“Date night” is an Americanism that has made its way across the pond. It is a wee bit on the saccharin sweet side for me, but a date night is an important part of my relationship with my wife. Whatever you want to call it, in our house it makes for a welcome break from the kids, chores and the everyday humdrum stuff that drains you and your romantic notions. In my experience women take these opportunities to dress well and look their best. They do a pretty good job too. How can we try to match up?
Depends where you are going of course, but an effort has to be made. You don’t want the guy at the next table showing you up do you? It is possible to look good when simply queuing for the ice-cream for a movie you know.
A drink or two-
If it’s a quick couple of life-saving, relationship rescuing drinks then you can keep it easygoing (just like yourself then?) style-wise. Denim and one of your better t-shirts will cover this. A good polo shirt (not the one from holiday in 2006) or sweatshirts may also be called up for action as appropriate for the time of year. The fact it is only a couple of drinks means you have even less time to make your impression, so make an effort.
Sneakers are good. So, giving your more formal shoes the night off is definitely allowed here.
Try Sunspel for quality casual wear. Common Projects are so cool for sneakers if you can manage it fiscally. Kurt Geiger or Adidas Stan Smith will cost you less, but still look good.
Casual here. Leave the cashmere and best denim at home for this one…..it is dark for most of this date night. Anyway, it can break your heart to see your new shirt encrusted with a toffee popcorn and Ben & Jerry’s caramel chew chew conglomerate after two hours of Michael Bay. You’ll look like a man child with it not so artfully drizzled down you. You are not off the hook totally though as you do have to negotiate some lightened areas in the movie preamble. Arrive and leave in reasonable style, so no football or rugby tops when out socially at our stage of life please. It’s the man child thing again!
J Crew t-shirt or sweatshirt is just the business here. For a more environmentally-conscious option try Tom Cridland (he has a few movie star fans) for both. Parisien design house APC also worth a shout for a sweatshirt or t-shirt.
Posh cinema effectively here dress wise. If there is an interval or an earlybird beforehand then you should dress to impress. Looking at a blazer, good leather or overcoat for this kind of night out.No jumpers over the shoulders required. Pay attention too. No harm is ever done by having a few well thought out observations afterwards. A well-dressed man with more than half a brain? The prospects of a return are good!
Reiss do the sort of garb needed for scrubbing up well for a theatre trip. Black or navy look mature and can even be put together these days. If you are on more of a budget, then check out Selected Homme for modern cuts.
Big night out-
You maybe lucky enough to have the social life that is the envy of your peers or you may only get out every couple of months. Same standard applies though. Namely, look smart, cool and debonair all at once. Think Alain Delon, David Niven/Gandy and Steve McQueen rolled into one. Easy enough then.
Best shoes or boots get unleashed here. Polo or t-shirt generally are not smart enough (unless it’s a good quality tee under a blazer), so we are venturing into “night out shirt” territory. So, what goes with one of your best shirts? Well, trousers (I mean anything that is not denim) are having a moment just now and will undoubtedly look smart when they fit well. However, I just prefer smart, lean, dark denim just now if it’s wintery. Maybe it is due to me wearing chinos or smart trousers all week to work, but you won’t drag me away from my denim on a weekend night out. Dark indigo or black will always look good. Not too baggy or loose though. Go for a straight leg to keep your profile good and accentuate leg length. Good jacket or coat as well of course. You could go with an overcoat. Just avoid the undertaker look.
Your accessories can also aid your cause. Dress watch, pocket square or smart scarf will all add a little polish. A leather cardholder (you’re paying, right?) might come off the sidelines and replace the day to day wallet you are using. You can get a really smart cardholder without spending a fortune. It should last more than a few good nights out too.
Enjoy your night in your own stylish way!