Here's Why the Stars of 'Dating Around' Always Wear the Same Outfit

Evan Romano

From Men's Health

  • Dating Around cuts footage of five different first dates between an episode-centric single subject and suitors together.

  • It appears that the subject is wearing the same outfit/clothing during every date—and that's basically what's actually happening.

  • The second season of Dating Around is now streaming on Netflix.

If, like many of us, you sat down and watched the entire new season of Netflix's Dating Around in one sitting, you probably did it for a reason: to turn your brain off and enjoy some unfiltered access to the human contact none of us can really have now. Or maybe you're just into a little bit of awkward voyeurism. Both work! But if you paid attention a little longer, you may have noticed that while each episode cuts together footage from its star's five first dates, that subject is always seemingly wearing the same outfit. And some questions might naturally arise: Were these all filmed in one day? Is this person, like, a cartoon character who wears the same thing all the time?

As it turns out, your natural instincts were right: the episode's main figure is always wearing the same outfit. But it's not literally, the same outfit, but rather five different versions of that same outfit. According to Bustle, the leads of each episode are given five different versions of the same outfit—this allowed for the show to be filmed on separate days, but for the episode to be cut together in a way that makes the entire experience feel streamlined and instantaneous.

"The audience doesn't have to think about,'‘What are you wearing? What's your hairstyle like? What piece of music is under this?’ They just go, 'Oh! Sarah's back. Oh! Frida's back. Oh! It's Jennifer,'" former Bachelor and current Dating Around producer Alycia Rossiter told the site.

Another way the show keeps this same effect? The producers ask the subject to sit in the same spot every time, and often even ask their dates the same questions. The goal in the concept of Dating Around was for each episode to theoretically feature one first date, albeit one that happens five different times, with the only variable being the person on the other side of the table. The Bustle article astutely compares it to Groundhog Day, the 1993 movie where Bill Murray keeps waking up and re-living the same day over and over and over again.

"It's 'I start my day over five different times and the one variable is the person that I have dinner with,'" Rossiter said. "This was like, eat the same salmon every night, wear your blue t-shirt ... and the only difference was the person."

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