Be A Gentleman To Get Your Girl: Date Like It’s The 1940s

Dating then vs. now is a common thought for most millennials. How was it back then? The social rules for dating have changed from one generation to another. In the past, men were laid back and gentle while women were more reserved. Today, both men and women are crazy, sometimes even jumping in and out of relationships frequently.

There are many ways why men in the 1940s are the best dates ever. They make sure you feel comfortable during your date, holds your hand only if you’ve allowed him, talked about interesting things and opened the door for you. How was dating like back then? For guys, if you want to sweep your girl off of her feet on your first date, or even for the following ones, Debra Macleod gave hints and tips on how to date like it’s 1946.


Look dignified for your date.

Men, that means pulling up your pants all the way, leaving your skin-tight Affliction t-shirt in your dresser, shaving or trimming your beard and removing your hat and sunglasses. Women, that means no plunging necklines or half-shirts, and go easy on the make-up. If your mother didn’t tell you to not dress like a player or a prostitute, I’m telling you now. There are classier ways to show off that great body you’ve worked so hard for.

Use your manners.

Act like a gentleman or a lady. Don’t text your friends in your date’s company. Don’t flirt with the server. Don’t ogle other women. Don’t apply lipstick at the dinner table. Don’t forget to say please and thank you. Men, feel free to help a woman with her jacket, pull out her chair and place her order to the server (or at least let her order first). It’s not cheesy, it’s chivalrous.

Be natural.

There’s no need to dazzle your date with fun facts or fascinating conversation. Sharing a funny story about your little sister or crazy parents doesn’t make you uncool, it makes you sound like a real person

Money matters.

Men, this one is for you. Pay for the first few dates. After that, you can begin to graciously accept contribution from your date. If she doesn’t offer to contribute by the third date — or doesn’t thank you for paying — find someone else to spend your money on.


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First dates would leave first impressions. If you’re dying to have a date with someone you like, these social dating etiquettes will help you look like a real gentleman. Remember, dates, and love are not just about going out, having sex and having someone with you. It’s a long-time commitment of love and the promise you made that you’ll take care of her.

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