When many women are going on a date, they dress on the basis of what the male would want them to wear but not how they want the male to think of them. They pick items that emphasize what parts of their body they think are attractive and hide what makes them feel unattractive. Their attire usually consists of a mini-skirt, super tight dresses and jeans and low-cut tops.
Yes, this appeals to the male but is he going to perceive you as a beautiful, intelligent woman? Probably not. If this is your first date, this kind of ensemble will be the "getting to know you" aspect of the date. He will not be listening to anything you're saying, his focus is solely on what you're wearing and what it is revealing. So if this is what you wanted to accomplish with these looks, then good but if you want to be taken seriously, it's important to dress how you want to be perceived, appropriately.
You can be seductive in your appearance but you can also show that you are a respected, classy, beautiful and intelligent woman in just one look! Your color choices, how much is revealed and how these items are styled is all essential for what you want to accomplish. For example, you may wear a royal purple dress that has a high split to show off your gorgeous legs but completely covers your bust line. This way he notices your awesome legs but his focus is on you during a conversation. By wearing purple, (the color of royalty) you're the woman he should open the door for and at the end of the night, he may offer you his jacket because that dress is simply not warm enough.
There are so many ways to do this, the key is finding compromising pieces or building a look that combines what you want to accomplish. This is not just for a date but for just about every occasion where your looks are important to you. If you're like me, that's everyday! lol Whenever you get dressed, ask yourself, "What do I want to accomplish" and that will guide you on how to dress "appropriately".