Written By Erin Silver
Erin is a writer, editor, blogger and teacher. She is a single mom to two delicious little boys who continually inspire her to become bigger, better and stronger than she thought she could be. Though her separation and divorce were the most challenging life experiences, Erin is putting her energy into helping other single moms learn to survive and thrive, too.Read Her Blog "Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce"
If you’re newly single, dating is hard at the best of times. But knowing what to wear can help get you off on the right foot. I chatted with Erica Phelan, President of Runway Luxe, a fun urban brand of clothes, for some advice on fashion, accessories and how to pull it all together for the perfect date look.
Erin: If you’re new on the dating scene, what are some things you should wear on a first date?
Erica: The key to dressing for a date is confidence. Focus on your best features and choose pieces to showcase them. A hint of sexy is always encouraged for a first date; however, if you decide to showcase your legs with a thigh-skimming mini dress, make sure to balance out the sexy silhouette by covering up a little on top. Try going with a long sleeve or high neck option.
Alexander McQueen Mini Dress, $675.00
Erin: What are some things you should avoid?
Erica: Never wear garments which require constant adjustments or re-positioning. Also, keep venue in mind—where the date takes place has a lot to do with what will be appropriate to wear. For example, you might do a flowy maxi dress for a patio date, or do something more sophisticated like a pencil skirt and open-back blouse for upscale dining.
Erin: Are there any trends for summer we should know about?
Erica: Structured silhouettes and body-con styles continue to reign supreme for summer 2015. Vest/blazer-style dresses are huge for the coming months and all-white looks are hotter than ever—as seen on the SS 2015 runways of Carolina Herrara, Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham.
Erin: How do accessories fit into the picture? Is it all about the shoes? The purse? Statement jewellery?
Erica: Accessories are the finishing touch and are meant to complement your outfit, but not distract from it. For a first date, minimal is always best—be polished but never overdone.
Erin: Do you have any last pieces of advice for dressing well on dates?
Erica: Flirty and feminine is the perfect theme for a date. Always look perfectly put together and polished; there is no greater confidence builder than looking and feeling fabulous!
We couldn’t agree more. If you feel great and are confident in yourself, that will shine through.