“Studies show that red gets the most clicks (from both men and women) but if that doesn’t jive with your personal style, go with any bold color in your wardrobe. -Laurie Davis, author of Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating”
“Fashion says a lot about your personality and the atmosphere you give off. If you’re looking to attract someone, show your fashion sense as a gateway to what you’re like in real life. -Tinder’s Whitney Wolfe, cofounder and VP of Marketing, and Alexa Mateen, Director of Social Media and Operations”
"Accessories can hint at your lifestyle – a jawbone wristband says you’re sporty and health conscious while a rose gold watch speaks chic. -Laurie Davis, author of Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating"
Women wonder all the time what men think of what they’re wearing. (“Girl cute” versus “guy hot” is real, people.) The trendy clothes we wear to impress other women often end up leaving men confused.
If attracting men in real life requires so much thought, isn’t it obvious fashion factors just as much into our success with online dating? After all, your profile picture is your sole chance at a match. Maximizing the potential of your picture is easy. Your fashion choices are critical.
So we gathered the best online dating advice from experts coming from every angle of the business, for how to dress for success in your photo.
Before a potential suitor even clicks on yours to evaluate further, you have to beat out the other pictures on the page. Even a woman as hot as Blake Lively can go easily unnoticed, in favor of women who follow the first of our online dating tips: wear color! Jeannie Assimos, Director of Content for eHarmony’s Advice department, says men specifically are attracted to red. What’s easier than putting on your favorite red shirt?
You have to figure out what you hope to get out of your online dating experience, and dress accordingly. Tinder’s cofounder and VP of Marketing, Whitney Wolfe, and Director of Social Media and Operations, Alexa Mateen, point out that choosing a photo of yourself at the bar wearing a fitted dress and sky high pumps isn’t likely to find you a guy interested in anything more long-term than a one-night stand. If you’re looking for a real relationship, you have to appear ready to maintain one. And if you are looking for that quick hook-up? Stay away from the athletic, I-just-ran-a-marathon picture. No matter how impressive a feat, the only action you’ll be getting will be a run with your new workout partner.
The more clothing you show in your profile picture, the better! Nothing gives a stranger a better glimpse at your personality than your style, so use it to your advantage by carefully selecting what you wear. A biker jacket gives off an entirely different vibe than a schoolboy blazer, and each piece attracts a different type of man. Laurie Davis, author of Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating, says even accessories help with defining who you are. As with clothing, a woman wearing a rose gold watch is a different woman than one with a leather cuff. Jen Rottenberg, founder of Pondigo, adds that beyond accessories, a prop such as a wine glass or tennis racket is an easy way to highlight your interests.
Fitting a few pieces of clothing and accessories in your look requires a photo that isn’t just a close-up of your face, but a shot from the waist and up. Assimos says close-ups rarely generate interest on eHarmony, which brings us to the last of our online dating advice: Be yourself, and keep it natural! A selfie doesn’t show much about who you are. Wolfe and Mateen stress the importance of dressing as you would naturally, and being you in your picture. Dress for your body type, and you’ll always look great.
So, there you have it. We’ve covered the bases for you in regards to the best online dating tips, leaving you with a better chance to round a few more (Four, to be precise). Do so in style.