Well well well – a first date! Ok, let’s cut to the chase: chances are – unless you’re shiny and new on the scene – you’ve already experienced at least a little bit of heartbreak, a few awkward encounters, a dash of unrequited love, a peppering of comedy (good and bad) and – dare I suggest – a bit of wine-flavoured medicine as you get yourself ready for that all important romantic liaison.
First dates are wonderful things: the expectation, the uncertainty, the excitement, the day-dreaming. Is this person going to be ‘the one’, or ‘one of the ones’? Is this going to be a hilarious anecdote to download later for your BFFs, or – and you never quite know – the date you look back on as the evening your life truly began (cue cheesy movie of white-ribbon festooned country churches and midwives yelling ‘it’s a…’) STOP. We need to talk.
Don’t get your vintage flocked dot panties in a twist (yes, they’re a real thing, I’d recommend them, very classy and great for the hips). First dates are about fun. They’re about showing off the best of yourself. They’re about having a pre-date solo pampering party as you adorn yourself with what makes you feel confident and sexy. And by the way – I’m not necessarily suggesting that anything you’re wearing under your clothes gets given the once over at the end of a first date – that’s up to you. But it doesn’t matter – lingerie to wear on a first date is all about you feeling uber stonkingly gorgeous as you glide into the bar/gastropub/museum/tourist attraction/cinema/café (God forbid, fried chicken shack – but it takes all sorts) that has been chosen as your first date location.
As with all scenarios where you need to be comfortable in your own skin, do not wear anything you’re totally unused to and are going to be fiddling with all night. If you are the body stocking goddess then my goodness, what a way to blow a first date away, but if you’re shuffling in your seat like your bottom’s just encountered bed bugs, then give it up.
If you’re a fan of the demure (at least for the first part of the night) then a perfectly chosen bra set/bustier/corset underneath an item of clothing that allows you to give a satin bow detail or lacy shoulder strap a bit of a flash, then you’ll be on to a smouldering winner. Just make sure that whatever you show a hint of is actually a fully matching underwear outfit. Should the moment seize you and your full underwear set be revealed after the first date from heaven, you need to be prepared all over. However, it doesn’t matter if the most you reveal is a little hint of lace before a peck on the cheek and a solo taxi home – it’s about you feeling empowered under your clothes.
Your choice of first date underwear should be a statement about you. If you’re sassy and a bit retro, then an all-out 50s garter, bra or panty set would be a perfect choice. If the 21st century vixen in you rarely bubbles anywhere but just below the surface then a wet look ensemble may suit your confidence well.
And ok – let’s call a spade a spade – if your end goal is your dream date most definitely coming up for coffee, then maybe a sexy strappy bra set that shouts ‘I mean business’ should be your pick.
One more thing – it’s mostly about you, but not all about you. If you’re the kind of date who wants to revel in an off the shoulder bodystocking – but you’re uncertain your date is experienced in the ways of the supreme sex machine, then maybe tone it down a little bit for your first encounter, so as to warm them up during the many fun dates that will follow. But what the heck, if that’s you, it’s you.
One thing’s for certain – first dates are meant to be fun, so whatever ‘fun’ means to you, go for it!
Isla knows a good set of underwear when she sees it. Isla firmly believes that attitude and confidence are the key ingredients to looking just fabulous in your lingerie. She’s also an avid online shopper, capable of spotting a bargain at 20 paces.
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