Whether it’s your first date or your one hundredth, the nerves of preparation can cut into our confidence like steel. These date night jitters are our bodies way of helping you to focus on the task at hand, of wooing and impressing your date, by paying attention to the details. To help you make the best decisions possible, Male Standard teamed with Men’s Health to determine the top 5 date night style hacks all men can use to reduce the stress and agitation that often comes before the main event. Put your best foot forward as we tackle these tips!
Hack 1: Ditch the Freshly Shaven Look
Opting for a fresh clean shave might seem like an expected practice before a first date, but it wreaks of trying too hard. Unless you usually shave away the stubble each day, shaving one or two days before the big night actually gives a more favorable and lasting impression. You’ll achieve the classicly masculine 5 o’clock shadow written about in fantasy novels, without running the risk of shaving bumps or irritation. Plus, there’s a subtle confidence that comes with rocking day old stubble. Try it and see the romantic results for yourself!
Hack 2: Skip the Cologne
While you might think that cologne is the vital step to success, it can actually overpower an intimate date night. Instead, shower as usual and use a soap bar or gel in your favorite fragrance. To find these hidden grooming gems, look for gift sets in your local department store. These will contain the fragrance you love but with alternative product options. You’ll still smell and feel fantastic, but your date won’t feel like their choking on your scent. Instead, it will lure them closer to you for that first kiss or more…
Hack 3: Shine Your Shoes
Not every date night requires a new outfit; especially if you’re on the causal dating circuit. Rather than forking out for a new shirt, we recommend that you invest in a good old-fashioned shoe shine. This will revitalize your outfit and give you a boost of confidence. Plus, you can shine your shoes at home for a few bucks. It doesn’t take long to do, but the sense of pride you’ll gain from bringing back those boots will give you a new pep in your step. Plus, when we’re attracted to someone, we naturally point our feet in their direction. So put your best foot forward!
Hack 4: Go Matte or Go Home
To keep the air of calm sophistication going, look for matte hair products that will hold your style in place without looking too formal. Nothing says I haven’t dated since High School quiet like a gloop of overly shiny serum in your hair. The only time those products are appropriate is if you’re a hipster or wearing a formal tux. Then, my dear friend, have at it. For most guys, however, matte products offer the right look and feel for intimate dates nights. Your date should always be tempted to run their hands through your hair!
Hack 5: Embrace a New Color
If you’re in the business of looking for a new style, consider stepping away from Monochrome (black and white) for date nights, and instead add color and dimension to your look. Black suits look like you’re going to a wedding or a funeral, and white suits should be reserved for private parties in Miami. Grey is a fantastic go-to for most skin types that lend a sophisticated look to an otherwise simple outfit. Navy’s work well on those with red or blonde hair and fair skin, and we recommend greens and deep purples for those with dark hair or features.
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