What To Wear When You Want To Score The Final Rose On The Bachelor

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Ah, The Bachelor. It's the show that, season after season, never disappoints with its one-liners and expertly-crafted, probably (let's be honest, definitely) pre-planned plot lines. In case you've lost count, we're on our 21st round of the popular show. And this time around, the focus is on fourth-time's-the-charm Nick Viall, who, despite past romantic misfortunes on the series, has actually proved to be pretty adorable thus far. Sure, the latest season kicked off just a week ago, but it's off to a pretty great start. The first episode involved those highly-anticipated contestant introductions. (Though we may or may not have already pored over each contestant's bio way before the broadcast.) So, on premiere night, something else caught our eyes: the array of gowns.

Did you notice all the red worn by the season 21 contestants? (They do say it's the hue to wear when you want to attract attention, after all.) And what about all those off-the-shoulder numbers, which felt a bit stuck in a 2015 trend warp? We had to ask ourselves: Is there a secret sauce to dressing for The Bachelor? Can — or should — a contestant wear a certain color, cut, or style during their first meeting with the bachelor, to ensure that they make it to the final rose? Is there one particular silhouette that more or less guarantees elimination?

So many questions, so little time, and so few answers. We got a little creative (read: speculative) and broke down what one should wear in order to receive the greatest accessory in The Bachelor universe: the final rose, a.k.a. the symbol of Viall's thrice-broken heart. Who knows, maybe you'll get some inspiration for future first-date outfits. (Okay, unless they're televised for prime time, probably not.)

Ahead, check out our ratings on a scale of one to five roses of Nick's presumed favorites, and prepare for episode two tonight.
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Sarah's Pastel Purple Maxi (Worn With Nikes)

Okay, this one was an obvious favorite, probably because it's a dress we'd actually wear IRL. The pastel shade is unexpected for the occasion, as is the knotted front and torso cutout. Her maxi is also not a ballgown, which we can appreciate for the practicality factor. Her Nike kicks are legitimately wearable, too. Really, Sarah is proving to be savviest contest from the get-go, because who wants to wear stilettos through a notoriously long and strenuous The Bachelor rose ceremony?

5/5 Roses
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Danielle M.'s Burgundy Cutout Dress

Despite the fact that 12 women wore red on this season’s premiere (yes, a dozen!), this dress stood out — if only because the silhouette, with its high neckline and cutout detailing, was much more contemporary than the rest of the crimson-clad contestants. Plus, the dress captured Danielle's adorable, you-definitely-know-this-girl-from-somewhere charm. You probably would borrow this ensemble from her, even. (Danielle M., if you're reading, please let us know where you found this dress in the comments below so we can perhaps track it down for ourselves.) No surprise, really, that Danielle M. received a rose at the end of the episode.

5/5 Roses
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Vanessa G.'s Black & White Art Deco Gown

Nick was clearly a fan of Vanessa's white-trimmed black column gown: Immediately after catching a glimpse of the contestant in this stunning look, the Bachelor all but lost his cool. "She's a keeper," he excitedly proclaimed. Judging by her smile, the reaction seems mutual. Bonus points for Vanessa for being the only woman in the group to opt for a bold, art-deco-inspired pattern, that had a distinctly elegant feel. Unsurprisingly, she got the first rose during the ceremony.

5/5 Roses
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Alexis' Shark Costume That She Says Is A Dolphin Outfit, Because...Okay

Here, we have the famed primetime Dolphin-Shark chatting with the Bachelor in its natural habitat, by an Agoura Hills mansion pool. It was the bizarre and incredibly meme-able tidbit that got dissected post-broadcast: Alexis stepped out in a shark suit she claims was a dolphin costume but, c'mon. Anyway, bravo to her for committing to the gimmicky getup. It earned her a rose by the end of the episode.

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(Three of which are solely due to originality.)
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Christen's Bright Yellow Gown (With Matching Fan)

Christen's dress — and the matching-fan-and-gown routine that accompanied it — was very memorable. But while yellow is associated with positivity, freshness, and happiness, her chosen ensemble has so much going on: a bright shade, sequins, and lace— it's a lot to take in. We give her credit for expert accessory coordination, though. Plus, the bold garb did earn her a rose, after all.

3/5 Roses
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Raven's Sequin-Splashed Dress

Being bedecked in sequins from head to toe is definitely a statement. However, Raven's gown brings to mind bling-y weddings and high school proms — not necessarily the sort of getup suited for a televised meet-cute. As we know, Raven is a boutique owner, so maybe we expected something more fashion-forward — but, hey, Nick seems to be into her, sparkly first impression and all.

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Danielle L.'s Plunging Black Dress

Danielle L. is stunning, smart, and business-savvy. (She opened her own business at 23, after all!) A long black dress, which is a go-to for literally any fancy occasion, might not be the ticket for a long stint on The Bachelor, where eye-grabbing pizzazz is key for keeping devoted viewers hooked. It's a classic, but not super memorable. Still, the dress is pretty, and Danielle L. did get a rose at the end of the episode — so, never doubt in the power of the LBD.

2/5 Roses
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Olivia's Giant Fur Coat (...Worn In Mild California Temps)

Olivia is from Alaska. We presume she'd be fine weathering a bit of California evening chill — but the contestant took no chances, and topped her black dress with a massive fur coat. Sure, it didn't last through the episode, but it sure was front and center during her introduction to Nick. The bachelor seemed a little confused, understandably, by the massive fuzzy cloak. Olivia didn't go home with a rose that evening. Maybe that OTT outerwear had something to do with it...

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Susannah's Long-Sleeved, Floor-Length Gown

Like we said, there were a whopping 12 red-clad women on The Bachelor on Monday. By the fourth dress, we were pretty fatigued, to be frank. Susannah's long-sleeved, floor-length dress, with little embellishment or structure, wasn't very eventful at all. Don't get us wrong, we appreciate a classic. But when it's your first impression on a dating show is being filmed, we'd think you'd want to up the ante with your look. The choker gave her some points, but, unfortunately, the trendy accessory wasn't enough to earn her a rose.

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All Three Off-The-Shoulder Red Dresses

Of the 12 aforementioned red dresses, three were off the shoulder styles. Now, we know there are studies that say people wearing red are viewed as "more attractive" than if they were wearing a more subtle color — but something seems to go amiss when you add the exposed collarbone silhouette to the mix. Guess Nick isn't all that into cold shoulders.

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