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Not sure what outfit to wear on that first date, as you’re meeting his parents, or when he wants to take you on a “surprise” night out? We asked the experts for fashion and beauty suggestions for every occasion.

First Date

You know the old adage: You’ve only got one chance to make a first impression. Well, that holds especially true on a first date with a new guy. Mad Men costume designer Janie Bryant recommends wearing something “sexy, flirty, and fun.” Designer Marc Bouwer — who’s newest collection will debut at New York Fashion Week and air on QVC Feb. 11 at 10 p.m. EST — suggests not dressing too provocatively, though. “Don’t be afraid to show off your shape, just not in a very low-cut or bondage look,” he says. “I suggest a button down silk shirt paired with a pencil skirt or a sexy pair of jeans.”

Surprise Night Out


If he asks you to meet him at an undisclosed location for your next romantic encounter, he may not realize that he’s leaving you in a fashion lurch. Your best bet? The LBD. “That little black dress always works — you can dress it up or down,” says Bryant, who recommends bringing a medium-sized purse to keep a pair of flats and a more luxe pair of earrings so you can quickly update your look for the excursion. Bouwer advises wearing layers. “A tailored jacket or vest is also great for the unexpected.”

Meeting His Parents

The stress of meeting your new beau’s mom and dad is enough to handle, so there’s no need to waste time worrying about what you’ll wear. “Just be yourself,” Bryant says, emphasizing that you shouldn’t have to hide your personal style completely. “It’s most important to wear what makes you feel most comfortable. Something simple and classic is best, but add sparkle or femininity with an interesting pattern.”

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