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A Few Words On Grooming:
Your hair may be one of the first things your date notices when she meets you, so if you’re bearing an uncanny resemblance to Tom Hanks in Castaway, you could quickly go down in her estimations. Unless, of course, she happens to have a thing for vagrants, but since that’s unlikely, make sure you get a haircut a couple of days before the date.
Yes, beards have been the ‘in thing’ for a while now, but just because you can grow facial fuzz doesn’t give you an excuse not to look after it. So, if you do decide to boycott razors just make sure your beard is neat and tidy round the edges before you leave the house. Alternatively, for those who shave on a daily basis, and are prone to the dreaded shaving rash, make sure you leave enough time for the rash to die down and always apply an aftershave balm or moisturizer.
Along with hair and shoes, nails are another thing most women will take in more than you’d expect. So make sure they’re trimmed and clean, because looking like you’ve spent the afternoon digging in the garden won’t help you to progress to a second date. On a similar note, if your hands are drier than a Cream Cracker sandwich, apply some moisturizer or she won’t want those flaky mitts anywhere near her.
Less is definitely more when it comes to scent, and smelling like you’ve bathed in the stuff is guaranteed to have her coughing and sneezing throughout the date. A spritz of something classic either side of the neck, one under your shirt and maybe one in your hair will be more than enough to have her longing to get closer to you.
What To Wear:
1. Up Top
Slogan T-shirts, Hawaiian shirts and sports team jerseys are all an absolute no-no when it comes to dating attire. You want to look like you’ve made an effort but without going overboard. Chose something classic like an Oxford Shirt in a muted tone, which will work for both smart and casual occasions. If you’re not blessed with good weather on the day and you need an additional layer then opt for a Harrington jacket in either beige or navy, which you can also put round her shoulders if she gets cold. A lightweight round neck cable knit, once again in a muted tone, is another reliable and timeless option.
2. On Bottom
For a lot of guys it can all go wrong when it comes to trousers – they’re either too long, too short, too baggy or too skinny. If you’ve gone with our Oxford shirt suggestion you’ll want to team it with a pair of dark denim jeans. This isn’t an area of your wardrobe where you should skimp on quality, and since you’re likely to get plenty of wear out of them it’s worth paying the extra. Go for a slim fit that’s tapered around the ankle with a length that should break on the shoe. If you want to roll them up a few inches to reveal a flashy pair of socks then do so, just make sure they’re not the Homer Simpson ones your Nan bought you for Christmas.
As we said before, there are certain things ladies will home in on long before you’ve managed to drop that perfectly rehearsed chat-up line. Shoes are one of those things – and they can seriously make it or break it for some, so make sure you get them right. Once again, something classic and understated like a brown leather Derby or a suede desert boot is your best bet if you’re unsure. Although a lot of people would say sneakers have no place in a date scenario, they can actually look just as smart as leather lace-ups if they’re clean and simple. If you fancy going down the sneaker street then chose a lightweight canvas shoe in a similar colour tone to your shirt.