As much as I hate to say it, first impressions really do count, and that’s not just me saying it, it’s science. You see the brain subconsciously creates first impressions of something or someone in as little as 1/10th of a second.
Which is why choosing what to wear to go from a Tinder online date to an IRL date can be quite crucial (though let’s be clear, if your date can’t look past appearances, otherwise they just ain’t worth it).
Now lyst has teamed up with style psychologist Kate Nightingale to determine which outfits are best for each personality type to nail that first impression. Here’s a breakdown.
What to wear to show you’re confident
‘Ultimate power can be expressed with tight fitting, black tuxedo trousers and a silk, straight line cut top. Add high heels and geometric clutch to complete this powerhouse look.’
What to wear to show you’re creative
‘If you want to make a bold creative statement, an unusual pair of shoes or a quirky handbag make for great conversation starters. And floaty garments like an expressive shirt dress or some eye-catching culottes are the perfect way to show off your creative side.’
What to wear to show you’re calm
‘Pick calmer and lighter colours such as green and turquoise – but definitely not red if you want to appear chilled out. Footwear is a big indicator of character; pointed toes say you’re an extrovert, rounded toes do the opposite. For laid-back charm, rounded toes or platforms beat out stilettos every time. They’ll make you feel stable and grounded.’
What to wear to show you’re funny
‘Accessories are the best communicator of personality. The patterns, colours, and textures you go for are all indicators. Jazzy brogues or a statement bag are perfect for an extra confidence boost.’