Hi guys, so you have a date night with the person you really fancy or maybe its your other half and you want to spice things up? Or is it a Valentine’s Day date night? Whichever one it is well done my friend! Now you are thinking what will I wear?? Don’t worry. You have come to the right place. I haves some outfit ideas lined up so you make the right first impression. As the old saying goes ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression’ while this is a bit drastic for a date it can make your job a hell of a lot harder if you don’t look the part.
We’ll break this post down into a few sections covering a Dinner Date, Going for a Drink, Going to the Cinema and a bonus part, a Activity Date. The outfits will be a mixture of Smart ensembles featuring Blazers and Shirts along with more Casual looks featuring Denim Jackets and Outdoor Gear like Berghaus Coats. There is literally something for everyone. Plus there are some fragrance suggestions too so you will get lucky!
A DINNER DATE
The most common date night is a dinner date. If its a first date then your manners and dress sense are going to be talked about. Your date is be discussed and what you wore will be thoroughly scrutinised “what did he wear? “did he smell nice?” “what did ye talk about?” etc you certainly don’t want a “he wore what?!” I believe in making the right first impression so I strongly suggest a Blazer and Shirt combo. Dress to Impress is the best way to approach it. You can of course go with just a Shirt but adding a Blazer will always leave a lasting impression.
WEAR A BLAZER
Choosing a Navy Blazer is always a good choice. It is a strong masculine colour and is associated with intelligence and confidence but it can be perceived as cold and unfriendly so don’t be too quiet if you can help it. Keep the outfit simple but smart. A shirt with a print or pattern for example a pinstripe, navy jeans and brown accessories is a great outfit choice for a first date.
If you don’t like navy or you would prefer something more adventurous then opt for a Camel coloured Blazer. Tan combined with Navy creates a powerful and appealing colour combination. A Camel coloured Blazer and Navy Jeans work so well together. Remember a contrast will always give you a more eye catching look and illustrates your ability to dress….well! Camel is a great colour to work with so consider different colour shirts like white, navy and burgundy in particular.
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SUGGESTED FRAGRANCE – CHRISTIAN DIOR SAUVAGE
You want something that is appealing but not overpowering. The last thing your date will appreciate is waft of your strong scent while attempting to eat their dinner. You will need subtle but strong enough to fend of restaurant smells something. Christian Dior Sauvage is perfect. This scent is absolutely amazing and is one of my top 5 most complimented fragrances…..of all time. It is no longer a secret though though so your date may have smelt it before. They will be impressed though! Buy it here.
FIRST DATE ETIQUETTE
- Be at least five to ten minutes early to settle yourself.
- Leave your phone in your pocket.
- Compliment her/him on how they look. Mention their accessories like earrings, bracelets, watches or the main ones like their dress, jeans or shirt.
- Consider giving them flowers. Not a bouquet but something small and thoughtful. It might seem corny but remember ‘you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression’.
- Pull out the chair and allow them to sit first.
- Ask questions and LISTEN to the responses
- Accept the real possibility of the awkward silence. They are nervous too.
- Pay for the meal. Now is not the time for your opinions on female equality and the #metoo movement or your admiration for Donald Trump!
FIRST DATE TIPS
Use your accessories especially watches and bracelets as these can be ice breakers. If you are stuck for something to talk about ask your date about their accessories. “I love your earrings, where did you get them?” or “that’s a beautiful watch, I really like the dial” I know its sounds corny but these “lines” work. You are showing you have noticed their efforts to make a good impression and they will appreciate that a lot more. Think of when you are complimented?……SEEEEEEEEE what I mean!
GOING FOR A DRINK
Going for a drink is a very popular type of Date Night as well as a First Date option . There is more pressure here as you will be out among the public and potential suitors for your date. Don’t give them a chance by blowing them away in slick, stylish outfit! Outfits for this type of date can be a tricky so I think wear what you feel comfortable with. I have two outfits I think will look really well. One is a high fashion look for guys who love fashion and the outfit is a more casual look.
FOR THE FASHION LOVER
For the more fashion conscious guys reading I think this Grey Overcoat is a piece your wardrobe needs. You probably have one already? A pair of Tartan Trousers are a super alternative to Jeans and Chinos and add a completely different look to your outfit. They are eye catching and certainly demonstrate your keen eye for style. Keep the colour palette simple. The focal points of the outfit are the Trousers and the Overcoat so I chose a Black Roll Neck and Chelsea Boots. They compliment the Overcoat and Trousers and the outfit flows nicely.
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FOR THE CASUAL DRESSER
If you prefer a more casual look then definitely go for a Denim Jacket. This Borg lined Denim Jacket is perfect for going for a few drinks on Date Night in Autumn and Winter. If it is Spring or Summer where you are then a normal Denim Jacket will do the trick. I added a Pink Jumper for a pop of colour and to freshen up the outfit but you can go with white, khaki or even black. Whichever suits. Stay away from prints on this one though. The Denim Jacket is the focal point of the outfit. Adding some Ripped Jeans and Chelsea Boots complete the casual but stylish appearance. I love Chelsea Boots but if you are not a fan then go with some white cons or black vans. A pair of Brown Boots and Desert Boots would look well too.
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SUGGESTED FRAGRANCE – ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH FIERCE
This amazing scent is one that always brings compliments. Fierce is perfect a Night Out as it boasts incredible silage and projection so your date will smell you (and love it) and so you will people when you walk by. A great scent cannot be underestimated. A killer outfit along with a tantalizing scent will make sure you have the best chances of getting somewhere on the night! Shop it here.
Showing up to the Cinema for Date Night in a Blazer might look like overkill (I still would lol). A casual outfit is ideal for this sort of date partly because you are going to be sitting down for at least 90 mins. Are you a fan of popcorn? Coke? I love both! So sitting down for a long time munching and drinking will take its toll especially on your outfit. Pick a comfortable but stylish outfit because you could be going for a few drinks after so looking good is still a priority. There are two ways to approach this scenario. Smart Casual and Casual.
SMART CASUAL CINEMA LOOK
Going to cinema for a date may mean its a second or third date and it is likely you will end up going for drinks after so choosing a stylish but comfortable outfit is the task here. You will need a coat so I recommend wearing a smarter coat or jacket. A Grey Overcoat is a great piece to have because it is a smart Coat which can be dressed down. This outfit is a pinstriped shirt, navy jeans and brown shoes. You can choose a different colour shirt for example burgundy or navy would look very good too. Just make sure you compliment the colour of the Jeans.
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CASUAL CINEMA LOOK
I have two suggestions for a Cinema Date Night. You will need a Jacket. One is based around a Tan Harrington Jacket. Styled with a Burgundy Jumper to give the outfit a pop of colour. Grey Jeans are a nice alternative the usual darker Navys and Blacks. White Trainers complete the look. If the Tan Harrington Jacket is a bit brighter than you are used of then I have another outfit based around a Navy Bomber Jacket. I styled a Purple Jumper underneath to the colours more muted. Grey Jeans give the outfit a brighter appearance and White Trainers finish the look. You can swap these out for your favourite footwear like Deserts Shoes or Chelsea Boots.
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You could be going on an activity date? It could be going for a walk or a small bit of hiking. You will need something stylish but warm and functional. I think puffer jackets are ideal for this type of date as they use your own body heat to keep you warm. I’m wearing a Berghaus Hybrid Fleece with a White t-shirt layered underneath with some Navy Jeans and White Trainers. If you are going into muddy terrain then swap these out for proper Trainers. Check out my video on Outdoor Gear for more Outfit Ideas.
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That is all for now, thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed the post and it has given you some outfit ideas for your potential date night outfits. Let me know what you decided to wear on my social media channels on Instagram, Twitter and You Tube
I have been Fashionable Frank and you have been Fantastic,
Until Next Time,