1. Try to achieve a look that's simple, yet sexy. You don't want to appear as if you are trying to hard.
(which leads to #2)
2. Avoid being a "trend victim", someone who combines all of the latest trends into one outfit. You are not Beyonce or Sienna Miller. You may appear intimidating or materialistic, and may not ever see that gentleman again.
3. Please, wear clothing that is flattering, and don't wear clothes that are too tight or too baggy. You want to leave something to the imagination, and you also don't want to be dressed like your date. Femininity is sexy. If you wish to wear a fitted top, pair it with flary denim or a flowy skirt. You don't want to look like you are "for sale" and should be paid hourly for your "services".
4. Minimal make up is important. You don't want to look like "Ronna" McDonald, nor do you want your face to melt off on his shirt while you two are dancing. I am sure he doesn't want to be reminded that you wear MAC make up as he is trying to scrub a foundation stain out of his shirt.
5. Bring mints instead of gum, because they are more discreet, and it is unattractive for a woman to be chomping down on gum like a cow chewing it's cud. (Same for the men, we don't want to see you chomping either).
6. Bring a small make up case to adjust your lipstick/lipgloss, a mirror, and some tissue to keep any cosmetic nightmares in check. A date with a new guy is stressful enough, come prepared because some things can be avoided.
7. Confidence is key-when you look good, you feel good, and that translates to the date that you are with. If you are second-guessing an outfit, then change the outfit to something you know you look and feel great in. Tugging at your clothes may translate that you are not comfortable nor secure, and you won't be able to have fun-neither will your date if he takes notice.
8.**** This is not really related to fashion but I thought it was important to add. Please bring cash. As you may know not all dates end successfully. I remember having to pay for a meal because the poor soul I was with was oblivious to the fact that the Japanese restaurant we dined in was "cash only" (see my "Kitchen Sink" blog for more details on the importance of carrying cash). Not only that, I needed to catch a cab home because the date ended badly, and I needed to avoid an awkward ride home with the guy.