There’s a lot of truth to that old saying, “The clothes make the man.” You may be able to snag a date online with your studly good looks and charm her into meeting you at a coffee shop with your witty repartee; but if you want there to be a second date, you’re going to have to look as good as you sound. That doesn’t mean suit and tie, but dirty jeans and a stained t-shirt aren’t going to cut it.
Sure, many men do take an interest in fashion these days. But take a look at the guys you pass on the street or see at the coffee shop when you’re standing in line for your double espresso. The fashion-challenged still make up an impressive sector of the male community. Even men who seem to have a grasp on fashion basics often fall into a rut, never venturing beyond the one or two “looks” they know look good – no matter how dated those looks may become.
Despite the stereotypes, this isn’t just a male problem. There are plenty of women out there who don’t know how to dress, as TLC’s What Not to Wear repeatedly points out, but we’re talking about men here. So why do so many men fail to impress in the wardrobe department?
- Some men just don’t care that much about clothes and like to stick with what’s comfy.
- Some men loath shopping at any store that doesn’t carry power drills and socket wrenches and would rather keep wearing the same tired look they’ve worn for the past decade than step inside a clothing store.
- A lot of men just don’t know how to shop. Even if they pick up the occasional copy of GQ, they’re clueless when it comes to putting a look together.