Mens Ready Made Outfit: Date Night Style

February 4th, 2009

Date Night
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Guys, date night is a time to outfit yourself in the clothes that make you feel like a million dollars. Whether you’re going to a gala social event or just grabbing dinner and a movie, it’s time to dress up.  After all, when you need to impress, it’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed.  We’ve got you covered.  Here’s a simple fashion formula that’s designed to sweep your date off her feet:

1.  Start with a well-fitted dress shirt in solids or patterns.  This blue striped shirt is a safe option, but feel free to experiment with color and pattern.
2.  Wear a tie.  This simple piece of fabric will elevate everything else you wear. 
3.  Depending on where you’re going, you may be able to sport a pair of (dark rinse) jeans.  But if the event is more formal, switch out the denim for a pair of dark trouser pants.
4.  If you want to stand out from the pack (and get some extra style points), skip the traditional blazer in favor of a tailored 3/4 length overcoat. 
5.  Shine your oxford dress shoes and slip them on.  Bonus points?  Bring a beautiful bouquet of flowers for your date.

Guys, what’s your go-to date outfit?  Share your style with us in the comments!

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Barry Wright, III  |  February 4th, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Solid basics here, but I’d personally opt for some color as well! All black and white is fairly formal, especially for a first date, and might be perceived as boring and careful. Even a more visually exciting tie would make the outfit have some personality.

  • 2. Sal  |  February 4th, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Dashing perfection. In winter, my husband tends to skip the tie, and throw on a zip-cardigan over his button-down. Chic AND warm!

  • 3. John  |  February 4th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I know people go both ways on this, but do you tuck in the shirt or not?

  • 4. Anonymous  |  February 4th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Tie + Dress shirt + Jeans = Hot!

    Way to go.

  • 5. mimi  |  February 4th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    The flowers add a nice touch, too!

  • 6. Alex  |  February 5th, 2009 at 12:17 am

    Lucky shirt + Blazer + Designer Jeans. Accessorize with flowers or chocolate… winner!

  • 7. Trisha  |  February 5th, 2009 at 12:37 am

    Barry – great ideas! A more visually exciting tie and/or shirt would totally work. Try experimenting with color and/or pattern.

    Sal – the zip cardigan is a warm, chic idea. I would love to see a cardigan in an unexpected color, especially if it’s peeking out from under a jacket.

    As for whether or not to tuck in the shirt, I would say to go tucked in. But you’ll also want to wear a belt (in the same style as the shoe). One of our earliest posts (from 2005!) discusses how to match shoes to a belt: Hope that helps!

  • 8. Chuck  |  February 6th, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I love you Trisha, but I think dress shirts and jeans are a fashion faux pas, especially because jeans don’t tend to be very fitted. That combo just looks sloppy to me. I do agree that shirts look a lot better tucked in though. =)

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