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When it comes to the contemporary courtship, let’s be clear: date night is no time to wing it. So be it venue, menu or shoe; planning ahead is key to making the right impression

Consider the potential for nervous energy, compounded by a busy restaurant setting/spicy food combo. Nothing will put your date off the bread basket quite like watching you overheat. 

So, as dashing as that thick knit may be, light layers offer the smart option - quite literally covering you for every eventuality. 

If you’re keen to strike the optimal smart/casual balance, your rule of thumb is to go smart, then dial it down a couple of notches. Case in point: (smart) slim-cut suit + (casual) knit and trainers. 

A word to the wise… your choice of trainer is key. Attempting this look with your gym treads is a no-no. Simple, scuff-free styles in a muted palette are the order of the date.

Still on the fence about your date night outfit? Opting for fail-safe styles will put your mind at rest and your focus on the main event. It would be near-impossible to miss the mark in a classic denim shirt/white tee combination. 

Let’s say we’re playing it perennial rather than ‘safe’ with this look. Opt for slim-leg, plain-dye trousers -  bootcuts and distressed denim are an acquired taste, so best left alone. 

It's the understated details that will help keep things contemporary (and subtly nod to your effort). So, roll that cuff, fold that trouser leg and spritz that signature scent... it's time for date night.