I did the research…
…and the ladies have spoken.
I know – a few of these you can probably guess.
But I bet at least half are going to surprise you.
I know #4 surprised me.
And guys – even if you’re married, this information is still gold for impressing your wife.
Here’s the reality. Many women have certain fashion tastes for men.
Without that appeal, you may have to work a little harder.
So the question to ask is what do the ladies want men to wear?
The answer: look no further than the following ten items below.
- Well Fitted Suits
We know the function of suits – high-standard clothing for business and fancy events. Suit isn’t the most commonly worn outfits for first dates BUT the ladies love them every now and then. They like it when you dress to impress for special occasions like your wedding anniversary. They appreciate that effort.
But whenever you wear a suit it’s got to be the right fit. Psychology tells us about the classic “V-shaped” body which is associated with good health and more testosterone.
So women are particularly drawn to well-fitting suits because of how masculine they make a guy look. Trimmed waist, bigger shoulders and hands – these are the factors that command attention.
Any man can put on a suit. But a guy who doesn’t allow the suit to overpower or make him feel uncomfortable is the one who stands out from the rest. He’s the one seen by women and the rest of society as powerful and successful.
- A Nice Watch
Many of us use smartphones to tell time, but the more polite way to check the time is a simple flick of the wrist, especially in social settings. For this reason, every man needs a good watch. I
And the second obvious reason – women like men who pay attention to details. So if you have an effortless timepiece on your wrist – it catches their eyes. It makes a great conversation starter with a woman you approach.
The best men’s watches incorporate a timeless face and minimalist design. Those watches are a specialty of The Fifth. This is a company that continues to release great products with unique styles. The bands of each watch are interchangeable so you can try out different colors that match your clothes or skin tone for the same watch face. These watches are some of the best ways to sharpen your look.
A nice scent is often the #1 factor for women in choosing a potential partner. Researchers in Europe have published a study in the Personality and Individual Differences journal about men’s and women’s “mate selection” factors.
It shows women rate olfactory (smell) cues as more important than visual cues. So don’t underestimate women’s sense of smell… it’s pretty sensitive.
Your goal now should be getting the right product that will give you the best scent. Since everybody’s different – it depends on your body chemistry.
You may have to try a number of samples before you find one that truly works. Here’s an article you can read to learn about the different fragrances for men.
- The Color Pink
Pink has an appeal that goes beyond these socially constructed views on masculinity. There’s a lot of confidence it takes for a guy to wear pink (specifically pastel pink and not bright pink). Women like that kind of boldness.
Pink is also associated with positive emotions. French researchers at the University of Poitiers made a study about the color pink in 2014. The findings showed that those wearing pink appear happier than they are.
Somehow pink (along with green and white) accentuates happy faces and downplays not-so-happy ones. And we know the ladies respond well to good vibes and energy.
- Boxer Briefs
The best of both worlds: boxer briefs combine the shape of boxers with the close-fitting feel of briefs. They’re not prone to chafing.
They don’t leave your manhood hanging down. You can wear them comfortably at the gym or whenever you go for a run.
A Men’s Health study shows 58% of women prefer their man in boxer briefs to the other underwear types. But why they love them? They’re like lean mini-shorts that flatter the lower torso. They fit you just right and neither look too loose nor too tight.
Women swooned over Mark Wahlberg as he wore them proudly for ads during the ‘90s – and the rest is history.
- Well Fitted Jeans
Jeans are timeless clothing items. Any guy regardless of age or body type needs a good pair of jeans in his closet. But let’s not forget why they’re so loved.
Denim jeans have always been a part of American pop culture. Just look at the iconic cowboy characters that dominated Western films. Or those bad boys like Jim Stark in Rebel Without A Cause(played by James Dean). Or Bruce Springsteen’s blue-collar persona throughout the ‘80s. Women loved men in jeans back then – and it appears they always will.
Those men in Hollywood may look amazing in jeans but the real world isn’t as glamorous. Jeans that perfectly fit aren’t so easy to find. There are many brands and cuts and types – so you’ll need some trial and error before you end up buying the right pair. The trick is to go 1 size down or try a different fit. Avoid baggy or carpenter jeans altogether.
- Stylish Footwear
They say the eyes are windows to the soul. So that makes shoes the windows to your style. You always want a good pair to show that you pay attention to the small details in style.
Based on your shoes, women can interpret a number of things about you before you start talking. Flimsy shoes make you look cheap. Worn out shoes make it seem like you don’t take care of yourself. But stylish ones – Oxfords, Monk Straps, Italian moccasins etc. – show you’ve got good taste. These are the kinds worth investing in. Women love them because leather indicates wealth and status.
Remember that the type of leather also plays a part. In general suede goes well with social settings while calfskin suits slightly dressier events. These are some basics to follow if you want to bring up your style game.
- Cashmere Sweaters
Cashmere is a light-weight kind of wool that offers great insulation. Compared to regular sheep wool it makes a sweater more functional and fashionable. It adds a lot of softness to your style and women love to touch it. They love guys with a warmer, “sensitive” side that contrasts with their manliness.
The same Men’s Health that showed women’s preference for boxer briefs also had a survey on textures of clothing. The results show that men who wear cashmere sweaters attract more women than other types such as leather, silk and normal wool. So even though cashmere costs more (as Kashmir goat hair is limited in supply) you should consider its long-term benefits.
You’ll want a cashmere sweater ready for those winter months and cold rainy days. It will come in handy when you want to get close to a woman. You can use it to make her feel safe and warm. The more she touches, the more she’ll like being around you.
One thing that gives V-necks an edge over crew neck outfits is the power of the V shape. It’s more versatile – you can wear plain white V-neck and it doesn’t resemble an undershirt.
The shape also makes your cheekbones appear wider than your jawline. That gives athletic guys an even stronger appeal.
Women are drawn to clothes that strike the right balance between casual and dressed up – which V-necks do effortlessly. Bright-colored V-neck shirts can be worn for the summer while V-neck sweaters work for spring/autumn in different colors or patterns.
- A Great Smile & Fresh Breath
This last item requires no shopping or rummaging in your closet. It has everything to do with your face – especially your mouth.
There’s an article published in 2013 in the journal Cognition & Emotion that proves how effective smiling is. Research shows smiling is the simplest and cheapest way to make one more attractive.
Smilers are judged as having better health, openness and trustworthiness than non-smilers. It doesn’t matter whether they really feel happy. Women are more likely to be interested in guys who approach them with a smile.
So say cheese all the time. Don’t forget to brush your teeth. Floss regularly and drink lots of water. Use breath mints. And pay your dentist a visit every 6 months. You don’t want to your best smile ruined whenever you need it most! Also see this page for some ways you can get your teeth whitened at home.
Bonus: A Confident Self
Nothing can replace confidence. You may have fantastic clothes. Your smile may look like it came off an ad. But if you lack confidence, it shows and eventually distracts from everything else.
If you learn to feel great about yourself… everything gets easier! You start believing you’re attractive. Your words and gestures become natural. Your sense of humor comes out. You actually enjoy the occasion. You OWN your look and show no signs of trying hard. And all those things can potentially win a woman over.
This article was brought to you by The Fifth Co.
Credit: Real Men Real Style