How to dress on a date depends, of course, on what you’re planning to do and whether it happens to be a first or a second date. If it’s a first date, you’re probably just planning to meet for coffee, so you may want to wear something like a smart sweater, collared shirt, jeans and shoes (never trainers, even for a coffee date!). If it’s a second or third date, chances are you’re aiming for a more substantial evening, like dinner or a play, so now is your chance to pull out the stops and impress your potential partner. Depending on the formality of the event or venue, you may want to wear a two-piece suit (with or without a tie) or, for a less formal venue, smart trousers with a wool or cashmere sweater over a collared shirt. The key to dressing for a second date is that you want to show some sex appeal by wearing a suit that fits you well; well-fitting trousers are particularly important in this regard, as is a sweater with just the right amount of length to show off your waist. Depending on the restaurant you take your date to, dress shoes, custom trousers, a shirt and a cashmere sweater will create the perfect look for a first dinner date; a more swanky restaurant, however, will require a full suit and tie. Never forget that women, contrary to popular belief, are visual creatures, too, and enjoy the sight of a well-dressed man, so play to your strengths by dressing in a way that accentuates your best physical qualities.
What about colour? Black is a great colour to wear on your date because, obviously, it has a dark, mysterious quality that complements most skin tones and eye colours. Bright blue is also a good colour to wear on a date because it has a calming, masculine aura that will work on your own mood and that of your potential partner. Colours to avoid might be grey (boring – unless it’s a fabulous garment!) and pink, which can be difficult to pull off. Aim for a strong, masculine silhouette by investing in a bespoke suit and a well-fitting sweater: both menswear essentials that, if worn correctly, flatter a man’s form marvelously. A good sweater should bring out the breadth of a man’s chest and shoulders, while a suit should complement the plains and curves of a man’s body. Custom garments, in particular, go a long way toward giving a man that seductive appeal that women (or men) respond to. Think Marcello Mastroianni, always a great dresser and indefatigable ladies’ man.