Learn why dating in the summertime might require a change in scenery, attire and food.
Is dating in the summertime any different from dating during the rest of the year?
While the basics of dating aren't different, there are many things that change along with the arrival of a new season, such as the weather, style and food. If you're seeing someone during the warmest months of the year, here are a few tips on how to date during summertime.
1. Stay Cool
Summer is all about enjoying the great outdoors. But if you live in a city like New York, the heat and humidity can get intense. While it's a great idea to get outside in the summer, avoid planning a date between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. — the hottest times of the day and when the UV rays are the most dangerous.
Skip that afternoon hike and instead go for an evening stroll. Try to plan your dates in air conditioned restaurants and locations. A sunset dinner, an evening drink or a movie in an air conditioned theater are all great ideas.
2. Summer Style
A new season always calls for new fashion, especially as the weather warms up. In warmer climate, it's time to bring out lighter fabrics and materials.
If you're planning to wear a suit, put away the wool one and wear a cotton or linen suit. The same rule applies for dress shirts, pants and nice shorts. However, just because it's hot outside doesn't mean you can wear flip-flops. Always dress appropriately according to the event and dress code.
3. Seasonal Foods
Summertime is a season rich in fruits and vegetables. Embrace summer foods by going to restaurants that serve dishes made with seasonal foods. If you're planning to cook for your date, go to the farmer's market and purchase seasonal ingredients for your special dish.
Another way to embrace summer foods is to avoid going to restaurants that serve mostly heavy meals. When planning a date, go to a restaurant that offers light and fresh meals. Drink light cocktails and don't forget to order cool dessert.