Tips from Rayne Parvis, Los Angeles Personal Stylist
No matter how great you are, sometimes we just can’t get past an unappealing wardrobe on a first date. If your attire is sloppy or out-of-date, we can only imagine what your house looks like. We assume it’s messy, dirty, and disheveled…which will send us running. Don’t judge us, we can’t help it! Check out the 5 mistakes below and avoid them when possible…especially when dating someone new.
Wearing sloppy t-shirts: I know they’re comfortable, but it gives off an“I don’t really care about this date” attitude. You want to look like you put some time into looking nice for your date. Try a nice button-up, cashmere, sweater, or your favorite IRONED rock-n-roll t-shirt under a blazer with dark jeans for a casual yet cool vibe.
Wearing a black suit: Think twice before you throw on an all-black suit, since it can come off as generic, uninviting, and/or looking as if you have something to prove. Focus on a more casual look that gives off a down to earth, friendly, and confident vibe. I suggest a soft cashmere sweater or soft button up shirt, dark colored jeans, black socks, and snazzy shoes. If the date is a little more formal, add a cool blazer or non-black suit with a colorful tie.
Wearing dirty shoes: Shoes tell a lot about a man. Having clean and polished shoes shows the world you are a healthy man who knows where he is going and knows the steps he needs to take to get to “success”.
Unkempt hair: The condition is so important. Greasy, straggly, and comb-overs are not attractive. Spray some dry shampoo on your hair if it looks greasy and get a very close shave if you are balding. Hanging on to or growing out the strands you have left just looks out-of-date and “stuck in the past”. Let it go and embrace your new do. Women love to rub a bald head!
Pleats: Please throw out any pants that have pleats in them. This style went out when Miami Vice, the TV show, went off the air in 1990. Shop for flat-front pants.
Along with your fabulous wardrobe, remember to be chivalrous. A man who is polite, opens doors, and smiles can charm the pants off of anyone. Look at George Clooney! Keep these fashion tips in mind on your next date and you’ll be putting your best foot forward just in case this is the ONE! For the record, I used the term “charm the pants off” for an effect. I wouldn’t recommend that you actually charm the pants off your boss or your girlfriend’s sister. This could definitely get you into trouble!
About Rayne Parvis, Los Angeles Personal Stylist
Rayne brings a fresh and fun approach to teaching individuals how to LOOK their best in her book Ultimate Guide to Style: From Drab to Fab! and as, what she calls, motivational styling. By motivating people to put their best foot forward she teaches it’s never too late to start your friendship with fashion.
Macy’s and top match making agencies in Los Angeles have been sought out her personal shopping services. She is the style expert on weekly call-ins to numerous radio shows, as well as building a career as a TV fashion host. Companies like Felina, Tommy Bahama, Sunsets Inc., Anne Cole and Frederick’s of Hollywood have all hired her for her suggestions on how to make a garment FIT and FEEL better on the customer before going into production.
There is WAY more to Rayne’s life than fashion. When she isn’t shopping, you can find her going to see her brother’s band, The Cocanuts, perform, drinking wine with her loved ones, volunteering at the East Valley Animal Shelter and at Treasures, a non-profit organization that helps women in the sex industry.