First dates can be great, but you’ve gotta make sure you’re in the right headspace, and armed with the right style tools, to make the most of ‘em. Never fear: the Frisky Life Coach team has everything you need to totally ace a first date, and have a great time doing it. Remember, this stuff is supposed to be fun, right?
That’s why we’ve thought of everything — from hair, to makeup, to what to wear and how to psyche yourself up to hang out with someone new. (Plus, how to gracefully escape if your date is a walking, talking No Fun Zone.) Click on through for our helpful guide.
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When you’re in college, it’s easy to forget that it’s not perfectly acceptable to wear your pajamas everywhere. People are doing it, so it must be okay, right?
Wrong. So, so, wrong.
You’re a semi-adult. Get your life together and put on a regular pair of pants, with an actual waist. College classes do count as “out in public.”
Case in point: For the love of “Dawson’s Creek,” don’t go to class in the clothes you wore last night. They’re going to smell like smoke, booze or (likely) something worse. Not a good look. So choose something like, say, this TSL Tahari dress ($67), not the faux leather dress you wore to the club last night.
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You hate the way the dude or lady you’re seeing dresses. Why the orange tie with the brown shirt and the “wacky” jacket? Why the blue pants with a purple-striped windbreaker? Why so much glitter? What do you do? Well, I’d first advise you do nothing. As in, keep your mouth shut and just enjoy them for their other sparkling qualities: their smile, their wit, the way they sex you all night long. But if you are unable to let their ugly T-shirt collection go, well, let me give you some advice.
I am lucky, because my boyfriend is a hair model. Just kidding! I’m lucky, because my boyfriend works for a major men’s clothing brand and is always dressed like he just came from a 1920s garden party (which okay, is a little weird). But I’ve dated plenty of dudes whose entire wardrobes should have been fire-bombed. Like, for real.
There’s a right and a wrong way to go about trying to tweak your partner’s style. Again, I’d advise that you use kid gloves when it comes to this stuff because even the dude you think puts zero thought into his jorts and Dr. Who shirt ensemble can get mighty upset when his aesthetics are questioned. But if you must…
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I was never much of a raver. I was too busy getting moody and sullen with my punk music and my whiny indie rock to ever delve too deeply into the rave scene. But even I couldn’t escape the rave fashion of the ’90s; I once bought a horrible synthetic fabric maxi skirt from Philly’s resident tacky rave wear shop, Agent Aloha. The image of women in ’90s rave culture, was curious: Women were somewhat sexualized––the standard outfit was oversized, crazy-big pants paired with a baby T and sneakers––but also infantilized, particularly within the candy raver scene, where sucking on pacifiers was de riguer. So I guess … sexy babies? Ecstasy was the drug of choice back then. I did it once and had a great time, but then woke up the next day feeling like I was going to die. I didn’t die (obvs), but I did realize that people who have weird serotonin issues probably shouldn’t fuck around with MDMA.
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We fell in love with this Land’s End chambray top while looking for cool scoop-neck shirts. It looks so summery and light — the perfect alternative to the typical button-down chambray shirt. Chambray is basically perfect. Think about it: You wear your jeans with everything, right? And chambray’s just a softer variation on denim, so you can wear it all the damn time. After the jump, three looks that pair perfectly with this cute lil’ chambray shirt. Keep reading »
You know how it’s so annoying the way some people refer to a pair of pants as a “pant”? Well, sorry to say, I have become one of those people. I say this, because Amelia recently came to me asking for advice on how to expand her pant selection in the summer months. After all, it’s not so comfortable wearing skinny jeans in 90 degree heat, now is it? Amelia was looking for something soft and flowy, silky and comfortable — and, of course, reflective of her preppy-meets-downtown style.
1. Asos Tapered Pants, $59.40
2. Elizabeth and James Trent Paisley Pants $79
3. Yumi Kim Tania Pants, $68
4. GoMax Calantha Sandal, $44.95
5. Swell Jordan Everyday Woven Tank, $24.50
6. GAP Bleecker Striped Tank, $22.95
After the jump, see how I put it all together, and how you can create three totally awesome outfits for under $300, from top to toe.
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The Frisky’s promotions editor Megan is so cute — and she’s always rockin’ adorbs skirts. The other day, she came in wearing an ikat print skirt that she’d hand-altered because it was too long. Skirts, said Megan, are never the right length. She wanted me to help her find a few midi-length skirts (those are skirts that fall below the knees but above the calf) that could be worn all year long — and she had a budget of $100 per outfit. Good thing personal shopping is pretty much my favorite thing to do. I was able to find her a slew of great items–and all on the cheap, too.
1. ASOS Sleeveless MidiDress with Pleated Skirt and Belt, $54.30
2. Pieces Mille Chunky Chain Short Necklace, $30.55
3. ASOS Aztec Skirt, $61.09
4. Ann Taylor Boatneck Tee, $28
5. Dorothy Perkins Blue Polka Dot Midi Skirt, $44
6. Express Lace Shoulder V-Neck, $16.14
7. Soulmates Draped Lace Jacket, $39.00
8. Trotters Sandals, $25.50
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I received these shoes as a gift recently and I am racking my brain trying to figure out what to wear with them that is daytime casual. I feel like an orange dress would be too much. Any thoughts?––Gina
First off Gina, hi! I gotta say, I think it’s kind of weird to gift someone a pair of shoes. Shoes are so particular and personal, but then again, maybe I’m just prejudiced because the one time somebody wanted to buy me shoes it was really weird. Anyways! Those shoes have a lot of personality, which means that you should keep the rest of your outfit pretty tame. Let the shoes do the talking (and walking, as it were). Keep reading »
I was late to work today. Well, I’m late every day because I seem to have a high rate of mishaps first thing in the morning, but today I was super late. I woke up early, with a vow to be on time. That’s how it always begins. At 6:50 a.m., my roommate knocked on my door to tell me there was no hot water. This is becoming a way-too-normal occurrence in my apartment lately (that’s another post). Only, today it was worse because my parents are in town and we’re having dinner tonight and I had planned to shave my legs and wash my hair, so this was particularly bad news. I decided that there was no way I could skip the hair washing, but I could get away with no leg shaving and wear one of my jumpers, of which I have many. The only issue with wearing a one piece is the whole peeing thing. And I drink an absurd amount of coffee and water, so I have to pee ALL THE TIME. Keep reading »
When I told The Frisky that I was going to try and fulfill their style needs and wants, Ami piped up immediately. “Skirts!” she said. “I don’t know how to wear them so I just wear dresses instead.” Apparently, years ago, Ami had a bad skirt-related incident, which left her unskirted for lyfe. An ex-boyfriend told her that she didn’t look good in them, so she gave up trying to find the right skirts for her. This is a shame. To help her get over her fear, I’ve found a few skirty looks that I think would work really well for her. They are all generally the same shape — Ami has super duper long legs and a short torso, so flared and longer skirts don’t work as well as tight, body-hugging skirts. Here are the basic outfit elements I’ve found:
Pixie Market Tropical Mini Skit, $29
Motel Printed Mini Skirt, $30.55
Akira Watercolor Scuba Mini Skirt, $26.90
Kelsi Dagger Anisa Low Heel Sandal, $66.50
Mink Pink Mischief Sleeveless Shirt, $37.20
Kenneth Cole Sleeveless Tuxedo Shirt in Ivory: $39.99
American Apparel Silky Loose Crop Tee, $38
Michael Antonio Davies Flat Sandal, $34.95
After the jump, three outfits I put together for Ami — all for around $300 total!
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