This week our red-carpet sweetheart, Alicia Quarles, is answering all the men out there who have questions about their style and dating with social media.
Q: What do you think of the suit without a tie look?
Alicia: I love this look. The suit says you are about business, but by skipping the tie, it lets me know you are also down to have fun. Some of the most dapper men go without a tie. It’s very Tom Ford. If you have a good tailored suit, nice shoes and a crisp shirt, not buttoned to the top, you are good to go. Plus, it leaves a little mystery. It takes a certain amount of confidence to go without a tie. He’s the kind of guy that will turn heads when he walks in a room and the type I want to go on an adventure with.
Q: What’s a good first date look?
Alicia: Jeans, a blazer, and loafers or tennis shoes. This combo is bold but still light and flexible. It kind of relates to the suit with no tie look. A blazer with jeans lets your date know you are serious, yet down to have some fun. Also, be sure to wear something that has a personal touch, like a ring, belt or necklace that has meaning. If you run into any awkward pauses in conversation, you can always use one of those items for talking points.
Q: What should I splurge on? What should I save on?
Alicia: Splurge on shoes. Save on jeans. Shoes are the first thing I look at on a man or woman. You don’t have to pay a crazy amount for your shoes, but they should be clean. Shoes say a lot about a person and set the tone for your look. Plus, you can keep a well-made pair of shoes for life. It’s fine to save on jeans because styles come and go. Your shoes tell the story of who you are.
Q: When should I follow him/her on Instagram?
Alicia: After the second date. At least after the second, you know whether or not you and the other person like each-other. When you are setting up date three, you can check social media to see what this person likes. If you follow them on Instagram before that, it’s just creepy. No one is interested in getting into a relationship with a stalker.
Q: What should I wear to “meet the parents?”
Alicia: Really just be a cleaned-up version of your best self. Get that haircut, shave and bring flowers to the mom. The thing is, if you are wearing something that is “not you,” you probably won’t behave naturally. Parents can spot fake from a mile away. If you really have no clue what to wear, you can’t go wrong with linen pants, loafers and a nice button-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Also, ask yourself: what would my own parents want to see me in?