Dress to Impress
by Marisa Pellegrino
Have you ever wondered why that girl from the bar never called
you back? The conversation came easy, the drinks were flowing,
you could feel the chemistry, and you were dressed to kill
Your mother always told you that you only get one chance to
make a first impression and first impressions can make or break
you. Women look at every last detail, from your tasseled shoes
to the amount of goop you have in your hair. Be honest guys,
women arent the only ones who try on five different outfits
before deciding what to wear for a night out on the town. And
it is perfectly normal. But how do you know which outfit is
the right one to impress the girl on your first date?
Let me take you through it step by step. Clothes arent
the only thing a woman looks at when youre dressing to
impress; its the whole package. Fortunately or not, the
outside is what she sees first. What you see is sometimes what
you get. So what do you wear?
Out with the Old
Rule number one is: dont under dress. Guys have a tendency
to pull on a pair of pants and the first shirt they find and
head out the door. You have to look put-together, like some
sort of effort was made for her. So take those ratty, old tennis
shoes and toss em! Take your t-shirts with big, loud prints
and forget about them! And yes, women think carpenters are sexy
but that doesnt give you the green light to wear your
paint-stained jeans. The solution is simple. Ask a friend (male
or female) over the day of your big date. Not only will they
help calm your nerves but theyll also give you their honest
opinion on your chosen outfit. Second, an iron can also be a
mans best friend. Youd be surprised what a little
pressing can do to change your look. Finally, dont rush!
Theres nothing wrong with taking an extra half hour to
prepare. If you take the time to get ready, your date will take
the time to notice.
In with the New
So while the first rule might seem simple enough, some guys
might take it too far, which brings us to rule number two: dont
overdress. We dont expect you to know all the latest fashion
trends of the day and we dont expect you to follow them
either. This second rule doesnt only deal with being a
label whore but also with men going overboard; that is to say
those men dont know when enough is enough. While some
guys take a shirt, smell it and decide whether or not it is
clean, others think their shirt has to say Hugo Boss, Armani,
or Ralph Lauren to look good. So lets make your sweater
selection. Stay away from Grandmas knitted birthday gift
and nipple shirts. The former screams little kid while the latter
leaves nothing to the imagination. The tight shirt may not be
an option if youre not comfortable enough with your body,
but if you are physically fit, why not let the woman imagine
whats under there to maintain an element of mystery. You
cant go wrong with a button shirt, leaving the first couple
of buttons at the top undone. Its casual, comfortable,
A Dab Will Do You.
Do you remember the last time you were walking down the street
and almost got whiplash because someone passed by you with an
overwhelming smell? Our sense of smell is one of our most powerful
senses, which leads us to rule number three: always remember
to smell good. Some smells take us back to childhood and others
remind us of something very specific. The same applies to your
cologne. But why is cologne used in the first place? Its purpose
is twofold: it becomes your signature and the sense
of smell is heightened when things start getting hot and heavy.
Again, less is more. No need to drown yourself with the stuff,
keep in mind that when it comes to cologne, a little goes a
long way. The best places to apply your signature are the inside
of your wrists, your neck, and even your chest.
Attention to Detail
Sometimes its the little things that make a difference
and rule number four reminds you to pay attention to detail.
We all know women have an eye for the minute and the slightest
thing can turn us off. So the solution is simple boys, dont
overlook the small stuff. Just like women like carpenters, some
women also think scruffy is sexy, but on your first date, go
with the clean shaven look to be safe. And not only are you
going to brush your teeth, youre also going to break out
the dental floss for this one just to be extra safe. Make sure
your hair is neat and doesnt hold an entire bottle of
product in it. Remember to clean those nails. You may look like
a mans man with dirty nails, but its a turn off
for women. Finally, keep the accessories to a minimum. You can
wear your watch and necklace or a ring but thats it. If
youre wearing more jewelry than your date then we could
have a problem!
Of course, not all women are the same but most will agree that
less is more when making a good first impression. So remember
the four simple rules: dont dress like youre going
to watch the game at a buddys house or like youre
about to walk down the runway; smell great and put in the effort
to care of the details. Youre sure to have plenty of second,
third, and fourth dates!
About the Author
Marisa Pellegrino is freelance journalist and a writer for a
Montreal radio show called Passion, a program about dating,
relationships, and sex. She is also the writer/webmaster for
Dating Ideas (www.dating-idea.com)
a website with advice about dating and relationships.
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