What makes an outfit look bad?

When it comes to looking polished and put together, the small details can make all the difference. From stray threads and pulled zippers to clothes that are too big or too tight, there are many ways your outfit can send an unflattering message about you.

Whether you’re meeting up for lunch, grabbing coffee or hitting a fancy restaurant, you need to dress appropriately for the occasion. The right outfit will communicate to your date that you’re comfortable and confident, and that you have put some thought into your appearance. It will also show that you respect the occasion, which is a good way to make an excellent first impression. However, it’s easy to go overboard and end up sending the wrong signals through your clothing choices. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of Bad outfits to avoid on dates, so that you can be sure that you’re sending the right message from head to toe.

Here are some things that make an outfit look bad.

Ill-fitting Clothes

If you’re wearing clothes that don’t fit you properly, they can make you look sloppy and unkempt. That’s why it’s important to know how to tell if an outfit isn’t fitting you well. Insider talked to fashion professionals who shared some of the most common signs that a garment isn’t cut to your size. For example, a blazer’s shoulder pads shouldn’t sag past your natural shoulder line.

Ill-fitting clothing sends a message that you’re out of date. It may seem like a small detail, but it can have a big impact on your appearance. Whether it’s T-shirts that are too baggy or jeans that don’t fit right, wearing ill-fitting clothes can make you look frumpy and unfashionable. So next time you’re shopping, be sure to check the fit of each item before purchasing it. Then, you can ensure that your wardrobe is on-point and up to date.

Excessive Logos

Logomania may be the most overt fashion trend of the moment, but if done wrong it can make you look like a hysterical brand ad spliced onto a polo. The good news is that there are a few ways to dip your toe into this style in a tasteful way, especially for those who aren’t used to wearing logos.

The most obvious is to pick a label that doesn’t emblazon its name across everything in sight, but that still has a distinct aesthetic and recognizable signature print or colorway. Virgil Abloh’s acutely self-aware Off-White has done this best so far, but even some of the highest-end fashion houses are having fun with this. For example, Gucci’s logo-heavy socks are a subtle way for fashion connoisseurs to get in on the action without going full-on fanboy.

Too many accessories

When it comes to jewelry, less is definitely more. Overly flashy earrings or necklaces can quickly become distracting and overshadow the rest of your look. The same goes for over-the-top bracelets and rings. Stick to one or two dainty pieces that will complement your outfit and allow your date’s attention to remain focused on your face and words.

Too much makeup

If you’re planning on wearing makeup on a date, keep it subtle. While it’s fine to apply a bit of blush and eyeliner, don’t go overboard with any other makeup items, like foundation or mascara. It’s important to remember that your date doesn’t know you very well yet and you want to give them a chance to get to know the real you without having to concentrate on putting on a full face of makeup.

Neon clothing

In general, neon colors are too flashy and can detract from the beauty of your skin tone. Instead, opt for neutral shades that will work with your natural coloring and complement the atmosphere of the date.

Wearing the same clothes you wore during the week

It’s tempting to reach for your favorite pair of jeans or that ratty t-shirt that you’ve been wearing all week long. However, it’s generally best to save them for other occasions. Wearing the same clothes that you wore the day before will make you appear unkempt and unclean, which is not the best first impression.

Similarly, it’s generally not the best idea to wear a blazer on a casual date, or a dress on a dinner date. The exception to this is if you’re going to a place that calls for a slightly more formal attire, such as a restaurant or club.