How to Dress For a Date: Part 1, Science of fashion

by The Asian Casanova on February 6, 2012

You’ve managed to charm a cute girl and now you’re having your first anxious date, so you want to know how to dress for a date. This can be a frustrating process. Friends and family would call you a homo for putting so much thought into fixing your hair and picking out something to wear. But check this out…

Girls love guys who dress well

If dressing well improves your chances with beautiful women, thus getting you more tail… who’s really the homo now? Exactly.

The Science Behind Fashion is in Evolution

Fashion can be understood within the context of biological signals. Just as female mallards are attracted to certain colors of feathers on males, women are attracted to certain types of clothing on men.

how to dress for a date

how to dress for a date

Charles Darwin was the first to attempt to construct a theory of why animals have such extravagant signals and physical ornamentation.

“The sexual struggle is of two kinds: in the one it is between the individuals of the same sex, generally the males, in order to drive away or kill their rivals, the females remaining passive; while in the other, the struggle is likewise between the individuals of the same sex, in order to excite or charm those of the opposite sex, generally the females, which no longer remain passive, but select the more agreeable partners.”

Did you get all that? The two ways to attract a mate in the animal kingdom are:

Killing or driving away your rivals.

The classic example of this is the deer’s antlers. They serve no environmental advantage but rather serve to show which male is more dominant. The idea of being

dressing for a date ”dominant” is very important. Remember that word. Showing dominance is the most common way to remove the competition. It is more common to drive the competitor off than it is to actually kill the competitor.

Trying to “excite or charm those of the opposite sex.”

dating fashionThis increases your choice of whom you can breed with. To “excite or charm those of the opposite sex” is an adaptation based on attraction rather than domination. The classic example is the peacock’s plume.

The plume is costly for the peacock. There is no environmental advantage for the peacock to have the plume. In fact, it makes him more vulnerable to attack by predators.

The plume itself takes up physical resources to produce. A study published recently shows that the male’s plumage is a direct indicator of the fitness of his immune system and nutrition. A peacock with a large plume has not only good genetics, but also access to essential resources such as food and water. Less fit or younger peacocks are not able to produce such elaborate plumes as the older, more physically fit peacock.

The plume provides no benefit whatsoever to the male peacock, other than sending a biological signal to female peacocks. The peacock’s plume communicates to female peacocks “I am fit. Choose me for reproduction.” It is also a statement of elitism and exclusivity. It is saying “I am better than other peacocks who cannot produce this plumage.”

Make a mental note of these four qualities:

  • Dominant
  • Attractive
  • Elite
  • Access to resources

These are the qualities animals look for when choosing a to dress for a dateDifferent species have different ways of expressing these qualities. For lions, a dark mane on a male is considered more desirable than a light mane. Growing a dark mane requires more resources, so the male is able to send a signal to the females: “I have access to food and resources.” Animals that are social and live in groups find more complex ways of communicating these qualities, and humans always seem to find a way to make things more complicated than any other animal. So let’s take a moment to examine how these qualities are communicated among humans.

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