Truth be told, some guys get a little bit overwhelmed at the idea of ‘dressing to impress,’ and for good reason. How to dress to impress a girl can certainly be a daunting question. It can often seem like it’s easy for girls to dress well. Even if the girl wears a big T-shirt and yoga pants, she will still have a decent chance of looking hot.
Well, let’s be real, gentlemen. If ladies are endowed with the natural ability to look good in almost anything, guys are also endowed with the rather less-impressive ability to look very ‘average’ in anything.
Don’t take it personally. It has nothing to do with you, or any of us. It just seems to be how it is.
But even with that being said, ladies are usually better-equipped for dressing-up thanks to our culture. In our modern, western culture, women are often brought up paying attention to styles, clothing trends, and magazine articles where they get tips on how to look sexy and piece together the perfect outfit.
They probably also spend a bit more time standing in front of the mirror than guys do, thanks to the societal pressure placed upon them to always ‘look their best.’
So gentlemen, it may be time for us to start paying more attention to how we look. And in this article, we are going to talk about how to dress to impress a girl. This is not going to be an in-depth look at male fashion… but rather, is going to help serve as a reference point to cover the basics.
Keep in mind that you are probably going to have to pick up a few new items of clothing if you want to really level-up your style. But the good news is that this doesn’t have to cost a fortune, either. You can even find great items at second-hand stores sometimes… but remember that it might take some consistent effort to start piecing together a better wardrobe.
But how do you know what to look for?
Let’s talk about it.
Step Number One… Make Sure That Your Clothes Actually Fit You
This is actually a very common problem with male fashion. Men often either wear clothes that are simply too big for them (because it is convenient and comfortable), or they try to fit into clothes a size too small (if they wish that they were smaller or in better shape than they are). But both of these approaches will end up looking sub-par.
So make sure that you buy clothing that fits you well. Always try clothes on before buying them… and be picky. You might have to try on five pairs of jeans before finding the ‘perfect’ pair, but that’s ok. It is important to put this effort in if you want to look good!
Number Two… Avoid the ‘Fancy Trap’
Yes, you want to look good. But oftentimes, when men think of ‘looking good,’ they shoot a bit too high. Keep in mind that you are probably not attending a wedding. You are hanging out, but trying to look dapper while doing it.
So remember that a simple, yet well-assembled wardrobe is usually the best choice. Try going for a nice shirt with some slim-fitting jeans. Wear your nice sneakers, though… as messy or worn-out shoes can actually bring a look down pretty quickly!
Don’t go too fancy. Go simple… but make every piece of your ensemble count!
Number Three… Avoid ‘Old Guy’ Jeans
One of the biggest problems with discount jeans in large department stores is that they are often not very trendy. They are usually a generation or two behind, and they can tend to be ‘wrong’ in all the places that count the most.
Contrary to popular belief, guys also have a butt… and legs, and a general shape to their body… and as a general rule, women like it when jeans accent these features on a man.
So go for something slimming, that grips your butt and ‘fits your form’ a bit tighter. If your jeans are too baggy, you are probably heading in the wrong direction… unless you are going for that ‘skater punk’ look! But beware—not all ladies are into that kind of thing!
If You Are Tall, Buy Tall Clothes
One of the worst things about discount clothing is that it can tend to be ‘shorter’ than the more expensive brands. This is good for saving money, but really bad for fashion.
It usually looks good on a girl if her shirt is a bit too short for her body. But on guys, this is a pretty major fashion no-go. So if you are a tall guy, consider spending decent money on decent clothing that will actually fit your body. You may have to shop at a Big and Tall store, but that’s ok.
Avoid the temptation to just buy bigger sizes to get a longer shirt. Yes, an XXL size shirt might be long enough. But if you are a thin guy, this could also make it look baggy.
And baggy is not necessarily a good thing.
How To Dress To Impress A Girl? Consider Getting a Tailor
Contrary to popular belief, getting your clothing tailored is not as expensive as you might think. But it can also do wonders for how a shirt or a pair of pants will fit you. Spending just $20 to $30 bucks getting your shirts and pants taken-in can maximize their attractiveness without costing you a fortune… so consider taking a look around your neighborhood to see what kinds of tailors you have in your area.
They are actually a lot more common in larger cities than you might realize!
You would be amazed at how much more attention you can get from the ladies when your shirts and pants fit right.
The Jacket Might Make the Outfit
There are a lot of different jacket styles to choose from that can often make… or break… an outfit. Here are some options to consider adding to your closet.
- A Denim Jacket
- A Bomber Jacket
- A Leather Jacket
- A Nice Blazer
These jackets can all work with different types of outfits… but you will find that adding these four pieces of clothing to your wardrobe can really revolutionize the way you dress.
They can also be used to create a lot of different looks.
Are You Planning on Wearing a Suit?
If you are planning on wearing a suit, you will want to keep your eye out for either a charcoal gray or navy-blue option. Yes, these may seem stereotypical, but there is a good reason for that. These two color choices are both very neutral and hard to get wrong. But they are also great for all four seasons.
Obviously, there are different styles to choose from as well. But if you stick with these colors, at least at first, you will really simplify the process and end up with better options that will work for a much greater range of different types of occasions.
Ladies also love a man in a well-tailored suit. You might have heard it said that women look at a man in a suit like men look at women in lingerie. Well, it’s kind of true!
Keep Workout Clothes in Your Closet Unless… You Are Actually Going to the Gym
Workout clothes are for working out. They are not a style choice. Yes, some guys rock the gym shorts in public, but keep in mind that this is an exception, rather than the rule. If you really want to impress the ladies, look good in a well-thought-out-outfit that fits with the activity you are engaging in.
Keep the gym shorts at home, and only wear them to the gym.
Shoes Make the Man
Some people say that if you can only get one thing right in an outfit, make it the shoes. Well, there is some truth to that… and a lot of men could stand to take it to heart!
Sneakers and tennis-shoes are simply not going to work for every occasion. Oh, and never let us catch you wearing Crocs!
In order for you to stand out to the ladies, you need to dress to subtly impress—and that starts with the right pair of shoes. There are shoes, sneakers, tennis-shoes, loafers, boots, leathers, sandals… you have all kinds of options. But it is important that you pay attention to the type of shoe that works best with your wardrobe.
Usually, a pair of shoes will work the best when they don’t stand out. If your shoes are too noticeably different from your outfit, you are probably making the wrong choice. (Unless you are banking on something crazy… like cowboy boots with swimming shorts. For the record, we advise against this approach, though.)
In the end, remember that it takes regular effort to keep your wardrobe up-to-date. Many experts say that you should plan on buying at least three main staple items of clothing every other season to help keep your wardrobe trendy… and we would agree with this.
You can’t ever improve your look if you don’t buy some new things… so keep that in mind as you work to solve the problem of ‘how to dress to impress a girl.’
Joshua Sigafus is an experienced writer trying to make the world a better place. You can reach out to him on Facebook.