Here’s the first of my new blogs on our favourite (and least favourite) pastime, dating. Starting with the notorious First Date, of course. I might be stating the obvious here and there but it never hurts to be reminded.

No shopping. The last thing you need to worry about is a brand new look. You want to be channeling ‘relaxed and confident’ NOT ‘it didn’t look this short or bright or glittery or awful in the changing room’.

Go with what you’ve got. You’re not looking for perfection. You want to find at least three things you already own you know you look good in, make you feel great and fit like you’re wearing them – not the other way round.

Now you can shop (just a little bit). Update, sharpen or tone down your final look with accessories. But keep it simple and don’t do shoes — more on that later. You want to stay true to yourself, so if you don’t wear it normally now’s not the time to experiment.

Don’t even think about changing your hair. Chances are you’re going on a date in the first place because you’re you.  Wear your hair the way you like it and add some polish. Have your hairdresser wash, dry and style that way you’re still you – only better.

A manicure says great grooming effortlessly. And if you’re nails are normally short don’t even think about talons. A good manicure makes long as chic as short. Consider your toes too. You might be the only one who sees them but a pedicure is priceless for your confidence.

Don’t leave your make-up to the last minute. Way back in the heady days of disco Bianca Jagger, Queen of Studio 54 and wife of young Mick, used to put on her make-up then have a bath for a ‘dewy’ final finish. Today’s products are so good you don’t need to go to that length. But give your make-up some time to breathe and avoid looking too ‘done’. Then touch up just before you head out.

Be sure of your shoes. Wear ones you’ve worn before, watch your heel height, have a practice walk if you’re not totally confident and avoid anything pinchy or fussy. The ‘my feet hate me’ face is never a good look.

BE YOURSELF! You’re the one who was asked on the date so don’t take anyone else. Relax, smile, feel confident and have fun.