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We live in an image-conscious world. People are obsessed with buying new clothes, showing off in their new cars, strutting around town in a new pair of heels, and trying new hairstyles. We worry about what we look like and how people will perceive us. Although they say never to judge a book by its cover, most of us do (at least at first). That's why what you wear and how you present yourself on the first date is so important!

You only get one chance to make a first impression, so don't blow it!

Here are a few image and wardrobe date tips to make sure you let your true self shine on that first date:

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1. Don't Overdo the Makeup 

No red lips, no clown cheeks, no extreme eye makeup colors!

Guys don't like to wonder what you really look like under all that makeup.

There's no harm in wearing some makeup, but try to go with natural tones that accentuate your assets.

2. Classy, Not Trashy

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While there is no need to break out the business suit or dress like a nun, it's best to wear clothing that is classy, elegant, and a little more conservative on the first date.

At the same time, don't underdress and make it look like you didn't make any effort at all.

This means no super short skirts, no Hawaiian shirts, no sweat pants, no shorts that you've owned since '95, and no extreme heels you can never walk in.

Just think of a classy outfit you own that has already been friend-approved.

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3. Make Time for Grooming

Guys, women love when a man has gone through the effort to trim or shave his beard, moustache, or goatee on a first date.

We can see that you are trying to look your best and we appreciate that!

There's nothing sexier than a kiss from a guy who just got a great shave and you can still smell their aftershave.

Ladies, be sure to not overdo it on the perfume.

Also, it's important to style your hair in a way that's familiar to you. Don't try to copy those intricate up-dos you see in a magazine or decide to try out the curling iron you've never used before.

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4. Get a Second Opinion

If you aren't sure what to wear for the first date, ask a trusted friend or family member for their opinion.

Don't just ask anyone though! Some people give horrible advice and push you out the door looking a mess.

It's best to go ask someone who has a solid dating history- someone who knows a thing or two about first dates.

This does not mean going to ask your old Aunt Doris.

I know you have an opinion and some more tips.  Do us all a favor and share them below!