The biggest mistake you can make on a first date is showing up in wrinkled clothes.
This may be the athleisure era, but new research shows people still expect their date to look put-together the first time they go out. According to a new survey of 6,600 singles by online dating platform Zoosk, 86% of men and women say it’s important to dress nice for a date and 94% of single ladies say this is non-negotiable.
In fact the biggest fashion faux pas for a first date is wearing something wrinkled; this was a deal breaker for 66% of daters surveyed. Other turn offs include wearing socks with sandals (55%), wearing Crocs (53%) or showing up in baggy clothes (50%.)
Zoosk also analyzed over 34,500 dating profiles on its site and found that just describing yourself as well-dressed can make you more attractive to potential partners. Those who include the term “dressing up” had a 135% increase in inbound messages, using the words “stylish,” “fashionable,” and “trendy” boosted interest, too.
And first impressions matter, so ironing your clothes for a first date seems like the least you could do. “When you are going out on a first date, and meeting the potential love of life, you should honor that moment by showing up as your authentic very best,” explains matchmaker Kailen Rosenberg, a.k.a. Oprah’s “Love Ambassador.” So be yourself, “but with some polish” and you’re bound to impress.