After four years of experience writing about style and answering questions from men all over the world, I’ve come to find that there are several reasons why guys want to look their best. For increased confidence or performance, to be taken seriously at work or with their peers, to positively represent their families or beliefs, etc.
Let’s be real, though. At the end of the day, most of us are just trying to put ourselves in the best position to impress the ladies.
So what better way to provide that advice than to reach out to an attractive woman and get her opinions on men’s style. For this, we teamed up with Megan Collins, the witty blogger behind Style Girlfriend.
“Style Girlfriend is all about men’s style from a female perspective. My goal is to give guys the inside track on what women want to see them wearing…and what we definitely don’t.
Women appreciate when a guy takes care with his appearance. And little things make a huge difference. Tuck your shirt in to your pants. Wear a tie. Swap out your usual sneakers for a dress shoe or a boot. You don’t have to leave the house in a three-piece suit every day, but women can tell when you’ve made an effort. It doesn’t go unnoticed, even if we don’t explicitly compliment you on your outfit.
I’ve always taken the approach of calling myself a fan, not an expert. I know what, as a woman, I like to see a guy wearing, so I just focus on that.”
We invited Megan to our studio and gave her simple instructions: using anything from the TSB styling closet, put together three looks (one casual, one business casual, one corporate) that you consider to be the most attractive on a man.
Here’s what she came up with.
1. Weekend Casual
In your opinion, what looks most attractive on a man in a casual weekend setting?
When he looks like he didn’t sleep in his clothes! Even though it’s the weekend, guys should still think about what they’re wearing. There’s casual, and then there’s…wearing pajama pants to go pick up the paper and grab a coffee. Don’t be the guy in pajama pants.
Jordans, eh? Are they sexy? Is it because they’re official Jordans, or just cool looking sneaks?
My love affair with Nike goes way, way back. My sister got me into AirMax 95s when I was in middle school. I still have a few colorways sitting in my closet, where I admire them lovingly from time to time. They’re not really my style anymore – if I wore sneakers now, I think I’d look like Justin Bieber. Beyond that, I have dated a few sneakerheads in my day, so I probably harbor a thing for fellas sporting a beautiful shoe.
Where do guys go wrong with casual outfits? Turn-offs? What’s trying too hard/not hard enough?
Too casual! I totally get that you want to be comfortable, but you can be comfortable and stylish at the same time. I think too many guys assume if they’re going casual, it gives them a pass not to still look put-together.
- Black/Grey shades by Matsuda Eyewear
- Navy varsity jacket by The Brooklyn Circus
- Grey henley by Rag&Bone
- Watch by Montblanc Timewalker Automatic (42mm)
- Indigo denim jeans by JBrand
- Black/red sneakers by Air Jordan (I)
- Canvas backpack by Filson