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What to Wear on a Cinema Date (The Ultimate Style Guide for Guys)

Why does it matter what outfit I am wearing, if I am sat in the dark?

Going on a date can be nerve-wracking as you want to dress to impress but also be comfortable. Your outfit, can help show your date your personality and who you are, so it is important to get your attire correct, after all, first impression is key. You want your date to notice that you have made an effort but haven’t thought about it relentlessly. Even though your date will be mostly sat in the dark, they will be looking at your outfit chose before and after the film.

Don’t overdress but certainly don’t under-dress

Although it is important to dress smartly for your date, you also need to make sure your outfit is right for the date environment. For a cinema date you want to aim for the ‘smart casual look’ not a 3-piece suit. However, it is essential not to be under-dressed, you don’t want to rock up to your date and look like you have just rolled out of bed. If you have only began dating, then try to avoid gym clothing, this shows your date you are making an effort for date night and have not just rushed from the gym to meet them.

Smart-Casual

It is important to wear clothes that are comfortable for the cinema. Nobody wants to be sat down for a 2-hour movie in tight clothing and feeling uncomfortable. Jeans are a good idea if you want the ‘smart-casual look’, however, nobody wants skinny jeans that are so tight they make you hot. We have all probably seen the Friends episode where Ross wear’s leather skinny jeans on his date and he gets so hot he can’t pull them back up after using the loo. This is what we want to avoid. Therefore, aim for comfortable loose fitting jeans or chinos, these are ideal for a cinema date, as they will not make you fidget. You can pair it up with either a jumper, button-down shirt or t-shirt.

Aim for comfortable and loose fitting jeans or chinos, these are ideal for a cinema date, as they will not make you fidget

If you don’t feel comfortable in a button-down shirt and want to opt for a t-shirt then aim for dark coloured jeans, this can help smarten up your outfit, whilst also looking effortless. Try to avoid wearing ripped jeans as this can ruin your outfit. When wearing a t-shirt avoid the graphic t-shirts, keep it simple with just a blocked colour or even t-shirts that have the brand showing (i.e. Ralph Lauren logo).

Another great option is fitted jumpers, they can look smart, effortless and most importantly comfortable.

Another great option is fitted jumpers, they can look smart, effortless and most importantly comfortable. The cinema can often be cold, therefore, jumpers are a great cinema date clothing attire, as they can help keep you warm. Avoid oversized jumpers, you want a jumper that shows your body frame off, but is not too tight.

Keep it simple

Getting the colour scheme right for your outfit can be also stressful for cinema dates. Try to stick to 2/3 different colours for your outfit. For a cinema date, it is ideal to try darker clothes, this way if you do drop any food or drinks on you, it won’t be as noticeable in a white shit. Dark clothing can also make you frame slimmer.

Shoes

Having decided on your clothes, it is now time to decide what shoes to wear for your date. Regardless of where you are in the world, for a cinema date, opened toe sandals are a massive no! The rise of the ‘smart trainers’ are becoming more acceptable for dates. They can help make an outfit look casual, whilst also looking chic and be very comfortable which is what we want to aim for a cinema date.

If trainers are not suited for you, then go for a leather shoe. Leather shoes are a classic shoe that will never go out of fashion and go with almost anything. They can be smart whilst also looking trendy with a pair of jeans or chinos, and they can dress an outfit up.

Leather shoes are a classic shoe that will never go out of fashion and go with almost anything

Whatever shoes, you decide to go for, just remember to make sure they are clean! Give them a quick polish or wipe over before you leave for your date.

Materials

The type of clothing material is equally as important for a cinema date. Not only do you want clothing that is not going to cause you discomfort and itchiness, but you also want soft materials that are comfortable for your date to lean on, as there a possibility your date may want to cuddle during the film. Whatever, top you decide to go for, make sure it is relatively new, clean and soft.

Grooming

Whilst picking the right outfit for a cinema date is essential, it is also to make you’re your appearance is smart.

Whilst picking the right outfit for a cinema date is essential, it is also to make you’re your appearance is smart. If you are going for the ‘clean cut’ look make sure your beard is shaved or if you want to keep your beard, then make sure it is tided and trimmed. Facial appearance can also make your look, by keeping it tided, it shows your date you are well groomed and have also made effort for the date. Hair products can also be a good use or even a simple hair brush can make you look like you have made an effort.

Make sure you spray the cologne before you leave the house, as it is dark inside the cinema and your date won’t be able to see your outfit. By spraying cologne, it can impress your date, showing them you are well groomed and also can help with your confidence, especially if you are a nervous sweater! But remember, don’t go overboard with cologne, stick to 3 sprays max!

Lastly….

Remember to have fun on your cinema date. It is ok to be a little nervous, but just keep relaxed and remember to dress comfortable as this can help ease nerves and also help you feel more relaxed and feel confident.