Struggling to woo women? Well, help is at hand — thanks to a new all-in-one guide to romance which offers tips from the first act of chivalry right through to the knot.
Yes, the Debrett’s Guide for the Modern Gentleman has everything from what to say and how to say it, to making your all-important first move — perfect for all aspiring Romeos, The Daily Telegraph reported. According to the guide, holding the door and being prepared to pay for the meal are a given.
However, giving up your seat isn’t necessary for those looking for love — unless you are trying to attract a pregnant or elderly lady. Your conversation should be a fine balance between talking and listening, and avoid talking about the three principal passion-killers — money, illness or death. First date rules include drinks or lunch, that way having to avoid wasting an evening if you hate each other.
Try to compliment her and come the end, if all’s gone well, try to kiss her but don’t try to get her into bed. Blind dates should be avoided but if you find yourself set up, stick around for at least two drinks. In fact, an early departure is “ungentlemanly”, according to the new guide. If dating online, don’t fall into the temptation of trying to be funny with your profile picture. Use a flattering one, but make it realistic.
Chat up lines are no substitute for eye contact and good humour. Flowers make a splendid present, but there are pitfalls. Mixed bouquets can look cheap if not a decent size and well arranged, and bulk up the flowers with greenery. While proposing, timing, location and confidence are all things you should prepare. Get down on one knee, she will love it — but if a look of horror spreads over her face, pretend you’re tying a shoelace.