I just got a girlfriend and need to buy some nicer, more formal clothes to wear on dates. Before I started getting into fashion and clothes, I would have gone with something that you would find on mfa, an oxford shirt with a sweater, some chinos, and a pair of desert boots.
the problem is, i don't dress dadcore. i usually wear docs and what can be described as "streetwear." what are some fits that are more formal than a grey hoodie, fishtail parka, black jeans, and docs, but that aren't dadcore?
A white t and black denim jacket doesn't sound formal enough to wear to a somewhat nice restaurant, for example.
Are there "dress shirts" I could wear with such a fit? I haven't had any need to dress more formally than a t shirt since primary school, so the only thing i can think of is those horrible shiny dress shirts.
How about a corduroy shirt? Uniqlo has them for cheap and they're pretty good for what you're asking.
Drop hoodies altogether, only wear non-printed tees. No distressed jeans, no black buttoned shirts (black shirt is clubwear, not datewear). What does that leave you? A hell of a lot. My recommendations for steps up:
- Military inspired pieces (camo is generally a turnoff though)
- Soft, natural fabrics - flannels and linens go a long way
- Corduroy and moleskin - only go for all cotton, blends and stretch waistbands are for old people
- Plaid shirts with simple palettes - overwrought plaids belong to prep
- Basically any shoes that aren't gym shoes
Dress like a mod
black skinny jeans, thin fit button down or fred perry polo, harrington jacket, boots
Gonna dump some inspo
Maybe not all appropriate for a date, but should give you some ideas how to dress nicer while not looking dadcore