Guest Writer #66: “Fashion Makes a Difference: How to Dress the Part” by Leon Harris

Here is this week’s article by Leon Harris. Gigi loves this one: it’s about fashion and what to wear, something that Gigi takes very seriously. The way you look can really affect the way you are seen.

Dating these days is nothing to be taken lightly. Whether a friend has set you up on a blind date, you’ve finally said yes to the co-worker that’s been pestering you for months, or you’re meeting up with a guy you met at the bar last night, you need to think about what you’re going to wear (and more importantly, the impression it will make). You might think that a casual jeans-and-tee look is good enough (after all, you’ve got boobs – what more do you need?). Or you may go the other way, imagining that nothing less than black tie and a stiff bouffant will do. However, you’ll be better served to avoid the extremes and opt for something in the middle. Here’s what your outfit might say about you if you flash it on a first date.

1. Boho babe. 1969 just called and they want their sack-like clothing back. If you’re into the ultra-comfy hippie vibe, you should be aware that all you’re really telling a guy is that you have no idea how to dress yourself (and possibly that you are not at all particular about your sexual partners…free love, baby). You might as well be wearing a flour-sack for all this clothing will do for your figure, so if you absolutely cannot give up this “style”, at least pare it down. Try a loose batik-print tunic with a wide belt, skinny jeans, and flats (NO Birkenstocks!) for a look that takes the best of bohemian and pairs it with something more structured.

2. Biker chic. It’s all too easy to go overboard with leather, but unless you want to scare the crap out of your date, you should probably stick to one or two pieces that exemplify this look. For example, spice up a plain jersey wrap dress with a mid-length leather jacket. Or throw on some leggings, a tee, and a boyfriend jacket with knee-high jack motorcycle boots and a colorful pashmina wrapped around your neck. Of course, you can’t go wrong with a hot pair of leather chaps, just make sure they’re fitted and eschew other leather pieces in your outfit.

3. Buttoned-down librarian. If you look like you’ve been stealing from the closet of OCD guidance counselor Emma Pilsbury on Glee, you need to lighten up. Yes, her outfits are put-together, but you have to admit they’re a little high-maintenance. Sexy secretary is one thing, but high collars and cardigans do not an accessible combo create. If you want to make this look work for you, go for A-line skirts (skip fussy pleats) paired with button-up tops that show a little cleavage to counter-balance what could otherwise come off as boring and unapproachable.

4. Tomboy. A lot of guys like this look in a friend, but not a girlfriend. They want to see that you’ve got a woman’s body, so if you’re hiding it with oversized concert tees, baggy jeans, and sneakers that you’ve had since high school, now is the time to make a change. Opt for ringer tees or super-soft distressed jersey in your own size (no shopping the men’s section) so that your curves are hugged in all the right places. And when it comes to jeans, make sure they’re fitted and free of holes. Get some new kicks and for goodness sake, brush your hair and throw on some blush and lip-gloss. With a modicum of effort, you can actually look like a girl!

5. Slut. The guys who go for this look are not likely to stick around past tomorrow morning. So if you’re looking for an actual relationship, put on a bra and cover up. Leave something to the imagination. And remember to embrace everything in moderation. Want to show off your legs with a miniskirt? Then hide your décolletage. Or if your chest is your best asset, don’t be afraid to provide a peak of cleavage. Just wear a longer skirt or pants with it.

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