Modern men and women are basically clueless about how to behave on a first date. Men are convinced that all women are crazy, while women lament that all men are jerks.
Since neither of those statements is true, perhaps both genders need to stop blaming each other and start improving their own behavior instead. After all, if you want to attract a quality person, you need to behave like a quality person.
During a recent radio interview, I said off-the-cuff that men should date a woman like it’s 1940. No texting, no swearing, no “meet-ya-there,” no going Dutch, no hats on backward.
Check out these 1940s-inspired dating tips that might bring a little timeless sophistication to your dating.
1. Look dignified for your date.
Men, that means pulling up your pants all the way, leaving your skin-tight Affliction T-shirt in your dresser, shaving or trimming your beard and removing your hat and sunglasses. Women, that means no plunging necklines or half-shirts and go easy on the make-up.
If your mother didn’t tell you to not dress like a player or a prostitute, I’m telling you now. There are classier ways to show off that great body you’ve worked so hard for.
2. Use your manners.
Act like a gentleman or a lady. Don’t text your friends in your date’s company. Don’t flirt with the server. Don’t ogle other women. Don’t apply lipstick at the dinner table. Don’t forget to say please and thank you.
Men, feel free to help a woman with her jacket, pull out her chair and place her order to the server (or at least let her order first). It’s not cheesy, it’s chivalrous.