What to wear for your post-lockdown first date

From cinema to dinner and drinks, every outfit eventuality, covered.

Written by Liv Grady

May 13, 2021

girl in white shirt for first date outfits

The time has come for you to FINALLY meet your lockdown match, and the pressure is on. They may have seen your insta and your Hinge profile, but making an impression in real life is always the most nerve wracking. If you are wondering what to wear for your post-lockdown first date, we got you.

On 17th May, restaurants and bars are opening up their indoor spaces, meaning that you no longer need to factor a waterproof coat and three sweatshirts into your date night outfit. Instead you can opt for a nice summer dress or outfit that you would have worn pre-covid.

Whether you are going on a cinema date, heading to a sunny beer garden, or taking full advantage of the new indoor allowances with a boujee three course meal, we got your outfits sorted.

First Date Outfits for after lockdown

If this is the first time meeting your lockdown lover, you probs wanna look your absolute best, but when it comes to dating, there isn’t a ‘one outfit fits all’ aesthetic. We decided to break down every type of date eventuality to help you nail those first impressions.


If you and your first date are going to watch a movie, then you probs wanna opt for something lowkey and a little bit casual. Maybe a day dress or jeans and a nice top. Don’t forget to bring a big bag so you can sneak in extra snacks (unless your date is paying of course).

Need some movie inspo? Take a look at new film releases you need to go and see.


beer garden

Despite the bars opening up their inside dining, nothing beats a beer garden on a sunny day. Opt for a smart casual kinda vibe, such as day dresses, oversized sunnies and a pair of chunky trainers or boots. Make sure you have a jacket on hand, because who knows how late you will be staying out.


Coffee catch up

A daytime catch up is always a nice way to meet a date. This is your opportunity to wear something casual, such as an oversized shirt or a pair of denim shorts.

girl wearing shorts and green shirt

Dinner and drinks

This is the moment we have all been waiting for. Finally a reason to get REALLY dressed up. Dinner and drinks is your chance to go for a fancy dress and heels. Go for a midi or mini bodycon dress and a pair of sandal mules.

Blue cut out midi dress

Activity date

Whether you are opting for mini golf, a retro arcade bar, bowling or any other date activity, ensure you are wearing something suitable. Don’t go for a fitted mini dress that you will have to pull down every five mins. Try opting for jeans, shorts or a midi dress to ensure you can really get your head in the game.

girl wearing jeans and handbag for first date

Not ready to go inside just yet? Take a look at what to wear on a walking date.