changes. Slicking back your hair if you have always worn bangs or tried
to make it fuller can be fun, or it can make you uncomfortable or self
Of course, you want to put on your best face. Consider how much makeup you
will feel comfortable wearing on your date. Be careful about overdoing it. Use
less than you normally do for a more natural look, or if you know your date
likes a more casual look.
As with other preparations, the first date is not always the best time for
experimenting. While it can be fun to try something different, usually it is
best to be already comfortable with how you look. This is not the night you want
to use that new color foundation or eye shadow -- unless you have tried it out
before and know whether it looks good on you.