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Style Icons on Dates

  • Najib Benouar

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Valentine’s Day isn’t till tomorrow, but you can already feel it in the air: the unmistakable tingling of a bone-chilling winter frost.

But also: romance.

And since you’re more than likely on the hook for dinner, or at least a starry-eyed stroll, we thought you could use some inspiration for tomorrow’s festivities—with some style cues from history’s most fashionable gents on dates. Just don’t forget the flowers (or in the case of Mick Jagger: cotton candy).

Without further ado: 10 ridiculously good-looking dates and the style icons who love them.»

A Gentleman’s Guide to Dancing in a Nightclub

Advice from resident dance expert and certified lady-person Michelle Ong:

As a lady with a deep, undying love for (disco) balls, there’s a reason why I only go to nightclubs with girls and gays: a lot of straight guys have trouble with dancing. A lot of you treat it like an advanced mating ritual you have to decode, or else you look downright pitiful, blinking nervously while shuffling around in a circle. But it doesn’t have to be like this.

Here is the essential 10-step, foolproof, lady-approved guide to dancing in a nightclub.»

Sandrah Hellberg Has Been Stroking Her Hair for Hours

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The Illusionist Himself: A style tribute to Jacques Tati, one of the funniest French directors who ever lived. Also, he knew what to do with a trench coat. [WaxWane]

“I Think This Is a Bedbug Bite?”: A surprisingly thorough compendium of online dating horror stories. We cannot look away. [The Awl]

The Pate of Wisdom: G. Bruce Boyer drops some well-chosen words on rumpled style. [Put This On]

Where Your Pastrami Comes From: John Birdsall looks behind the scenes at America’s finest pastrami makers. [Chow]

Vanessa Hudgens Cannot Afford Sheets

Deal With It: Jean Touitou just started beef with the entire country of China. Good luck with that. [Hint]

Handsomeness Personified: Steven Alan is looking pretty good these days. [Selectism]

It’s Science: A dating site does some data analysis and works some questionnaire-related wonders. For starters, if she likes the taste of beer…you’re probably going to have a pretty good first date. [OkCupid]

”Awesomeness” Doesn’t Count: Russ Fischer provides some pretty compelling reasons to get excited about a Logan’s Run remake, starting with Ryan Gosling. [/Film]

Karolina Kurkova Is Unconvincing in Drag

He’s Not Happy: Sculptor Tom Sachs has a surprising amount to say about fashion. The money quote: “Fashion is conformity and part of a community, style is a personal expression.” [AnOther Magazine]

The New Hotness: The mechanics of attraction, courtesy of OkCupid. [Gizmodo]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Winning at Darts: It’s not the greatest game, but it might be the greatest bar game. [The Art of Manliness]

When You Were Young: Keith Phipps looks at three movies starring the young Jeff Bridges. Prime Netflix fodder. [A.V. Club]

Jessica Miller is a Forest Spirit

Your Job is to Knock This Fellow to the Ground: Hamilton Nolan waxes poetic on the staged brutality of boxing. [The Awl]

The Uniform: Esquire nails down the etiquette for first-date style. File this one away. [Esquire]

We Demand Debauchery: A week of trawling Craigslist’s Casual Encounters board leads to considerably less sex than you might have hoped for. [Mashable]

The Wisdom of Shark Week: In case you forgot, it’s shark week, which means it’s time to learn how to survive a shark attack with as many limbs as possible. [Gawker.TV]

Wednesday's Women: Tomboys, Fillies and Crazies


Blessed Virgin: Just to clean your palette, here's Adriana Lima - maidenhead possibly not included. [Gawker]

"Pull your skirt down, Secretariat, we'd rather ride Chris Noth." Maxim shouts what we've been too polite to say. [NY Daily News]

This is How We Do It: Menswear may change, but men don't - or at least not so much. [London Times]

That's "Sir Jasper" To You: Brit designer Jasper Conran gets his O.B.E. from H.R.H. [Times of London]

For The Boys: The Observer details this new "urbane tomboys" trend. Funny, we've been dating them since the mid-90s. [Observer]

Crazy Eyes: Meanwhile, Details accounts for the rest of the notches on our bedpost. We still have nightmares. [Details]

Cleveland Rocks: Wrath Arcane represents Mistake by the Lake. [Plain Dealer]