Fashion: A Battle of the Sexes

When it comes to fashion, as women, we like to follow trends, no matter how short-lived they may be. Modeling your ‘look’ to emulate a celebrity is also a familiar concept. Overall, our style is an outward reflection of our personality; we dress the way that we feel. For instance, if we’re feeling sexy, a pair of heels or even a hint of leopard print will inevitably be incorporated in our outfit somehow. But if we’re feeling dreadful, our attire may be a little less than desirable that day (i.e. sweatpants).

But what do men think about our fickle style picks or penchant for rocking the latest trend? After conducting a survey earlier this year for Examiner.com, inclusive of 50 men from all over the country (each from various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, ranging in age from 19 to 48), I learned the answer to that question and more.

Ultimately, I discovered that men and women are not on the same page when it comes to style. Just as women often hate the things men wear, men disagree with our choices as well. In reality, they’d prefer that we ditch the trendy apparel altogether and simply dress to impress them. That’s right, over 80% of respondents noted that their favorite outfit on a woman consisted of anything that accentuated the female figure; generously using words such as”‘fitted” and “tight.” Additionally, the male respondents insisted that we completely ditch a number of trendy items from our fashion repertoire, including color blocking ‘fits, cowboy boots and high waist pants. Other fashion duds mentioned included spandex leggings and baggy, camouflage pants. In other words, women can’t win unless we’re dressing provocatively — that is, according to men.

So, we’re embattled in this fashion conundrum.  Should we dress for comfort? Dress for style? Dress for men? I say to dress in a manner that makes you feel good. After all, if a guy can’t accept you and your _________ (insert noteworthy adjective here) style, then he’s just not that into you.

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