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What to wear on a first date


What to wear on a first date

26 April 2018

Like any game, the dating game has rules. And if you want even the slightest chance of success, it’s worth your while to follow them. Above anything else, your date is going to first judge you based on the clothes you wear, a decision that’ll be made in a matter of seconds. And so, while we might not be able to help you control much else about the evening, we can do our utmost to make sure you dress the part.

The underlying thing to get right is to strike the perfect balance between looking like you’ve made an effort without going overboard, and staying casual without appearing to have made no effort whatsoever. Here’s how:

The new two-piece

Obviously, whatever you end up doing on your date will impact what you wear, but if you know you need to be smart, why not raise the bar with a new two-piece? There are countless ways to wear it, and they don’t all involve leather shoes and a tie. Ring the changes from your standard workwear and go for something lightweight, worn with a simple T-shirt and trainers for a look that’s hard to beat.


Revisit smart casual

Smart casual doesn’t always need to mean jeans and a T-shirt, and it certainly never needs to be boring. Update your usual go-to items with pieces that are guaranteed to make a lasting impression. Try a new season polo shirt and a pair of tapered chinos, topping the whole look off with our bestselling Harrington jacket.


Don't avoid jeans

If you’re fairly confident that your date is going to be dressed casually, you can afford to do the same. Don’t be afraid to wear denim if it feels right, and remember that it’s what you choose to wear it with that’s important. Avoid being overly casual by opting for a shirt over a T-shirt, and if it feels right, pair the look with boots rather than trainers. Remember, for a first date it’s important to tread the line between smart and casual very carefully…


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