What Women Really Think Of Your “Style”

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Megan Collins is the founder of Style Girlfriend, and Ruthie Friedlander is the deputy editor of Elle.com. Why are we telling you this? Because when it comes to fashion, they know their shit, and they’re weighing in on some of the latest trends in menswear. So men, whether you’re trying to look like you’re part of the cast of Mad Men, or, a Kanye clone – better listen up to what women really think of your fashion game.
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Athleisure

Megan Collins: “If you do it right, I’m all for it. I think something athleisure does well is that you know when you look sloppy. You’re not going to just go outside in sweatpants and be like, this is “athleisure.” You have to put more thought into fit and cut and material, because otherwise you’ll just look like you’re a sloppy dude. I do think you can start to get into dangerous fashion with a capital “F” territory. If your sweatpants cost more than my overcoat, we might have a problem.”
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Athleisure

Ruthie Friedlander: “I feel much the same way about athleisure as I do about women wearing leggings for any reason other than working out (or relaxing at home)—sweatpants serve a purpose, and that purpose is for sweating. I find that being comfortable should be a happy coincidence of getting dressed, not the sole reason for what you wear. So in terms of these dudes sporting athleisure? Save it for the gym. And speaking specifically about the drop crotch: That should just never happen. Not even in your own home.”
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Heritage

Megan Collins: “Being from Wisconsin, I’ve gotten this to some extent growing up. There is that aesthetic that has always been around—that you look like you should have a shooting rifle over one arm. When it’s head-to-toe, just as with athleisure, I don’t like it. But if you take just a Barbour jacket and throw on a henley and some chinos, I love it. It’s about moderation. When it’s head-to-toe it can feel like you’re trying to reinvent your family history, like, “Yeah, we were on the Mayflower.”
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Heritage

Ruthie Friedlander: “Coco Chanel famously suggested that a woman should remove one accessory before leaving home as a true test for not over-accessorizing. I find this is a good rule of thumb for men sporting this trend. Look, I really don’t love a man in a vest in general, but a man in a vest and a newsboy cap? Too much. What I do appreciate about this look is, I love plaid, and well-tailored clothes. I love when a guy looks like he’s put thought into his look. But choose one thing from this trend and go for it.”
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Goth Ninja

Megan Collins: “At first glance, this is probably the hardest for women to stomach. It’s so studied and so intentional that it definitely leads a guy into fashion capital “F” territory, and some women wouldn’t necessarily be comfortable with that. If a woman showed up to dinner with a guy wearing this, I think her first instinct would be, “We’re just not on the same page.” Also, it’s one of the more expensive looks to get right. It’s a lot less accessible. The head-to-toe monochrome is flattering, but beyond that, the drapey nature of it isn’t a flattering silhouette for a guy.”
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Goth Ninja

Ruthie Friedlander: “Rick Owens is one of my favorite designers. Every man should own a great leather jacket, and if you can afford a Rick Owens one, by all means, go for it. For the head-to-toe look though, you should do it if and only if you’ll be engaging in ninja-like activity. Otherwise, stick to a black hoodie and a leather jacket and simply pair it with jeans and a pair of sneakers. No need for the combat boots. It’s too much.”
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Japanese Americana

Megan Collins: “It’s more studied, but it shows you care in a way that you’d still be able to get out of the house in under an hour. It speaks to a uniform in a way that the goth look does, but it feels less serious. And I think it lets the person shine better. Having those kind of neutral pieces, like denim shirts or a military jacket, a) makes getting dressed really easy, and b) makes it not about your outfit showing you off. Also, some men may not want to hear this, but you can get this look for a lot less. It’s not going to be Visvim, but this, way more than goth ninja, you can get at whatever your price range.”
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Japanese Americana

Ruthie Friedlander: “This looks like a guy I’d like to be friends with. Super approachable, a good hugger. Not too serious. He might be someone who plays guitar at somewhat inappropriate times, but I like this guy. I may not want to date this guy, but I like him.”
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The Rocker

Megan Collins: “What this look says about a guy is that he has a lot of confidence. Because you don’t wear that unless you want to be noticed. I think with the other looks, that’s arguable. But if a guy is like, “Yeah, I can pull off this neckerchief,” then he’s probably going to be the dude who’s not afraid to go up and talk to the six-foot Swedish model.”
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The Rocker

Ruthie Friedlander: “In my opinion someone like Harry Styles, who rocks this look, can do no wrong. I’m not into man jewelry, but a skinny jean plus a ripped tee plus a leather jacket or a bomber is sort of the flawless equation for me. If they’re by Saint Laurent, well, that’s the icing on the cake. Hats not required, or suggested.”
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Skater Street Style

Megan Collins: “It’s not even so much about the clothing as the idea behind the clothing. I walk by the Supreme store and there are X number of guys standing in line for the latest sneaker drop, that’s just not what my life is about. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good sneaker, but it brings me back to the mall days growing up, shopping Abercrombie and buying things that have a giant logo splashed all the way around the front. I know it’s beyond that and it’s sort of a statement about that, but I still can’t shake it.”
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Skater Street Style

Ruthie Friedlander: “No. No, no, no. Unless you’re in middle school. Or an actual professional skater. And no, Justin Bieber, you’re not a professional skater.”
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Italian Flair

Megan Collins: “I think these dudes do not care if their girlfriends have an orgasm. I don’t think they’ve even thought about it. They’re so much more concerned with getting a tie dimple to happen that it’s not even on their radar. God bless any guy that gets passionate about something, and if you want to talk about dub monks until two in the morning, that’s cool. But it’s just not something I relate to. And I run a website about men’s style!”
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Italian Flair

Ruthie Friedlander: “Sprezzatura basically means flawlessly put together, and looking effortless. I do think for men it’s chicer to be undone, a little bad, and sort of dangerous looking (I probably should talk to my therapist about that), but that’s all erased when it comes to men’s suiting. At a formal event, a man should be in a suit. A perfectly tailored good suit. But a man walking around in a loud suit on the street? Not my thing.”
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