What to wear on a first date. Make the first impression a lasting one
First dates are interesting enough as it is without you stressing over what to wear. The reality is that when it comes to outfits, you have so many opportunities for a good lasting impression and so few to completely screw it up. And somehow, some of us manage to do so with incredible ease.
You know that feeling when you are supposed to met somebody at 8 pm, the person lives inches from where you were supposed to meet, and somehow manages to be late? It is the same with people that manage to ruin a perfectly good first date by dressing inappropriately. Throwing something on at the last minute may work if you are 17, or you have Charlie Sheen’s taste for fashion, but on real dates, it may irreversibly harm your chances at a second date.
Because we all know first impressions are crucial. Dressing well on a first date is a must. It sends out all the right signals for you to follow up with your charming personality. It shows that you are considerate and respectful and that this date is an important part of your daily agenda. It promotes you as a social, worldly, creature with a pleasant vibe and an optimistic view. At the same time, it reassures your date that she was right to accept going out with you.
Why is what you wear on your first date so important?
A well-fitting outfit will compliment your physique and market you as an elegant, well-kept man, with the personality to match.
But dressing up for a date will ultimately help you even more. It will put you in a better mood, make you more confident and will allow you to focus on having a good time instead of sweating over questionable choices. In the great game of dating what you wear should represent the real you, and compliment your image and personality. All you have to do is keep track of the following guidelines and show your date a good time.
The first date should follow men’s golden rule of dating.
The Golden Rule
It’s all about looking presentable, being comfortable, and having a pleasant conversation while feeling great. It should lead to bigger and better things.
Where do clothes fit in all this?
Almost everywhere. For starters, you should give your wardrobe a look and see what items are the best suited for going on a date. Pick clothes and accessories that are both comfortable and stylish without going overboard. It will help you concentrate more on what is important.
You should always pick your outfit based upon where you are going. Women will always take into account the location and atmosphere of the places they go to and dress accordingly.
Dress for the time and place
It makes all the difference in the world. You don’t want to be that one overdressed guy at a dive bar. You will stress about that the entire time.
Don’t jump at the chance to wear that weird designer shirt you bought two years ago and that everybody liked. Everybody liked it two years ago!
Solid quality, solid game
Go safe. Look for clothes that fit well, with good quality fabrics and solid colors. They will not only make you feel better and more relaxed but they will also be more in tune with what your date decides to wear. You will have plenty of time for any eccentric stylish choices later on. For now, if your date takes place in the evening try to juggle with navy, gray, black and white. Pick straight cut trousers or dark-washed jeans with a nice jacket. Daytime can be a bit more forgiving regarding colors and style. But that doesn’t mean you can sport that slacker sweater that makes you look like Jeff Bridges, in The Dude.
Regardless of your choice of brand, the clothes you wear on your first date should have a great fit. They should come with good cuts that endorse you and your appearance. Try to pick button down slim fit shirts with chinos or jeans. Go for a good fit not for the tightest things you can find.
Fit to print
Good fitting menswear for a date doesn’t mean skinny jeans and extreme tapers. Try to go for tailored blazers and fitted waistcoats that will accentuate your attributes. Match them with slim Polo shirts, good fitting button-up shirts or, for a casual daytime date create shape by contrasting layers. Use a shirt or a cardigan over a crisp white T-shirt. You can even consider a vest to create an extended V-shaped panel, on your upper body section. Match your shoes accordingly.
First dates are not good grounds for you to show off all your accessories.
Minimize the use of accessories
In fact, you should usually stay clear of most of them. Don’t use hats or glasses indoors. Since you will not be using them you might as well ditch them for the evening. First contact involving sunglasses creates a slight communication barrier. It may signal that you are a distracted person, a bad listener or even worst it could make you look less approachable. Hats on first dates may signal that you have something to hide. Maybe a lack of confidence. And that is not the image you want to project. Ties are almost always a bad call on first dates. The nicer and more expensive, the stuffier you will look. So unless your first date happens to be taking place at a really official ceremony, just don’t wear one. It’s the safer choice.
The good news is you can wear a watch. In fact, you should wear one. Just make sure is not a very expensive one. You don’t want to make a big deal about it. A nice watch is there to complete your look and round up your profile as a precise, elegant and orderly person.
Now that you have well-established outfit guidelines, don’t forget why you are there.
Remember the golden rule, look presentable, be comfortable, and have a pleasant conversation. You are sure to win over your date with your confident and dashing appearance. And look at the bright side, if things don’t work out, no one will remember you as the burrito stained hoodie type of guy.
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