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How To: Improve His Style

October 7, 2008 at 4:00PM by Katie Law |

Kiss Me, You Fool!

What to do when his fashion sense is so far out and he doesn't even know it.

You're not a superficial girl. You love your guy for his fun-loving personality, warm heart, and goofy smile, and you don't even mind his bedhead and scruffy face. But when his fashion sense takes a turn for the worst, it's not only your right but also your duty to set him straight. Sure, he may dress like it's still 1990, and maybe he hasn't realized that sweatpants and T-shirts don't really qualify as big-boy clothes, but that doesn't mean you have to hit below the belt. When it comes to guys and their questionable clothes, stealth is the key to upgrading his style successfully.

Drop a Hint
Even if his ripped jeans and outdated sweaters make you cringe, you don't need to shout it from the rooftops. Keep it cool by subtly dropping hints whenever he wears something that you like. Try "I really like that color on you" or "I love it when you wear jeans." If he knows what clothes you like on him, he's more likely to wear them again, and will hopefully (fingers crossed, ladies) get the idea to buy more outfits just like them.

Take Advantage of Holidays
He may not buy fashionable clothes for himself, but that doesn't limit your options for gift-giving. Keep an eye out throughout the year for shirts and accessories that you can sneak in with his favorite CD or chocolate chip cookies. When you gradually build up his new collection, he won't even notice all the new stuff he's wearing ... or that some of his old favorites have "mysteriously" disappeared. (You didn't hear it from me.)

Pick Your Battles
Relationships are all about give-and-take. If you really want to help him with his style, you've got to teach him, not just dress him. On a rainy afternoon, drag him to the mall for a quick tutorial on good fashion for guys. Show him new colors and styles that he might not have tried before, but also be prepared to give in a little. If he loves his tattered gray hoodie, let him keep it, but pair it with new jeans, a crisp cotton shirt, and clean sneakers. By letting him keep a part of his style sense, you'll be more likely to see him make a lasting change for the better.

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