This week marks my final Style Girlfriend weekly column. I’ve enjoyed dispensing style advice and encouragement to all the men reading who are committed to improving their wardrobe game. Of course, I’ll still be providing daily sartorial inspiration, along with style tips and tricks over on stylegirlfriend.com. You can also find me on Twitter (@styleGF) and on Facebook.
For my last column, I thought it would be appropriate to celebrate all the style moves you men get right. A love letter, if you will, to stylish men, on behalf of the women who love them.
I love when you dress up
If you’re a jeans-and-sneakers kind of guy, think about how much I’ll sit up and take notice when you trade in your casual wear, swapping in khakis for your old, beat-up jeans. Oxfords for those dirty gym shoes. Adding a sport coat. Maybe even a tie. Or – wait for it – even a full-blown suit. Think about how much you love when a woman goes all out for a big date; well, we women feel the same way when you make the effort for us.
I love when you wear color
Guys are too often afraid to rock a bold hue. Which is exactly why it shows so much confidence. It sounds like a cliche, but a man who’s not afraid to wear pink (or green, or purple, or red) is – to me – a real man.
I love when you ask my opinion
“Hey dear, should I wear this grey blazer or the navy one?” Looking for my input makes me feel good, and lets me know you want to dress to impress your No. 1 audience member – namely, me.
I love when you tell me you’re wearing something because of me
Because I write about guys’ style for a living, a lot of my male friends and relatives make a point to up their game when they know they’ll see me. Even better? They tell me so. It makes me feel great when I know a guy put thought into his outfit because he knew he’d see me – not just as a style writer, but as a woman who loves to see a well-dressed man.
I love when you compliment what I’m wearing
Not how I look (though if you want to tell me I look fantastic, do that too!), but picking out a detail and highlighting what you like about it. “Honey, that necklace is really pretty.” “Babe, your hair looks really shiny.” “Wow, those heels are … wow.” Use details and I know you really mean it.