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The Do's and Don'ts of a Successful First Date A first date can seem daunting, but if you’re prepared and follow a few simple rules, they don’t have to be! Here are some tips to help make your first date go as smoothly as possible. ##### Table of Contents Setting the Scene Outfit Inspiration Stay Away from the Ex Talk Be Open and Honest Embrace the Awkwardness Final Thoughts #### Setting the Scene The key to any successful first date is setting the right mood. Whether it's a low-key picnic in the park or an extravagant dinner at a fancy restaurant, make sure the scene is romantic and allows for comfortable conversation. Choose something that both of you will enjoy and make sure there's plenty of room for all the possibilities that come with this exciting new experience. #### Outfit Inspiration When it comes to dressing up for a first date, always dress to impress! From head to toe, make sure everything is just perfect. However, don’t overdress because that might come off as trying too hard. You want to look and feel your best, but also be comfortable and relaxed. Find an outfit that brings out the best of your features and shows off your personality! #### Stay Away from the Ex Talk One of the worst things you can do on a first date is bring up your ex. Even if it's a funny story or an interesting anecdote, your date might think that you’re not over them and still comparing them to them. It's also important to avoid talking about your past relationships in general and keep the conversation light and airy. Let your date know that you're looking forward to what the future has in store for you. #### Be Open and Honest First dates are all about getting to know each other, so don't be afraid to open up and share your true self. Avoid bringing up controversial topics like religion and politics, but don't be afraid to talk about yourself, your passions, and your dreams. Your date might even find it refreshing to hear your honest perspectives on life. #### Embrace the Awkwardness First dates are often filled with awkward moments and uncomfortable silences, but that doesn't mean you should dread them. Instead, use that time to laugh at yourself or joke around with your date. Chances are, they feel just as awkward as you do. So, go with the flow and embrace the moment. #### Final Thoughts No matter how daunting a first date can be, remember to take a deep breath and relax. As long as you’ve prepared in advance, you’ll be able to navigate it easily and have fun. Try to stay positive, open-minded and ready to have a good time — you never know where the night could lead!