What Guys Really Think About Fashion ‘Trends’

Posted by on December 3, 2013

If you don’t spend much time on social media, you may not have seen a recent article featured on the Huffington Post called “23 Trends Guys Hate (But Women Love).” It appeared in the Style section and it quickly became a heavy traffic piece, earning a lot of page views, hundreds of comments, and thousands of Facebook shares.

The 23 trends ranged from peplums to leggings to hair bows, and each “trend” (keep in mind that that term is being used loosely) was punctuated with comments from various men who had been asked to sound off on what they like and don’t like in the wardrobes of their respective friends and girlfriends.

The very concept of seeking a man’s validation for your clothing choices is inherently problematic. I firmly believe that as long as you are comfortable, happy, and confident with your wardrobe, there is no reason to change it. Believe it or not, boys – women do not dress for you when they’re planning their outfits. In fact, there’s a great blog that the HuffPost article linked to, called The Man Repeller, which is run by wonderful women who don’t give two hoots what guys think about their outfits.

In case you’re wondering what a man repeller is, check out this convenient description on the blog, because trust me – it’s a good thing.

Since I feel like the HuffPost article may have been unkind to boykind (surely not all of their judgments are that ridiculous and offensive), I copied the list down and sent it to the boys in my life to get their impressions. This is what they said:

1. Peplums

Peplum top

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“What is a peplum? Is that like that shirt you were wearing at that thing on Friday? Yeah, it was nice.”

“A cheerleading uniform? Like “pep?”

“Kim Kardashian wears those a lot. They’re pretty hot.” [ed note: It's true Kim K. does wear those a lot].

2. Beanies

Beanies

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“I wear those all the time.”

“It’s a hat.”

“You mean the hats right? If you’re wearing Beanie Babies, that would be weird.”

3. Wedge Sneakers

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“I kind of wish there was a guy version so I could get an extra two inches.”

“They remind me of Beyoncé for some reason. Is that right?”

“I don’t know what this is.”

4. Floppy Hats

Floppy hats

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“Those are nice. They always seem European to me or something.”

“Still just a hat.”

“I don’t really care.”

5. Open-side Shirts

Open tank top

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“They remind me of the sorority girls in college or the gym, but I don’t really have anything against them.”

“They’re hot.”

“Like a tank top?”

6. Bright Lipstick

Bright lipstick

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“Just don’t kiss me when you have it on! Haha.”

“I don’t really notice makeup; my girlfriend really likes to mess around with it so it has to be really crazy for me to have an opinion.”

“I like it as long as it’s not smeared on my face.”

7. Heavy Eye Makeup

“I feel kind of bad saying this, but I don’t love a lot of eye makeup. I would never comment on it though.”

“See my answer above. Unless you’re actively using face paint techniques, I won’t notice.”

“It seems like it takes a long time to put on, but I don’t mind it.”

8. Bandeau Bikinis

Bandeau

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“Those seem like they could fall down.”

“I literally have no idea what that is.”

“Hot.”

9. Pointy Toes

“My sister told me that they elongate the leg line.”

“They remind me of ballerinas.”

“Shoe thing?”

10. “Fake” Nails

“I feel like they’re expensive, but hey, it’s your money and your body, so whatever.”

“As long as you don’t  have nails like that lady in the Guinness Book of World Records, because that seems like a safety hazard.” [Ed note: He means Lee Redmond]

“I’ve always wondered how you put those on? Glue, right?”

11. High-Waisted Jeans

High waisted jeans

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“I don’t really have an opinion.”

“I think those are in now, right?”

“They’re jeans… whatever.”

12. High-Waisted Shorts

High waisted shorts

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“I actually think those are kind of sexy.”

“I’m guessing high-waisted is in?”

“They’re shorts.”

13. High-Waisted Skirts

High waisted skirt

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“My girlfriend wears those a lot.”

“What constitutes a high waist?”

“How many more of these questions are there?”

14. Fold-Over Ankle Boots

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“No opinion really.”

“Um, okay?”

“What are these?”

15. Ultra-High Heels

Ultra high heels

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“I always worry that my girlfriend is going to twist her ankle.”

“As long as you’re comfortable.”

“Nice.”

16. Pantsuits

Pantsuits

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“They’re professional.”

“Executive.”

“They’re just like suits, right? But for women?”

17. Drop-Crotch Pants

Drop crotch pants

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“Hahaha, I think they’re a little funny.”

“Hey, if they’re good enough for MC Hammer.”

“Not a big fan, but not a dealbreaker or anything.”

18. Hair Bows

Hair bows

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“They remind me of football games.”

“BIG thing in the South.”

“Cute.”

19. Bangles

Bangles

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“The band or the football team?”

“I don’t like the jangling noise. I think it’s a little annoying, but aesthetically they’re alright.”

“Ladies usually wear a lot of them.”

20. Oversized Sweaters

Oversized sweaters

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“I think those are really cute. I like to wear oversized sweaters sometimes, too.”

“They remind me of Saturday mornings.”

“Seem comfortable.”

21. Mullet Dresses

mullet dresses

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“I had no idea this was a thing.”

“I’ve seen some nice ones.”

“Eh.”

22. Leggings

Leggings

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“I love it when girls wear leggings.”

“I’ve been told it’s bad to wear them as pants.”

“They’re fine.”

23. Shoulder Pads

Shoulder pads

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“Like from the 80s? Are those still in?”

“I honestly probably wouldn’t notice.”

“Are we talking football pads here?”

I really, really like trends. I’m always on the lookout for something fun and new to add to my wardrobe, and there really isn’t anything too “out there” that I wouldn’t be willing to try. It’s important to remember though that not all trends are created equal, and I’ll admit that there are a few trends that I’m just not very interested in (looking at you, high-low skirts). However, I would never let anyone else’s opinion dictate what I am comfortable dressing my body in. Quite frankly, as a plus-size person, there are few enough options as it is.

How do you feel about these trends? Let me know in the comments.

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