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The Significant Others of MC

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We often take time here to talk about how our passion is received by the outside world. How many men instantly mark us as ghey, how many women find us "metro" (or something equally ridiculous), how people do not understand how we can spend so much time and money in the name of style, etc, etc. However, I'm interested to know how those closest to us view our interest in tailored men's clothing.

Recently I started dating a girl who told me that she had never been drawn to a guy who wore tailored clothing before. She said generally suits were a turn-off to her and that she favored a much more relaxed, unstudied aesthetic when it came to what guys wear (read: "macho" sloppy). While she admits to liking my approach to dressing the more she sees it, it was weird for me to think that a girl would be turned off by a guy in tailored clothing. Especially considering every girl I've dated up to her has loved how much pride I take in getting dressed.

I'm curious to know if anyone else has encountered a similar situation. I'm equally as curious to hear what other members' wives, girlfriends or even female friends think of their style. Do they think of it as a passion, a hobby, a guilty pleasure? Do they poke fun or encourage?

Since so many people come here and inquire about how to get laid by dressing well or how to catch the eye of a woman through style, I think some discussion on how the women we know and/or sleep with perceive our tastes and interests is warranted. Discuss.
post #2 of 52

Pretty much every woman I know likes the way I dress.

 

The wierdest thing was having a lesbian ask me about my clothes. Turned out she was new to the area and wanted a reliable dry cleaner for *her* suits.

post #3 of 52

I am a relatively recent convert to better dress, and my wife doesn't know what to think. She was the one who previously gave me fashion advice, and would typically dress me in monochrome (taupe suit, light beige shirt, medium beige tie, for example). Given that I have a medium to high contrast complexion, this didn't work at all. I have also had to disabuse her of the notion that we need to match when attending events together.

 

I suppose, all told, she prefers my newer method of dress, but is slightly frustrated that she is unable to give me any advice, and has given up doing so.

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I'm curious to know if anyone else has encountered a similar situation. I'm equally as curious to hear what other members' wives, girlfriends or even female friends think of their style. Do they think of it as a passion, a hobby, a guilty pleasure? Do they poke fun or encourage?

Yes.
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She said generally suits were a turn-off to her

 

I once dated a girl who didn't like the spalla camicia. dumped her on the spot. true story.

post #6 of 52
I once went on a couple of dates with a girl that pleaded with me not to 'dress so nicely' when seeing her. She said it made her uncomfortable. Needless to say, that one didn't last very long.

Now my girlfriend is a model, she loves thrifting and has a healthy eBay business, selling her finds. She loves to get dressed up and she blogs about fashion. One day she started picking shoes out of my wardrobe as I was getting ready, saying "this one has oxford lacing, this boot is cordovan etc.". In exchange, I can now say that I know what peplum is and that I understand the concept of a halterneck top.

The closest she comes to telling me what to wear, is helping me to pick out a pocket square or tie. She's usually right.

Definite keeper.bigstar[1].gif
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Recently I started dating a girl who told me that she had never been drawn to a guy who wore tailored clothing before. She said generally suits were a turn-off to her and that she favored a much more relaxed, unstudied aesthetic when it came to what guys wear (read: "macho" sloppy). While she admits to liking my approach to dressing the more she sees it, it was weird for me to think that a girl would be turned off by a guy in tailored clothing.

Sounds like an episode of How I met your Mother:

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Recently I started dating a girl who told me that she had never been drawn to a guy who wore tailored clothing before.

Tell her, assertively, that you're wearing a wife-beater under your suit. She how she reacts to that.

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I'm equally as curious to hear what other members' wives, girlfriends or even female friends think of their style. Do they think of it as a passion, a hobby, a guilty pleasure? Do they poke fun or encourage?

Mrs. Thread is both pleased and amused. I get compliments on how I look and gentle ribbing on how much I care about it.
post #9 of 52

Been married for 9 years and for the first several years my wife tried (to little avail) to reform my style (or lack thereof). Most of her suggestions were more on the fashion/trendy side of things rather than classic style. And why would I expect her to know classic men's style? We were in our early 20's and had little knowledge of anything, much less fine sartorial taste.

 

Since then I've been slowly discovering better clothing (in both style and quality) and she loves it. She loves being on the arm of the best dressed guy in the room (which isn't difficult living in Denver, the flip-flop-cargo-shorts-affliction-shirt wearer's mecca). Seriously, you should see what people wear to weddings around here, it's a casual wasteland. My obsession does seem to consume my thoughts and conversation choice from time to time but she's very good at bringing me back down to earth gently.

 

By the way, this is my first post on Styleforum. Glad to meet you all. Glad to be here. fing02[1].gif

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I once dated a girl who didn't like the spalla camicia. dumped her on the spot. true story.

You know thats not Italian for golden shower, right? devil.gif

My wife generally appreciates the way I dress, but occasionaly wonders why I can't wear a band tee shirt, jeans, and trainers to family parties like her cousins and brothers. And it's not like I'm wearing a suit to these events (sometimes a sport jacket depending on the event).
post #11 of 52

My wife expects me to be somewhat eccentric and I don't disappoint her. I think she wishes that I didn't have so many shoes though. She also has an very interesting wardrobe, but rarely wears most of the good stuff these days as we've gone from living in Toyko to an island in Hicksville, Ontario.

post #12 of 52

My wife just bitches about how much money I spend on my wardrobe.  I've always been confident in the way I dress and my style and purchases continue to positively evolve with the help of SF and its members.  And of course, my buddies always give me shit when they find out how much I spend...fuk 'em, they're just jealous. LMAO!

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You know thats not Italian for golden shower, right? devil.gif
My wife generally appreciates the way I dress, but occasionaly wonders why I can't wear a band tee shirt, jeans, and trainers to family parties like her cousins and brothers. And it's not like I'm wearing a suit to these events (sometimes a sport jacket depending on the event).

 

Haha, the only band tees I have left are U2 tour shirts that I've bought at the concerts throughout the years. I was wearing one the other night before bed and she says: "Now there's the man I married." I told her I could quit the sartorialism at any time and go back to looking like a slub. She quickly declined the offer. hah

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By the way, this is my first post on Styleforum. Glad to meet you all. Glad to be here. fing02%5B1%5D.gif

Welcome. :-)

My girlfriend shares my enthusiasm, but I do get some gentle ribbing when I'm being overly anal.And rightfully so LOL
post #15 of 52

Great topic.  My wife loves me in a well tailored suit, like that Facebook thing going around that A finely Tailored Suit is to a Woman like Lingerie is to a Man.  She just doesn't want me to talk about it.   I'm all for nice clothes, a great pair of shoes, accesories etc.  But there is something very unmanly about discussing it.  It's ok to complement someone, but that's it - move on.  I see my wife's point.  Just look good and shut up (knowing you look good).  

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