Wait, what? Are we really trying to guide you through your love life? Honestly, that's none of our business… Today, we'll settle for giving you just a few tips that will help you avoid some common faux pas that might turn your first date into your last -- especially if you manage to make them all during one night.
Summer's almost here. Start putting these tips to good use. You can blame us later if you fail to find a summer romance with our gentlemanly advice :)
You might have spotted the new series we started on our Facebook page a few weeks ago -- the #Everyday #ManlySkills.
Let's look at the five basic questions you might be asking yourself before a date.
We wish there was, really. However, the best piece of advice we can give you here is: always dress for the occasion. Prove us wrong, but it's usually you who chooses the spot, so you should know what to wear in order to avoid being underdressed or overdressed.
We're not saying you should fit in with the chosen place from head to toe. Just bear in mind the surrounding scenery where the date will take place.
This is a bad, bad way to start your date. You've known about this date for days, maybe even weeks, so what's your excuse for being late? Put some effort into your time management skills so you don't have to come up with excuses over and over again.
One more thing: If you're absolutely sure you're not going to make it in time, girls seem to respond better if you text them about being 5 minutes late rather than you showing up on time, but all sweaty and out of breath. Makes sense, right?
Invited her to dinner? You might be hungry, but the fact remains that she doesn't care how little time you had for lunch that day or how inedible that green stuff in your take-away salad was.
Our Facebook followers already know this rule, but here it is for the rest of you: a gentleman waits until the lady at the table lifts her fork before he takes his first bite. Period.
And just in case you forgot how to use cutlery: start with the utensils at the outer edge and move in toward the plate. It's a simple rule that leaves no room for mistakes and helps you dine like the gentleman that you are. Keep that in mind!
Time to pay? A delicate situation indeed. Who pays the bill or how you split it depends very much on the country and culture you live in.
The general rule, however, is that you get it.
We suggest you stick to it and so does an article we came across. It's headline pretty much says it all: More than half of women offer to pay on a date (but don't really mean it). Remember that when you see her nervously playing with her wallet.
Whether you expect to be invited over for a cup of coffee at her place or not, this is basically what sets a gentleman apart from “the guy who let me walk all the way home alone in the dark”.
The nights are getting warmer, so unless something unpredictable occurs (everyone's aunt can suddenly slip on a wet floor in a bathroom, of course), etiquette says that you're pretty much obliged to walk her home.
Does she live rather far from where you had your date? Unless you're both fans of nordic walking, at least get her a cab.
Got something to add? Go ahead, leave us a comment or share it on our Facebook page! Next time, we'll look at a couple of different outfits we recommend you wear when dressing to impress the ladies.