Tips to Avoid First Date Drama or Embarrassment

Picture this: You’re dressed to kill in a semi-sheer black top with a black camisole underneath, you’ve got on a sexy suede miniskirt and your legs look fabulous in translucent black hosiery. Your high heels not only add a few inches to your height but make your derriere look great as well. Your hair looks great, you’ve completed the finishing touches on your makeup and you’re actually ready to roll before your date even rings your doorbell. What’s wrong with this picture?Give your first date a chance! (Photo courtesy of Mary R. Vogt.)

Well so far, nothing at all. But as any woman knows, what seems too good to be true often is. So avoid any and all first date mishaps with a few moments of pre-date prep. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth about five gallons of solution in this case, so take your time and be sure you’ve got all your bases covered. From a devastating runner in your hosiery to the classic broccoli in the teeth, a gal can never been too careful on a first date!

To save your tail and keep your date interested in your gorgeous appearance, prepare for the evening with Murphy’s Law in mind. Keep a small “emergency kit” with you at all times, whether safely inside your purse or tucked close within the inside pocket of your coat. You can keep it inside your glove compartment too, but a lot of good it will do you if you aren’t the one driving! This lifesaving kit should include all of the following:

– Dental floss – If not the entire spool, pack a small coil of floss wrapped inside a tiny bit of tinfoil. This very small yet oh-so-important item will really save face – literally – should a bit of your meal decide to cling stubbornly to your teeth.

– Toiletries – If you happen to receive an unexpected visit and find yourself completely unprepared, nothing could be more mortifying than dragging your new beau to the drug store to pick up some Tampax. As the days creep nearer to your time of the month, be sure to keep at least one tampon or pad with you no matter where you go.

– Clear Nail Polish or Spare Pantyhose – If you’ll be wearing a dress or skirt in the cooler months, chances are you’ll be wearing tights or hosiery.

– Gum, Mints, Mouthwash or Listerine Strips – No matter what delicious menu selection you choose for dinner, your breath will probably need some freshening before you go in for a killer smooch. Excuse yourself to the ladies room, check your hair and makeup and “freshen up.” You’ll find any of the above to be a godsend.

Other helpful items to have on hand should include your mobile phone for emergencies, change for tolls and parking meters, eye drops and pressed powder, concealer or cover-up so you can touch up your makeup if a blemish should appear.

If you’re wearing a strapless gown or an outfit that leaves your arms bare, remember to be careful with the deodorant. Many women perspire more when they are nervous in certain situations like a job interview, a court date or a first date. Deodorant can be a pesky substance, often rubbing off even hours later onto furniture, seats in cars and even onto other people’s clothing. If you typically apply the stuff liberally, be very cautious when hugging or kissing your date goodnight. The last things you want to linger are your soft lips, your flirty fragrance and your sexy appearance…not white deodorant residue on his clothing!

Get to know your date and forget your cares! (Photo courtesy of Matthew Hull.)

Also, if your cell phone rings, think twice before answering it – especially if you don’t recognize the number. You don’t want to get a reputation as Chatty Cathy because you spend too much time on your cell phone when you’re out on a date with someone. To avoid any potentially awkward moments, it may be best to avoid phone calls altogether, unless you are expecting an important call from a family member.

If you are nervous about your first date, sit down, close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths. Plan a couple of icebreakers in your head incase awkward silence should invite itself along and just relax. Give yourself a mental compliment on how terrific you look and realize that chances are he is just as nervous as you are!

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