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5 Ways to Help Your Man Look His Best

Ways to get your man to improve his fashion sense without cramping his style.


In the first couple of months after I first met my hubby-to-be, I must have thrown out donated 70% of the items in his closet. It wasn’t an easy task getting him into the store and convincing him that the Euro look is the way to go. He was used to wearing slightly ill-fitting American-style wide pants and he hates shopping with a passion, so most of his closet was a decade old. I had to (almost literally) drag him into stores, ignore his complaints, and act as his personal shopper.

5 Ways to Help Your Man Look His Best

If your sweetheart prefers t-shirts over ties and doesn’t own a single pocket square, you’re not alone. Believe me, I’ve been there. Thankfully my hubby has made a fashion 180. However, the scenario is so common that a survey found that 85 percent of men who’ve been shopping recently said they dress primarily for comfort. However, the men that were surveyed go on to say if they were better educated about what looks best on them or how to create a distinct look, they would be willing to step out of their clothing comfort zone. That’s where you come in. There are several ways to get your man to improve his fashion sense without cramping his style.

Choose Your Words Carefully

Let’s get to the root of the problem first. Most men wear the same thing over and over again, not because they’re lazy but because they’re stuck in a rut. Approach the subject when it’s convenient for both of you. In other words, don’t plan on having a conversation about clothing while he’s watching the game. Start with something positive. Mention why it’s important to you that he dresses appropriately for certain events and say something like, “It makes me feel valued when you spend extra time getting ready for our dinner dates.” In my case, I pitched it as a way for him to appear more professional at work.

Meet in the Middle

Compromise is key in any relationship. What we wear is, ultimately, a personal choice. Allow his personality to shine through by looking at his current wardrobe and buying a few pieces that are better, higher-quality and more well-fitted. For example, I know my hubby typically wears darker colors (think black, gray and navy), so I’ll buy him classier pieces in the same shades. That way, he doesn’t stray too far from his comfort zone when updating his look.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She’s always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 48 Comments

  1. Lorraine

    I totally relate with the struggle of making your man wear other than his shirt and jeans. I love the idea of going shopping together and trying on the clothes. It could be a chance for your partner to also suggest something for you. It’s a nice way to bond. Also, I agree with complimenting your partner. 🙂 We girls know how good it feels to be appreciated when we look extra when wearing something nice. It doesn’t take much effort to do the same for your man.

  2. I like the idea of shopping with your boyfriend. It allows us to spend more bonding time with him and help him boost his confidence. This post is very informative and on-point. I wouldn’t mind following all the advice here.

  3. Nicole

    I would love to shop with him and for him!

  4. Nicole

    This is so helpful! Ghaad! I need to convince him!

  5. Marjory Brooks

    Revamping my man’s wardrobe makes me crazy 😫😵 👥 💘

  6. Maria Rapier

    I can’t even begin to think about my guy — my own wardribe needs so much work!! 😜

  7. I think this sounds like a recipe for frustration. Either love him the way he is or leave it alone.

  8. Arlene Davis

    My guy REALLY needs to tighten up his fashion game. Good advice 😉

  9. Carmen Griffin

    Good luck getting my guy to go from 👕 to 👔 ! I can’t even convince him to lower the toilet seat!

  10. Della Martin

    You should post more personal articles, Hilary. I love reading about your personal experiences.

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