Deciding what to wear on a date can be difficult, and many singles spend hours in front of the mirror agonizing over their options – especially for that all-important first date.
OUTFITS- Laura Merritt, 32, a writer for shopping recommendations site Eliza, was challenged to take a different approach and ask some male friends for recommendations as a fun experiment.
‘It never occurred to me, however, to ask the men in my life what they think is attractive on a woman,’ she said ahead of the test, adding that she wouldn’t normally consider that in her decision-making.
‘Ultimately, we are first and foremost dressing for ourselves, but secondary to that, there is a real sense of satisfaction to be had in impressing another woman with your outfit.’
Merritt found that her male friends’ responses varied significantly. Read on to see the looks they came up with.
Look one: Something tight with good trainers. And all-black-everything is always a vibe’
Merritt was a fan of the idea of a monochromatic look: ‘I really do love to be in all-black,’ she says. ‘It’s uncomplicated and clean and, I think, super-cool and sexy.’
This preference tallies with her dating experiences: she has previously penned a story on outfits she’s discovered over time that men haven’t liked. These ‘man-repelling’ items include rainbow dressing – a mix of brightly coloured separates and accessories – and busy prints.
Look two: Jeans with a bright jumper or top
She was less impressed with this idea and thought it would be most suited for a casual outing such as a mini golf or a movie. To dress-up this look to make it evening-appropriate, she proposes going for ‘a sheer knit with a pretty bra underneath’.
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CAPTION: Colour Pop: jeans and a bright top got the vote from one of Merritt’s friend, the Eliza team recommends this combination from NA-KD
Look three: Go cute and understated, but confident and classy. A band t-shirt with a leather skirt and some boots
‘The leather is sexy, but the t-shirt keeps it low key, and I can drape a nice knit or oversized blazer over my shoulders,’ Merritt says.
She did, however, reject the idea of a band t-shirt because she felt it wasn’t her style, so she substituted a fun slogan tee in her edit.
In the article, she also revealed that all of her friends initially advised her to dress in clothes that make her feel the most confident. However, for the sake of the experiment, she pushed them into the most appealing outfits.