A week or so ago, my friend Suzie over at Boobs Bacon Bourbon conducted a poll of regular men, about women, of course. One of the questions she asked dealt with women's fashion. When she read me some of the answers, I first couldn't stop laughing ... but then couldn't stop wondering, "how do men even know what these trends are called?" It surprised me, to say the least. I guess men are paying a little more attention than we sometimes give them credit for.
And so, I decided to conduct a little research of my own. Here, I give you the top trends men love and hate.
1. Capris. This one sorta cracks me up. I didn't realize so many men were so passionate about capris. But they HATE them. Of course, there's a difference between a cropped cigarette pant and capris and you should know that the latter doesn't really flatter anyone. It appears that men have picked up on this as well.
2. Rompers. Rightfully so, men think rompers make us look ridiculous. Not me, specifically, as I've never owned one as an adult. But the rest of you out there, marching around in children's clothing, they think you look ridiculous.
3. Jeggings. This one actually surprises me a bit. I feel like every time I complain on social media about women wearing leggings as pants, men are like, "Hey, don't get in the way of that!" And yoga pants, obviously they love yoga pants. So I don't really know the deal here. I feel like jeggings usually mean tall boots and we know men love tall boots. I don't know what else to say about this.
4. Maxi Anything. This shouldn't come as a surprise. Men put up with the disparity in men's vs women's fashion options because it usually means they get to see a little more skin. Especially in the summer, when they've finally gotten used to all the leg women are showing in little sundresses, nothing disappoints them more than the coverage of a maxi dress or maxi skirt.
5. A-Line and Empire-Waist Dresses. Men like to describe these as "garbage bag dresses." They don't love that they hide our shapes. We, of course, flock to dresses that do exactly that, at times. Maybe just remember to wear something a little more form-fitting on a date.
1. Wedges. I don't even think I understand why. But I've heard enough of my guy friends, talking to each other when a pretty lady in wedges walks by, saying things like, "Man, I love wedges," to know that men love them. And don't even ask how they even know what wedges are. That blows my mind.
2. Yoga Pants. No explanation needed. We all love how our own asses look in them, too.
3. Tall Boots. Again, I think we all understand this. That's probably why so many of you try to stretch this fall and winter trend as far into spring as you can.
4. Pencil Skirts. Men like to see your shape. Don't make it too tight or too frumpy, but a perfect-fitting pencil skirt will have him daydreaming about good times in the library.
5. Form-Fitting Dresses. Just like men hate shapeless, maternity-esque dresses when you're not actually pregnant, they love a dress that shows off the outline of your body. You don't want to look like a 19-year old "goin' to the club" on a Tuesday morning, but you know the difference between a trashy fitted dress and one that makes you feel like a million bucks. Turns out, they think you look like a million bucks, too.
6. A Pretty Smile. Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't include this. Because for as much as men notice what we're wearing, they're always the first to overlook what we're wearing, too. A happy face and a pretty smile will grab a man's attention more than almost anything you could wear. And as Audrey says, "... happy girls are the prettiest girls."
Now, what you do with all this information is up to you. I'm not saying that we, as women, should only dress for what men want and like. I do, however, think that men pick up on some good trends in terms of what is flattering and what isn't ... and that's always good to keep in mind when you're dressing yourself.