Just in case you weren’t already nervous enough about choosing the perfect first date spot or constantly checking your breath beforehand for optimal freshness, you now have a whole list of fashion faux pas to watch out for before you even get to dinner or drinks.
Spoiler: if you decide to wear your most beloved pair of comfy Crocs, your potential significant other may end up asking “WHAT ARE THOOOOSE?”
Never, Ever Wear This
The top offender in terms of unattractiveness? Wrinkled clothing. 66 percent of singles surveyed said that wrinkled, rumpled styles were unappealing.
This was closely followed by another 55 percent of respondents saying that a classic sock-and-sandal combo was a libido-killer.
Ill-fitting clothing ranging from baggy jeans to too-tight t-shirts were also among singles’ least favorite items. If you’re thinking of pairing that sweater your shrank in the dryer with those MC Hammer-style pants, it’s better to go follow Hammer’s advice: can’t touch this. Hands off.
Bust out the iron and put away the socks and sandals because honestly, why did you even pull those out in the first place?
Casual Inspires Confidence (And Connections)
For men, jeans and a t-shirt were considered the ultimate confidence booster for singles going on dates – and merely mentioning those two items on a dating profile actually increased the influx of messages from other singles. According to Zoosk, “profiles that mention jeans get 80 percent more incoming messages than the average, while those that mention shirt or t-shirt get up to 67 percent more.”
Even better, 47 percent of all respondents said they loved athleisure style and 69 percent expressed that workout clothes were actually attractive enough to wear on a date.
It might seem like a no-brainer but apparently because socks and sandals were so common, it should be emphasized that you should avoid wearing your workout clothes straight from the gym.
There’s Something To Dressing Up, Though
The dissonance in comfort versus perceived attractiveness could be explained by the fact that 94 percent of women believe dressing up for a date is key, taking an average of an hour to get ready in comparison to half an hour for men.
(Pro tip: it might be a good idea to use the extra half hour for a little ironing or shoe shopping. Don’t make them regret that right swipe.)
When In Doubt, Channel Clooney
If you’re not sure where to turn now that you can’t wear your favorite wrinkled shirt, extremely tight pants and Crocs before going out, just take a hint from George Clooney, who the app discovered was considered the top “male fashion icon.” You can also rely on a good, comfortable cardigan or a fitted, flattering henley and some fresh jeans. You can also take your closet wrinkle-free. And if you’re between two colors, choose red. Always. It’s science.
Just please, for the sake of everyone involved (and your love life), leave the Crocs at home.
By Louis Baragona