Dates are fun. Dates can also be taxing. Second-guessing the expectations, rushing in too fast, looking for an outcome without enjoying the moment. Or simply are underprepared? Sometimes it can boil down to not choosing the right venue. Even if the place is right you may not be dressed well enough for that place. The classier the venue, more the demands. But what should worry you, even more, is blending your dress sense into the evening and the place while not losing sight of what you really are or at least what you want to be seen as.
The date night dressing kit
Begin with the bare essentials. A classic white shirt. Buttoned down preferable. A choice box of ties with the primary shades being red, burgundy, deep blue, black and shades of grey. Make up your mind what is the type of knot you want on the necktie. Windsor? If the place and the setting need a bow then take that call about the readymade bow or not. James Bond tying the bow may look completely chic, but you may end up struggling at the 11th hour. Keep at least five options handy. Primary color black but with a hint of disruptive shades welcome. Cufflinks – no Star Wars characters and names on your shirt sleeve. A rather unobtrusive pair or a completely glitzy one. No in betweens. Belt classic leather deep tan will look good. Trousers avoid the pleats. Turn-ups are in, then take that otherwise a free fall parallel or regular fit will keep you comfortable for long hours of chatting. Shoes – not causal. Keep them well-polished gentleman’s shoes. No pointed Italian types. The steady and predictable shapes only. With a heel that is clean and a top that is smarty wrinkled. Perfumes from nature. And just sign off with a contrasting pocket square.