Landing a date can be a challenge. But once you’ve managed to charm the lady, and have secured a time and place, the real challenge begins; deciding on what to wear.
As we all know, first impressions are important, and a big part of a first impression is the clothes you decide to wear. So, of course, you’re going to want to put in a bit of time and thought into it. Should you dress smart? Should you dress casual? Will she be impressed if you rent a tuxedo, or will it be more appropriate to simply throw on something at the last minute?
Well, it turns out that deciding on what to wear to a first date is a decision that should be made based on a number of key factors.
What Sort Of Date?
Of course, a big part of the decision will be based on what sort of date you’ve organised. If you’re just meeting at the local pub for a few drinks, pitching up in your fanciest three piece suit is going to seem a little odd. Yes, it might be an impressive three piece suit, but overdressing can be nothing short of horribly distracting.
Dinner at a nice restaurant warrants something in the smart/casual category, while an evening at an upmarket theatre will even allow you break out your Sunday finest. On the other hand, dinner and a movie really won’t demand much more than a nice, casual pair of jeans, perhaps topped off with a snappy shirt just to demonstrate your personal style.
Don’t Overdo It
Overdressing is a mistake that many make, especially when they are eager to try an impress a special someone. But never forget that overdressing can easily come across as shallow desperation. Unless you’re meeting a lady who has dollar signs in her eyes, there really is no need to put on your expensive gold watch, or wear the most overpriced designer items you can afford. If you do, it probably won’t be long before your date starts playing real money slots games, just to demonstrate how uninterested she is.
Dressing to impress is a given, but that can be achieved without designer brands. So don’t go out and buy a new wardrobe for the occasion, and certainly don’t think that expensive accessories are necessary. Instead, focus on a well-groomed, snappy style.
Just Be Cool
Do be stylish, do find a fashion sense that works, and do make an effort to look your best. Don’t overthink it, don’t feel that you need to blow your date away with an epic outfit, and certainly don’t feel like the success of the date is based around your wardrobe.
When in doubt, simply keep in mind that a smart/casual outfit will work in virtually every situation. The key here is that, with a few rare exceptions, the majority of dates will be impressed, so long as you demonstrate a sense of style of personal pride.