​What to Wear, When: Men’s Edition

From the first date to proposal, dressing to impress the apple of your eye can be a tricky balancing act. On the one hand, you want to look your best, but you also want to show your versatility and originality each and every time she sees you. So to help you make a great impression on every date, we’ll lay out some ideas for how to dress on each milestone occasion.

For the first date
No, you don’t get a second chance at first impressions, but the idea here is to go in with a strategy and set yourself up to raise the bar on the second and third dates. Rather than showing all aces on the first date, you can make a stellar first impression with dark wash jeans, an oxford, and a blazer. Perspiration can be a deal breaker on the first date, so if the weather is extra warm, lose the blazer and rock a polo with khakis or jeans, depending on the formality of the restaurant.

For the second date
For whatever reason, many guys think that it’s ok slack off a bit when it comes to what they wear on the second date. This “second date slump” is for real with most guys, so this is your chance to rise above the rest and blow away her expectations.

Make plans to go to a fancy restaurant for dinner, so that you have a chance to dress your best. A suit might be a little too much, but a nice pair of flat-front trousers, and a shirt and tie are perfect for the second date. Remember, the tie is the centerpiece of your outfit, so you want to be sure to wear a tie that breathes some life into your formal wear, like Squiddledee Ties.

Squiddledee Ties come in a variety of clever and refined designs, specially made to flow with your personality. From classic styles like the gregarious “Bloom no. 18” to fun ties like “The Bluebird of Happiness,” there’s a Squiddledee Ties for every unique personality. And they’re all made right here in the U.S. with 100% silk, for unparalleled quality that’s sure to make an unforgettable impression.
 
When meeting the parents
Well, you’ve made it this far, but now it’s time to impress the parents- not so much for your sake, but so that her parents know that she’s made a great choice. Get some information about the parents ahead of time to get a feel for what they’re like. You want to dress well, but not too formal if the location doesn’t call for it. If the family is more straight-laced, go with khakis, an oxford, and a tie, and be sure to accessorize. If the family is more laid back, a striped oxford or a solid polo with a nice pair of dark wash jeans will have the parents talking and asking about you for weeks to come. No matter what the weather is like, shorts are definitely off-limits here.
 
When meeting her friends
Again, the idea here is to make her look great in front of her people. If everyone is meeting for drinks, you can’t go wrong with khakis and a polo, or jeans and an oxford. Her friends will definitely approve of a guy who has an eye for style, so if you go the jeans and oxford route, now is a great time to break out the blazer and your Squiddledee Ties for another round.
 
When proposing
Ok, maybe you haven’t even made it to the first date yet, but it never hurts to plan ahead. Presentation is everything when it comes to proposal, and if you think that the way you’re dressed when you pop the question doesn’t influence her answer, think again, Romeo.  Jeans and a t-shirt aren’t gonna cut it when you break out that expensive rock, so dress like you mean it, without giving away any hints.

Look to your second date apparel, and go for trousers, dress shoes, an oxford, and a blazer if the weather is cool. Make sure that you have something planned that calls for that type of dress, such as a night at the theatre, or dinner at a classy restaurant.

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