MALE ORDERED: A Tactical Approach To Improving Your Man's Style

Beauty & Style | By Justin D Joseph | 08/06/2013 | 12:00 AM EDT

When it comes to style, not every man has the swag of Amar'e Stoudemire. So when you invited your man to your company mixer, he showed up in an ill fitting suit and unshined shoes [Insert: deep sigh and smirk]. Your constant hints for him to get it together are going unnoticed. But before you start getting drastic with your tactics (i.e. withdrawing sexual relations) you have to understand most men hate shopping. When it comes to buying clothes, men don't really think. Daunted by the process, they typically allow some sales woman---who's only concerned with her commission---to coerce them into buying the same outfit they're in, just in a different color. So ladies, its time to woman up, stop complaining and take his wardrobe affairs into your hands. A little extra effort and a tactical game plan will produce the results you want.

Tactic #1: Operation Shopping Date

The next time he plans to go shopping, agree on the day and join him (without the kids). But don't just go where he wants to go. Do some preliminary research and scouting of stores you think would work for your man's style. Sounds like too much, but it will allow you to know whats out there, make concrete suggestions, and cut shopping time in half. Men can get fussy about long shopping trips. If things seem to go quickly, he will be more obliged to try on and possibly buy.

Tactic #2: Become The Queen of Returns

So he showed his ass during the shopping date? Girl, no worries, you will just have to do the shopping for him. Tactic #2 requires a tough skin, seeing as though you will be sacrificing your time and reputation, making constant returns until you get it right. Recognize that going this route means really knowing your man. If he is forever in sweats, dont go too skinny with the fits but dont keep him stagnant either. Introduce to him pieces that are a happy medium between your wants and his need for comfort. Remember a man has to be comfortable to be confident.

Tactic #3: Project Lay Out

Okay, so you lucked out with a man who can buy good pieces, but his outfit execution is far from GQ (or Ebony Man if you're old school). The next time you two are going out, try laying out his clothes. This is the perfect opportunity to not only create his look, but to add some new options (i.e. a new sweater or a great shirt). He should appreciate the gesture of you saving him time and showing how much you care about him, because at the end of the day all of this is out of love.

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