All women can relate to the struggle of having a man with a weak sense of fashion. It might be adorable at first, but after a while, you might be wishing your man looked a little more Denzel Washington and a little less Kevin Hart. You don’t have to kick him to the curb just yet; it’s time you finally bite the bullet and give your man’s wardrobe a makeover.
You might catch some resistance if he’s stubborn about his clothing. The best thing to do is be honest and kind. He may not want to hear that it’s time to ditch the fedora and baggy jeans, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Be prepared to foot the bill for the all the clothes that he’s going to need if he’s not feeling the idea of a new wardrobe.
Remember, you can always tackle his look one shirt or watch at a time. He’s going to be much more flexible if his new clothes come in the form of gifts. The best place to start is with accessories; they can make an immediate change in his appearance while you save up to get the rest. Here are some essential accessories that can make an immediate change in your man’s overall look fast:
Sunglasses: Sunglasses can make an immediate change in your man’s style and appearance. Men’s sunglasses have subtle flair, however, they can change your man’s look quickly and easily. Be sure to buy him a few pairs so that he can customize each outfit.
2. Watches: Wrist watches may have long since lost their functionality but they have evolved into one the most powerful fashion statements a man can make. A sleek gold watch is sure to make your guy look twice as dapper as before. Whether he’s sporting a t-shirt and jeans or a brand new tailored suit, a beautiful new watch will exude power and class.
3. Belts: This part of a man’s outfit often gets overlooked. Belts can turn an outfit from frumpy to fantastic if done right. Leather. Leather. Leather. If it’s not a black leather belt, don’t even bother. Nothing is going to look better than a collared shirt, pressed slacks, leather shoes, and black leather belt to tie it all together.
4. Socks: Don’t break the bank on socks. You can find quality and classy socks at just about any department store. Avoid silly logos and designs. Try to stick to solid colors for your man’s new look. Navy blue and black with red or gold trim is a must.
5. Wallet: If your fella is still using that goofy Velcro wallet with the chain, it’s too late, move on (just kidding). Wait for him to fall asleep and burn it, just make sure you save the contents first. He won’t be upset when he wakes up to a brand new sleek black wallet from Nordstrom in the morning.
Now that you know what accessories to pick up, it’s time to move onto the big-ticket items. These are the big wardrobe essentials that your guy needs to have:
Jeans: Throw the cargo pants in the same fire you burned Velcro wallet in. Your man needs a few pairs of quality blue and black jeans. Use your best judgment when it comes to buying skinny or loose-fit.
Collared shirts: Collared shirts need to fit his frame. If you need to drag him to a tailor, do it. When choosing colors, pay attention to complexion and eye color. Make those hazel or brown eyes pop with a deep dark red or light blue.
Slacks: The slimmer the better, at least when it comes to buying dress pants. You want to see that center crease just below the knees. Keep it clean and keep simple—dark blues and solid blacks.
Shoes: Fresh clean sneakers or Nikes for the weekend and casual wear are the standard for any modern gentleman. Don’t get skimpy when buying leather dress shoes; a bad pair of shoes can cause major discomfort and irritation. You want your man to be comfortable while he looks good.
Your man will be looking red carpet-ready in no time. Remember to be kind yet firm during this transition. You need him to know that you mean business—but you don’t want to bruise his ego too bad. Happy dressing!