How to get ready for that First Date

Congratulations! After weeks of wondering and waiting, you finally work up the nerve to ask the girl of your dreams for a date. It wasn’t easy by any stretch. In fact, you almost blew it twice by forgetting your own name and staring at her chest a bit too long. However, she thinks you’re a charming and sweet guy and agreed to dinner and a movie. Now, that you’ve succeeded in getting a date, the real work can begin.


First and foremost, your hygiene has to be on point. No woman wants to be around a guy who reeks of feet and armpits. This may seem like common knowledge to some of you, but you’d be surprised how many men forsake soap and water. Also, be sure that you have on some kind of deodorant. Personally, I go for the underarm Old Spice myself. Not only does it give you a nice scent that’s not too overpowering, but also minimizes perspiration. Now when it comes down to shaving, it varies on numerous conditions. But if you’re hesitant about going clean shaving, at least make sure your beard and mustache is neatly trimmed.

What are you wearing?

As far as clothing is concerned, I like to be stylish, but also comfortable. But it all depends on when and where the date takes place. A jacket and tie makes a great impression for a night at an upscale restaurant. But if you’re going to some place more casual, like a sports bar, I’d go with a Polo and some khakis. If the date in question is a casual acquaintance, going over the top might not be necessary. But that doesn’t mean you can show up in a sweat suit and dusty sneakers.

Get down to the details

Now that you’ve gotten yourself in top form, let’s talk care of the wherewithal in between. How, when, and where you plan to begin your date is just as important as the date itself. Driving around with your date is an excellent way to break the ice before getting further into the activities. If you plan on picking her up, do you think she’d be comfortable in your car? You might want to make sure it’s been washed inside out and deodorized beforehand. However, if your ride is a burnt out Datsun or a cargo van, you might be better of seeking a cab or an Uber. If you want that second date, taking the bus or subway is not an option.

Expect the Unexpected

When you arrive, on time mind you, be prepared for any circumstances that arouse. She might be running a little late or you may have to endure the wrath of her overbearing father. Either way, you want to remain calm, patient and think twice before you speak. Again, if the date in question is a casual acquaintance, some gimmicks like flowers and candy may not be necessary. Only hug if she initiates for one and no kissing until AFTER the date.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to prepare for the first date, I’ll just leave you with the following. Try to treat her the way you’d want someone to treat your mother or your sister. No matter what the circumstances, no means no. Don’t overdo it on the small talk either, I’m sure there’s plenty of things you can find in common. And just in case, always have a Trojan or two on hand. Just in case.

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