We spend a lot of time gussying ourselves up for dates and “man hunting”, but what we forget is that all the bells and whistles are lost on the average straight man.  Instead of dressing for the opposite sex, we pour into the latest trends and pile on the accessories, which all just confuse the male species.  In case you’ve been living under a rock and have yet to check out the Man Repeller, she’s cornered the market on what makes men gag and she’s owning it.   But my point is that men and women have very different ideas about fashion.  Most men prefer simple, sexy, sleek – as was demonstrated a couple of summers ago.  And while you may be perfectly on trend, you are no closer to making a male makeout friend.

Now, let’s be clear.  I am not proposing looking up the closest bebe and purchasing the shortest, tightest item with the highest spandex content.  The key is not to look like your local go-go dancer.  The perfect date outfit is probably something you already own (and is far less trashtastic).  Whether you’re planning a casual day date or something a bit more jazzy,  the outfit remains the same (plus or minus a few key accessories).  It’s so simple, you’re probably just going to smack your forehead when I tell you and say, “Doh!”

Get ready… Find your best fitting jeans and a simple clean white tank top.  Ta-da!

I know.  Who’da thunk it?  Now another clarification, I know the whole black bra sticking out shtick was cool circa 2002– but we’ve moved past that and they make undergarments for that now.

1. MICHAEL Michael Kors Bel Air Watch, $295, 2. Converse Marimekko Jack Purcell Helen Sneakers, $75, 3. Skull Doggery Step In Harness, $65

For a fun and flirty daytime look, accessorize your jeans and tank with cute sneakers, an oversized watch, your favorite furry friend, and a fishtail braid if you’re feeling fancy.  This look exudes “I’m fun! And pretty! Love me!”

1. Amrita Singh Apiya Multi-Strand Necklace, $78, 2. Christian Louboutin Rolando Patent Leather Platform Pump, $695, 3. Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Are You Red-dy, $6.63

Because you were so darn adorable all day long, your date is probably going to ask if you’d like to continue on with your romantic adventure.  Wow him with your skills as a magician by swapping out your sneaks for heels, letting your hair loose, and adding some jewels and rep lips taking you from daytime cutie to evening beauty.

Now you’re speaking the style language of love.