HOW TO

HOW TO | DRESS FOR A FIRST DATE

The first date- nothing is simultaneously more exciting and frightening. So you may have picked the perfect date location and brainstormed a list of icebreaker questions just in case conversation becomes slightly awkward, but as always, first impression matter and your outfit choice on the night is just as crucial. Read ahead to find out our easy tips on nailing your date night look.

There are several factors that tie into what one should wear on a first date. Similar to any other occasion, the two most important are the weather and the environment. For example, if you are heading to a park on a hot summer day, you would clearly need to dress with comfort in mind. On the other hand, if you’re ice-skating at an outdoor arena in the winter, you will have to rug up. As always, make sure the fit of your clothes is exquisite, as this will flatter your overall look and put you in the most presentable light possible. Forgo the too-snug sweaters, slightly too-short pants or anything that is even just slightly constricting. Women notice the details, so wear a nice pair of shoes, ensure your personal hygiene levels are up to scratch and keep it minimal with the cologne.

The Environment:

Casual lunch or coffee dates don’t require you to dress to the nines. Stick with a pair of chinos and a smart button-down shirt, unbuttoned at the top to keep it ultra casual. Fancy dinner dates, such as those that require reservations at more upscale establishments, do require more attention. A suave suit in a dark color is suitable. Movie theatre dates are especially common for the very first get together. It’s easy, it’s relaxed and it’s in a relatively social setting. You may plan on heading out to eat before or after the film, so dress with that point in mind. Keep it simple – well-fitting jeans or chinos, a tucked-in polo or button-down shirt and a blazer is a suitable outfit choice.

The Weather:

It’s easy enough to dress appropriately for each season, but throwing in the first date factor may make it tricky. Depending on the harshness of your winter, try a pair of dark-wash jeans or pants (dependent on the location), a sweater and a wool coat to finish it off with polish. Be sure to wear a nice top beneath your sweater. Remember you can always peel a few layers off if it gets uncomfortably warm. Summer, of course, calls for the ultimate in comfortable apparel. Don’t hesitate to wear chino shorts with a relaxed button down (linen works perfectly). Finish off your look with a pair of boat shoes. Nonetheless, spring and autumn may be the easiest seasons to dress, as the weather is mild and accommodating to most clothing styles. Take advantage and dress in your favorite dressy-casual outfit. Throw a jumper or jacket into the mix for when it cools down at night.