Men’s Clothes that Women Hate
(UPDATE: Originally posted a few months back, a few of us were reminded of this feature when we made a Dappered.com outing to one of our favorite watering holes Saturday night. On the way back to our cars we walked by one of the clubs in town and saw a ton of guys violating many of these rules. The cloud of cologne was terrible. Some jeans were so skinny you’d think the guys were trying to become eunuchs. So we’re re-posting.)
Dappered recently got together a panel of smart, beautiful, down to earth women. We’ll call them Sarah, Juli, Tara, Amber, and Krista. Because… that’s what their names are. All in their mid 20s to mid 30s. Our motive for assembling this panel of desirable women was to find out which items of men’s clothing women hate the most.
What do women find to be instantly unattractive when it comes to men’s style? All their answers followed an unexpected theme. The worst style mistakes men make seem to happen less when they’re oblivious to fashion as a whole, and more when they’re trying way to damn hard. Here’s their top five. See for yourself…
1. Skinny Jeans
Because they’re really only a few steps away from you wearing your Mom’s old stirrup stretch pants. You’re a guy. Not some music loving snood wearing gnarled hair chick from LA. Give your groin some room. Or as Panelist Amber put it: “I like to think that every man has muscular thighs and nice calves. Please don’t prove me wrong by wearing skinny pants.” And as Panelist Tara put it: “Sweet baby Jesus put those away.”
2. Deep V-Necks / Shirts that show Chest Hair
I still believe this was a marketing scam perpetrated by some penny pinchers at t-shirt companies looking to charge just as much for a shirt that uses 5% less cotton than a crew neck. If you’re showing chest hair because you’ve got your shirt buttoned to a decent level, or it just so happens to be creeping out of the top of your t-shirt, then you’re hairy. If you’re showing chest hair on purpose because you think it’s stylish, you’re gross. Did you shampoo and condition your pectoral mane before you left the house? Doesn’t matter. You’re a clod.
Too risky. As Panelist Sarah put it: “Necklaces kind of bother me. You have to be a TOTAL rock star to pull it off.” Not just a pseudo rock star. Total. Get it wrong and you’ve got more in common with this guy than you’d care to.
4. White Club Shirts
Usually found with large collars and rolled up cuffs. Also usually found on men who act like a tough guy in public, are actually Mama’s boys, and may or may not have purchased GHB to help their “chances”. The shirt shown here costs $150. You are dumb if you buy it.
5. Too Much Cologne
Okay so it’s not an actual article of clothing… but it’s something you wear. Some women like a hint of cologne. Other women don’t like it at all. Bathe regularly, wear decent deodorant, and eat foods that are healthy for you and you should most likely smell pretty good all on your own. Do you wear enough that more than one person notices when you walk in a room? Then that’s too much.
The lesson we can all take from this? If you’re going to screw up, try less. Better to be a Schlub than a Tool. Women will see a Schlub as a guy with potential. If you’re a tool, and you’re, uh… “rocking” more than a few of these deal breakers… you’re probably too much of a lost cause.
Good luck. And seriously… lay off the damn cologne.