5 Go-To Date Night Looks For Men
So youve swiped right and received a flurry of come-hither emojis or maybe gone old-school and had a yes to your brave face-to-face Fancy getting a drink? gambit. But what next?
Selecting a suitable venue in which to woo your potential mate is just half the battle; choosing the right attire to ensure youre dressed both a) attractively and b) appropriately for the time, place and occasion thats your main priority.
Fortunately, were on hand with some expert advice on what to wear, wherever the date may take you.
The Michelin Star Tasting Menu
Youre sinking serious cash into the meal, so invest in what you wear to it too. Considering theres a three-hour dégustation feast ahead of you, comfortable clothes are key, but given the surroundings, its only right your sartorial choice show respect for the chef, fellow diners and your date too.
A foolproof separates combination that any man can pull off, try teaming a navy blazer (double-breasted is a wise choice for concealing that post-meal bloat) with straight-fit grey flannel trousers for a look that cuts the mustard in its formality, but wont give you indigestion.
Keep it classic underneath with a crisp white shirt and accessorise with a woven silk tie thats plain or subtly patterned. Then, step your look up with some quality leather shoes like black or dark brown Derbies, monk-straps or loafers.
As the well-worn phrase goes, your choice of footwear is the first thing many people notice and a deciding factor in whether you ace or flunk a fine restaurants dress code. Dont let whats on your feet make you fall short of your dates expectations. (Or worse, get you refused at the door.)
Youve probably seen the meme positing A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men. True dat.
For an après-work cocktail, a change from your boardroom best isnt always necessary. But remember that, while the silhouette-enhancing structure of your tailoring might play to your advantage, not all suits are created equal so plan ahead when getting dressed in the morning and opt for one thatll transition seamlessly from office to bar come clocking-off.
The well-tailored bit above is key fit has to be spot-on. So, if youre the kind of guy who skips the basic rules of suiting on account of wearing one as uniform, you might be better off switching kits before your rendezvous.
As for cloth, nix broad banker pinstripes and stick with classic solids in grey and navy. Need inspiration? Take your cue from Suits Harvey Specter you know, the guy who is always decked out in peak-lapelled Tom Ford power tailoring. In fact, buy a Tom Ford suit if you can afford it. If not, try one of these more affordable alternatives and get your tailor to do the rest.
Just as important as a sharp suit, however, is the shirt you wear under it. So swap the pit-stained one youve been powwowing in all day for a freshly laundered substitute. Theres pheromones, and then theres downright offensive.
(Related: The only four suits youll ever need)
The Activity Date
No, we dont mean white water rafting, potholing or Laser Tag.
If, for some bizarre reason, you dont want to spend your date getting tanked up on Dutch courage, then try something a little more cultural instead. Like checking out an exhibition, seeing a film or taking a walk through the park. (And then getting tanked up.)
Wardrobe-wise, you can play it pretty cool for this one with something that reads smart-casual. Think dark selvedge jeans, neutral chinos or tailored trousers teamed with a button-down shirt worn under a knit jumper or sweatshirt. Youll look put-together without overstepping the mark.
And unless youre planning to Uber your date from A to B (good move, sir), therell be some walking involved, so steer comfy with your footwear choice and opt for a pair of unfussy trainers clean white styles come up trumps this season.
This applies to all dating scenarios, but its especially pertinent in the case of a casual Sunday afternoon pint, a time when slightly absent-minded and bleary-minded you might be tempted to let standards slip a bit.
But as anyone considering getting their kit off with you will tell you: hygiene and grooming are everything. Three-day stubble is fine desirable, in fact but whats non-negotiable is arriving at the pub scrubbed up, deodourised and lightly scented, with Colgate fresh breath, nails clean and trimmed, and nasal hair in check (who knew, but studies show unruly nostrils are a major deal-breaker for potential mates).
And no almighty hangover, either. Sure, its Sunday and itd probably be weirder if you showed up having stayed in on Saturday night, but turning up bloodshot with vodka breath isnt exactly an aphrodisiac either.
The only thing rough and rugged about you should be your artfully dishevelled style: think Steve McQueen, outdoorsy Ralph Lauren, worn denim and leather, boots and aviators fresh from a little weekend woodwork or motorcycle maintenance (or so youd have them think).
The Dancefloor Date
Regardless of which brand of beats youll be treated to in the club or at the gig, its hard to steer wrong with a look infused with rock n roll.
Distract them from your two left feet with a disarmingly simple combo of a plain white or Breton tee, black leather biker jacket and slim-fit black jeans but not so slim as to stop you from breaking out your best moves without, you know, actually breaking something.
Your choice of footwear is dependent on your dancing prowess. Tony Manero-level lords of the dance should look to round out their look with a pair of black leather Chelsea boots, but the rest of us stand a better chance of staying upright in a pair of Vans Old Skools or clean leather Chuck Taylors. Easy as 1-2-3.