OMG! I need to re-share this post I wrote a few years ago. It was meant to be tongue-in-cheek, as my wife will happily confirm I’m not in a position to advise anyone on fashion choices, but some readers took it quite seriously! The comments are absolutely hysterical (in the full meaning of that word), from opinions on clothing guys should never wear… to accusations of fashion shaming and the very aggressive defense of cargo shorts and crocks with socks. Personally, I love cargo shorts. Enjoy the comments, and leave one yourself! Here’s the original post:
Help us guys out. YOU girls know the things we should never wear, but some of you are too nice to tell us. You’re not doing yourself or us a favor by keeping it secret. For example, I left for work at the university this morning sporting an untucked turtleneck, a grey herringbone tweed jacket, jeans and black cowboy boots. At least some of you are cringing, right? I just remembered a recent comment by my wife, “I didn’t know you owned any turtlenecks.”
Now this comment may have been completely innocent, but it left a tiny question in the back of my mind. Was she really saying, “OMG, I married a geek who owns turtle necks” or was she saying, “Wow, I married a guy who wears sexy turtlenecks?” We guys aren’t always so good at reading the subtext, and as I suspect you can clarify in the comment section of this blog, we also aren’t always so good at selecting the most attractive attire for ourselves.
Now I say this not to put down guys or our taste. Guys tend to place a more utilitarian focus on fashion selections. If one cargo pocket is good, then four is great. We also, however, do sometimes try to dress to please you, our significant others. Here we need your help. Which brings me back to my turtleneck and tweed jacket. To me that spelled “sophistication, class and style”, but suspect that might spell something quite different to you?
Please, in the comments, once and for all, tell us guys what we should never wear if we want you our better halves to find us attractive. To make it easy I’ll get you started with a few things I suspect could be in your lists, but I need you to confirm I’m right or wrong about this? And clearly I need you to add your personal pet peeves to the list. You don’t need to tell your hubby, though you could casually leave your computer open to this blog if you want?