Wanting to look our best for a date is a feeling that most of us know. We want to show ourselves off a little while still looking like our authentic self, which can be a bit hard once the colder weather arrives.
And as we know, in London, the weather can easily switch from warm, to cold to wet in just a matter of minutes. Dressing sexy in the winter is a trick in itself… So, our tips for how to dress for a date when it’s cold will help you prepare.
Layers are a must
It doesn’t matter where you’re going on a date. It is very likely that you will spend time both indoors and outdoors, so wearing several layers is going to help you adjust to whatever the temperature is. After all, a restaurant might be a bit overheated or there might be a cold breeze inside, you never know. The best course of action is wearing a shirt or top of your liking, a smart sweater and a coat. And never forget: a scarf. The latter can be used to cover up your shoulders a bit more if the weather doesn’t call for a sweater, but you still feel cold. You can also carry a thin layer (like a shawl) in your bag if you get cold easily and need a bit more.
Wearing two socks on one foot is another great way to keep warm, especially if your feet get cold really easily. If this is the case for you, it might be best to wear compression socks and regular fuzzy socks on top of them. Two fuzzy socks might feel great at first but your shoes will likely not be able to accomodate them. This can cause your circulation to be cut off from your foot, which you really don’t want to deal with at a date.
Also, make sure that your layers aren’t too warm. If you arrive at your date in a coat, and you are already sweating, you won’t want to take it off to evade an embarrassing situation. This will just create a weird situation between the two of you, so it’s best to test your outfit before going on a date in it. Just a day before, put your clothes on and get to your date destination. If you arrive without sweat spots, great! If you don’t make it, you might need to adjust the outfit a bit.
Keep gloves on you
You might not be very into gloves, I know I’m not. However, if you’re on a first date (that is going well) you will want to fish for the hand-holding at the end of it. For this, you can’t keep your hands in your pockets, as it will definitely get rid of your opportunity. So put on those gloves and make your job a little easier and less cold.
If you regularly hold hands with the other person by default, the gloves might still help. If the temperature gets low enough, not even the other person’s warmth will help. So if you want to keep holding their hand and not walk awkwardly next to each other with your hands in your pockets, just take some gloves.
It’s not the time to show off your legs
Ladies, I know it’s tempting, I’ve been there. However, if the other person is late or if the temperature gets colder than you expected, you will be incredibly uncomfortable. The bare minimum is yoga pants in winter. It will still show off the shape of your legs, and you won’t get too cold. Tights aren’t an option at this time, since they might technically count as a layer but they are certainly not helping keep any heat in.
If you’re the kind of person whose legs are always freezing, you can always wear two layers of yoga pants too. It’s comfortable and you will surely stay warm. And trust me, nobody can tell and it isn’t awkward.
Take a hand warmer with you
Hand warmers aren’t technically part of an outfit, but trust me, you will need them. This is especially true if you planned something outside. Gloves, pockets, scarves, and hats are great ways to keep warm, however they won’t be enough if you are outside for several hours on end. You will eventually cool down to feel it in your core.
This is when a hand warmer can come in handy. Just a slight break in the middle of them and they will start giving off heat like there is no tomorrow. They are small, light and can be a lifesaver in winter – even if you aren’t on a date.
Fancy shoes? Yes or no?
Yes, you might look epic in those new Michael Kors heels. But are they going to be the best option if it’s wet or possibly even icy? Granted that here in London we tend to Uber everywhere, and the roads aren’t too uneven (unless you’re going on a date in Covent Garden then yeah, maybe skip the heels).
Unless you’re an absolute pro at wearing heels and feel that nothing can go wrong with them, you might want to save yourself the hassle.
Having said that, with heels becoming less popular in recent years, there is nothing wrong with wearing a pair of fresh white trainers or even a pair of Chelsea boots on your date. Plus they’re much more comfortable.
You should really keep a stick of chapstick or a Vaseline pot on you either way, especially for a date. However, in cold weather it is an absolute must. Your lips will get chapped if you spend even a little time outside, even more so if you try to solve the situation by licking them. Drinks and saliva won’t help it, so you’re better off with a bit of lip balm.
You can even use the application of your lip balm as a bit of a flirting – after all, pursing your lips while making eye contact is a pretty direct bit of body language.
So these are our tips for how to prepare for a date when it’s cold. Got your own tips or suggestions? Share them below…
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