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Dress to Impress: What To Wear On Your First Date

There’s no reason the evening has to end with just a peck on the cheek. Photos: Kirk Kenny /

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 September, 2016, 5:18pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 5:26pm

The first date is your chance to impress. Pick a restaurant with character, great food and amazing cocktails. Once you’ve got the perfect spot, work out what you’re going to wear. If you look sharp you’ll earn points with your date—and then there’s no reason the evening has to end with just a peck on the cheek.

Polo Club
Give that worn office shirt a rest by donning a classic polo like this one from Kapok’s new individual label Future Classic

Sweater Weather
Hong Kong’s not yet ready for jackets, but restaurants can get a bit cold so don’t forget to bring a sweater— it’s also the perfect opportunity to break the ice and offer your partner some warmth. This super soft Cashmere Crew Neck sweater from Grana is a great bet.  

Belt It Out
The belt is an all-important finishing touch. But stay away from the big, shiny, branded buckles, which suggest insecurity. Grab a nice, classic belt like this one from Zara.

Blue Jean Boy
You don’t need to wear formal trousers but definitely don’t show up in sweatpants! Keep it in the middle ground with a nice (not torn) pair of blue jeans like these from Topman.

Shoe Savvy
Nice shoes don’t go unnoticed. Show your artistic and creative side and wear these pieces of art from Saph+, which are high quality leather shoes entirely painted by hand. 

Money Matters
Wallet empty? At least make it look like it isn’t. Keep it classic leather but play with bright colors, like this orange one from New York brand Ro Bags.

Time is of the Essence
Invest in a personalized watch. With this custom-made Swiss automatic watch from Memomem, your date will pick up on the fact that you care about the details.

Flower Power
Flowers may seem an old-fashioned tradition but they are also an easy way to win a smile and break the ice. Get a set of flowers from Flower Delivery Hong Kong (they don’t have to be a huge overbearing bouquet) to surprise your date.