There’s nothing as exciting as that special someone finally saying yes and agreeing to go on a date with you. You can feel the butterflies having a dance party in your stomach. It’s few hours from the agreed time and your excitement slowly turns into panic as you realize you can’t be in your favorite hoody and sweatpants to see her.
The first impression matters and the initial judgment people make about your character and personality can be based on what you wear. The number one step to creating a memorable first date is getting your look right. If there’s any chance you’ll make it to the second and even third date, you need to make the effort to look your best. Below we gathered a few tips that can help you get it right.
1. Wear Ravishing Accessories
While it is advised to keep your dressing simple and well fitted, a hack to pull off an impressive look is to add some accessories to complement your outfit. Go for a simple neck chain if that’s your style, a pair of sunglasses, or a sophisticated timepiece from Longines Watches.
This creates a bold impression and infuses you with the aura of strong masculinity and confidence. It doesn’t have to be overly expensive, a simple yet classy wristwatch should do the trick.
2. Pay a Good Deal of Attention to Your Shoes
It may sound cliché, but a pair of shoes can either make or mar your outfit. If you’re opting for a casual location for your date, like a picnic at the park or a stroll, a pair of sneakers or trainers would do. On the other hand, this won’t be suitable if you’re dining at a high-end restaurant.
For that scenario, a classy pair of brown or black leather shoes that compliments your outfit seems like a more plausible choice to go for. This might come as a surprise for you but a majority of people notice your shoes first before your main attire. Your date would most likely see those sleek pair of kicks first so don’t be afraid to show off.
3. Groom Your Hair, Maintain Your Style
You might probably be nervous especially if you’re the socially-awkward introverted kind of guy, but don’t let the pressure make you revamp your whole look, especially your hair. Don’t feel like you have to go crazy and change your personality because of this one person. There’s a reason she agreed to go out with you in the first place, she already likes what she sees.
This isn’t limited to just the hair on your head but also facial hair and anywhere else you may have hair growth for that matter. Stick to the hair grooming routine that has always worked for you. A simple trick here is to get your haircut a week before the date to leave some days for your face to align with the fresh haircut.
4. Avoid Strong Scented Perfumes or Body Spray
We’ve talked about points that can make you pleasing to the eye. Let’s not forget other four senses shouldn’t be ignored as well. One of which is the sense of smell. A good perfume or body spray should be the finishing touch to your fashion efforts. However, caution should be exercised while applying this tip.
Avoid strong scents that might make your date and everyone else around you uncomfortable. You don’t want people especially your date gasping for fresh air when you walk in. Apart from the possibility of turning heads when you pass by (and not for a good reason), strong odors are irritating to certain groups of people, for example, pregnant women. You don’t want to be the reason a random woman throws up at the restaurant. The lighter the scent the better.
5. Be Mindful of the Color Combination of Your Outfit
There’s nothing that quickly ruins an entire outfit other than a bad color combination. Picking the right colors for whatever attire you choose shouldn’t be overlooked. When it comes to female fashion, there is always a myriad of options to choose from and tons of available colors to pick from.
Men hardly have that option, but even at that, you can still add colorful accessories and style variants like pocket squares. You can also go for cool and less vibrant colors like white, black, beige, or ash. There are slightly bolder colors like red, navy blue, or green you can try if you’re feeling up to it. Avoid creating an optical illusion by wearing clothes with mismatched colors. You don’t want to shift the focus totally from your face to your rainbow-colored clothes.
If you’ve read this far, then great! You’re set to embark on an impressive first date. The key is to be you, to never be shy about expressing yourself through your clothes. It’s easy to spot a fake or forced personality, so make an effort to look your best but most importantly be comfortable.
Remember, don’t underdress as this would create the impression that you didn’t give much thought to the date. Check your wardrobe for that outfit you rarely put on, go shopping, and spend if you have to. Use the tips listed above and don’t go overboard. Best of luck and hopefully, your date would notice and appreciate the effort you put in!