First Date Outfits for Men

Daniel Radcliffe's look is casual, yet totally put together.
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First impressions are often lasting ones, especially during a first date. Because the first thing a person notices about you is your attire, it's important to choose a spot-on first date outfit. While you don't want to look like you're trying too hard and are overly eager, mastering a few easy styling tips and stocking your closet with versatile, high-quality basics will ensure you're getting it right from date one.

1 Casual Dates

As most first dates are casual occasions, keep your closet stocked with quality basic pieces, like jeans, polo shirts and button-downs. Jeans are perfectly appropriate for a first date, but opt for a crisp pair with a dark wash and a slim cut for the most flattering silhouette. On warm days, don a fitted, short-sleeved polo shirt. On cooler days or for casual dinner or drink dates, tuck an ironed button-down shirt into your jeans.

2 Formal Dates

For first dates at a swanky restaurant, wedding or other formal occasion, you want to look good without appearing uptight or stuffy. An outfit of chic separates looks pulled together and modern. A pair of gray wool trousers and a cashmere sweater looks and feels expensive. Add a blazer to complete the look. If it's too warm for a blazer, wear a button-down shirt with a blazer you can take off when necessary.

3 Shoes and Accessories

Unless you're meeting your date at the track, leave your running shoes at home. Leather shoes can be just as casual as sneakers, but they look like you put thought into your outfit. Boating shoes, loafers or leather sneakers are great for daytime wear, while dressy dates call for lace-ups. Because you'll probably tuck in your shirt on a date, wear a belt that coordinates with the rest of the outfit.

4 Grooming

If you want to wear cologne or body spray, do so, but spray it sparingly only on your chest and then add a little in your hair. Make sure your fingernails are clipped and clean, your hair is washed and styled, and you've trimmed any stray nose or ear hairs.

Virginia Pond is a Chicago-based writer. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from Indiana University.