It’s a true cliché: First impressions matter! By Sonali Kokra
Especially in the digital age, where romantic interest often starts with a strategically lit display photo and ends with the double chins of reality. Who amongst us can resist the temptation of using a flattering, if misleading, profile photo if it means securing ourselves a date with the person we never in our wildest dreams thought we’d stand a chance with!?
But the thing is, no matter how smooth you are over text, eventually, you’re going to have to come out from behind the screen. While only a fortunate few look as good as their digital avatars, the best most of us can hope for is attempt to clean up well enough to not let the other person feel like they’ve been had. And this is where an astonishing number of men often go wrong.
You pick the right places, book all the right tickets, get the woman you wish to woo excited enough to spend hours trying to look her best to meet you… and then you show up in a tatty T-shirt. Or mismatched clothes. Or shoes that look like they were crafted in the last century. Or pants that are too tight or too loose. Oh, the list is as long as it is painful for the woman who can’t believe she’s enduring the torture of 4-inch stilettos for a man who thinks of ironing as optional. Can you blame her for developing a sudden, splitting headache 20 minutes into your dream date?
So, if you’re sartorially challenged but want to ensure that you’re not left gazing at the hastily retreating back of your dream woman, here’s what you need to know about dressing right for a first date (and every date after that!).
Do: Wear a Casual Jacket or a Collared Shirt
We know you love tees but ditch them for the first date, at least. If you’re meeting her during the day,a neatly ironed collared T-shirt in denim, linen or even trusty old cotton is a good pick. I’m partial to denim, but no woman can resist the sight of strong arms peeking out from under rolled up sleeves of a shirt.
If you’re going out on a cool night, especially if it’s a bar or a pub, you can try a leather or faux leather jacket. Leather exudes avery old-school vibe of sexiness, mystery and masculinity: three things women love. Don’t attempt this if you know you’re going to get cooked! If you live in a warm city,you could go for a light cotton jacket or a dark rinse denim one.
Whatever you do, do not turn up for the first date in a crumpled shirt – and not the same one you wore to office. If you’re planning a date directly from your desk – avoid; best to shower and please do pack in a fresh shirt!