Make an Impression in These First Date Dresses

By Carmel Dunne

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Image source: Getty/ Christian Vierig


There’s no point in playing down the importance of a first impression – we all know they’re a big deal and when there’s a potential love interest involved, well the stakes are quite high. With that in mind, don’t break into a panic just yet because if there’s one thing we can assist you with it’s the what to wear part, and that’s like the most important part isn’t it?

First date dresses have to dance on the line of not too sexy but not too bland and you of course want to show off your personal style. So scroll on to see our best picks of the bunch that may just get you more than the one date:

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Lover Tuberose Mini Dress
Lover Tuberose Mini Dress

Self: 100% silk Lining: 100% poly Made in China Dry clean only Fully lined Front keyhole with button closure Shirred fabric detail Tiered ruffled hem

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Sass Amalia Dobby Flutter Maxi
Sass Amalia Dobby Flutter Maxi

Amalia Dobby Flutter Maxi

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Regali Wrap Dress
Regali Wrap Dress

Regali Wrap Dress

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IRO Altara Dress
IRO Altara Dress

100% poly Made in Latvia Hand wash Unlined Adjustable shoulder straps Draped detail Side slits Asymmetrical hem

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AG Jeans Gia Dress
AG Jeans Gia Dress

A pattern of flowers and vines lends a soft, graphic touch to this airy AG slip dress. The uneven hem angles to a point at the slit side seam. Adjustable straps. Unlined. Fabric: Slinky weave. 100% rayon. Dry clean. Imported, China. Measurements Length 1: 39.25in / 100cm, from shoulder to shortest point Length 2: 45in / 114cm, from shoulder to longest point Measurements from size S

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Bec & Bridge Florale Dress
Bec & Bridge Florale Dress

Both elegant and feminine, this dress from Bec & Bridge is sure to make a statement. It features a beautiful floral print and thin straps- Thin straps- Floral print- Ankle length- PolyesterAvailable at no other department store.

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Frankie Dress
Frankie Dress

Frankie Dress

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Bec & Bridge Classic Midi Dress
Bec & Bridge Classic Midi Dress

This slinky washed silk Bec & Bridge midi dress has an alluring, lingerie-inspired feel. Spaghetti straps. Raw edges. Unlined. Fabric: Washed silk. 100% silk. Dry clean. Imported, China. Measurements Length: 53.25in / 135cm, from shoulder Measurements from size 4

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BB Dakota Auda Dress
BB Dakota Auda Dress

BB Dakota Auda Dress in Slate. - size XS (also in S,M,L) BB Dakota Auda Dress in Slate. - size XS (also in S,M,L) 100% rayon. Hand wash cold. Unlined. Adjustable shoulder straps. Flounce overlay. Side seam pockets. BBDA-WD762. JIH208067. BB Dakota is an eclectic shake up of the modern girl. We believe that fashion is about self-expression and taking risks, but more importantly, its about having fun. We design for the rule-breakers, the dreamers? BB Dakota supports the moment.

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Ganni Geroux floral print slip dress
Ganni Geroux floral print slip dress

Black silk Geroux floral print slip dress from Ganni.

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Asos Wrap Front Tea Dress With Frill In Polka Dot
Asos Wrap Front Tea Dress With Frill In Polka Dot

Dress by ASOS Collection, Stretch jersey, Polka dot print, Plunge neck, Wrap front, Frill trims, Regular fit - true to size, Machine wash, 95% Polyester, 5% Elastane, Our model wears a UK 8/EU 36/US 4 and is 173cm/5'8 tall, Mini dress length between: 86-90cm. Score a wardrobe win no matter the dress code with our ASOS Collection own-label collection. From polished prom to the after party, our London-based design team scour the globe to nail your new-season fashion goals with need-right-now dresses, outerwear, shoes and denim in the coolest shapes and fits.

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Staud Enzo Two-tone Shantung Dress
Staud Enzo Two-tone Shantung Dress

EXCLUSIVE AT NET-A-PORTER.COM. Established by former Reformation Fashion Director Sarah Staudinger, Staud is a cult LA-based brand that focuses on clean, classic silhouettes inspired by vintage clothing. Cut from tactile shantung, this 'Enzo' dress splices together pink and red, this season's power color pairing. We think it's perfect for parties - just add heels and a swipe of lipstick.

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Endless Rose Striped Off The Shoulder Bustier High Low Dress
Endless Rose Striped Off The Shoulder Bustier High Low Dress

A striped endless rose dress in an off-shoulder silhouette. Panels of smocked elastic cinch the back, and a tiered overlay accents the high-low skirt. Exposed back zip. Short sleeves. Lined. Fabric: Striped weave. Shell: 55% linen/45% viscose. Lining: 70% polyester/30% cotton. Hand wash. Imported, China. Measurements Length 1: 22.75in / 58cm, from center back to shortest point Length 2: 26.75in / 68cm, from center back to longest point Measurements from size S

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Fleur Du Mal Cowl Neck Bias Slip Dress
Fleur Du Mal Cowl Neck Bias Slip Dress

NOTE: Runs true to size. A slinky satin Fleur du Mal slip dress with a column silhouette. Adjustable contrast straps. Unlined. Fabric: Satin. 100% silk. Dry clean. Imported, China. Measurements Length: 46in / 117cm, from shoulder Measurements from size S

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Alexander Wang interlock criss-cross strap dress
Alexander Wang interlock criss-cross strap dress

Black interlock criss-cross strap dress from T By Alexander Wang featuring a sleeveless design, spaghetti straps and a scoop neck.

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Lovers + Friends x REVOLVE Trophy Dress
Lovers + Friends x REVOLVE Trophy Dress

Lovers + Friends x REVOLVE Trophy Dress in Yellow. - size XS (also in S,M) Lovers + Friends x REVOLVE Trophy Dress in Yellow. - size XS (also in S,M) Choose a winner: the Trophy Dress by Lovers + Friends. Frilly shoulder details define this adorable fit-and-flare as a top pick for almost any warm weather occasion.. Self: 100% polyLining: 97% poly 3% elastane. Hand wash cold. Fully lined. Ruffled straps. Boned bodice. Hidden back zipper closure. LOVF-WD843. LFDR572 S17. Constantly inspired by the laid back Los Angeles lifestyle in which the brand was founded, Lovers + Friend exudes ease and wearability, creating an effortlessly chic look that is California cool.

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Asos Scoop Back Midi Sundress
Asos Scoop Back Midi Sundress

Midi dress by ASOS Collection, Woven linen-mix fabric, High neckline, Scoop back, Zip fastening, Regular fit - true to size, Machine wash, 56% Linen, 44% Viscose, Our model wears a UK 8/EU 36/US 4 and is 175 cm/5'9 tall. Score a wardrobe win no matter the dress code with our ASOS Collection own-label collection. From polished prom to the after party, our London-based design team scour the globe to nail your new-season fashion goals with need-right-now dresses, outerwear, shoes and denim in the coolest shapes and fits.

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For Love & Lemons Rosebud Embroidery Mini Dress
For Love & Lemons Rosebud Embroidery Mini Dress

Demure ruffles balance the sexy silhouette of this For Love & Lemons mini dress. The bodice is cut with a plunging V neckline, and the sheer yoke and long sleeves are composed of barely there lace. Button closure and hidden zip at back. Lined. Fabric: Crepe. Shell: 50% viscose/50% rayon. Trim: 50% cotton/50% nylon. Lining: 97% polyester/3% spandex. Dry clean. Imported, China. Measurements Length: 33in / 84cm, from shoulder Measurements from size S

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Camilla V Neck Romper
Camilla V Neck Romper

Camilla V Neck Romper in Blue. - size S (also in XS,M,L) Camilla V Neck Romper in Blue. - size S (also in XS,M,L) 100% silk. Spot dry clean only. Swarovski crystal accents. Waist tie detail. Pleated front. Hidden back zipper closure. Due to the unique prints and embellishments, actual garment may vary slightly from photo and should not be considered defective. Body measures approx 31 in lengthSleeve measures approx 19 in lengthLeg opening measures approx 35. CILL-WR60. 731PLAC023. Starting with a simple kaftan seven years ago, designer Camilla Franks is rapidly earning the reputation as one of the most clever fashion print designers in the world. Her signature colorful graphic prints and free-flowing designs are the core focus of her vibrant, playful and luxurious designs.

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Valerie Mesh Dress
Valerie Mesh Dress

Valerie Mesh Dress

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Nightwalker The Elsa Dress
Nightwalker The Elsa Dress

Exclusive to Shopbop. This slinky crepe Nightwalker dress has flounced ruffles at the waist and skirt. The maxi-length piece has a seductive feel, with a plunging V neckline and a thigh-grazing slit. Hidden back zip. Double-layered bodice. Fabric: Slinky mid-weight crepe. 100% polyester. Dry clean. Imported, China. Measurements Length: 56.75in / 144cm, from shoulder Measurements from size S

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LPA Dress 189
LPA Dress 189

LPA Dress 189 in Black. - size S (also in XS,M) LPA Dress 189 in Black. - size S (also in XS,M) Every rose has its thorns. Dress 189 evokes inspiration from classic vintage silhouettes streamlined with a V-neck full button front closure adorned with rose printed designs that gracefully provoke the perfect amount of fierce and feminine.. 93% silk 7% spandex. Hand wash cold. Unlined. Button front closures. Hidden side zipper closure. LPAR-WD110. LPU17DW64. Meet the quintessential cool girl with a raw, unapologetic attitude to sum it all up. LPA is the cool-girl label that epitomizes 70's California meets skater girl. Cut from satins and silks to cashmere and wool blends, the eponymous ready-to-wear label by Lara Pia Arrobio oozes Italian romance, Studio 54, and chill skater vibes. It's a brand made with love for bad chicks.

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boohoo V Neck Midi Lace Dress
boohoo V Neck Midi Lace Dress

Midi dress by boohoo, Lined lace, V-neck, High-rise waist, Zip back, Regular fit - true to size, Machine wash, 100% Polyester, Our model wears a UK 8/EU 36/US 4 and is 176cm/5'9.5 tall. Translating its international travels into fresh new styles with a fun and wearable edge, boohoo perfects your party prep. Ripped-up denim and bandage bodycon dresses team up with a staple range of everyday basics to refresh your wardrobe, whatever the occasion.

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Diane von Furstenberg Long Sleeve Wrap Dress
Diane von Furstenberg Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

A signature DVF wrap dress in a mix of dot prints. Slim ties at the waist. Long sleeves. Unlined. Fabric: Silk jersey. 100% silk. Dry clean. Imported, China. Measurements Length: 37in / 94cm, from shoulder Measurements from size 4

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Needle & Thread Off the Shoulder Dress
Needle & Thread Off the Shoulder Dress

Self & Lining: 100% cotton Made in India Dry clean only Fully lined Smocked elastic neckline Embroidery stitching trim throughout Eyelet fabric

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Ruffle Slip Midi Dress
Ruffle Slip Midi Dress

Ruffle Slip Midi Dress

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Ale By Alessandra Rafaela Dress
Ale By Alessandra Rafaela Dress

ale by alessandra Rafaela Dress in Blue. - size S (also in ) ale by alessandra Rafaela Dress in Blue. - size S (also in ) Festival ready and feeling them beats. Split sleeves and tie closures, mini pleated accents, and a dainty lace trimall key elements for making the Rafaela Dress your favorite. In a lightweight fabric and mini silhouette, this dress is tailor made for the sundrenched moments and that song you love so much.. 100% rayon. Hand wash cold. Fully lined. Split button cuffed sleeves with tie closures. Hidden back zipper closure. ALEA-WD19. ALS17DW4. Inspired by the life and style of international fashion icon Alessandra by alessandra brings a brazil-bohemia-meets-malibu-chic collection of feminine, colorful and effortless apparel, and lifestyle accessories to the savvy, fashion forward woman.

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Dark Pink Metallic Fleck Ruffle Midi Dress With Open Back
Dark Pink Metallic Fleck Ruffle Midi Dress With Open Back

Dress by Dark Pink, Lined woven fabric, Metallic flecks, High neck, Cold-shoulder design, Ruffle trims, Open back, Tie-back fastening, Regular fit - true to size, Hand wash, 100% Polyester, Our model wears a UK 8/EU 36/US 4 and is 175cm/5'9 tall. Brit brand Dark Pink nails your M-F style with its line of all-occasion dresses, top and skirts. Live for late nights with its silky slip dresses, cute crops and lace detailing.

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Lavish Alice Gold Satin Asymmetric Frill Midi Dress
Lavish Alice Gold Satin Asymmetric Frill Midi Dress

Midi dress by Lavish Alice, Soft-touch satin, High-shine finish, One-shoulder design, Frill overlay, Belted waist, Spilt sides, Slim fit - cut close to the body, Hand wash, 100% Polyester, Our model wears a UK 8/EU 36/US 4 and is 176cm/5'9.5 tall. Lavish Alice represents directional design with a bold signature. Cut to enhance the silhouette and heighten the body, capes, asymmetry, cutaway details and a clean, minimalist aesthetic evolve with the seasons, underpinned by sharp tailoring, sartorial bodycon, experimental fabrics and abstract prints.

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Frankie Slip Dress with Piping
Frankie Slip Dress with Piping

100% viscose Made in USA Dry clean only Unlined Adjustable shoulder straps Side slit detail Asymmetrical hem

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Lovers + Friends Wishful Dress
Lovers + Friends Wishful Dress

Lovers + Friends Wishful Dress in Navy. - size S (also in XS,M,L) Lovers + Friends Wishful Dress in Navy. - size S (also in XS,M,L) Hopes, wishes, dreams and this dress. The Wishful Dress by Lovers + Friends, rendered in a delicate embroidered lace fabric, checks off all the boxes with romantic shoulder play, a plunging neckline and peek-a-boo detail all coming through in an easy A-line fit. Make a wish.. Viscose blend. Hand wash cold. Fully lined. Embroidered eyelet fabric. Hidden back zipper closure. LOVF-WD758. LFS17DW64. Constantly inspired by the laid back Los Angeles lifestyle in which the brand was founded, Lovers + Friend exudes ease and wearability, creating an effortlessly chic look that is California cool.

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Toteme Murcia Dress
Toteme Murcia Dress

100% poly Made in China Hand wash Unlined Hidden side zip closure Knot accents on shoulder strap Back slit

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