Like it or not guys, appearance does play a factor in landing that first date.
Now when I say appearance, this is not to be confused with how good looking or how many visable abdominal muscles you have. It's all about how well you present and put yourself together that counts. No matter how physically attractive you are (or are not), or how in shape you are (or are not), every guy can ensure he is well groomed and dressed.
Remember, asking someone on a first date is like a first interview. First impressions count and are very hard to undo, so you need to make sure you make a good one.
So, while there is no need to look like you stepped out of a GQ magazine or are decked out head to toe in "trends" (ie. a bedazzled Ed Hardy shirt, skinny distressed jeans, and pointy toed shoes...ICK!), it doesn't hurt to step it up a notch.
Trade in the old t-shirt for a more stylish one (topped with a sweater or jacket in an eye catching colour), and ditch the scuffed up running shoes for a nice polished pair of shoes...and that's it!
Seriously guys, a little effort in the wardrobe department goes a long way...and will pay off big time with the ladies!