YES - What Men Like
So What Ladies Fashions Don't Men Like?
Girls, do you ever wonder what men would like you to wear? Well here is a guide for women who want to know what kind of clothes men like. And, more importantly, what styles will makes guys run a mile!
If you want to put a man off, then here are some tips for a wardrobe that should get rid of any unwanted male admirers!
I appreciate that many of the clothing styles mentioned here exist mainly on the catwalk and are rarely seen in the high street or at the local mall being worn 'real' women.
Incidentally, why is it that the so called ‘fashion world’, inhabited by fashion writers, designers, celebrities and the rich and wealthy, create a whole raft and designs, colours and textures that no real woman wants to wear or could ever afford?
Come to think of it, why do most fashion models not look remotely like real, normal women? It’s a mystery to me but anyway, lets get back back to that men-friendly fashion collection.
The information here is obviously subjective but is based on a number of surveys of male opinion such as one conducted by MSN in 2010.
Men's Poll re Womens Fashions
Ditch the Dungarees, Jumpsuits and Harem Pants
Generally men don’t like baggy shapeless clothes. We like women to have a figure of some sort. To go in at the waist, have hips and a butt or bum and also breasts. (Yes, it make surprise you to know that men like breasts).
Dungarees and Jumpsuits are therefore the first items to go in the Recycling Bin of Taste. While we are at it, those dreadful Harem Pants can go too. Do tear them up before they go in the bin so no one else can wear them!
Men, when not staring at breasts, also like ladies legs. They don’t have to be perfect legs. We like tights but we like stockings even more.
Particularly if they are supported by a garter belt, suspender belt or suspenders attached to some other garment such as a corset.
Conversely, Men are not keen on Leggings. A baggy tee shirt with leggings is particularly off putting. Jeggings, an evil cross between jeans and leggings, are even worse!
Knee Socks, Gladiator Sandals and Ugg Boots - Ugg!
Moving down the female leg, Gladiator Sandals are unwelcome as are the aptly named Ugg Boots (where do you think the name came from?).
Some of those Uggs look like the wearer trod on an unfortunate pair of small mammals and then left the corpses on their feet.
Although we do love grown up stockings, we find female socks off putting. Particularly Over the Knee Socks.
There is something not quite right about it. It’s a bit like grown up women wearing school uniform. OK in the bedroom but not in public.
generally don’t like women to wear Too Much Make Up (a particular sin of
some women in the USA). Also, men don’t tend to like
really bright colours. Neon colours and girlie
pink are particularly unpopular with males. However, men tend to be attracted to girls wearing bright Red,
Tassels, Tattooed Ladies and Tuxedos
Most men, not all, are really put off by all but the smallest girl Tattoos. Men who don’t wear tattoos and men that do are united in their concern that so many women now have great tapestries of black and multicoloured inks on backs, butts and breasts.
What about jackets? Well we don’t much like women in Tuxedos. Fringes on clothes generally are a no no. While your at it, ditch the handbag with a hundred Tassels dragging on the ground.
Another massive turn off is the jacket that gives you the Furry Look like an inhabitant of Second Life. If you’re not sure what I mean, go to Second Life (it’s a virtual world so don’t expect a Sat Nav reference).
Fly around or teleport until you find someone, ie an Avatar, and 10 to 1 they will be wearing a hideous furry costume. That’s because in the real world furry people are not welcomed so most of them have relocated to cyber space!
Don't get me started on Furry Boots. They look particularly unpleasent on catwalk models with ultra thin legs. See below for a typical example from Channel.
Keep it Simple, Shapely and Feminine
What else? Really Big Sunglasses. Men are simple souls and are really attracted to a girl who smiles a lot and have lovely eyes. Big sunglasses conceal the smile and the eyes.
Guys are also generally more conservative (with a small ‘c’) that their female sisters. We don’t like too many accessories and other adornments. We like simple plain fabrics that don’t detract from the inner and outer beauty of the female wearer.
Lets finish on a positive note. Ladies Belts
(not too fancy) are much appreciated by guys if only because they accentuate the wearers figure. Generally keep your look Simple, Shapely and Feminine
Here's hoping that if you're a woman and have read this far, nothing here has offended you.
If it has then share your rage via a comment below. Men, if you adore your girlfriend's harem pants or her cute dungarees and the love of your life is a tattooed lady, then tell us what you think.
If I've missed anything else that women wear and you hate then just let me know!
Em on January 21, 2016:
This entire time I thought I was dressing for MYSELF. Wearing what I like.
Guess I should go change into what a man thinks looks best.
....said no sane woman ever.
Melanie Sumpter from NYC on November 08, 2014:
Thanks for that advice. I admit I will not throw away my denim but I will never wear it again to meet guys or on a date. Appreciate that tip!
Sylwia on July 28, 2014:
Fashion is what it is, people have different sense of mainstream beauty depending on culture too. I used to think I was retarded because I never found anyone compelling or attractive until I had a conversation with them. Why would I? Looks are always fleeting. By the way, as weird as this will sound...you can wear respect and dignity.
Claiire on December 10, 2013:
I really don't agree with any of this. I'm a lesbian, and when I see an attractive girl I never pass judgement on what she wears. I'll never deem something she likes and chooses to wear as unattractive (unless its something like a huge fluffy cat sweater.. but even then.) It's not even like I'm just saying it for her benefit, either. Clothing does not and should not make a girl sexy, and saying things like "don't wear this because guys wont like it" is completely ridiculous.
MX on June 16, 2013:
I was really surprised about the leggings part! I thought guys liked anything that shows off a woman's ass. Like, yoga pants, which are supposed to be considered very sexy.
Elizabeth on December 18, 2012:
I don't wear any of those items of clothing except jeans/dungarees not low riders though. They are comfortable and I have never had a bf or any man say they don't like them. I have sometats but I or my bf can cover them w one hand. Also can cover all w/ clothes. Good to know I am not only person who doesn't understand some fashion trends. Btw I love garter belts and stockings not always practical but so feminine. Thanks.
Kaitlin on October 28, 2012:
I'm sorry, but UGGS are aren't for looking cute. It's for keeping your feet warm. Gladiator sandals are adorable if you know how to wear them, and tattoos are turn ons for some guys.
marcus on September 11, 2012:
Ugg Boots are an Australian brand... I don't see them very often.. but they are sold up here in Alaska, but Anchorage isn't exactly fashionable... which is understandable because it is so dang cold.. people rather not freeze to death.
GB on May 03, 2012:
Huge generalization that guys don't like tattoos. Ignorant.
Amy Sung on January 18, 2012:
I would like to see a similar post on how men think about purses that women carry around (especially those big honking ones with lots of studs and buckles and other hardwares).
Rik Ravado (author) from England on January 15, 2012:
Bernice, Camo and Lita - I do respect your opinions and recognise that clothes express who you are. Some people can look fabulous in clothes that would look ridiculous on someone else. This article is slightly tongue in cheek. As Bernice says, I'm not a patriarchal douche (my wife might disagree!)
BereniceTeh90 on January 13, 2012:
CamoGirl: Yea, I can't understand why people say jumpsuits are fugly!!! But to each is own, right? Everyone has his or her own personal taste! Rik's taste only represents one man out of the many millions of men in the world; even me and my other straight man friends have different ideas about what we find physically attractive, cuz taste is subjective. Just bcuz i find something attractive on a chic and my friend doesn't and vice versa doesn't mean either of us is right or wrong. Just like some people like apples, some prefer oranges n vice versa.
LitaKinochan: He didn't phrase it properly; I also initially got the impression that this article was written patriarchal douche. But then i realized he's just expressing his opinion. Maybe if he'd said, women's fashions that SOME men hate then it wouldn't come across as so offensive. Honestly, I can't understand why people try to give other people fashion advice when they don't even ask for it! (sorry Rik) It's the most pointless way to make enemies..
LitaKinochan on January 12, 2012:
Whoever wrote this was clearly an immature, arrogant male with no concept of fashion. Even worse, he seems to believe that women's clothes should be designed to please men! Clothes should be more about self-expression, art, and liberation. Thanks for reminding me why I'm a lesbian.
Camo Girl!!! on January 04, 2012:
I always dress how i want to if you don't like it then don't look at me and if my guy don't like how i dress then he don't get me then girls should never change for a guy!!! JUST SAYING PS:I like the jump suit too BereniceTeh90
BereniceTeh90 on January 02, 2012:
Lauren: Hey, I dress to please myself too LOL, i think most people these days just lack backbone in the sense that they are constantly trying to seek approval of the opposite sex. Go on any gender and relationship forum and you will find people asking things like, "What do women find attractive on men"? To which I say, "How about growing a bit of backbone, and stop doing things for the approval of people?!" If you're a dude and feel like wearing a skirt, then WEAR IT! If you feel like painting your nails and/growing long hair, then DO IT! People these days seem to act and dress solely for the approval of the opposite sex; it's pathetic!Not that there's anything wrong with Rik expressing his opinion either; he is simply saying that he does not find a particular type of fashion attractive, just as some women don't find glasses attractive on men and vice versa. It doesn't make him a patriarchal objectifying douche. But maybe he could have said, women's fashion that "some" men hate, so as to clarify that every man has a different "taste", so to speak, and that his taste does not represent that of all men.
ps: I think the jump suit looks nice, seriously
Rik Ravado (author) from England on December 13, 2011:
Lauren, you've made some good points here. I actually agree with you that women should dress to please themselves and not just to pander to men!
Lauren on December 11, 2011:
So, basically, don't be quirky, don't dress to please yourself, and be as mainstream as possible or guys will automatically be repulsed by you?
I HOPE that any guy that superficial IS repulsed by me. I'd be equally repulsed by him. I like my Ugg Boots, I love overalls, I love crazy, fun-colored knee-high socks, and I hate garters, clothing that's too form-fitting, and anything that shows off my breasts to someone who has no business looking at them. Oh, and I also LOVE over-sized sunglasses. I think I'll stick with what I like.
Liam Hallam from Nottingham UK on June 05, 2011:
Informative hub Rik. I think the right woman can look good in most things. A tall slim woman can look absolutely stunning in jumpsuits. And I quite like Harem Pants on a girl too.
We had a phase previously where women went out on the town in balerina tutui's and frankly if Carrie Bagshaw looks like a sack of potatoes in one it's not even worth trying!
Plus I quite live Blake Lively in the gladiator sandals. However not the dress which makes her look pregant!
From my experience women only ask what you think of their clothes if they would actually like your opinion too!
GrantGMcgowan on May 10, 2011:
Very informative article, Thanks for this.
JP Carlos from Quezon CIty, Phlippines on May 04, 2011:
My wife is currently 36 weeks pregnant and anything that accentuates her huge baby bump I find sexy.
Rik Ravado (author) from England on April 24, 2011:
What a horrible thought Larry!
Larry Fields from Northern California on April 23, 2011:
It just occurred to me that the 4th photo may not be furry boots, after all. It may be the two women forgot to shave their lower legs and feet that day!
Rik Ravado (author) from England on April 23, 2011:
luvthefeel: I think you have a point - women rarely wear a gift just to please the male buyer. Also women tend to wear what they like and often dress to impress other women rather than men!
John N:You are definitely right about leggings!
John N on April 22, 2011:
Great to see that the tatse presented by fashions magazines is not alwayd the most appreciated taste. One item I'm missing is the legging, formerly known as Long John. Whomever told women such would be nice ought to receive a life sentence.
luvthefeel from Maryland on April 20, 2011:
Rik, I agree, great topic here. I fully agree with your take on what men like and don't like women to wear. But I'd like to add another take on womens dress and I'd be very interested in seeing the takes others, men and women have on it.
That is I've now been married three times, and I have purchased for my wives various articles of clothing ranging from lingerie to coats. I think most of what I bought was very classy. The lingerie for example I think was classy (somewhat sexy) including a Farr West full length silk slip which I saw one time to a full length leather coat that was probably the only item I ever saw worn more that once, and everything in between.
My conclusion, women really don't care what men think about what they wear!
Rik Ravado (author) from England on March 16, 2011:
Larry - Yes I think Ugg boots are more popular in colder climates. I'm with you on the muffin tops and plumber's butts. Glad you enjoyed!
Larry Fields from Northern California on March 15, 2011:
I may not be very observant about clothing styles. But I've never noticed women wearing Ugg boots or those hideous furry things here in California. Are they mainly British aberrations?
My pet peeve in women's fashion is low-rider jeans. Yes, for slender, physically fit young women, they're a good way to accentuate toned abs.
But what about not-so-slender women? For this male at least, Muffin Tops are a huge turn-off.
Plumbers Butt is a secondary issue with low-rider jeans. Call me provincial, but I prefer that women's bums be either completely covered, or completely uncovered.
Rik Ravado (author) from England on March 13, 2011:
Thanks for the support, rachel!
rachel on March 13, 2011:
all of these female fashion trends hated by men are also hated by me. wooo
Rik Ravado (author) from England on March 11, 2011:
Topmodel and crystolite, thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed!
Emma from Houston TX on March 11, 2011:
Informative hub,thanks for sharing.
Topmodelof2011 on February 24, 2011:
nicely cover man
Rik Ravado (author) from England on February 17, 2011:
yenajeon - Fair point. After all how many men bother to dress to please women? Thanks for your input!
Yena Williams from California on February 17, 2011:
Rik, you hit the nail on the head with this one! I wear a lot of these trends you mentioned. (Except the tattoos) But, I never dress for men only for myself!
Rik Ravado (author) from England on February 15, 2011:
mysisters - personally I like them. They are flattering. By the way, thanks for stopping by!
mysisters on February 15, 2011:
Great Hub. I agree with the tattoos also. They do not look classy at all. I have heard that men don't like leggings. What is your take on pencil skirts?
Rik Ravado (author) from England on February 14, 2011:
Quite right poetvix - young men have been tattooing their first girl friend's name on their bodies for years - Its a shame girls are now repeating the same mistake!
poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on February 14, 2011:
Thanks for the great style tips, Rick. Gotta say, I could not agree more about the tattoos. I saw a young girl a while back. She was maybe fifteen. She had her boyfriend's name tattooed on her neck! How crazy is that? He will be gone in a matter of weeks but she will be stuck with the ink forever. Great hub!
Rik Ravado (author) from England on February 13, 2011:
Dahoglund - good point. That's probably why some of the clothes they wear seem strange to men!
Rik Ravado (author) from England on February 13, 2011:
Vivenda - not sure you are wearing a costume so it doesn't really count. I think you know all about nuts and are very cute!
Don A. Hoglund from Wisconsin Rapids on February 13, 2011:
I've always been told that women dress to impress other women rather than men.
Vivenda from UK (South Coast) on February 13, 2011:
So, how do you feel about sexy white fur coats and long, sinuous tails to match? Are you nuts about them?