How to Dress for a Date Night: A Guide for Men

Guys, do you have a big date coming up? Congrats! Now you’d better focus on looking your best.

Believe it or not, not every man possesses optimal fashion skills. So if your sense of what looks good versus what doesn’t isn’t exactly on point, you’re going to need a little help. Lucky for you, that’s where we come in.

In this article, we take a look at how to dress for a date night. Don’t worry, this isn’t rocket science. Some men just need a bit of guidance when it comes to making a great first impression on that special someone.

So keep reading to learn a few essential tips for taking your dating skills to the next level.

Skip the Suit

Some people might disagree with this, but we suggest leaving the suit at home for a first date. Let’s keep things a bit more on the casual side for now. Men obviously look great in a suit, but wearing a suit is probably overdoing it for a first date.

Focus on an outfit that still looks sharp and will impress but doesn’t make you look like uptight or like you’re attending a wedding (or funeral).

Wear a Stylish Watch

Guys, if you’re going to wear a watch, make it a nice one. That means leaving the cheap Casio at home.

A watch is an ideal fashion accessory. It can take your outfit to the next level with the perfect splash of color. But keep it classy.

Don’t Be Too Flashy

Listen, guys, this is the first date, so let’s focus on keeping fashion statements reeled in. Leave the bling at home. There’s no reason to be overly flashy. Even if your everyday style is typically an eleven, we suggest toning things down a few notches for this occasion.

Your philosophy might be to dress to impress, but flashy isn’t a good look for a first date. Your date might get the impression that you’re showing off.

Leave the gaudy jewelry at home and avoid name-dropping labels, which might come off as bragging.

Focus on the Hair

If you want to impress your date, you’ll need to get control of your hair. Please don’t show up looking like you literally rolled out of bed ten minutes ago.

First date basics? Take a shower and wash your hair so that both your hair and body look and smell clean.

Women love a trendy hairstyle, so consider heading down to your favorite salon a day or two ahead of time. Get trimmed up, but try to resist the temptation to experiment with a new style right before a big date.

Remember, confidence is key, and sporting a fabulous head of hair on a romantic outing will help keep your confidence on point.

Make Sure It Fits

It’s time to learn how to dress. That means wearing clothes that actually fit. After all, you’re not doing yourself any favors when you wear clothing that is either too snug or too large for your body type.

Nothing looks better on a man than clothes that are tailored to your exact body type. We recommend visiting a local fashion consultant and actually getting measured. They can show you how much better you’ll look wearing clothes that fit you properly.

Keep in mind that clothes don’t have to be slim-fitting to make you look like a million bucks, but well-fitted clothes truly will take your fashion game to the next level.

Lean Toward Dark and Neutral Colors

For first dates, we recommend wearing understated or muted colors that help keep your entire look grounded and sophisticated. Colors such as navy, gray, white and black.

These colors put the focus on you and your conversation rather than what you’re wearing. Keep this in mind with your jeans as well. So if you plan to wear denim, stick to dark wash only.

Just a Spritz of Cologne

You’ll definitely want to smell good on a first date. No matter the time of day, there’s nothing better than a sharp-dressed man who smells amazing.

Just don’t overdo it. A spritz of cologne is really all you need. That means one spray of your favorite scent on both the inside and outside of your shirt. That’s really all it takes for maximum impact.

No matter how good your cologne smells, avoid going crazy with it. Just remember – as with anything – a little goes a long way.

Polish Those Shoes

Shoes are important as well. So avoid sneakers and make sure that your leather shoes are polished to a nice shine.

It’s hard to overemphasize the importance of clean shoes. Brown and black are always best. Make sure to buff them until all scuff marks are gone. So find a clean cloth and some quality shoe polish and get to work.

Avoid Busy Patterns

Another important tip for first dates is to avoid wearing crazy patterns or garish prints. Leave that stuff in the closet.

You might be tempted to put your fun personality on full display right out of the gate, but we’d suggest keeping things toned down as much as possible for the moment.

No Hoodies

Here’s one final fashion tip to make the best possible impression on a first date – no hoodies.

There’s just no excuse for showing up to a date looking like a slacker. Sure, hooded sweatshirts can be fun, but leave them at home for now.

Casual is fine, but you also need to make an effort. Hoodies might be your everyday uniform, but show a little respect and wear something nice for the first date. You’ll look great and your date will love being out with a well-dressed man.

If you want to know how to look classy in a t-shirt, Adam White of gives a list of different ways to style a t-shirt for a nice night out.

Tips for How to Dress for a Date Night

Knowing how to dress for a date night can make the difference between successful romance or staying single. Fashion isn’t complicated, but it does require a little effort. The tips contained in this article can help make your first data a big success.

Be sure to check out the rest of our blog for more fashion advice to keep you looking your best.