Date Night: The Men’s Guide to Festive Dressing


Whether you’re single or in a relationship, dating around the holidays is unlike any other time of year. Here are some foolproof looks for any rendezvous you might have planned during this festive season.

The Nutcracker Ballet
Even if you’re not the biggest fan of ballet, seeing The Nutcracker with someone can be a really romantic and enjoyable evening. Especially when followed by champagne at intermission and a fancy dinner. Keep your look semiformal with a blazer, slacks or dark denim, a dress shirt, and maybe even a tie (possibly a red tartan one).

Blind Date with Your Mother’s Colleague’s Cousin
It’s the season for merriment and yes, blind dates. Often set up by well-meaning family members, these potentially awkward meetings call for an outfit that’s date-appropriate, but isn’t trying too hard. Try straight-leg denim, a button-front shirt, and a neutral-hued V-neck sweater to make a dapper impression.

The Holiday Party
The key is to not show up wearing a hand-knit holiday number a la Colin Firth in Bridget Jones’ Diary (bonus points if you got that reference). Keep the festive revelry subtle with a couple of nice touches, like an appropriately colored tie or sweater. The rest of your ensemble should be simple and neutral, e.g. dark pants and a white dress shirt.

Ice Skating
Whether you’re a pro or not, ice skating is a perfect date for the holiday season. It’s active, fun, and you get to treat yourself to some delicious hot chocolate afterward. Bundle up to stay warm (without looking like a snowman) with straight-leg denim, a cozy plaid button-front shirt, chunky sweater, and warm wool socks.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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