Be Her Perfect Date – Men’s Fitness Magazine
Once-over to the dinner-date inquisition, she’s tallying your right-stuff ranking. We surveyed 1,000 women on their secret judgments and asked experts to help us help you score big. Study up.
90% of women say tarnished teeth will sink your bid for a first kiss.
The gleam of your grin is a token of your hygiene, says Leil Lowndes, author of Undercover Sex Signals. “A hint of yellow will stop her from imagining kissing you.”
Pass Her Test Whitening buys sparkle, but diligence keeps teeth shining. The Ultreo brush ($150, ultreo.com) uses ultrasound to stir up a wall of hyperactive bubbles, removing nearly twice as much plaque as other electric toothbrushes, say University of Washington researchers.
73% of women say gnarly nails guarantee a hands-off evening.
She knows there’s no link between finger length and penis size. Still, your hands are a crucial checkpoint, no matter your glove size.
Pass Her Test Eat three eggs a week. Yolks are packed with the vitamin biotin, which ups production of keratin, a protein that strengthens nails, says David E. Bank, M.D., director of the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic and Laser Surgery in Mount Kisco, New York. Brawny nails fight off hangnails and help keep your cuticles in check. Bonus: Biotin helps thicken hair.
60% of women say crummy kicks will mar your chances for mating.
If you can’t lace up a polished pair that match your pants, she’ll think your dowdiness carries over to the rest of your life, says Susan Rabin, author of How to Attract Anyone, Anytime, Anyplace.
Pass Her Test Most women aren’t expecting $700 Bruno Maglis. But they do want you to stand out from the ill-shod pack. Start with these versatile staples: brown or black dressy lace-ups (try Cole Haan or Johnston & Murphy); leather, nonathletic trainers (Geox or Aldo); and sharp but laid-back loafers (Tods or Rockport). You can pair any of these with slacks, khakis, or jeans.
97% of women say winging the evening isn’t romantic.
“A woman looks at how you plan for her as an indication of your dependability and your excitement about her,” says Lauren Frances, author of Dating, Mating and Manhandling.
Pass Her Test Prove that she’s on your mind and scope out a postprandial spot. “Guys tend to drop the planning ball after the meal, and that makes her question your motives,” says Lowndes. Scout several staging areas for phase two — a quaint dessert place, a tucked-away bar with a killer jukebox — so if one doesn’t strike her fancy, you’ll have backups.
90% of women say a single vein-popping outburst can be a serious speed bump.
Drive like Mad Max and you’ll soon be riding solo. Women equate the way you handle a tailgater or MapQuest miscue with how you’ll treat them when adversity strikes, says Frances.
Pass Her Test Stow the middle finger and defuse a traffic slight with sarcasm to show her you’re cool in a jam but not a pushover. And ditch those cumbersome online directions. Instead, invest in a handheld GPS system. We like the Garmin Nuvi 200 GPS ($430, garmin.com). It has all the bells and whistles without the eye-popping price.