You’re going out. Maybe it’s date night, or perhaps an evening out with friends to celebrate a special occasion. Both you and your boyfriend have agreed what time you need to leave; you have to be out of the door by 8 PM/8:15 at the very, very latest.
So the clock starts ticking. *Que Jeopardy theme*
6 PM; You: “I guess I better start thinking of what I’m going to wear…”
You head to your closet and start inspecting literally everything that you own. Of course, none of it is acceptable; a closet full of gorgeous clothing but nothing that you’re enthused about wearing. You try on a few outfits, but none of them seem to be the right look for the night.
6 PM; Boyfriend: “Oh that’s right, we’re going out.”
And then promptly forgets about it, continuing on with the task he was doing beforehand. SMH.
6:30 PM; You: “What are you wearing?”
Having finally decided on your own outfit, you decide it’s probably a decent idea to make sure your boyfriend isn’t going to clash. You track him down and ask what he’s wearing.
6:30 PM; BF: “I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest.” (Typical.)
He doesn’t panic, though. It’s pretty simple for men; pants and some kind of shirt will suffice for the vast majority of occasions. He’s sure something is clean. He looks puzzled when you mention the idea of color clashing (What does that even mean?!).
6:45 PM; You: “Getting my groom on.” AYYY
You head to the bathroom to begin the process of getting ready. It’s actually one that you quite like, so you’re happy to spend some time going through the familiar motions of preparing yourself for the world.
You shower. You moisturize. You brush leave-in conditioner through your hair. You wrap your hair in a towel (which you boyfriend proclaims to be “witchcraft, when it’s really just strategically placed tucks and folds). You’re ready for phase two.
7 PM; BF: “Oh, I guess I should shower, as well, shouldn’t I?”
Reminded only by the fact that you’ve showered, he hops into the bathroom himself and does his routine. It’s a bit shorter than yours; shower, shave, a little bit of manscaping, aftershave, and then he’s good to go. He heads to get dressed.
7 PM -7.30; You: “Primer, foundation, concealer, eyeshadow…”
You know the motions of getting ready by now and the routine is smooth and simple. It takes a while – don’t worry, even women with the steadiest of hands aren’t able to apply eyeliner flawlessly on the first attempt – but you know that you’ve got time. With your makeup done, all you need to do is put your pre-chosen outfit on and do your hair. Job done. Well, nearly.
7:30 PM; BF: “I really did think I had something clean…”
After a panicked look through his entire wardrobe, he finally alights on an outfit that looks presentable. He’s ready.
7:45 PM; You: “Are you sure this looks okay?”
Still preening in the mirror, you’ve suddenly taken wildly against the outfit that you selected less than two hours prior. (It happens to the best of us.)
7:50 PM; BF: “Yes it’s fine. You look fine. Great. Can we go?”
8 PM; Both Of You: Finally ready, you head out of the door for your night out. You might have taken different routes to get to this point, but you got there in the end and that’s all that matters!
Everyone has a different getting ready routine and as long as you get from Point A to Point B on time, you can’t really complain about your SO’s totally annoying pre date night process! 😉