What to Wear on a First Date

By Suzanne M.

I have been asked to join some fellow Canadian bloggers who write a blog called True Love Bites, available at http://www.truelovebites.ca

It is a relationship blog, with a twist of humour, which explores a wide range of topics, including "First Dates". Which got me thinking about what people wear on a first date, fashion wise.

Do they dress fancy? Casual? Deliberately dress down? Or try to find a balance... "Business Casual" has so many definitions it is truly undefinable.

So perhaps the best term for this scenario is "Date Casual", which is to say casual, but the clothes is usually freshly cleaned, the person is recently shaved, showered, etc - which unfortunately means that some women will rush home after work, shower, shave their legs, do their hair, pick out clothing, and then rush back out to meet the 6:45 date. While men, depending on the person, may simply go straight from work to their date, wearing the same clothes they wore since 8 AM, with a 5 O'clock shadow, etc.

Check out the video below for example (which was shown on a recent post on True Love Bites) and notice how the two people meeting for the first time end up talking about his sports jacket (and WTH does she not know what a sports jacket is???) She shows up wearing a jacket that looks like a cross between a trench coat and a fuzzy bathrobe, but somehow the topic ends up being about his idiotic sports jacket.

Yes, the video is more about the concept of Augmented Reality Dating - but even though their reality is augmented using their contacts, they still feel the need to "dress casual but professional" on a first date. So it really comes down to first impressions.

Too Professional - Might make the person seem too boring and rigid.
Too Casual - Might make the person seem sloppy and lazy.
Just Right - Somewhere closer towards a happy medium, hence "Date Casual".

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH "dating casually" or "casual dating", which refers to people who go out on dates with many different people, but don't actually form long term relationships with them because they just want to try lots of different people on like someone shopping for shoes.

So for example lets look at the images below.

Overall very casual, but the blazer jacket makes it slightly more professional.
A blend of casual and professional, but looks pretty boring. Too much grey.
On the left the scarf makes her look more professional and artistic, but still flirty.

On the right the large bag and loss of the scarf makes her look easy and sloppy.

And because this is a Canadian website we should also talk about what happens during the winter. Do you sacrifice being warm for the sake of fashion? Or do you manage to combine smart fashion with something that keeps you really warm? Like a parka, poncho, knitted sweater dress, etc.

Below, some samples of ponchos.

I even saw a guy recently outside wearing a poncho while he was playing Pokemon Go. So it is both fashionable and practical. In other news it is snowing outside my window...

In more other news here are some posts from True Love Bites. Check 'em out!

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  • Politics, Love, Trumpites and Dealbreakers

  • Five Tips for Restaurant Dates

  • Marriage and Popping the Question

  • The Girlfriendzone

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  • The Lavishness of Hobby Specific Gifts

  • So-Called "Nice Guys" and the Real Reason Why "Nic...

  • Ashley Madison's Phoney Accounts

  • 10 Tips for Dating Asian People in Canada

  • TrueLoveBites.ca - New Domain Name

  • Badoo Sucks and I will tell you why

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  • Monogamy Vs Monotony

  • How to get a Boyfriend - Chinese Wisdom

  • Funny Text Message Breakups

  • 7 Great Romantic Getaways in Canada

  • Attractiveness, Kissing and Oral Health

  • Would you date a deaf person?

  • 5 Ways to Spot if your Date is a Serial Killer

  • Halloween is a great time of year to meet New Love...

  • The Instant Connection

  • 5 Ways to Spot a Serial Dater

  • Exercise and Common Lies people post on Personals

  • Do's and Don'ts of Dating Vegans and Vegetarians

  • Attractive Things Men Do

  • Dating Academic Cheaters

  • An Essay on Cheating and Breaking Up

  • An essay on the foolish things girls do for a guy....

  • Happy Valentines Day!

  • March 15th - International Breakup Day

  • 5 Valentines Gift Ideas

  • Learning Your Lessons when it comes to Dating

  • Christmas - The Relationship Breaker???

  • Jealousy Fuelled Rage and Temper Tantrums

  • Advanced Kissing Skills 101

  • You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

  • 67 Ways to Save Money and still go on Dates

  • Should I Text Him Flowchart

  • A Good Boyfriends knows what to do...

  • The Coffee Date - Poetry by Maria Jones-Statham

  • The Pre Date Phone Call - Screening your Dates Bef...

  • Lets just stay friends...

  • Chewing Gum = Prepare to get Kissed

  • Advice for First Dates

  • Best Breakup Line Ever!

  • Building Stronger Relationships Towards LOVE

  • 5 Tips to Become a Lady Magnet

  • How to Find Happiness and True Love

  • Lots of Single Chinese Women can't find a husband

  • Breaking Up With An Overly Attached Girlfriend

  • College Relationships

  • Three Dates Equals Sex

  • How to Fake It and get into their Pants

  • What to talk about during a First Date

  • The Fake Out

  • How to Ask a Woman on a Date

  • Are cooking classes really a good place to meet a ...

  • Worst Dating Gifts Ideas

  • 10 Things You Should Never Say To Your Boyfriend

  • What to Wear on your First Date

  • Love, Dating and Long Distance Relationships

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    A friend of mine recently referred to the iPhone 7 as being "a fashion accessory for idiots".

    I don't think he is wrong either. Apple is basically the equivalent of the worst sweatshop clothing manufacturer you can think of. They use cheap labour in South Korea and other Asian countries to make the phones, use technology from Samsung, add their own proprietary charging ports and make it deliberately annoying for iPhone users to charge their phone.

    The new iPhone 7 takes it one step further. Now the headphones also uses the charging port as the plug. They got rid of the normal audio jack completely.

    Which means you have three choices:

    Option 1: Wear the ugly and battery powered "AirPods", shown below:

    Option 2: Use an adapter just so you can use a normal audio jack, shown below.

    Complete with moron talking about how great it is.

    Option 3: Use the headphones that come with the iPhone 7. Which are ugly. So ugly I am not even going to show them here.

    As fashion accessories go, Apple seems to be shooting themselves in the proverbial iFoot, by deliberately making their stuff unfashionable.

    Take this idiot below with an Apple iPhone 7 Plus strapped to his face. He might look cute with his well-trimmed beard, but the average person doesn't look like that when they have something like that strapped to their face. Instead they look like a complete idiot.

    Complete Idiot with iPhone 7 strapped to face.
    This is the silly thing too. Since the iPod came out, Apple's primary goal has been to promote their products as being "hip and fashionable" to the younger generation. But the people in charge of the company have started to become old and out of touch with what is fashionable. They think the AirPods wireless headphones shown further above are worth $219 CDN, despite the fact that they are ugly and only store a 5 hour charge. That isn't fashionable or convenient. That is ugly and inconvenient.

    Which brings me to another thing my friend stated, that technology is all about more convenience. People buy toasters and microwaves because they are convenient and easy to use. Same reason why they buy washing machine, automobiles, etc. They have a purpose that makes their life more convenient.

    In the world of fashion we also have things that are convenient...

    #1. High Heels - a convenient way of making yourself look taller in a world which is prejudiced against short people. (Don't pretend it isn't true. Height-ism is a real thing.)

    #2. Black Dress - a convenient way of making yourself look both thinner and sophisticated with very little work involved.

    #3. Handbags - a convenient way to carry your stuff around, which frankly is a sign we have too much stuff. I personally prefer backpacks, but hey, personal preference.


    But the iPhone 7 is supposed to do a bunch of different things, in theory, which are supposed to make your life more convenient - but is not.

    Getting rid of the standard audio jacks is not convenient. It is annoying.

    Forcing people to buy AirPods for $219 is not convenient. It is highway robbery.

    Trying to get people to try virtual reality headsets is not about more convenience, it is about not looking like an idiot. It would be easier to promote Victorian wigs as a fashion accessory than to try to convince people to wear their iPhone on their face and look like a complete idiot.

    Seriously, we should totally bring Victorian wigs back.

    Having to powder your Victorian wig wouldn't be very convenient I admit, but it is at least fashionable. It also makes a person look taller, so if combined with high heels...

    Oh and for fun check out these High Heels: The Bullet. Perfect for the femme fatale look.

    Raccoon Fur Collar in China

    Okay so I found this photo randomly.

    And I was like wow. Raccoon fur. That is a bit like wearing rat fur or squirrel fur. Or any other kind of rodent.

    So apparently wearing rodent fur is a thing in Asia. I admit, it looks good, but I think it is rather strange to be wearing rodent fur.

    Meanwhile in Canada we are obsessed with removing raccoons humanely and setting them free in the wild.

    Especially when you consider how adorable and cute raccoons are. Definitely not something to be wearing.

    Super Long Legs - Anastasia Strashevskaya

    On the right is a photo of a Russian fashion model named Anastasia Strashevskaya.

    Anastasia Strashevskaya reportedly has some of the longest legs on a female model in the world. 42 inches.

    Proportionally speaking. She is 5'10" tall (70 inches) but her legs are 42 inches of her 70 inches height. That means 60% of height is in her legs.

    There are other fashion models around the world with really long legs - including one from Houston Texas who stands 6'5" tall (77 inches) and was once told she was "too tall to be a model". Her legs measure 51 inches.

    So the model from Texas is taller and has longer legs, and has proportionally longer legs too. 66.2%.

    But whatever. This isn't a contest to see who the biggest freak of nature is. (Or is it?)

    Anastasia Strashevskaya does have some pretty long legs and they do seem to be helping her modelling career.

    The model from Texas, not so much.

    There are similar models from Britain, France, Brazil and other countries with legs ranging from 42 to 49 inches long, all with varying heights and different proportions. Clearly some of these models were drinking lots of milk as they were growing.

    More calcium = longer, thicker bones. Huzzah. Milk is also a great source of protein. Learn more about Why Calcium Rocks!

    L’Agent by Agent Provocateur Fall/Winter 2014

    This is actually from LAST year, 2014, and it is currently December 2015... However not so old that it doesn't matter. Why? Because lingerie fashions really don't change much from year to year.

    Agent Provocateur's stylish ways don't change much from year to year either. They're pretty awesome every year.

    Plus I like the whole old school exercises thing they did, juxtaposing lingerie with exercise equipment was quite smart in my opinion.

    Retro Swimwear for Women

    Looking for ideas for retro swimwear or bikinis for women? Look below and check out some interesting ideas.

    The ideas below are a mix of styles from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s - with a dash of modern versions of the classics thrown into the mix.


    Black Capes Rock

    I think capes are awesome. I am amazed people don't wear them more often. They are great Spring and Autumn wear. Also good for a funeral and business casual too.

    Cloaks, cape-dresses and jacket-capes are also awesome.

    And black cloaks are awesome for Halloween or goth wear.

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