Men’s fashion is surprisingly complicated. You may think that all they really have to do is throw on a shirt and jeans, but the truth is that unless they’re the right shirt and jeans, he might still not look like the best dressed guy in town.
Focus On His Personality
Make sure that you focus on his personality rather than your own.
While you may love bright colors and cut outs in your clothes he might not feel the same, and having your partner turn up to parties looking uncomfortable in his choice of outfit (which is actually your choice of outfit) is not a good look at all.
It’s important that he feels comfortable no matter what he’s doing.
Finally, it can be easy to be a little harsh when you’re going through your partner’s closet and trying to get him to throw away that old hoodie with holes in the seams that he’s had since high school. Remember it has sentimental value!
You don’t want him to start feeling self conscious about his own decisions and tastes and you definitely don’t want to be responsible for picking out his clothes every day for the rest of your life.
Encourage him to make his own decisions and praise him when he gets it right.
Buy Him Occasional Gifts
Coming home with an armful of clothes and forcing your partner to try them on is pretty much the stuff of nightmares.
But when you do it slowly and carefully then the process is a lot easier for the both of you (and much less time consuming!)
Buy him a sweater for Christmas, get him a pack of socks to supplement his current supply, and point out jackets on other men or on TV that you think would suit him (noting his response.)
Do It Together
Once you’ve exhausted the gift buying options and you really need to get him into a pair of new jeans instead of the awful ones you’re darkly convinced he’s had since he was a World Of Warcraft nerd at college, it’s time to enlist him in your fashion challenge by going out to the clothes stores together.
It’s usually best if you have one item in mind.
Going out to overhaul his entire wardrobe in one day is probably a recipe for disaster if he isn’t particularly into fashion or shopping for that matter.
The best way to find a new pair of jeans is, unfortunately, to try on as many as possible.
So you’ll need to make sure that you stay encouraging and complimentary even as you steer him towards the jeans that both look best, and he feels comfortable and confident in.
Always Consider The Fit
The fit of clothes is absolutely crucial in men’s fashion.
There’s nothing worse than seeing a grown man wearing a suit that looks as though it was made for someone who was twice his size.
It has uncomfortable ‘wearing my father’s suit on the first day of my internship’ vibes, which is definitely something to be avoided.
A lot of men are wearing clothes that are way too big for them – and what’s the point in wearing a sweater that swamps his body and jeans that he has to hold up with that horrible battered leather belt that you’d secretly quite like to burn?
Suggest that he goes for clothes that are a size smaller than the ones he usually goes for, so that he gets a more fitted, sleek look.
It’s All About The Accessories
A lot of women’s outfits are absolutely made by the bag and shoes, and honestly that’s the same for men.
How many of us have been on dates with men that have gone great, except for the presence of something on his feet that look strangely like hiking boots?
A great outfit can be totally destroyed by the wrong choice of shoes. The best idea for men’s shoes is to go classic – for sneakers, choose Converse or Adidas, and nothing that resembles a running shoe unless he is actually exercising.
A good boot is something that should be in every man’s closet, and if he’s a little more daring in his choices a pair of Dr Martens will last him a lifetime.