For the Guys: 10 Outfit Options for the First Date

Make a great first impression with these picks.


( So you’ve finally mustered up the courage to ask your crush out on a date and she said yes—congratulations! Now that the big day is fast approaching, it’s time to decide how you’d want to present yourself to a potential flame. The key is to strike a balance between smart and casual—you’d want to appear put-together but not stuffy or uptight. These 10 picks will make you show up to dinner looking like the best possible version of yourself.

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Basic Oxford Shirt in Pink (P1,695) from Zara

When it comes to making a great first impression, you can’t go wrong with an oxford shirt. There’s a reason why the preppy piece has become a classic menswear staple—it’s universally flattering and makes any man look smart and stylish. Deviate from the usual white or blue colors and choose something a bit unexpected, such as the subtle coral hue of this Zara button-down.

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Faux Suede Bomber Jacket in Navy (P3,995) from Mango Man

A bomber jacket perfectly straddles the line between dressy and casual, especially when rendered in sophisticated suede. This navy option from Mango will keep you warm through the night—and you can also lend it to your date in case she gets chilly later on in the evening.

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Royce Light Suede Desert Boots (P5,199) from Selected Homme

There are many possible directions your date can go, but one thing’s for sure—she’ll notice your shoe choice. These suede desert boots from Selected Homme are a sophisticated option that speak of taste and maturity.

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Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans (P1,990) from Uniqlo

Who says you can’t wear jeans to a first date? Denim is now considered acceptable attire for dinner, especially when done in a dark wash and slim cut just like this Uniqlo pair.

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Argus Leather Wallet in Tan (P1,600) from The Tannery Manila

Today’s dating norms are much more relaxed such that men are no longer expected to always pay on the first date. You’ll still impress her though every time you whip out this buttery calfskin billfold from Tannery Manila when you foot the bill.

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Classic Durham Watch 40mm (P10,900) from Daniel Wellington

A great watch is a reliable style staple that won’t fail to elevate your look. Choose a timepiece with a minimalist face and a classic leather wristband, like this one from Daniel Wellington.

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Jacquard-Knit Socks (P199) from H&M

Although it’s best to err on the side of dressy when it comes to first-date getups, don’t be afraid to let your personality shine through! These whimsical socks from H&M have tiny avocados printed on them, and can serve as a great conversation starter.

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Round-Neck Sweater in Orange (P1,495) from Bershka

There are few menswear pieces that scream out “boyfriend material” like a cozy sweater. This Bershka pullover is comfy and comes in a punchy orange hue that’s bound to leave an impression.

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Muscle Fit Polo in Navy (P1,395) from Topman

For more casual date settings, you won’t go wrong with a polo shirt in a sober color, such as this navy Topman piece. The collar will keep you looking smart, while the knit sleeves will hug and accentuate your shoulders and biceps.

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Bleu de Chanel Eau de Toilette (P6,350) from Chanel

Never underestimate the power of a great fragrance when out on a date. A few spritzes of Bleu de Chanel will make you irresistible to her long after you’ve said good night.

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