Imagine going on dates before stumbling upon the person you wanted to spend forever with, and you have a glimpse of Wendy Newman's life. Here, she explains 16 different things she learned in the 10 years of dating it took before she met her partner, Dave, in February This is technically something you do before the first date, but it can definitely inform how well it goes. At first she'd included an admittedly awesome photo of herself on her online dating profile, but it wasn't percent representative. She realized that may have been a mistake when Date Nine looked her up and down then frowned, very clearly surprised by what he saw.
Does the thought of a first date fill you with dread? Does your memory of the last one make you cringe with embarrassment? Few people find dating simple and straightforward, even and perhaps especially in the age of Tinder and Match. The good news is that, with the right strategy, you can avoid some of the more common pitfalls and anxieties. See if you agree. The first date with someone you know little or nothing about is full of uncertainty. Instead, keep things short and simple.
We asked some of our favorite relationship writers for their advice on what you should wear, where you should go and which first-date faux pas you really should avoid. No need to thank us when you score that second date. It's OK to get excited before you go out with someone new, but stay realistic. As pessimistic as this sounds, if your expectations are low, then a good date will be a welcome surprise and a bad date will be no biggie.
But a great first date makes it all worth it. Thankfully, there are a few ways to avoid the pitfalls of an awkward first date. Honestly, that advice goes for office parties too.