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Planned your first lunch date and have a dozen questions on your mind? Getting ready for your first date is both exciting and nerve-wracking, but with the right outfit, you can walk into your lunch date feeling confident that you’re making the best first impression.

So, to help you ace your first encounter, we've curated some of the most important tips for both women and men on what to wear on your first lunch date. We’ve also added 3 extra tips on what you definitely want to avoid in the fashion department.

Ready to be inspired? Let’s dive right in.

What To Wear On A First Lunch Date: Women

Wear Something Comfortable

Your first date is the very first impression you are about to give to your date and the last thing we want is for you to accidentally show off too much leg or cleavage. Don’t get us wrong, showing some skin can attract your date’s attention but wearing clothes that are too revealing can do more harm than good. The goal is to look seductively sexy while still showing that you’re not here for a one-night stand.

Although you always want to wear well-fitted clothes, make sure your outfit is comfortable and easy to move in. You want to look and feel relaxed during your first date, and not be fumbling with your straps or worrying about your shirt riding up. Instead, feel good so that you can focus on creating a deeper connection with the person across the table.

Add A Playful Piece Of Jewelry

Jewelry and accessories are always a great way to enhance any outfit effortlessly. But be careful not to overdo it.

For your first lunch date, pick one piece of jewelry that you want to highlight and show off your personality. For instance, you can opt for some unique pearl hoops, a gold ring, and a delicate gem bracelet to spruce up your look. You’ll want to avoid any jewelry that is too loud as it might be distracting.

Pick The Right Shoes

Unless you’re that lady who can run down the city streets in your high heels without breaking a sweat, stay clear of stilettos or any pointy shoes that will hurt your feet. The last thing we want is for you to be thinking about the pain in your toes while listening to your date talk about his favorite music.

Instead, opt for platform heels, block heels, or kitten heels so your feet are comfortable and supported, while still looking stylish. And, if the chemistry is on, who knows? You might be preparing for an impromptu romantic walk after your lunch date. We would not want to ruin that, would we?

What To Wear On A First Lunch Date: Men

Don’t Overdress

You might be all set to channel your inner Denzel Washington or George Clooney with a three-piece suit, but since this is a lunch date, it’s preferable to keep your outfit smart, casual, and relaxed.

Don’t worry though, you can still look as attractive in a well-fitted casual shirt or polo shirt. Pair these with some smart jeans or khakis and some box-fresh trainers and you’re ready to bring a smile to her lips the moment she lays eyes on you.

When In Doubt, Wear Black

If you are unsure of what color to wear on your first lunch date, then this tip is for you. We promise you can’t go wrong with black, a color that most people find fashionable and attractive.

And according to the research, black creates an elevated and grounded look, letting your date focus on what you are saying rather than on your clothes. Add a dark-colored shirt and leather belt to bring everything together.

Add A Watch

Remember gentlemen, it’s all in the details. And although you might not have access to as many accessories as women tend to use, there’s still a simple way to dress your outfit up, effortlessly.

Add a touch of sophistication and style with a watch. If you’re wearing a polo shirt, go for a watch with a metallic band, but if you are sticking to a t-shirt, adorn your wrist with a sporty watch. Fit and stylish, who could resist that?

3 Tips On What To Avoid Wearing On Your First Lunch Date

Avoid Wearing Anything Too Complicated

Stay clear of outfits with too many bells and whistles. Complicated outfits, like big frilly tops or multiple layers, require constant maintenance and can become stressful. Remember, the more comfortable you feel in your outfit, the more confident and present you will be during your lunch date. Plus, your date will pay more attention to your face and what you are saying instead of being distracted by what you are wearing.

Avoid Wearing Baggy Clothes

First date clothes should enhance your looks. Do this by avoiding any baggy clothes you currently own. Here’s the rule of thumb when choosing your outfit for your first lunch date: dress in something flattering and fitted, while making sure everything stays in place.

Avoid Wearing Too Much Makeup

Wearing makeup on a date is a great way to boost your confidence and enhance your natural features. But since this is a lunch date and your first encounter, opt for a more natural makeup look. It’s best to avoid makeup with bold contrasts, like heavy eyeliners or dark lipsticks. In fact, the research shows that women who wear minimal makeup on a first date tend to appear more trustworthy as well as attractive.

Relax And Enjoy Your First Lunch Date

Now that we’ve equipped you with some fine tips about what to wear on your first lunch date, all you have to do next is relax and enjoy the good company. Be yourself, tell stories and enjoy your meal. After all, It’s Just Lunch, right?

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