How to Get Ready for a Big Date – A Visual Guide

How to get ready for a date - Men - What to Wear on a Date

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • 14Man44

    I’ve read somewhere that you shouldn’t spritz cologne on your clothes because the cologne contains oils which is bad for the clothes. Is this true?

    • Andrew

      I’ve never had a problem, in all of the colognes I’ve tested through the years. I suppose in THEORY if it’s a very dark cologne it could stain a white cotton shirt, but again, I’ve never had any problem with this.

      • browneagle44 ロベルト

        The only problem I’ve ever had was when I made my own cologne with essential oils-they can leave a telltell yellowish stain on white shirts. Otherwise, you should be fine. The larger problem is if you wear different colognes at different times/seasons-the old scent can linger on something you don’t launder as often, like the jacket.

        • Andrew

          You made your own cologne?? Fancy! How’d you like the process?

          • browneagle44 ロベルト

            Sounds fancier than mine was-I just combined essential oils into a bottle! I’d really like to try my hand at making solid cologne. Their scent seems to stay around longer, with less product.

        • Jose Amezola


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          • Jose Amezola

            1/3 of a cup of coconut oil
            2 Tablespoons of baking soda
            1/3 of a cup of arrowroot powder
            15 drops of the essential oil of your choice.

            I find it that works very well for me.

    • Lindsay Schramm

      I’ve been putting perfume on my clothes since I was a 12 year old dousing myself in Bath and Body Works, and I have never had an issue. I think as long as you are spritzing, and not pouring, you are fine.

    • Rob Dc

      To add to that, you are supposed to spray directly on your skin because your body heat pushes the scent.

    • Gabriel Tondeira

      Cologne smells really bad and it’s a unnecesary waste of money. Just bathe and all good.

  • Lindsay Schramm

    This is absolutely fantastic. As far as sweat goes, my boyfriend had suffered with hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) his whole life, which led him to only wearing black all through college. He recently found these undershirts to help prevent pit stain ( and they are a GAME CHANGER. He even recorded a YouTube testimonial for the company, he loves them so much. If you’re a dude who ever worries about underarm sweat in a big way, I highly recommend checking out Thompson Tee. Joe’s testimonial is on there, and he gives a full example of his underarms after a day at work wearing a normal undershirt, vs a Thompson Tee.

  • Sean

    Would black corduroy pants work in this situation?

    • Andrew

      If it’s a thing wale, it should work. Darker gray would be better with the boots.

  • Danno

    Andrew, can you sed a link for the pants? Been looking for a pair of non dress pant/jean/chino pants.

  • Ross

    Awesome Idea for a post, Combines a live action getup with grooming tips. Would love to see more posts like this one! Great job Andrew!

    • Andrew

      Thanks Ross! 🙂

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  • Jared Beau Hannum

    This guide works well if the girl you are going on a date with is a naive virgin attracted to total douchebags with powdery nut sacks. Nice product placement, by the way. You, sir, are a fraud and a moron.