First dates are exciting and scary, all at the same time. Some are better than others, and being comfortable usually takes practice. First impressions are key and you want to make sure you’re on top of your game. While rules can be taboo when it comes to matters of the heart, below are some tips that will get you ready to walk out the door and meet the person of your dreams (or at least get you through the night)!


  • Keep it moving. First dates are all about getting to know one another. The conversation should be light and touch on a number of topics. Avoid heavy hitting political debates or deep discussions on family secrets. The best use of your short time together is to talk about a variety of things, so keep the topics generic and the tone light-hearted.


  • Don’t dress to impress, dress for the occasion. Typically, the meeting spot will offer some insight into what’s appropriate to wear on a first date. For example, a 5-star restaurant and hockey rink offer two very different outfit options. Either way, avoid uncomfortable attire, while still being true to your own style. Ladies, make sure you can breathe (skip that tight dress), walk (hold off on the 6-inch heels) and sit (keep those extra-skinny jeans in the drawer). Gents, two words: neat and clean. Those shoes with holes in them should be tossed out anyway and a stain-free shirt is a must.


  • You are what you eat. If your date includes dinner, choose wisely. This doesn’t mean salad is the best option, but the messy slab of ribs that’s bound to end up all over your face may not be the best choice when you’re getting to know someone. And whatever you choose, don’t forget to keep some flossers on hand. You don’t want to spend half the night worried that something is stuck in your teeth. Plus, nothing ruins the romance quicker than a distracting chunk of spinach between your chompers!


  • Be on time. Being late to a first date is just plain rude. It’s very likely that the other person is equally as nervous as you so keeping them waiting only makes things worse. Respect their schedule and be punctual.


  • Be positive. No one wants to be stuck with someone for a couple hours who doesn’t crack a smile. Maybe there isn’t an immediate connection, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find mutual ground. Everyone has a story, listen to learn what theirs is and don’t be shy to tell your own. It may not be a love match, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.


When it comes to relationships, you have to start somewhere, and usually a first date can ignite that spark. Keep these tips in mind and always be true to yourself, the rest will fall into place!