I'll let you in on a little secret: what you think is attractive and what women find attractive are two very different things.
I'll cut to the chase: I interviewed a bunch of different women to find which clothing items they find most attractive on a man.
In this article, we're revealing the results. Check it out below and discover which shoes, clothes, and accessories will instantly make you more appealing to the ladies:
- Stylish Footwear
- Heirloom Timepiece
- Perfectly Fitting Jeans
- Boxer Briefs
- Well-Tailored Suit
- A Signature Scent
- Perfectly Fitting T-Shirt
- Button-Up Shirt With Rolled Sleeves
- Henley T-Shirt
- The Perfect Dress Shirt
- Stand-Out Accessories
Attractive Style Tip #1. Women Love Men In Stylish Footwear
As mentioned by 87% of the ladies I interviewed, excellent footwear was the top item women wanted men to wear.
Allen Edmonds did a study in 2013 that found that 64% of women judge a man's fashion sense based on his footwear.
Shoes are the window to your style – wear the wrong ones, and you'll telegraph a less-than-ideal message. If they look flimsy, she'll suspect you're a cheapskate. If they're ratty and worn-down, she'll think you don't care about your appearance (and will wonder what else you don't care about).
The top footwear options mentioned by these women were boots and simple sneakers.
When it comes to boots, you have a few options, including Chukka boots, Chelsea boots, and Wing-Tip boots. These options add a masculine edge to any outfit that women will find irresistible. Boots also add height and make your feet appear larger – which is never a bad thing.
When it comes to simple sneakers, you can't go wrong with a simple pair of leather tennis shoes. There are a few types of shoes every man should own, and you can click here to discover all 10 of the shoes you need to own now!
Attractive Style Tip #2. Women Love An Heirloom Timepiece
The second most mentioned item that women want men to wear is an heirloom timepiece.
They loved that a watch has a backstory and a deeper meaning to it. This is also true of accessories in general, which we'll get to in a bit.
Not everyone is lucky enough to have a great watch passed down to them through their family. That doesn't mean you can't find an excellent heirloom watch – plenty of jewelers and antique dealers sell old watches with their own incredible histories.
Buying a second-hand watch has other benefits too. Unlike inheritance, you have more choice over the watch's style when buying an antique! Finding the perfect watch isn't impossible – but you need to understand the different watch styles, which include the following:
- Dress Watch: Thin, subtle, and formal. This is an excellent style for black-tie affairs.
- Field Watch: A watch designed for rough conditions. This is ideal for the outdoorsman.
- Diving Watch: Sporting the thickest case of them all, this watch is designed for those amongst you that are more nautically inclined.
- Aviator's Watch: A style that often uses a bezel, GMT chronometer, and sometimes the ability to track multiple timezones. It also uses a larger crown designed for turning while wearing pilot gloves.
- Racing Watch: Very showy in comparison to other styles. It often features a tachymeter scale that allows a driver to make speed calculations.
- Digital Watches: A watch that displays time with digits rather than a dial.
- Fashion Watch: A watch manufactured by a brand that doesn't make most of its revenue from watch sales.
From there, it's up to you about a lot of your options. You can go for an oversized watch, a heavy or light watch, a metal band, or a leather band – the choices are endless.
Attractive Style Tip #3. Women Love Men In Perfectly Fitted Jeans
Coming in at number 3, women want men to wear perfect-fitting jeans. When I asked one of them to go into more detail, she said:
“The perfect pair of jeans isn’t too tight or too loose. It should fit well, not show off any of his ankles, and should show off his butt well. We love a man with a nice butt.”
So the question is, how do you find the perfect pair of jeans? First, you need to understand the five different types of jean fit and which one will work best for you.
A good rule of thumb is to assume that the sizing label indicates the body type meant for the jeans. The five types include: skinny, slim, regular, relaxed, and loose.
You have to be brutally honest with yourself on this one. Understand your body type – and get the most flattering pair of jeans for you.
No woman wants to be with a man wearing jeans tighter than hers.
You should have a slight break at your shoes when it comes to length, but no more. You'll also want to understand the different washes of jeans and the difference between selvage and raw denim.
Attractive Style Tip #4. Women Love Men In Boxer Briefs
You knew they were going to be here – boxer briefs. Nine women mentioned this underwear type, explicitly stating that it was the most flattering and revealing pair a man can buy. They aren't wrong.
This hybrid style combines the close fit of men's briefs (thanks to Lycra or a unique fiber added to the stretchable fabric) with the shape of men's boxers.
You get the best of both worlds with men's boxer briefs. There's a bit of extra fabric covering more of the thigh area, and you'll feel well-supported down there.
Nothing seems too tight, too loose, or exposed overall. These are the most versatile type of underwear in the bunch. When in doubt – be brave with boxer briefs.
Feel free to experiment – understand that some underwear styles are not compatible with your body type. Find the best underwear for your body type and wear it with confidence. When in doubt – wear boxer briefs.
Attractive Style Tip #5. Women Love Men In A Tailored Suit
Another no-brainer – a tailored suit comes in at number 5 with seven mentions. If you've been reading my content for a while, you'll know the fit's most important part of a suit.
It doesn't matter if you spend $15,000 on a suit or $150 – the fit is paramount. A poorly fitting suit will never look right on the wearer, regardless of the quality or detailing.
You want to find a good tailor to cut your suit to flatter your strengths and hide your weaknesses. For this reason alone, a man should consider custom clothing; with a suit covering 90% of your body, the message it sends more often than not trumps anything that may come from your mouth.
A custom-made or bespoke suit will flatter more than a made-to-measure suit, which will have a better fit than an off-the-rack suit.
This may seem like a lot – but don't worry – I've got you covered. Click here to read the ultimate guide to buying the perfect suit!
Attractive Style Tip #6. Women Love A Man's Signature Scent
Number six on this list was a signature scent for a good reason. A man's fragrance is often the #1 factor for women in choosing a potential partner.
Researchers in Europe have published a study in the Personality and Individual Differences Journal about men's and women's “mate selection” factors. It shows that women rate olfactory (smell) cues as more important than visual cues. So don't underestimate a woman's sense of smell – it's pretty sensitive.
To find the perfect fragrance – you have to understand your body chemistry. To do this, you must test the fragrance on your body and smell them. A comfortable place to do this is in a department store (be careful of over-ambitious salespeople).
Some of the most popular men's fragrances include:
- Creed Aventus
- 1 Million by Paco Rabanne
- Bleu de Chanel
- Dior Sauvage
- Tom Ford Noir Extreme
- Armani Code
- Dolce & Gabbana The One
- Versace Eros
- Acqua Di Gio
To get the perfect t-shirt, you should follow a few rules. A well-fitting shirt is never restrictive and should allow for comfortable movement. You should only wear skintight tops for sport.
When it comes to choosing the style and color – those are entirely up to you. White is the most versatile as it compliments all skin tones, but other colors can work.
Crew necks are suitable for men with a small chest or sloped shoulders when it comes to style. They help create an illusion of broader shoulders, giving your body more proportion. V-necks are perfect for shorter guys because they create an illusion of length and height, elongating the neck. They provide balance to men with long necks and narrow faces.
I would steer clear of deep v-necks and scoop neck t-shirts as they are only fashion trends and quickly go out of style.
Attractive Style Tip #8. Women Love It When You Roll Your Sleeves
Another no-brainer on this list – a button-down with rolled sleeves comes in at number 8.
In almost every poll done online or through scientific means, women found forearms the most attractive part of a man's body. Why is this?
Showing your forearms off is a sign of confidence. It shows you aren't afraid to get to work doing something physical, and women love to see muscular forearms.
It's important to roll your sleeves the correct way – it can't be too sloppy or tight. To learn exactly how to roll your sleeves correctly, click here for my breakdown of all the ways you can roll your shirt sleeves!
Attractive Style Tip #9. Women Love A Henley T-Shirt
The most surprising clothing article to make this list – a Henley – comes in at #9.
A Henley is a collarless shirt with a buttoning placket or “fly” in the front. The placket is usually two or three inches long and fastens with one to five buttons.
The name “Henley” comes from the town' Henley-on-Thames,' in England, where the local rowing team wore the style for their uniforms.
Henleys can be long-sleeved or short-sleeved. Short-sleeved versions look like a polo shirt without the turndown collar, while long-sleeved ones resemble a sweater with a narrow (and buttoning) V-neck.
The most significant advantage of a Henley is that it's different from what most men wear. Every guy can pull off a polo shirt – it takes real skill to wear a Henley correctly.
Another benefit of a Henley is that the v-cut in the front can signal masculine sexuality. To achieve this, you need to have a good physique – remember, your body is just as important as the clothes you put on it.
Attractive Style Tip #10. Women Love Crisp Dress Shirts
Women want men to wear dress shirts because it makes them look intelligent and sophisticated.
The men's dress shirt is a button-up shirt with a collar and long sleeves. It's cut differently from the sports shirt, which is made to be worn open-necked and looks awkward with a tie.
The dress shirt is designed to carry a jacket and tie but can be worn independently. Various shirts with different sorts of collars and cuffs are appropriate for different situations and formalities.
Whatever style you're wearing – make sure it fits correctly! A poor-fitting shirt will only hurt your style and how women view you.
To look attractive in a dress shirt, you need to nail the fit and the color. Don't be afraid of getting a bolder color or pattern. Going outside of your comfort zone is extremely important and will make you stand out. Two of the women I interviewed mentioned they love paisley dress shirts.
Just remember, more texture = less formal.
Attractive Style Tip #11. Stand-Out Accessories
Another one of the most mentioned items that women find attractive on men is accessories. We already mentioned watches, but the other accessories women want men to wear are bracelets and rings.
When choosing a bracelet, it isn't that different from the role of any other accessory. They're designed to be a noticed accent — not the centerpiece of your outfit.
The most basic rule you need to follow when wearing a bracelet is – don't overdo it. This goes for any accessories, especially bracelets, as it's easy to stack many of them on one wrist.
You've got tons of options to experiment with when it comes to rings. To understand the best men's ring for you, you need to pick the right style and material. You have to choose from the following basic men's ring types – signet rings, wedding rings, pinky rings, and thumb rings.
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FAQs: What Women Want Men To Wear
What type of clothing is generally found attractive by women?
It varies as preferences can be quite subjective. However, generally, clean, well-fitted clothes that suit your body type and personality tend to be attractive.
Does the color of my clothes matter to women?
Color can convey different emotions and attitudes. Classic colors like black, navy blue, and white are often well-received. However, don't shy away from brighter colors if they complement your skin tone and personality.
Should I always dress formally to impress a woman?
No, not necessarily. While dressing smartly can make a good impression, it's also important to dress appropriately for the occasion and environment.
How important is the fit of my clothes?
The fit is extremely important. Clothes that are too tight or too loose can be unflattering. Choose clothes that fit well and enhance your physique.
Are brand labels important to women?
While some might appreciate high-end brands, most women value the style and fit of your clothes more than the label.
What type of shoes do women prefer men to wear?
Clean, well-maintained shoes are generally preferred. The specific type can depend on the occasion – for instance, loafers or dress shoes for formal settings, and clean sneakers for casual outings.
Do women care about men's grooming and hygiene?
Absolutely. Good personal hygiene is important. Ensure your clothes are clean and well-ironed, and pay attention to your body hygiene as well.
How important are accessories to women?
Accessories can enhance your overall look. Things like a nice watch, a stylish pair of sunglasses, or a well-chosen tie can add to your outfit. Just be careful not to overdo it.
Should I change my style to attract a woman?
It's important to remain authentic. While it's fine to make adjustments, don't completely change your style for someone else. Remember, the right person will appreciate you for who you are.
What do women think about men wearing jewelry?
Moderation is key when it comes to jewelry. Pieces like a classic watch or a simple chain can add a touch of elegance to your outfit. The key is to ensure it complements rather than overshadows your look.
Do women appreciate men who follow fashion trends?
Some women do appreciate a man who's in tune with fashion trends, as it shows awareness and effort. However, classic and timeless styles often have universal appeal.
Do women like men in uniforms or suit attire?
Some women do find uniforms or a well-tailored suit attractive as it can convey a sense of authority and professionalism. But again, it's about dressing appropriately for the occasion.
Do women notice if a man wears the same outfit often?
While women might notice, it's more about how clean and well-maintained your clothes are. It's perfectly fine to have a "uniform" or favorite outfit, as long as it's cared for.
Do women prefer rugged or clean-shaven looks?
This largely depends on individual preferences. Both styles can be appealing when well-maintained.