Dating Basics 101

Because there are a few things you can do to be the best date ever. 

Note from the Editor: This is a new series called Weekly Niceties. It's bits of etiquette, finer details, and an emphasis on infusing class into the 21st century in a non-stodgy way. Cheers! Xx. 

So I've been on a lot of dates this year. I've also been on a lot of bad dates this year. I am by no means an expert, but I've definitely nailed my dating skills down to a few must-dos. This week's installment of Weekly Niceties is all about dating basics.

It all boils down to making both you and your date feel relaxed and at ease. If you find yourself in an uncomfortable dating situation, get out of there with zero qualms. Do not, I repeat do not, waste your precious time on a bad date. 

Without further ado, here are five tips to having the best dating experience ... 

1. Be On Time

It goes without saying that neither party likes that moment where it's a toss up between being late or stood up. Being on time shows your date you care about their time, and it is worth the extra effort to be punctual. 

2. Dress Appropriately

I recently went on a date to a nice restaurant wearing a pretty new dress, but the guy I was with showed up in gym shorts and a T-shirt. It definitely showed me his take on the whole situation. Dressing appropriately doesn't just mean making sure you are casual if it's a relaxed date or black tie if it's a fancy one. It means being aware of your situation and demonstrating the respect you have for yourself and your possible partner. 

3. Go Easy on the Alcohol

If you are of drinking age and you like alcohol, please get a drink and love it. But there's nothing worse than looking across the table and realizing your date is drunk. Drink in moderation and respect that too much alcohol does not mean consent. 

4. Keep Cool

It's all about maintaining composure. I think it is safe to assume we are on top of our behavior when out on a first date (or second or third). It's worth it to demonstrate your respect for others beyond just your date. It shows you aren't faking it to your date just for the sake of appearances. If you're driving and running late, don't beep your horn or ride someone's bumper. If someone cuts in front of you, don't go off on them or spend the rest of the night complaining. Take a deep breath, and go with the flow. 

5. Don't Sweat the Expectations

With dating comes a lot of expectations from yourself, your friends, and for goodness sakes, literally everyone with an opinion. Sex on the first date, kisses on the first date, a woman being more forward, a man driving, who walks who back to their house, etc. Try and block out the noise. Listen to what you want from your date and know this can change from circumstance to circumstance. If you want to kiss them, and they reciprocate, do it! If you want to round all the bases and they agree, do that too! If you want to have your best friend text you to get out of the date, do that too. The dating world is your oyster, so don't listen to the outside noise -- trust me, no matter what you do, there will always be someone who tells you you shouldn't have done it, so do what you want anyway. 

You've got this dating thing! Xx. 

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