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Why Looks Do Matter

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

According to a recent University study, women actually notice and subconsciously seek out well-dressed, stylish men. The reason? Men that are “put together” on the outside means that they are more likely to put food on the table. Women are, biologically programmed, to find the strongest mate, and yes fashion has it’s aesthetic hand in the mating game.

Joshua Linam, a New York City-based freelance journalist, recently said in Askmen.com:

“In one university study, women rated the attractiveness of one man dressed in several different getups. Outfits ranged from a designer suit and tricked-out watch all the way down to a lowly fast-food uniform. As you can imagine, ladies preferred the power suit to the burger-flipping one. But it’s why they chose the businessman that’s important.

Ben Sherman Suit Blazer Online Only  $249.00 by Urban Outfitters

Ben Sherman Suit Blazer Online Only $249.00 by Urban Outfitters

The study notes that girls actively sought signs of “status” when judging the man’s clothes, and they liked that look better because it suggested a good provider. In other words, women do care what you wear, and this is why looks matter. Girls favor a put-together guy because it’s likelier he can put food on the table…..Clothes can be a tool to boost your standing with the opposite sex, but what kind of style should you be channeling? Fortunately, you don’t have to be a billionaire to win a lady’s hand. More realistically, you just have to nail the right details.

The goods you need to command a girl’s attention: A quality timepiece, a fitted (though not necessarily designer) suit, a well-polished pair of oxfords or boots, and a crisp button-down shirt. Equipped with these style essentials, you can scientifically increase your chances with women. (Note: Unless you respond to the name Jay-Z, never “over-bling” yourself. The risk of looking like a Christmas ornament stands too great.”

So with that said, here are some ultra-hipster looks, and we mean that in a good way, to start of the holiday season just right. You don’t want to end up at a Christmas Party wearing the wrong thing, do you? Only to let that other wanna-be ask your should-be lady out for drinks the next day? We didn’t think so.

Start with the right sweater. Women love a guy who is comfortable wearing a “cheesy” grandpa sweater. It screams confidence, not Screech from Saved By The Bell. Dress it up with nice jeans and shoes (see our other blog articles for that). Maybe some glasses to add the right touch. This Green Cardigan Sweater from Urban Outfitters does the job:

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Pair it with a confidently festive Christmas Tree Cufflink to add a fun feel to the winter work day suit!

The Classic V-Neck Shirt for underneath said sweater. This super soft cotton T from The Gap is just one example. If $16 is too much to splurge on a single T-shirt, the regular Hanes packaged-white and grey ones will do just fine. Just remember, the softer the better–and the price of cotton, unfortunately, is rising.

These Renegade Wash 1969 Original Fit (Or Slim) Gap Jeans go well with both the sweater and blazer above:

You can’t leave home without altra hipster briefcase. It would just be, a crime. So to assuage this crime, try these Vintage Briefcases from Urban Outfitters, priced from $175.

Vintage Men's Leather Briefcase Online Only  $175.00

Washed Khakis are in for just about any working guy this season. And “working guy” is in this season, especially with all the lay-offs. Gap, yet again, features a perfect pant. Secret: Gap.com carried literally every size you can imagine. Can’t find your size at the local Gap? Go online:

1969 denim-washed khaki (slim fit) from The Gap, $59

Pair the very “in” rustic, forest-chic look with a designer Enamel Bear Cufflinks for only $50:

And if the Vintage Briefcase is too much for your taste, (don’t worry we don’t judge around here, we just give solutions) take a look at this Pendleton Ombre messenger bag from Urban.We think it is winter hip, chic, and robust:

Pendleton Ombre Messenger Bag Online Only  $168.00 from Urban Outfitters

Pendleton Ombre Messenger Bag Online Only $168.00 from Urban Outfitters

And no man would be complete for the Christmas season without his own pair of Red Engine Firetruck Cufflinks. Bring out your festive playful side. Need we say more?

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen 2-Button Blazer Online Only  $216.00 from Urban Outfitters

Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen 2-Button Blazer Online Only $216.00 from Urban Outfitters

 

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