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:

Veronica Beard Martine Dress
Veronica Beard Martine Dress 

100% silk Made in China Dry clean only Fully lined Adjustable shoulder straps Wrap front neckline with snap button closure Ruched side detail with tie accent Hidden side zip closure

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Zimmermann Corsair Frill Tier Dress
Zimmermann Corsair Frill Tier Dress 

Corsair Frill Tier Dress, from our Resort Swim 18, in Ivory cotton. Off shoulder mini tier dress with pin tuck detail, layered ruffles and lace trim inserts. Shoestring halterneck tie with toggle ends, come with a detachable self tie belt. Side invisible zip closure, lined. Style the Corsair Frill Tier Dress with the Turquoise Thread Fine Earring and Heart Lace Up Espadrille.

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Traffic People Contrast Lace Overlay Maxi Dress
Traffic People Contrast Lace Overlay Maxi Dress 

Lace dress by Traffic People, Cotton-rich fabric, Crochet lace overlay, Plunge neck, Regular fit - true to size.

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Self-Portrait One-shoulder guipure-lace midi dress
Self-Portrait One-shoulder guipure-lace midi dress 

Self-Portrait is known for cleverly placed cut-outs and intricate lace overlays just like the ones that distinguish this navy-blue guipure-lace midi dress. It sits on one shoulder with an asymmetric neckline before falling into a flowing skirt that's intersected with revealing circle-lace inserts. A velvet clutch and lace-up heels will complete the look for your next dinner date.

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Rachel Comey Twilight asymmetric-hem satin slip dress
Rachel Comey Twilight asymmetric-hem satin slip dress 

A common theme throughout Rachel Comey's AW17 collection is militant shades of green on relaxed silhouettes like this Twilight khaki-green slip dress. Crafted from a lightweight satin and detailed with tonal panelling detail the hard shapes are accented by the asymmetric hem. Soften this piece with flat mules for an urban-chic look.

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Lolita Textured Frill Dress
Lolita Textured Frill Dress 

Exuding femininity, the Lolita Textured Frill Dress is a stand-out piece from Atmos&Here. Trimmed with frills through the cuffs, waist and hemline, the red dress looks best paired with minimal jewellery. Our model is wearing a size AU 8 dress. She usually takes a standard AU 8/Small, is 5’11” (180cm) tall, has a 85cm bust, 90cm hips and a 60cm waist.- Length: 85cm (size AU 8) - Relaxed fit - Pinky red hue; textural floral pattern - V-neckline; button-through yoke - Elasticised waistband - Short sleeves; frilled cuffs - Frilled trims at the hips and hemline - Lightweight crepe lining

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Self-Portrait Bellis guipure-lace and pleated-crepe dress
Self-Portrait Bellis guipure-lace and pleated-crepe dress 

The ruffled chiffon trims that outline the sleeves of Self-Portrait's black Bellis dress make it an eye-catching yet playful piece. It's crafted from contrasting floral guipure-lace panels that have a sheer nude mesh underlay and ends in a partially pleated crepe mini skirt that's honed by a grosgrain waistband. Pair yours with flat shoes for an unexpected styling twist.

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Witchery Marie Slip Dress
Witchery Marie Slip Dress 

Witchery Women's Clothing Marie Slip Dress, Asphalt. 78% Triacetate, 22% Polyester

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Zimmermann Helm Eyelet Vine Dress
Zimmermann Helm Eyelet Vine Dress 

Helm Eyelet Vine Dress, from our Resort Swim 18 collection, in Ivory embroidered linen. Mini dress with scoop neckline, tucks detail throughout waist and blouson sleeves with elasticated cuffs. Scalloped edge finish throughout bodice, sleeves and skirt frills. Detachable self tie belt, side invisible zip closure. Lined bodice and skirt. Style the Helm Eyelet Vine Dress with the Star Fine Chain Drop Earring and Wrap Weave Heel.

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Vero Moda Feather Print Maxi Dress
Vero Moda Feather Print Maxi Dress 

Dress by Vero Moda, Woven fabric, Feather print, High neck, Stretch trims, Long sleeves, Regular fit - true to size, Machine wash, 100% Polyester, Our model wears a UK S/EU S/US XS and is 175cm/5'9 tall. Danish fashion house, Vero Moda, made their mark on the fashion scene by using top models Kate Moss and Gisele Bundchen in their marketing campaigns. With emphasis on quality, affordable and inspiring clothing; their range of statement dresses and tailored garments embrace the essence of current trends whilst maintaining a practical edge.

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Self-Portrait Floral Blush guipure-lace midi dress
Self-Portrait Floral Blush guipure-lace midi dress 

Self-Portrait's scarlet-red dress is perfect for garden parties and summer weddings. Brimming with contemporary femininity it's crafted from panels of contrasting lace and falls from the skinniest shoulder straps to a flattering midi length. Complete the fresh ladylike picture with pin-thin stilettos.

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Self-Portrait Open-back floral fil coupé mini dress
Self-Portrait Open-back floral fil coupé mini dress 

Self-Portrait contrasts black ditzy-floral lace panels with a black blue and yellow fil coupé sheer fabric to stunning effect - a lilac bust panel provides coverage while revealing a hint of midriff. The mini-length silhouette features pretty ruffled trims and a frothy tiered skirt and turns to a diamond-shaped cut-out. For a modern understated evening look finish on black embellished flats.

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Zimmermann Ruche Slip Mini Dress
Zimmermann Ruche Slip Mini Dress 

Ruche Slip Dress, from our Resort Ready To Wear 18 Collection, in Jaffa sueded silk. Mini slip dress with ruched tie detail at side seams. Adjustable shoestring shoulder straps. Style the Ruche Slip Mini Dress with the Heart Hoop Statement Earring and Cross Strap Sandal.

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Cushnie et Ochs Celia Dress
Cushnie et Ochs Celia Dress 

Self: 97% viscose , 3% elastan Lining: 95% silk 5% elastan Made in USA Dry clean only Fully lined Draped fabric overlay Silver-tone stud and gold-tone crescent accents along front Hidden back zip closure

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Zimmermann Rife Ruffle Dress
Zimmermann Rife Ruffle Dress 

Rife Ruffle Dress, from our Fall 17 collection, in Black silk crinkle georgette. Sheer midi dress with gathered ruffles throughout neckline, sleeves, side seams and skirt hem. Shoestring drawstring necktie and self tie belt with tassel ends. Picot edge finish throughout all ruffles, comes with a separate jersey slip in Black.

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Web Angle Dress
Web Angle Dress 

Eye-catching in its poetic patchwork design, the Web Angle Dress by Australian designer KITX is tailored close to the body to form a slinky, draping silhouette. The fluid French silk construction is detailed by edgy fishnet mesh overlays and solid piping. We love the asymmetrical hemline that allows for a sultry peekaboo effect as you move.Our model is wearing a size AU 8 dress. She usually takes a standard AU 8/Small, is 5’10” (178cm) tall, has an 81cm bust, 88cm hips and a 61cm waist. - Length: 136cm (size AU 8) - Slim tailored fit - Pure French silk outer and lining; fishnet mesh overlay - Red shade - V-neckline - Slim, fixed shoulder straps - Panelled design with solid piping - Gathered back detail - Uneven hemline

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Scarlet Cotton Mini Dress
Scarlet Cotton Mini Dress 

Reach your new season fashion goals with the latest from Atmos&Here. From must-have dresses to classic off-duty tees and denim you’ll never want to take off, look to the brand for on-trend pieces in the latest shapes, colours and prints to match any dress code.Our model is wearing a size AU 8 dress. She usually takes a standard AU 8/Small, is 5’9” (176cm) tall, has a 79cm bust, 87cm hips and a 58cm waist.- Length: 80cm (size AU 8)- Fit-and-flare silhouette with a-line skirt- 100% Cotton; textured; non-stretch; unlined- White shade- Sleeveless; non-adjustable straps- Square neckline- Back zip closure

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Bec & Bridge MADEMOISELLE MIDI DRESS
Bec & Bridge MADEMOISELLE MIDI DRESS 

MADEMOISELLE MIDI DRESSA super cool, cocktail option, this dress is crafted in a midi-style with a balconette style neckline, contrast stitching and side splits- Midi length- Sleeveless- Contrast stitching- Fitted- PolyesterAvailable at no other department store.

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Posy Maxi Dress
Posy Maxi Dress 

The Posy Maxi Dress from Jetset Diaries is a culmination of all things feminine and summer. We adore the vintage floral print, the cascading ruffles and the sheer airy fabric that trails behind as you float through your next summer wedding or evening soiree. Pair with minimal jewellery to let the dress do the talking. Our model is wearing a size small dress. She usually takes a standard AU 8/Small, is 5’10” (178cm) tall, has a 86cm bust, 94cm hips and a 69cm waist. - Length: 148cm (size small) - Fit and flare design - Lightweight fabric; non-stretch- Floral print- High neckline with split front- Slender, adjustable straps converging at the spine- Two rows of ruffles on lined bodice, extending to back- Inbuilt stretchy bodysuit starting below bust, featuring snap closure gusset- Back zip fastening - Four rows of ruffles below the waist- Split bottom front framed by vertical ruffles Garment Measurements: XS - Bust 82cm - 84cm, Waist 63cm - 65cm, Hips 91cm - 93cm S - Bust 87cm - 89cm, Waist 68cm - 70cm, Hips 96cm - 98cm M - Bust 92cm - 94cm, Waist 73cm - 75cm, Hips 101cm - 103cm L - Bust 97cm - 99cm, Waist 78cm - 80cm, Hips 106cm - 108cm

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Margherita Dress
Margherita Dress 

Rodeo Show's Margherita Wrap Dress is the perfect dress for a romantic dinner with that special someone or a night out with the girls! Featuring a flattering wrap front detail, this dress is paired well with statement earring. Our model wears a size 8 dress. She usually wears a standard AU size 8 and is 170cm tall with a 58cm waist, 86cm bust and 86cm hips. - Length: 80cm (AU size 8)- Wrap style dress- Secured with tie - Light weight fabric - Decent bust coverage- 100% polyester - Dry cleanable - Cold hand wash separately Made in China

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Dolce & Gabbana Rose Print Sleeveless Midi Dress
Dolce & Gabbana Rose Print Sleeveless Midi Dress 

Self: 100% viscose Lining: 49% cotton 27% polyamide 24% elastan Made in Italy Dry clean only Fully mesh lined Internal bustier Elastic adjustable shoulder straps Hidden back zip closure Frayed mesh trim

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Camilla And Marc Kami Slip Dress
Camilla And Marc Kami Slip Dress 

With its timeless silhouette and romantic neckline, the CAMILLA AND MARC Kami Slip Dress is sure to sweep you off your feet. The simple slip design is cut on the bias for a flattering fit and features thin straps, a side split and column skirt. Style yours with barely-there heels for a pared-back aesthetic. Our model is wearing a size AU 8 dress. She usually takes a standard AU 8/Small, is 5’11” (180cm) tall, has a 81cm bust, 86cm hips and a 61cm waist. - Length: 123cm (size AU 8) - Slim fit; slip style - Silky lightweight fabric; non-stretch; unlined - Navy shade; sheen finish - Fine shoulder straps - Cowl neckline - Invisible side zipper - Column skirt - Wrap style side split

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Dion Lee velvet fine line cami dress
Dion Lee velvet fine line cami dress 

Ink blue silk blend velvet fine line cami dress from Dion Lee.

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Bec & Bridge So Frenchy Mini Dress
Bec & Bridge So Frenchy Mini Dress 

So Frenchy Mini DressThe little mini dress from Bec & Bridge features an alluring strapless design, tie at the bust and uneven hem- Mini length- Tie detailt at bust- High low hem- Zip at back- PolyesterAvailable at no other department store.

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Truly You Floral Print Cold Shoulder Dress With Ruffle Hem
Truly You Floral Print Cold Shoulder Dress With Ruffle Hem 

Plus-size dress by Truly You, Lightweight woven fabric, Scoop neck, Cold-shoulder cut, Ruffle hem detailing, All-over floral print, Zip-back fastening, Regular fit - true to size, Hand wash, 100% Polyester, Our model wears a UK 18/EU 46/US 14 and is 180cm/5'11 tall. Plus-size label Truly You hails from Los Angeles. Won over by the mass of fashion all around them (yes, we're jealous of their location too), Truly You re-works the trends to flatter fuller figures. Soft shirts, cami tops, lace playsuits and dresses come in UK sizes 18 to 28.

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Lisa Marie Fernandez Balloon-sleeve off-the-shoulder linen dress
Lisa Marie Fernandez Balloon-sleeve off-the-shoulder linen dress 

It's the off-the-shoulder neckline that lends Lisa Marie Fernandez's marshmallow-pink linen dress a feminine allure. It's shaped with balloon sleeves to create a commanding silhouette before falling softly over the body into an ankle-skimming hem. Define the waist with the coordinating tie and add jaw-grazing earrings for a statement finish.

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Nicholas Cold Shoulder Dress
Nicholas Cold Shoulder Dress 

Self: 100% silk Lining: 100% poly Made in China Dry clean only Fully lined Hidden back zip closure Side slit detail Ruffled trim

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Witchery Print Slip Dress
Witchery Print Slip Dress 

Witchery Women's Clothing Print Slip Dress, French Blue. 100% Polyester

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Saloni Grace broderie-anglaise off-the-shoulder dress
Saloni Grace broderie-anglaise off-the-shoulder dress 

Saloni Lodha looks to her Rajastani heritage to rework swirling Indian-inspired motifs on this white cotton Grace dress. Featuring two contrasting broderie-anglaise patterns it's cut to an off-the-shoulder silhouette with a loosely cut top and falls to a midi length that's complete with a ruffled trim. The ruched elbow-length sleeves add an of-the-moment twist. Simply add understated tan accessories for lunch dates in the sun.

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Privacy Please x REVOLVE Albany Maxi
Privacy Please x REVOLVE Albany Maxi 

Privacy Please x REVOLVE Albany Maxi in Taupe. - size M (also in XXS) Privacy Please x REVOLVE Albany Maxi in Taupe. - size M (also in XXS) From seaside brunches to soirees in the city, the Privacy Please x REVOLVE Albany Dress suits every occasion. Ribbed knit forms a flattering off-the-shoulder silhouette that falls to a midi hem, buttoning up the front for a sweet finish.. Self: 95% rayon 5% elastaneLining: 100% poly. Hand wash cold. Fully lined. Button front closure. Rib knit fabric. Neckline to hem measures approx 37 in length. PRIP-WD328. PPDR1089QS 17. Privacy Please is a vintage-inspired label that launched in Summer 2015. The line showcases flirty dresses, rompers and separates in dusty florals and sleek stripes. The pieces are beloved by major fashion bloggers, including Arielle Nachmani of Something Navy and Courtney Trop of Always Judging.

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