You know what they say: you never get a second chance to make a first impression. But screw that: you’ve already made a first impression. Time to move on, swiftly, to your second. Impression, that is. Not pint. This is a second date, not a piss-up. I mean sure, it can turn into a piss-up, if that’s what you both want. But we’re straying off-topic here. The topic being: second date dresses. Unlike the first date dress, which was possibly, dare we say it, too try-hard, the second date dress is a breezier affair. “Just be yourself,” said your mother before every date ever, even the one where Jason Steinberger turned up to escort you to the prom wearing the corsage he was supposed to give to you but didn’t. Still, your mother was right. The second date dress is ‘just be yourself”’in fabric form. It should say, ‘I am a woman of great mystery, whose depths you have only just begun to plumb’. Or, failing that, ‘I am a woman who is nice, earns her own living, is confident and centred, and is wearing this dress not to try to impress you, but simply because she likes it’. Basically, your second date dress should be something you like and that makes you feel good.
Loving the 1950’s primness of this La Double J dress. Also loving the print
La Double J Editions, Via Della Spiga Floral-Print Dress, £490