I am a firm believer in the phrase “dress to impress” (It's not just a thing they throw on club flyers to enforce a dress code). There are plenty of reasons guys dress to impress. Maybe you want to make a great impression on a job interview, or you just bought a fire fit and you want to stunt on the gram (I would hope not but I'm not here to judge). But since the beginning of time there is one definite reason that men put more effort into what they're wearing, and it's to impress a girl they think is a fly little jawn. The thing about trying to impress women is there isn't a one-size-fits-all guide. They all have different tastes. Some girls like a man in a well tailored suit, while others like men in athelisure. It really just depends on the women. As a man you're probably asking yourself: How can I tell if the ladies are feeling my steez? Well, I definitely don't have the answer, and since this isn't a Mel Gibson movie, instead of trying to read women’s minds, I decided to ask 5 stylish women what they like and dislike about all the current trends in menswear.. So listen up, and maybe their advice will help you get your swerve on with that chick you met at whole foods earlier this week while picking up your cold pressed juice.
Likes: “One thing I’m loving in men’s fashion right now is the blazer trend, a well tailored blazer to be exact. I think a stylish and easily transitional blazer should be a key component in any man’s closet. Women must have a little black dress and men need a well tailored blazer. When it comes to this trend, men are taking blazers to new heights and I’m loving every moment of it. From pairing them with a typical suit, to layering with a sweater and a button up, to even adding a blazer to a more casual jean and loafers look. I’m here for it all!”
Dislikes: “One thing I hate, isn’t a trend, an item, or anything of that sort. It’s a mindset. As men’s fashion is evolving and men are becoming, in my opinion more stylish and more personal in the way they dress, other men are becoming more judgmental. Someone’s look may not fit your personal style but if it works for them then so be it. So “hating” is a trend I hate and would love to see leave the world of men’s fashion.”
Likes: “The one thing I LOVE is when dudes have a legit leather jacket, one that fits their personal style. My personal favorites are biker "double rider" leather jackets. I love the zippers and buckles but they can be too edgy for some people, so it's essential to pick the right style for you.”
Dislikes: The one thing I HATE is when guys wear "fashion" bucket hats. Everyone's go-to hated hat is the fedora, but mine is the bucket hat. Unless you're at the beach or hiking somewhere in the woods... why?
Likes: “The style for men that appeals to me the most is when he is dressed in business or business casual attire. I appreciate a man that takes care in how he is presenting himself to the world.”
Dislikes: “The only style that I dislike the most no matter who is wearing it is the saggy pants style. It screams immaturity as well as lack of love and concern for self.”
Likes: “I love for a guy to break a few rules in fashion by adding a little personality in their wardrobe. An unusual color, or references from other cultures in wardrobe is always a joy to see. I think men can have almost as much creativity when making outfit choice."
Dislkies: “One thing I absolutely dislike in men's fashion is when a man doesn't quite follow the necessary rules of suiting. If I see a well dressed man but they fail to pull the vent stitch, I have to admit, I get bothered. Something else that is really important to me is that if a man wears a jacket, they should follow the jacket button rule. I am all about self expression in fashion but these mistakes are deadly!”
Likes: “One thing that I love about men's grooming is...beards. duh. When a man grows a beard, he somehow grows into a beautiful, strong creature that you imagine in your greatest love novel. In this bearded novel, he carries you away in the sand as the sun sets and you rest your head tenderly on his beard as though it's your favorite pillow covered in your favorite satin pillow case. Honestly, I believe that beards make the world a better place. I am extremely grateful for men that take out the time to grow them. It's really nice of them. One thing that I hate about men's grooming is when men do not take care of their beards. Get a line up, son. Oh, I also love when men grow out their natural crowns with no specific direction (think Basquiat). Those men are pretty cold as well.”
Dislikes:” There aren't any fashion trends that I'm necessarily obsessed with, but it's absolutely time out for men wearing clothing that is too large for them. Denim, shirts, SUITS. Those things should not be 3 sizes too big. On the contrary, I guess I am actually obsessed with a man in a tailored suit. Especially if it's navy blue, we go together. And speaking of dressy attire, maybe I hate square toed dress shoes? I'll get back to you on that one.”