It’s a common enough scenario. You’re both going to an event or social gathering (e.g. a wedding or a birthday party), and you’ve put a lot of time and thought into what you’re going to wear. The same can’t always be said for your husband or boyfriend…
Make no mistake, many men are great at looking good. They’ve got instinctive knowledge of what to wear and how to style themselves. But there are a lot of men who just prefer to sling on the suit they’ve had since their college days, regardless of whether it still buttons up or not!
Some great tips for getting your partner looking mighty fine
- Don’t assume superiority. Tempting though it is to totally take over, remember that too much control can come across as patronising. After all, he’s a grown man – he does know how to dress himself! Make sure he knows why this matters so much to you; that you not only want him to look his best, but to also make a great impression to others.
- Emphasise that less is more. Good style doesn’t actually involve that much effort; just a bit of know-how. Leave out some male style magazines, demonstrating how easy it is to look smart and sophisticated without going too ‘overkill’.
- Provide some style inspiration. If he’s been favouring the same old suit for decades, now might be the time for an update. Again, this is a perfect time to flick through some magazines or browse online. Look at this years’ styles on key fashion sites, that’ll give him a good idea of what styles are on-trend at the moment.
- Get the little details right. The devil is in the detail when you’re going to a special event like a wedding or party. It’s not just about the suit and the shirt, it’s also about the right shoes, the right tie, and even the right belt for those trousers. It’s a good idea to experiment with what’s in the wardrobe, then work out if he needs to purchase anything new.
- Start grooming. A bit of male grooming never did any man any harm. At the very least, trimming the beard or styling the hair should be a priority. Get your partner to think about fragrance too; it makes a real difference when you’re attending an event. Copycat Fragrances have a good range of male colognes, which have been inspired by the leading fragrance houses.
- Focus on comfort. Don’t bulldoze your partner into wearing something if it doesn’t feel comfortable. You know what it’s like, adjusting your outfit all day because you don’t feel ‘right’ in it – it’s not a pleasant feeling! If he’s trying on new clothes, remind him that it’s important to feel good in it, not just look good.
- Shop online (without spending a fortune). If your partner hates going shopping, the internet can be a life-saver. It takes the pressure off, giving you both the time to browse properly without feeling rushed. There are often more opportunities to save money online too, if you know how to shop in a savvy way.
- Think to the future. Don’t just focus on this one event; think about when your partner will wear this outfit on the future. For example, will the suit be wearable for the office too? Is he likely to need it for other events? If he’s only likely to wear it one time, you might not want to spend so much on it.
Have fun together!
Choosing clothes together can be a whole lot of fun; providing you handle it the right way. Avoid bossiness and encourage your partner to voice his opinions; after all, he’ll be the one wearing it!
Oo some great tips here! I really like the idea of focusing on comfort – that is definitely a priority for my husband 🙂
Glad you like the tips Helen.
Nice I really like some of the ideas. Great content.
Your ideas are great and I really want to share your post on my Instagram. If you are cool about it .😊
Glad you like the ideas.
Thanks for the great tips! Currently this isn’t a problem for me (I’m lucky there!), but I’ll definitely use them if I ever have to!
Glad you like the tips.
Great tips! I’ll have to put these into practice for my next event.
Great post this! As a bloke we can be quite sensitive about getting fashion advice from our partners!
Glad you like the post Jon.
I’m guilty of taking full control of his wardrobe! When I married him I realised his mother had been in charge – I could tell by all the ‘old man comfort’ items … I had to get involved, for his own good!
Oh wow! Good you got involved 😊
Fab tips! My husband just wears blue and I have to try and get to change to a different colour occasionally!
Glad you like the tips Laura.
My husband has dreadful taste in clothes. He has improved though since meeting me so I guess I must be doing something right. Fab tips.
I bet you are. Thanks for stopping by.
Loving these tips and yes it is so hard to correct without being patronising. You have nailed it here.
Thank you 😊
My mummy needs to do this with my daddy and we could have a lot of fun with it! Just need to restyle him!
Oh good 😃
Oh I just don’t bite my tongue and tell him like it is, it’s the only way with him! haha!
This made me chuckle, I just tell my husband what to wear – he is hopeless
Lol 😂 glad it made you chuckle.
Great tips here, you have styled your man well!
Thank you 😊
It’s funny because in my house it’s the other way around – my partner has a wardrobe double the size of mine and at least 3 times the amount of shoes and jackets I have – he is very particular about his clothes lol
Oh nice xx