Second Date Etiquette

When you meet the man or the woman of your dreams, the first date can surely feel like a wish come true. The first impressions are perfect, the conversations run smoothly while you wish for the clock to stop ticking.

Ironically, on the second date, it can feel like you are seeing a completely different person and the conversations, opinions, even the appearance can actually tick you off.

For this very reason, we bring you the perfect tricks from the love gurus to win your second date all the way to the core without any awkward pauses, awkward smiles and everything in between!

If you want to nail your second date and go to the next level, here is what you need to do!

  1. A Warm Hug and a Cheek Kiss: Nothing More
    Most daters lack the warmth from the start. In order to make your date feel comfortable and welcomed, break the ice by giving her a nice welcoming hug and a small peck on the cheek while smiling.

Tip: Anything more or less can leave a bad impact.

  1. Do not Over/ Under Dress
    Over or under dressing, both can leave a bad impression. While a completely casual makeover will portray your non seriousness, an overly formal attire can show how confused you are.
    Men should opt for a nice semi-formal shirt paired with khakis or jeans while the women can go for attractive summer dresses or simply pants and semi-formal tops and scarves.
    Tip: Dress according to your dating location. Wearing jeans for dinner can also give a wrong impression.
  1. Incorporate the Previous Talks and Go Forward

The key is to remember the conversations you had on your first date. Build your conversations on prior conversations and take it one step forward. Start to let your date know about yourself, your personality, your likes as well as dislikes.

Most people stick behind the mask as they did on their first date and end up ruining their second. Don’t fall prey to this one!

Tip: Do not be judgmental yet. Get to know about each other more.

  1. Take your Flirting Quotient Up a Notch
    Both of you were shy on the first date but it’s time to loosen up. While this tip depends entirely on the type of person your date is, take the small hints and make your move. Go for holding hands, flirty looks or even flirty comments if your date is not too serious and uptight!

Tip: Go slow, not everyone goes for the third base on the second date

  1. Be Yourself!
    The best and the most reliable tip is to be yourself. If you are not yourself in front of your date who are you trying to fool? Acting artificial can only last a few days. Hence, open up, talk about yourself and vice versa.
    Tip: Do not discuss your Exes or your dislikes too much.

Whether your second date was filled with fireworks or turned out to be a disaster, fret not, work on these tips and look forward to perfecting them on your third date!

If you missed our 15 questions to ask on a first date, read it here.


Tom Savage is a serial dater living in Miami Beach, Florida. In between pool parties, late nights, and an occasional day trading session, he likes to share his tips on meeting women online. You can contact Tom on this page.

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