Is it your first date night after a long time Or one of many, you’ll need to dress the part. You may think this eliminates the choice of a graphic tee and jeans, it also doesn’t mean you need to suit up. Going with something that expresses your personality and matches the formality of the venue should do the trick. After that, use this guide to help you put together the perfect outfit.
A Casual Dinner
Don’t make the mistake of thinking a casual dinner means casual clothes. You can certainly go for a more relaxed style, but you’ll also want to look sharp and pulled together. For this date, start with a button-down shirt in a solid color or a classic plaid print. These shirts are comfortable yet respectable at the same time. Since this is a casual meal, you can leave your shirt untucked, and wear it over a pair of chinos or trousers in a dark wash. For your shoes, consider going with a pair of crisp white sneakers or boat shoes.
When your date is at a formal restaurant, you’ll need an outfit that’s a step above the rest. This is the perfect time to pull out your suit. For a stylish look, go for a suit in a classic but neutral color, such as gray or navy. Not only is it nearly impossible to go wrong with one of these shades, they also make it easy to throw in an unexpected pop of color with the shirt. If you want to go the traditional route, choose a white shirt. For something fun, go for light blue, pink, or dark purple.
If you worry a suit is too formal, you can also choose to put together an outfit using your classic separates. Opt for a navy blazer, straight-leg gray trousers, and a white shirt. No matter which outfit you decide on, you can pull your look together with a silk tie that has a subtle pattern and a pair of Oxfords or Derby shoes in black or dark brown.
Pub or a Bar
Dressing for a date at a pub or bar is tricky. These establishments are typically more relaxed than a casual restaurant, yet you still want to look sharp for your date. In this case, try mixing styles for an unexpected look. Start with a white Oxford shirt to give you a classic yet simple foundation. Leave it untucked, and match your shirt with a pair of jeans that will bring in the casual touch you need. When you’re picking out shoes, continue to stay casual by either selecting sneakers or boots.
No matter what type of date you’re planning, the important rule to remember is that if you feel good about what you’re wearing, you’ll feel good about yourself. With these men’s fashion style tips, you can look great and feel confident no matter what type of exciting date you have planned. Take pictures of your put-together attire and tag us at #AllAtJCP. Then, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see if you are featured.