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How to Impress Women

Updated on July 24, 2013

Top Ten Fashion Faux Pas You Shouldn't Make

Most women will love this article and the majority of men will not. But it's not meant to be a put-down on men (because us women DO love you silly) but rather a tongue in cheek look at the Top Ten Fashion Faux Pas that you make without even knowing you're making them and you'll never find in any "How To Impress Women" handbook.

So, if youâre single and you want to impress women or even if youâre married and you want to impress your woman, hereâs some advice that you donât even have to hire a wardrobe or relationship coach for because women world wide have spoken and agreed on this.

And if youâre with a woman and youâre guilty of any of these fashion faux pas and she still goes out in public with you and holds your hand, all I can say is she's a good woman and she loves you!

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#1: SOCKS WITH SANDALS

OK, if you show up at a woman's house in socks with sandals and she gives you that raised eyebrow look (oh c'mon every man KNOWS that look !!) but doesn't say anything, it's your socks. With sandals. In fact it could even be your feet. With Sandals.

Out of all the fashion faux pas, this one came up #1 with women.

In fact it was a tie between whether you should even wear sandals at all. Half didn't mind the leather flip flops, with the strap going across the foot but hated the strap going through the toes. Some liked the strap going through the toes but hated the strap across. Who knew women had such an opinion on men and their feet?? Apparently we do! Apparently we have all unanimously agreed that we don't think your feet are pretty.

I mean really. Look at your feet. Yes, right now. Are they pale? Have you had a pedicure lately? Oh geez, you're scrunching up your brows. "Me?" you ask. "Have a pedicure? I'm a man". Yes you are. And your woman would love to be able to look at your toes the way you look at hers. Well, maybe not quite the same way. But she would like to look at your feet without shuddering. I would even go so far as to suggest taking those feet out for a walk...yup, all by themselves. Toughen them up a little bit, get some color on them. Hmmm... perhaps a tanning session? Just no, absolutely no, socks with sandals.

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#2: SPEEDOS

There's nothing that will drive a woman wild with passion and have her begging for more than a man in a speedo. Ha! Ha! Kidding!

What can I say about speedos that hasn't been said before ? There's not a man alive that looks good in a speedo unless you're 5 or 15. Even if you have the physique to wear a speedo, most of us ladies are just too embarrassed to be seen with you. Sure, we'll admire a well buffed young man in a speedo but do we want to be with him? No thanks. A speedo is just too "out there and too feminine" for most of us girls. We much prefer our men in swimming trunks.

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Casual Looks She'll Love

There's nothing sexier than a plain white or black T-shirt and a pair of well-worn jeans. Or a casual shirt with a bit of style worn with a pair of khakis. Nothing fancy, just simple. Letting the man shine through, not the clothes.

#3: LOVE ME, LOVE MY CROCS?

Ugh. I don't think so.

I shouldn't even have to mention this and this is not just a A MAN thing either, but no one over the age of 10 should be wearing crocs. Unless perhaps you're a fisherman and even then you'll look more manly in a pair of runners with barefeet.

I know, I know they're comfortable you say!! I'm sure they are. But they come in colors of the rainbow. Like unicorns. And they're plastic. Your feet sweat in them. And they look cute on kids. Not grown men.

Women everywhere shudder when they hear the word "Crocs" unless we're talking about small children. There's nothing cuter than a little pair of blue crocs in a size "newborn". But a grown man wearing crocs ? We women say "no thank you".

So, save yourself ten bucks. Just go and have a coffee and a donut with that ten bucks. Or better yet, buy your lady some flowers. Unless you want to be single all your life. (Kidding).

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#4: I CAN SMELL YOU BEFORE I SEE YOU

I personally adore a man that wears cologne (not all women do) but again, like the jewelry "less is more". Especially with some of the less expensive scents for men. One spritz of a $10.99 cologne and we can smell you coming from the next block.

Especially hard to handle is the man who washes with the scented body wash, deodorizes with the scented deodorant AND uses the cologne. That makes us start to wonder what in heaven you're trying to cover up with all that cologne!

If you're in doubt about how much you're putting on, ask a friend. Just a little dab will do you ...little bit on the tip of your finger, brush your finger behind your neck. Voila. You're done. Invest in a good quality cologne or consider buying one of the new pheromone colognes that are on the market.

One or two dabs behind the ear or neck. Subtle, but oh so sexy!!

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#5: BIG JEWELRY

If we can see your bling coming down the street on a sunny day before we see you, we have a problem. Nothing is more of a turn off to women than a man who's wearing shiny, big gold pieces around his neck, on his fingers and strapped to his wrist. Especially if all this bling is competing with hers. Less is more my dears.

Alot of women don't like jewelry on men at all but I think a man can wear a nice watch, a ring or a chain around his neck and still look masculine. It's all in the size of the pieces. Too big is "Las Vegas gaudy". Simplicity is beautiful whether its a plain gold watch or a lucky charm around your neck.

If you're the type of man who likes gold and diamonds there really is nothing wrong with that, just wear one piece at a time. Have a gold ring with diamonds in it? Wear it with a plain gold watch. Wearing a watch with all the bells and whistles? Just wear that. You make more of a statement with less than you do wearing too much.

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Bulova Men's Precisionist CHECK PRICE


#6: HAWAIIAN SHIRTS

The Hawaiian shirt became popular in the 70's and 80's mainly because of the popularity of Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum PI and hasn't been back in style since. That should tell you enough. It may have been a cute fad when you were in your 20's for both men and women but it screams time warp.

Unless you're actually living in Hawaii and in the tourist industry? No. Us ladies don't want to see any loud Hawaiian shirts. Why not? Because they're well, just loud. They scream loudly that "I've been to Hawaii and this is what I brought back". Or "I love the 80's".

Better to leave the Hawaiian shirt where it came from...in Hawaii.

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#7: T-SHIRTS WITH "SAYINGS" ON THEM

You know exactly the type of t-shirts I'm talking about. The sexual innuendo ones that say ":I taught your boyfriend that thing you like" etc etc. Yes, we think they're funny too. Funny to read them. In the store. Hanging on the hanger.

We definitely think it's not funny when it's hanging on your body and we're walking next to you. Or we meet you in a bar. Uh, no. Thank you, but no.

It's sort of like the Christmas sweater you know. Everyone has one but no one actually wears it. And if we're honest? We don't even want to know how you got that kind of t-shirt.

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#8: PANTS TOO HIGH/TOO LOW

You don't see men wearing pants too high as much as you used to and one of the reasons you don't is because there are not too many men who can actually wear their pants at their waist or higher anymore. This is NOT a good thing. It speaks volumes about what kind of shape our population is in.

I think the clothing manufacturers finally stopped making dress pants and jeans to the waist or lower on the waist for men because they finally figured out the majority of men couldn't get their pants over their belly's. I'm sure there will be many men who take offense at this and if you're one of the few men who doesn't have a belly that hangs over his pants, pat yourself on the back.

Trouser type pants and shorts should not sit high on the waist nor below the hip level. The perfect place for them to sit is about a half inch to an inch below the waist. If you can't get them done up there, you need to buy a larger size pant, start a fitness routine or invest in a slimming t-shirt that will help you do just that.

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#9: WIFE BEATERS

The Urban Dictionary describes a wife beater as "a form fitting white ribbed tank top worn by men; looks good on well-built fellas, pathetic on skinny fellas, and disgusting on fat beer bellied fellas.". They certainly got that right.

Television had a lot of do with the creation of the wife beater, especially the hit show Cops. Seems like every time someone was arrested for domestic violence, he was wearing a sleeveless white t-shirt which eventually became known as a "wife beater".

I and all the women polled for this article, don't know one man personally that can get away with wearing one of these and look good doing it. Not a good choice to impress women.

Just think of what comes to mind even hearing the name of this garment. "Wife Beater". Makes us just want to give you a beer and run for our lives. Whether true or fair, when a woman sees a man wearing a wife beater (or tank top) she automatically thinks you're a bit of a low life. Guilt by association. End of story.

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#10: THE HEAD TO TOE MANNEQUIN LOOK

The store merchandisers are smart, especially when it comes to men's wear and their window displays in the men's shops. They know the majority of men hate shopping. So they dress the window display up nicely with a perfectly coordinated outfit, right down to the hankie sticking out of the suit jacket or the pair of leather gloves in the mannequins hands, knowing that the average man will come along and say I like that.

"I like it because I don't have to go into this store and look through a rack of clothes to put a similar outfit together. They've done it for me".

So he buys it. Just like the guy before him. And the guy after him. Pretty soon every man you see at the grocery store, at the arena or at church are all dressed exactly the same.

I'll tell you a secret. You can't fool a woman. The fashion savvy ones know exactly what you've done, the naive ones just think you're too coordinated and pretty for them. Either way, you haven't impressed any of them. I don't think there's anything wrong with buying the exact same outfit in the display window, just change it up a bit. Tell the sales person you love the look, help me out. And they will. That's what they're there for.

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A Poll For Men Only

Would you say you were guilty of any of the Top Ten Fashion Faux Pas?

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Would love to hear your thoughts on this!! - Ladies - How would you rate the men in your life?

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Crocs are actually great for the beach/and the water - that's what they're made for. :) As for your jewelry, sounds "classy" to me!! Thanks for the great comments!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I read through the list and can say: I am only guilty of 1 1/2 violations. I do not wear sandals, but I have crocs as beach type footwear, to be worn with swimming trunks...ONLY for the beach. However, if it were annoying to my lady, I ask her to pick out something for me. The 1/2 violation (I know I may catch some heat here) is regarding jewelry. I wear a diamond Rolex. The diamonds are on the dial, not all over the place...very classy mother of pearl, BUT...I confess that I wear a ring on each hand. I'm 1/2 Italian (not the goombah type) and nice rings came with the territory. So...overall, I think I am doing reasonably well. In fact, on numerous occasions while grocery shopping alone, I have had ladies comment on my dress shirt and/or my tie. I must be doing something right. Real men can wear pink dress shirts..;)

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I will forgive you Guru Eduardo...since you live in one of the coldest provinces :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I will only plead guilty to one faux pas. That's the one about wearing socks and sandals. In my defense it was when it was cold and my feet were freezing. I'll sacrifice fashion for comfort most any time. Oh yeah once when we had a 'Hillbilly Cruise' on the houseboat but that time I was the height of hillbilly fashion!

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @WebMarketingPro: The difference between countries eh :) I guess the socks w/sandals is more of a U.S./Cdn fashion faux pas with the majority of women here. I was born and raised in what was considered the most "European" city in Canada - Montreal, where you would never see socks w/sandals. However, speedos, strong cologne and big jewelry was tres populaire :)

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      WebMarketingPro 4 years ago

      Hmmm. I'm from Europe, and so I totally don't get the first three. I know that they're not popular options in the U.S., but why? What's the problem with wearing socks and/or sandals? Or running shoes with socks? I find running shoes WITHOUT socks would seem rather uncomfortable and a breeding ground for smelly stuff. And I thought Crocs were cool...

      I also rather like the Speedo look and it took me years to get used to seeing those rather unflattering swimming trunks that are supposedly better-looking. Sure, not everyone looks good in a speedo, just like not everyone, yours truly included, looks good in a bikini. But still...

      Thanks for the lesson on the origin of that "wifebeater" label for white tank tops (which makes me cringe, and btw, I don't like those either, so I agree with you on that one, and pretty much on the rest of the items too (cologne and big jewelry especially)).

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @anitabreeze: Thanks :)

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: Yes, what we think is a faux pas can be fashionable elsewhere. Thanks for your comment!

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      janfran_50 4 years ago

      Spot on and hilarious!! Love this lens!

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      So funny and true! Love it!

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      MelanieMurphyMyer 4 years ago

      Socks with sandals are fashionable in some parts of Europe, for both women and men. After returning from Denmark, I enjoyed feeling European wearing that style in the US. :)

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @carolinarobin: LOL. Oh my is right!! Yet, still they wear them....

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you!!

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      Sugarshack LM 4 years ago

      @janfran_50: Thanks so much - it was great fun to write it :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Awesome job! Great lens!

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      carolinarobin 4 years ago

      Ha ha, love this! Socks and sandals! Oh My!