Ask A Woman: What men’s clothes are zero-tolerance for women?
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First, thanks for being the voice for women here. Its been enjoyable to read your weekly responses. Here’s my question. Are there any zero tolerance, deal breaker things that if a guy is wearing a woman won’t give him a chance? I’m thinking bracelets on guys. No? And is there anything else?
Just like Jeremy and his flat ass from last week (sorry Jeremy, you’re going to have to endure some ribbing for awhile on this one), there are very few articles of clothing a reasonably stylish man could wear that would cause the average woman to reject him on this criteria alone. Have fun chasin’ skirts.
Ha! Not so fast. Okay, so while women will tolerate a whole lot, the operative word here is tolerate. I actually think bracelets on guys are fine. Unless it’s hemp. Let’s just state here and now that hemp is heinous. It was cool in 7th grade, around the same time that you were wearing patchouli oil and “discovering” Led Zeppelin on your parents’ dusty LPs. But a simple leather bracelet can look cool.
An incomplete list of items that fall into the “tolerate” category might include:
1. Cargo pants–The formless construction looks lumpy, untidy, & tends to add pounds.
2. Capri pants–Did you accidentally grab them out of your girlfriend’s side of the closet while dressing in the dark?
3. Clothing that is too small–Swallow your pride and buy the next size up in jeans; no one expects you to retain your 17-year-old waist forever.
4. Clothing that is too big–If you are sensitive about your body size, do not hide it in billowing shirts. Trust me when I say you will look better in clothing that fits properly.
5. Pleats–Enough designers/retailers put pleats in their pants that I know some people must like them. But I don’t understand it myself. They seem fussy, and the pleats make the area between the crotch and the waist look baggy and expansive…in a bad way.
Of course, this list assumes some basic understanding of both fashion and women. I don’t think I need to explain to the Dappered crowd where women stand on t-shirts with sayings like, “If I were you I’d sleep with me.”
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