You can tell a lot about someone’s personality from what she wears. Whether you’re all about comfort or glamour, the clothes we wear are personal choices that send subliminal cues about who you are to the rest of the world. This is especially relevant in the proverbial sea of online dating, where every carefully-curated profile photo is rigorously scrutinized by potential matches before any introductions take place.
With fashion being the ultimate means of external self-expression, Karen Fein, the head of marketing at the popular dating app Hinge, gave WhoWhatWear the low-down on how to communicate who you are and what you’re looking for through what you’re wearing on your online dating profile.
Check out Fein’s six tips to revamp your online dating profile:
1. Wear Clothes That Show Confidence
“Nothing says confident quite like bold, I-don’t-give-a-crap-what-you-think outfit choices. Whether it’s a bright red va-va-voom dress or a pair of ‘man-repelling’ overalls, you can get your fearless approach to life across with fashion.”
2. Conversation-Starter Accessories
“Two words: conversation pieces. Whether it’s a sequined dress, incredible statement jewelry, mixed prints, or a large hat, wear something that warrants a clever comment, making that first chat seamless.”
3. Rock a Low-Key Look
“Showing that you’re not always dressed to impress makes you more relatable and approachable, which is important, especially if you’re not planning to say ‘hi’ first. A photo with jeans and a simple t-shirt accomplishes this well.”
4. Show Your Adventurous Side
“If you’re a ski bum, runner, hiker, or beach bum, those are all looks that showcase your well-rounded self. Some cute workout clothes can actually go a long way in helping to convey what you’re like in real life.”
5. All Glammed Up
“A couple of photos in cocktail attire is great. I’d recommend fun and flirty. But keep in mind, your matches want to get a sense of the real you. So unless you spend every night clubbing, keep the decked-out photos to a minimum.”
6. Keep Current With Seasonal Photos
“No one wants to be catfished! Choosing a seasonal outfit or photo gives the impression of recency. So whip out the cozy fall sweaters and pumpkin-picking shots to remind your potential matches this is the real and current you.”