Whether you are going on a first date or a hundredth date, you will want to dress the part. Choose an outfit that matches the formality of wherever you are headed and expresses your personality.
Here are some recommended outdoor date outfits for men:
A Formal and Refined Outfit:
If you have a formal date planned, definitely step up your outfit and show that you put in an effort. A wool blazer and dress pants in a coordinating neutral colour such as navy, gray, white, or black never go wrong. This keeps your outfit grounded and elevated, so the focus is on your conversation and not what you are wearing. Add a subtle pop of colour with a tie and pocket square. Bring it all together with a leather belt and your choice of dress shoes in a rich cognac hue.
A Modern Elegance Outfit:
Meeting up with your date for craft cocktails downtown? You will want to put together an outfit that is elevated and will be appropriate if there is a dress code. Choosing a sport coat rather than blazer dials down the formality a bit, and a pattern like a tonal check shows a little personality.
For the perfect amount of polish, add a tie and a pair of derby shoes. If you are looking for extra panache, a pocket square is a great choice.
A Smart Outfit:
To create a polished look that works for a wide variety of date night plans, starting with a windowpane oxford shirt and chinos is a smart choice. If it is chilly, layer on a sweater for an elevated touch. A fabric like merino wool provides excellent warmth, yet is lightweight and not too bulky. Top off your look with a sport coat in a neutral hue, and add a belt after tucking in your shirt. For the finishing touch, leather loafers are just right.
A Casual Outfit:
For a casual look, you can try an oxford shirt with jeans or chinos, a short sleeve shirt with jeans and light coloured Chelsea boots, a light suit with a t-shirt and shoes or a t-shirt, chinos and a summer jacket are great options for your date night.
You want to keep things light, but also be prepared for slight changes in the weather if your date goes the distance into late evening or early hours of the morning, so avoid shorts and opt for trousers, jeans or chinos.
For more inspiration, check out Nordstrom.
Published on HOLR Magazine.