Can I Wear a Black Dress for a First Date?

Depending on the occasion, an LBD like Brie Larson's can work even for daytime dates.
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First impressions count, and the pressure's definitely on as you try to decide what to wear for a first date. You want to be yourself -- yet at your very best. It turns out the little black dress, a no-brainer for so many events, might just work for a first date too.

1 Yes to the Dress

One "New York Post" writer who put a favorite LBD to the first-date test wrote that a particular fave dress always guaranteed her a second date. That said, the dress was not too short and not too revealing, yet not too buttoned-up or boring. If you have a perfect black dress that helps you shine and lets you feel comfortable, go for it -- dating is all about confidence. If you don't have a favorite, hit the shops; they are stocked with plenty of LBDs that are memorable rather than monotonous.

2 An Occasional No

Obviously, plenty of dates require other attire. Overdressing can be a turnoff, so if you're going to the beach, bowling or a baseball game, make another plan. To avoid appearing high maintenance, skip the pearls, big handbag and high heels, and show your sporty side.

Bonny Brown Jones has been a writer, columnist, copy editor and senior copy editor for newspapers that have included the "Orlando Sentinel," "Miami Herald" and "Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch." Jones has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio State University.