In the confusing world of dating, how could anyone possibly know what the right etiquette is for a date?
Others, like Missoni and Blumarine,chosethe girlish route channeling flamenco dancers in ruffled, bouncy dresses and big flower hair clips. Both parties should split the bill down the center.
The old-school dating etiquette that the man pays is disintegrating. I work, I ask men on dates and sometimes (OK, often) even have sex with them purely for my own satisfaction, without wanting a baby or a ring or even a three-course meal in return.
Generations of women before me popped contraceptive pills, downed pints, threw themselves in front of racehorses - and left me to pick up the tab. There are times when it's wholly appropriate for the fella to cough up: if he initiated the evening, chose the venue and picked the wine, for example.
However, a good rule in dating is not to do anything with the expectation of something in return.
Do you anticipate, even just a tiny bit, that if you pay for dinner, I am obliged to be radiantly complimentary and adulatory company? Some men seem to take great pride in saying those three little words: “I'll get this.” But similarly, men may ask whether an expectation is being placed on them.