How To Dress For A Dinner Date – Men’s Guide

Written by: Bronwen Collins | June 25, 2018.

Dressing for a dinner date is a daunting task. We all know that it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but when it comes to first dates, making a good impression on the outside doesn’t hurt either. Here at Mainline we’re ready to provide you with the ultimate fashion guide for that first dinner date.

The Fancy Date

Man In Suit

Assuming you’re not taking your date to a fast food chain (please don’t) you’re going to need to step up your game. Casual suits can be hard to get right, but a plain t-shirt underneath your blazer jacket and matched with lighter chinos is a safe bet for any restaurant. Keeping you smart but casual. The aim is to look like you haven’t tried very hard to get ready (even though you and I both know you have) whilst still looking impressively sophisticated. Just make sure the t-shirt looks nice without the jacket as well – in case it gets too stuffy in that restaurant. As long as it fits properly you should be fine.

Smart outfits like these require confidence, so try to keep those first date nerves to a minimum and you’re bound to impress.

The Casual Date

Man In Polo shirt

Let’s face it, most of us are happy with a cheeky Nandos, and dressing up isn’t as big of a deal. For a more casual dinner date fashion, we recommend a neutral polo-shirt or t-shirt matched with jeans or chinos. As simple as simple gets.

Another first date tip is to try to stick to calming colours so as not to dazzle your date, blues, browns and greens are usually a safe bet.

Still not sure? This Boss Orange polo shirt in blue with these designer skinny jeans, from Emporio Armani, provide a sleek and comfortable outfit. These dinner date clothes will help you look the part even when you’re rushing across the restaurant because you forgot the cutlery – don’t worry, with our fashion tips you’ll look good enough to be able to make a few mistakes.

For Everything Else

Man In Flower Shirt

If you’re not sure what to wear, then we recommend you keep things simple for now. Leave those Hawaiian shirts in the wardrobe and opt for neutral colours like we mentioned earlier, safe choices are blue, green, white, grey, brown and black. We’re not peacocking here (you’ve already got the first date) so let’s not dazzle your date with wild fashion choices just yet – unless you think they’d dig that, in which case go for it!

In the end, the best piece of advice I could give is to be yourself. Unless yourself is flip flops with socks then, in that case, get some new designer shoes and learn to love yourself.





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