08.13 Get a personal stylist before your next date

One single date. That may be all you have to make your very best first impression and increase your chances for a second. Just. One. Date.

So where should you start? Most dating coaches will agree that the single most important factor influencing the first impression is how you look; specifically, what you are wearing and how you are wearing it.

A New York University study shows first impressions are formed in the first seven seconds of a meeting, and appearance is a large part of that impression. Therefore, you really don’t have much time to ensure you make a good first impression.

That’s why Jennifer Kelton was inspired to create a new online fashion service for daters: DressfortheDate.com (DFTD). Inspired by her own experiences with online dating when it was still taboo in 2006, Kelton created and launched the popular site BadOnlineDates.com in 2007, the first website to allow people to meet and connect based on their shared bad date experiences.

Kelton realized that many of the complaints, stories and questions BadOnlineDates.com users expressed were related to dressing for dates. Whether it was someone complaining about what a date wore or someone seeking advice on how to dress for a first date, Kelton realized that, in general, people don’t know how to dress appropriately for dating. With Kelton’s background in launching various fashion lines, she decided to combine her expertise in style and dating to create DFTD.

DFTD stylists are experts at working with a client’s existing wardrobe and/or shopping at stores within their budgets (even thrift stores). DFTD services start as low as $20 and offer virtual consultations using Skype, Google Hangouts or FaceTime. DFTD caters to clients that are all shapes and sizes, every type of lifestyle and stage of life.
If you’re in the dating world, DFTF is the go-to resource for putting your best foot (and outfit) forward.

Photo courtesy of Dress for the Date