People always make fun of women for taking so long to decide what to wear for a date or a night out. It seems, however, that they have good reason to fling clothes all over their room, only to finally settle on something that still needs washing and ironing. Women, quite simply, know how to dress to impress. Men, on the other hand, think they look their best in their casual clothes – whatever these clothes may be. A many would think nothing of showing up for a first date wearing tracksuit bottoms, if that is what he always wears. They forget, therefore, that on a first date, they have to make sure that they leave a good impression, but also one that is true to their identity. Any man would look great in an Armani suit, for instance, but if you normally wear ripped jeans and slogan shirts, you will not be giving the lady the chance to form an honest impression of you. So how do you dress to impress while staying true to yourself?
Always start with the basics. You must wear clothes that are clean, well ironed and not stained or broken. Most people would call this simple common sense, but you would be surprised at the amount of men that go out in a shirt that they think doesn’t really need ironing. As a rule of thumb, iron everything just before you get dressed, even if it looks like there is no need to do so. According to Become A Player
A simple well put-together outfit is best. You’ll be more successful with women than you’ve ever imagined if you wear a clean, classic, well put-together outfit that exudes style and self-pride.
Sophisticated and Smart Is the Way to Go
Most would agree that it is best to look sophisticated and smart. However, this ties in with where you will go for your first date. If, for instance, you are meeting her in a sports bar, you might want to go for a more relaxed outfit. However, arranging a first date in a sports bar is not a good idea, women like to be wined and dined so a restaurant is always a better option. And in a restaurant, you should dress in a sophisticated and stylish manner. According to Sugardaddie.com
Sophisticated and smart is the best option in attire. […] Shoes are one thing, a watch is the next. […] These two products alone can the set the single man apart from anyone else. […] Dress to impress but remember that it only takes one incident to ruin a reputation. Better to have nothing, than something that isn’t real. In addition, smell nice.
What to Avoid
There are a couple of things you should avoid at all costs. We have already mentioned tracksuit bottoms and showing up in dirty, rumpled clothes. But is there more? Are there any big no-no’s when it comes to getting dressed for that first date? This question was recently asked of the contributors of Yahoo! Voices and the response was:
Whatever you do, do not show up on your date’s doorstep in baggy jeans that hang around the knees! […] Don’t wear dirty sneakers, old work shirts with holes, or a backwards baseball cap.
According to Yahoo! Voices, you should keep it quite simple on a first date. This is also so you don’t scare a girl away by showing yourself to be more sophisticated than her, for instance. Start simple and build yourself up to your normal wardrobe over time. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to know exactly what her general style and social standing is before you go. For instance, if you know that she shops in the thrift stores, turning up in a $1,000 suit is going to be intimidating rather than interesting.
There is one very simple fact of life that men can find solace in. Dressing to impress for that first date is far easier for men than it is for women. Yes, there are plenty of men that make huge fashion faux-pas, but those are the exceptions rather than the rule. Generally speaking, getting dressed for a man is far easier than for a woman. What matters, according to Art of Manliness is that
If you’re going out on a date with a woman, dress like a man. Dress in a manner that she understands you take her seriously, that this date could lead to the biggest commitment of your lives. Because it just might.
However, as should by now be clear, there are some real do’s and don’ts. Throwing words such as “sophisticated” and “stylish” your way may seem easy, but what exactly is sophisticated and stylish? Doesn’t that all depend on your own personal taste as well? To a degree it does, but there are a few rules to follow. Firstly, dress for the occasion. Where you are going will to a great degree determine what you can and can’t wear. Next, go that extra mile to make a bit of an effort and accessorize, put on some cologne and so on. Try to consider what sort of things your date likes. You will probably have spoken to her somewhat before, or if you have been set up on a blind date you may have heard somethings about what she likes from your friends, so try to go from there. If you know she likes the business type, you may not want to show up in Bermuda shorts and a Hawaii shirt. Do, however, also make sure that you feel good in what you are wearing. If you are uncomfortable in your clothes, it will show and that will not be attractive. Last but not least, understand what your assets are and show them off, but do so discreetly. Don’t be too out there in your clothing and don’t show too much skin. Interestingly enough, these last few tips are true for men and women alike.