If we had our way, every first date we meet would show up appearing like they walked straight out of the pages of the latest issue of GQ. If only they knew that’s what we were expecting…
To clarify matters of first date dressing for everyone, we went ahead and picked five desirable looks for guys–and asked a reputable guy to do the same for us gals. Of course, it’s always important to stay true to yourself style-wise. And while we would never recommend something like dressing all-out prep when your heart’s really punk, we definitely urge all daters to consider that first impressions really do last.
Put these picks on your spring shopping list stat:
Bringing her flowers on the initial date may seem a bit antiquated. But a casual floral tie is oh-so-sweet. Wear it with a coordinating button down for a look that melts her heart at first sight. J. Crew Cotton Tie in Ultramarine Floral, $69.50
Yes, girls judge you on your shoes. And they’re bound to give high ranks for these blue oxfords with brighter blue contrast sole. Stylish, polished, and fun. What more could a lady want? Cole Haan Lunargrand Suede Wingtip Oxfords, $110
An offbeat collared button down shirt shows your personality, and dresses up your everyday skinny jeans. Go for one in subdued tones so she focuses more on you than your outfit. Printed Rayon Short Sleeve Button Up Shirt, $75
It’s hard to go wrong with a sundress on the first date. Tailored and bright, this flattering floral number shows that you’re put together, but also like to have some fun. J.Crew Cove Floral Surf Dress, $168.
This statement necklace jazzes up a slouchy tee or basic jersey dress, plus acts as a conversation starter for any awkward moments during the date that may arise. Multicolor Large Bead Bib Necklace, $12.50
Showing up to a first date wearing a floppy hat takes major confidence–plus really flatters your facial features. This sweet neutral hued topper tells him you’ve got style and aren’t afraid to show it. Urban Outfitters Short Brim Floppy Hat, $69