Every Girl Crazy 'Bout a Sharp Dressed Man?

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Naturally, both men and women are stimulated by visuals—for better or for worse. Evidence shows that just a quick glance (three seconds is all it takes) for a person to evaluate you and form an opinion based on your appearance. The next few seconds is spent on validating or vetoing that initial opinion. Of course, there are other factors that help build an impression (your body language, demeanor, mannerisms, etc.) but how well you are dressed is largely considered. Especially when it comes to the opposite sex. If a picture is worth a thousand words, so is the “picture” you first present to women. A sharp dressed man. Apparently, that’s what every girl’s crazy about. At least according to hard rock musician Billy Gibbons and the rest of his band, ZZ Top, in its1983 hit song “Sharp Dressed Man.” They preach a clean shirt, new shoes, silk suit, black tie, gold watch, diamond ring, cuff-links, stick pin, top coat, top hat, black shades and white gloves. As a woman who delights in both fashion and gentlemen, I firmly believe what you wear but more importantly, how you wear it, can suggest the type of person you are. For example, say I was out at a lavish nightclub in the city and was approached by two different men. One was wearing a wrinkled Coors Light tee under a two sizes too big suit jacket, baggy jeans and Asics running sneaks. The other man is championing a slim-fitted charcoal grey suit paired with a crisp button-up shirt, and a part-matching tie with Oxfords. Based only on first impressions and without either saying a single word (we all know that’s when it goes downhill anyways), I’m going to have to go with the latter. This might be an extreme case of fashion faux pas versus dressed for success but I do so to make a point.

I’m not against logo tees and sneakers but they do have a time and place. And that is at the gym. Women are attracted to men who dress neatly, professionally, and appropriately. Baggy and two sizes too big are never appropriate adjectives in describing men’s clothing. In 2011, Men’s Warehouse conducted a survey (http://welldressedmensurvey.com/results.pdf) to better understand the minds of women when it comes to the way men dress. Eighty five percent of women think that a well-dressed man is sexier than a rich man. Nearly three out of ten women wouldn’t give a man a second date if he weren’t well dressed on the first. About 78 percent of women think that one of the sexiest things a man can do is dress well. That and dance… (Oh wait; maybe that’s just a self-survey). And if you think those stats are alarming, eight in ten women would sacrifice simple pleasures in their lives such as going out to dinner, their cell phones, vacation days, and sex for an entire year (…seriously?), for a better dressed partner.

Being a sharp dressed man isn’t about following the latest fashion trends or always sporting a suit. In fact, for me, that is an absolute turn-off. Trends are overrated and suits aren’t always appropriate. Besides I love a guy in a good pair of dark, slim-fitted jeans. At the end of the day, the old euphemism deems true for most women: “the man makes the clothes, the clothes don’t make the man.” You define what you wear as an individual gentleman. Dress like the smart and sophisticated man you are. Reflect your character in your clothing. Dress self-specific and actually like what you are. Feel good in it.

As far as fashion is concerned, the sharpest and sexiest of men dress with confidence. If you wear anything with confidence, it will show and ladies will turn their pretty little heads and swoon. How you carry yourself with your attire is far more important than the attire itself. With that being said, carry on with caution. After all, "they come runnin’ just as fast as they can ‘cause every girl crazy ‘bout a sharp dressed man".