Valentine’s Day is very much upon us, gents. Unless your wish is to spend the rest of the year making up for it you better have some plans in order.
You’ve got the reservations (you have, haven’t you?) and we’ve got the outfits. A splash of eau de toilette and you’re good to go. Here’s a range of scenarios you could find yourself involved in on February 14th…
Don’t know if you’ve heard, but the new Fifty Shades of Grey film is out this week. Unless you’re incredibly lucky (never, ever let her go!), the likelihood is you’ll be going to see that. Not one to see with the parents, embrace the raunchiness of this best seller and get inspired by the big screen. And remind her Christian Grey is just a fictional character as you drive home rather than take the private jet.
Leather Jacket – Goodsouls Mens Leather Jacket
T-Shirt – Fred Perry White Crew Neck Mens T-Shirt
Ah, the face-to-face meal scenario, the bread and butter of the dating world. Wining and dining has been a staple for centuries and for good reason – it can’t fail to impress. Unless you choose something off the menu you’ll be picking out your teeth for the next three hours. Or you get half the plate down your top. Remember your table manners, sir. And go easy on the garlic.
Blazer – Ben Sherman Herringbone Mens Blazer
Trousers – Skopes Navy Stripe Ohio Suit Mens Trousers
Brogues – Ted Baker Vineey Mens Brogue Shoes
If you fancy something a little more cultured, then the theatre might appeal to the tastes of a wiley fox. Dress in a dapper suit and polish your shoes because you’re playing in the big leagues now. They say laughter is the key to the heart, so opt for a comedy to get the endorphins flowing and relax your date. Or how about a fast-paced musical? Clapping, a nod of the head and taking in the atmosphere is fine; just leave the Dad-moves at home.
Socks – Lyle & Scott Argyle Mens Socks
Oxford Shoes – Ted Baker Rogrr Oxford Toe Cap Mens Shoes
Right, this one’s always a little tricky. We all know drinks are great for putting people at ease, especially in the conventional nerve-wracking situations. But there’s a line. Don’t cross it. It’s unlikely you’ll knock back the cocktails on a night out with the lads, but sipping a sugary treat every now and then is fine. Just take it easy and pace yourself, okay. You don’t want to be carried home slurring your words; the chances are you’ll never see them again.
Blazer – Selected Mens Tylor Mens Blazer
Jeans – River Island Mens Dylan Jeans
Tassel Loafers – H By Hudson Pierre Tassel Loafers
A throwback to your youth, this casual date is perfect for competitive couples. A night down the lanes is a little different to more mature options, but can be just as fun, especially if there’s a few drinks involved. Getting down to business you’re faced with two choices. Winning confirms your position as the alpha male but lose and there is less chance an argument will ruin the evening. Just make sure you don’t put the sides up, you’re both adults.
Polo Shirt – Replay Short Sleeve Mens Polo Shirt
Chukka Boots – Fred Perry Byron Suede Mens Chukka Boots
Come on champ, it’s a brave move but it’s a good one. You don’t need to go all swanky to have the perfect evening. A bunch of roses, a box of chocolates, set the mood with candles and cook the both of you a delicious meal. Shell out for oysters – they’re meant to be an aphrodisiac, so you can show off your mussels. Don’t ask us how to make them Casanova; we’re only here to help with the outfits.
Check Shirt – Lee Mens Check Shirt
Jeans – Levi’s 511 Slim Fit Mens Jeans
Chukka Boots – River Island 3 Eyelet Mens Chukka Boots
Remember to play it safe!