Q: Dear Susie,
This is a big week. And I’m not talking about the Founder’s Day parade or the upcoming gumbo cook off. No, I have a more pressing concern. I’m going on my first blind date this weekend! Obviously, this isn’t something I normally do. I like to think I don’t need to, but I don’t think it’s any secret that we are in the midst of a crisis in BlueBell: an absolute drought of eligible bachelors. Is it so much to ask that a man be an attractive, churchgoing, family-minded, romantic, gainfully employed, clean-cut homeowner with enthusiasm for wine tasting and antiques? Apparently so. There are certainly none of these gentlemen hanging around at the Rammer Jammer. Trust me, I’ve looked.
Anyway, back to the problem at hand: I have no idea what to wear! It’s a lot of pressure — I want to seem fun and effortless, but not sloppy or — um — easy. My date lives in Mobile and we’ll be going out there, so I’m also looking for something suitably cosmopolitan. What is the absolute perfect ensemble?
Love is Blind (Not Really)
A: Dear Love is Blind,
You have probably heard this before, but it bears repeating: Just be yourself, especially if yourself is a fine young lady from BlueBell, Alabama. Chances are he’s probably just as nervous as you! Of course, it’s not inappropriate to dress up just a bit – after all, it’s nice to show you’re taking this evening, and this man, somewhat seriously. How about a nice dress (nothing too tight — you don’t want to turn down dessert after a perfectly delightful dinner because you can’t breathe, do you?), a cardigan in case the evening gets chilly, and a pair of simple flats for any after-dinner strolling and chatting? Don’t forget a dash of perfume — everybody likes somebody who smells good! A nice manicure in a neutral shade complements any outfit and does wonders for confidence. Also, a little peachy lip gloss and a touch of blush never hurt anybody (neither did a coat of mascara, plus it really makes the eyes pop!). Maybe drop by Mane Street for a blowout the day of to really put your best foot forward. Just remember that in the end, it’s what inside that counts! Good luck!