First Date Essentials 101: Dress like a Man!

First Date Essentials 101: Dress like a Man!

Your boys may be telling you that all you have to do on a date is to “show up”. The “bros before hoes” oath may be doing you good but not in this case. If you are going to show up for a date, at least have the courtesy to dress like a man. Dress in a way so that she believes you have actually put in some effort and take her seriously. You never know she might be the one!

Ask any married man and he will tell you that his relationship with his wife started at some point where he decided to be the man she deserves. So if you think she could be the one, focus on how you are going to present yourself in front of her. To help all the men out there, we are presenting a basic dressing guide so that you don’t screw up on your first date. 

Dressing Guidelines

Dress

In order to know how you are going to dress, first know what kind of a date it is. For instance, it could be a:

Casual date: If its outdoors somewhere, a casual relaxed approach will work best. But relax isn’t synonymous to sloppy. Wear a respectable outfit that isn’t dated or tattered. Dark jeans in black and blue color, paired with a nice polo or casual short-sleeved shirt and a sports jacket will do great. Remember to tuck in your shirt and match it with the right shoes and a casual leather belt.

Dinner date: If it is a dinner date at a fancy restaurant or even just a small Chinese sanctuary, wear a jacket. If you are joining in directly from work, a suit will work, but if you have the time make the effort to change it to a blazer jacket.  You can actually take it off if it starts to get hot.

Event date: On event dates, such as in music concerts, city theatre or a blind date set up by one of your friends at a bar, ensure that the requisite clothing for the event is understood. There is a slight chance that your date will be upset if you don’t show up in the right attire but why take the risk. Dress up accordingly. Pull off a good suit with a pressed tie and shirt. If the tie seems too much, leave it off.  

Shoes

Shoes are the first thing people look at. They say a lot about your personality. No matter how casual your date may be, always pay attention to your footwear. Women have a thing with shoes and we can bet she will look what you are wearing. You can wear anything from canvas sneakers to dress loafers; just make sure they are clean, stylish, and functional. 

Grooming Tips

Hair: Don’t try anything new on the day you have a date. Stick to your grooming routine. You can get a haircut or a trim if you must but that too before a week or so.  There really aren’t any specific guidelines as to how to style your hair before, as that would depend on what looks best on your face.

Cologne: If you must, wear cologne very conservatively. Too much and she will be asking you to roll down the windows of your car, too little and you might be dropping her home way before you would have anticipated.

Why do you need to dress sharp on your first date?

First and foremost, it shows respect. Secondly, it brings focus to your face where it should be in the first place. If you are wearing anything too flashy or too attention-grabbing-in-the-wrong-sense, it will keep putting off your lady for the night and you don’t want that. Lastly, it exaggerates healthier masculine traits. Ask yourself, how do we men judge attractiveness?  Men spot a woman from the way she moves her hips and this they like. Woman too, judge men by the way they carry themselves, use their shoulders and move their arms.

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