Dress to Impress

Let’s Date-Part Five

I love to dress up.  I am not a sweatpants and sweatshirt type of gal.   If you know me very well, you know I love to wear a dress or a skirt most of the time. It is the style I like.  Ballroom dancing gives Dan and I an opportunity to dress up when we go on our date.  I love it when Dan wears a suit and tie.  He looks quite smashing indeed.  : )

Our very first date together was on New Year’s Eve, 1980.  He was taking me to a fancy restaurant and a night of dancing.  It was his time to impress.  Dan drove out on the country gravel roads to pick me up on the Manning farm.  He was dressed up in a light blue polyester suit, white dress shirt, and tie.  This was not only a time to impress me but a time to impress my parents.  It was their first meeting together.  My parents liked Dan right from the beginning.  I think his suit and his nice personality started him off to a great start.  

Dan in his polyester suit was a step up from what I was used to him wearing.  I was used to polyester but it was a brown and orange uniform with a sailor hat.   He smelled like burgers and French fries.  Yes, we met at a very romantic place called Hardee’s.  It was a fast-food restaurant.  We both were employed there.  So I should say we both smelled like burgers and fries.  We both had greasy brown shoes to match.  It’s a miracle that Dan would even ask me for a date under those circumstances.  Hmmm, I guess we both could see something beyond the brown and orange polyester since it was not very flattering.   

Now fast forward 42 years and we live in a much more casual dress America.  I remember with Dan’s first accounting jobs, he would wear a suit and tie to work every day.  Now, thanks to Covid, it’s even more casual since his office is at home.   Shorts and t-shirts can be your dress for the day. 

So I enjoy the occasional times we can dress up, look our best for each other, go dancing, and make it a special date night.  

Dressing up once in a while will go a long way in impressing each other for that special date night. 


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