With so many things that could potentially go wrong on a first date (everything from awkward eye contact to having literally nothing in common 鈥 yikes!), the last thing you should have to worry about is your look. While you obvs want to put forth a decent amount of effort, you still want to play it cool. We鈥檝e decoded *exactly* what to wear, whether you鈥檙e heading to a traditional dinner and a movie, spending an evening salsa dancing, or strolling through your boo鈥檚 favorite art gallery so you鈥檙e not left texting your BFF during the *final* hour for play-by-play fashion advice. Keep on scrolling for 10 foolproof style essentials (think: bustier tops and daytime metallics galore) that are ready to slay.


1. Mini Golf: Don鈥檛 let a little date-night hype stop you from having fun (鈥榗ause remember you鈥檙e a FUN date). Proceed to channel your playful side with this It girl-approved patchwork co-ord that delivers just the right amount of sex appeal. Brit + Co Pick: Tommy Hilfiger Gigi Hadid Patchwork Top ($128) + Tommy Hilfiger Gigi Hadid Patchwork Print Bodycon Skirt ($188)


2. Dive Bar: You? Shy? Nah. Let 鈥榚m know you鈥檙e interested (no. Playing. Games.) with this come-hither floral bodysuit that 鈥 dare we even say it 鈥 turns all the heads. *As if* you didn鈥檛 already know. Oversized hoops and Chelsea boots are mandatory for a trivia night at your favorite dive bar 鈥 give or take an epic karaoke throwdown. Brit + Co Pick: Reformation Chandler Bodysuit ($128)


3. Weekday Hangout: Don鈥檛 overthink it! For a casual Taco Tuesday outing with your boo, this denim trucker jacket will more than suffice. Between the palm tree embroideries and frayed hem, you鈥檒l never feel like you鈥檙e trying too hard again. Just add Chuck Taylors and a pair of your most flattering high-waisted skinnies for a look that鈥檚 hella cool (read: No first date jitters here). Brit + Co Pick: Levi鈥檚 Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jackets ($128)


4. Impromptu Meeting of the Parents: Now would be the time to adopt a fancier uniform. See exhibit A: This poplin swing shirt with a fun peplum is a bajillion times more femme (and playful) than any blas茅 boardroom button-down. The final touch? Neon statement earrings for no shortage of sass. Brit + Co Pick:Kate Spade Poplin Swing Shirt ($168)


5. Candlelit Dinner: Yet another swishy accordion pleat skirt? For date night? Groundbreaking. But not so fast: Before you completely write off this piece de resistance, think about its after-hours appeal. With the right mock-neck blouse and DDG chandelier earrings on standby, you鈥檒l be equipped for anything from a candlelit dinner to a romantic rendezvous. Brit + Co Pick: Stylekeepers Retro Juliette Pleated Skirt ($99)


6. Art Gallery Tour: Take the 鈥渕odest is hottest鈥 approach with this bow-topped cashmere sweater (in ballerina pink 鈥 no less!) that鈥檚 practically designed for admiring a room full of Monets. A twirl-worthy pleat skirt and nude steppers will have you feeling like a modern-day Juliet. Brit + Co Pick: Ted Baker Nehru Knit Top ($191)


7. Trendy Cocktail Lounge: You鈥檝e got the first few dates in the books (phew!), and now you鈥檙e moving into 鈥渙fficially official鈥 territory. Bring that ba da boom factor with these slick patent leather leggings that look just as good on-duty as off. You best believe an oversized slouchy sweater and sky-high stilettos are in order for drinks by the bar and whatever else the night brings. Brit + Co Pick: Blank NYC Patent Vegan Leather Leggings ($98)


8. Low-Key Saturday Drinks: Run, don鈥檛 walk, to snatch up this versatile crepe tuxedo jacket that鈥檚 guaranteed to slay at first sight 鈥 if nothing else, it鈥檒l keep any lingering nippy temps at bay. For maximum impact, toss it over your favorite LWD or double down with a neck-tie blouse, vintage mom jeans, and velvet penny loafers for a low-key wild card date night. Brit + Co Pick:Wilfred Chevalier Jacket ($225)


9. Dinner and Dancing: As far as this goddess-inspired gathered pleat maxi is concerned, flamenco dancing will be included in the night鈥檚 festivities. For a red haute entrance, round out your final rose ceremony-esque look with some red carpet-worthy Swarovski earrings and rose gold platforms. How could anyone say no to that? Brit + Co Pick: Banana Republic Gathered Pleat Maxi Dress ($148)


10. Cocktails to Clubbin鈥: Sure, you may be single now, but not for long. Show 鈥榚m who鈥檚 boss with this metallic fuchsia wide-knot blouse that means serious business and delivers from sippin鈥 bubbly to late night clubbing. Want more versatility? Pair with a high-waisted pencil skirt and power pumps for post-work drinks or cropped denim flares and backless mules come the weekend. Brit + Co Pick: Staud The Biagio Top ($165)

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