I know I like to give you guys some proactive pick-up strategies such as the Creeper Sweeper and Toast ‘n’ Bolt. Mystery, the pick-up artist even takes it one step further and tells you to do magic tricks and shit to break the ice. Well boys, there are less involved ways, such as paying attention to what you wear. This past weekend was the prime example of that.
Thursday: I notice a guy wearing a Power Balance wristband on the subway (I have one too) and I ask if it’s helping him surf the train. We have a solid 5-minute convo debating the “science” behind using holograms to improve balance and agility. I get to my stop before he could finish his argument, so he asks for my number. Smooth.
Friday: Spotted. A guy wearing a UT-Austin t-shirt, my friend Lisa’s alma mater. She approaches him to ask what year he graduated. Turns out they’re 6 years apart, no over-lapping friends or classes, but lived in the same apartment complex (just not at the same time). He gets her a drink and she goes home with him. Fist bump explosion.
Saturday: Starbucks catch-up sesh with one of my clients. He’s sporting a vintage Laker’s hat, which I mistakened for a gross, dirty hat. While ordering his coffee, hot girl taps him on the shoulder and asks if he’s from LA. She is and her dad collects vintage Laker hats. They have a giggle about how much New Yorker’s don’t like LA’ers. They exchange business cards. He puts cream in her coffee. I charge him double for the session (dating advice AND picked up a chick).
Sunday: Brunch with the girls. Next to us, a bro-brunch. My friend Dana discovers one of the guys is wearing Silly Bandz . Kinda gay but she has her’s on too. She yells out, “Hey, what you got over there?” He responds, “Cars!” Next thing you know, it’s a coed brunch for 8.
No, I’m not trying to tell you that the next time you go out, get decked out in silly bandz, balance bracelets, sports team hats and college shirts. But, next time you’re out, make a conscious decision to wear something that’s a statement about your interests. Not only does it give you character, it helps to break the ice. And if you’re feeling more aggressive, keep your eye out for something a girl’s wearing that could interest you, and use it as a conversation starter. However, let’s keep it classy. “Hey I noticed your thong peeking out of your jeans is from the 2011 Victoria Secret’s Very Sexy collection” won’t break the ice, but she might break your nose.