The 10 Things Women Find Most Attractive in Men’s Style

Confidence is great, but a
well-chosen wardrobe, and great grooming habits definitely won’t hurt

by RJ Firchau
While we’re all taught not to
judge a book by its cover, first impressions matter —  especially with the fairer sex. We asked a
diverse group of women what they care about most when it comes to a man’s style
and learned what details really make a difference.
So what do women find
attractive? Read on to see what they had to say.
Good Grooming Habits
No matter what you’re wearing,
the chief thing women will notice about you is your grooming habits. This
includes your hair, facial hair, body hair, body odor, and overall cleanliness.
While particular taste among women differs, there is some consensus.
And what it comes down to is
this: Put in a little effort.
Women love a man who knows how
to take care of himself and who takes pride in his appearance. Clean-shaven,
rugged, whatever. So go beyond the basics of maintaining good hygiene, and
build a solid grooming routine.
Great Taste in Shoes
Great taste in shoes is one of
the first things women notice in a man’s style, perhaps second only to great
grooming habits. This should tell you that investing in classic, quality
footwear is a no-brainer.
Be sure to wear styles that
are appropriate for the season AND the occasion. If you’re wearing your gym
sneakers out on a date, you’re going to look clueless, trust us.
Bottom line: You might not
need a dozen pairs of kicks in your closet, but one pair of sneakers is not
going to cut it.
White Tee + Jeans
This combination is classic —
and for good reason. It’s comfortable, budget-friendly, and quite frankly, it’s
a look any man can pull off. However, the fit will drastically affect its
overall appeal.
A t-shirt that fits correctly
will display your physique in the best possible light. Too baggy or too tight
are equally unflattering. Make sure your sleeves aren’t too loose or you’ll end
up obscuring your biceps, a body part women find extremely attractive.
For denim, our advice is to
choose a slim or tapered cut that is just long enough that it grazes the top of
your shoes. But be sure that the style you pick complements your body type —
jeans come in different fits for a reason.
A Suit (That Fits Properly)

Depending on your job, you may
wear a suit nearly every day or hardly at all. Wherever you fall on that
spectrum, women take notice when you’re in your most dressed-up attire.
However, a suit that doesn’t fit you properly is not doing you any favors. If
it looks like you’re drowning in a sea of suit fabric, you’re probably better
off not wearing a suit at all.
Your jacket should fit snugly
in the shoulders, your sleeves should end just before your wrists, and your
pants should be hemmed to the proper length. If you need an adjustment, any of
these aspects can be altered by an inexpensive tailor — so learn how to talk
the tailor’s lingo.
Don’t just wear a suit, wear
it well.
Rolled Sleeves

Rolled Up Sleeves
Rolling your sleeves and
showing a little forearm is a big hit with the ladies. It has a cool, casual,
approachable vibe. It can make you look like you’re kicking back after doing
some serious, manly work — and what’s not to love about that?
Keep this style in mind next
time you’re heading to a post-work happy hour or anytime you want to tone down
the formality of a button-up shirt. Not sure how to roll your sleeves? Learn
how here.

Chinos are another versatile
piece that you can easily plug into your everyday wardrobe. Women love them
because they look more put together than your average jeans or khakis — are you
starting to sense a theme here?
Just like a suit, proper fit
is essential. Chinos that are too big or shapeless will ruin the look, so
choose a modern, tapered cut.
Pro Tip: Try cuffing the hem
to show off a hint of your colorful dress socks.

Henley Shirt
Henleys are a step up from the
t-shirt when it comes to attraction factor. They lend a casual sophistication
to your attire and are easily added to your weekend wardrobe. Pick up a couple
in neutral colors like white, gray, and navy, and you’ll be able to pair them
with virtually any pants you own.
So stand apart from the
average t-shirt-clad masses — you’ll seem more mature in comparison and still
be just as comfortable.

V-Neck Sweaters
A v-neck sweater strikes the right
balance between relaxed and done-up, so wearing one is a safe bet for most
occasions. As a bonus, it’ll help keep you warm when temperatures start to
For the sake of versatility,
we suggest solid gray, navy, or olive green. Try wearing it over a button-up
shirt or crew neck tee — the layering factor is a major part of what makes the
v-neck so winning.
Tasteful Accessories
Well-chosen accessories truly
elevate your style, so don’t treat them as an afterthought. If you’re just
beginning to experiment, we suggesting making your first purchase an
understated, minimalist watch. (We know that the functionality of a watch is
basically obsolete at this point — but they just look so damn good.)
Be careful not to ruin an
otherwise solid foundation by going overboard. Too much jewelry, flashy
statement pieces, and wardrobe flair can end up doing more harm than good.
Rule of Thumb: Limit yourself
to no more than two or three accessories at a time. This includes watches,
rings, bracelets, tie bars, colorful laces, scarves, pocket squares, and lapel
Perhaps the most controversial
item on our list, the mankle (man+ankle) has seen a serious rise in popularity
over the past few years. It has a modern and daring vibe, with undertones of
sensuality — and many women go crazy over it. It says “I care about how I look,
but not too much.”
Despite what you may think,
showing off your ankles doesn’t mean going sockless. A great pair of no-shows
socks will keep you just as comfy as a pair of mid-calf socks and they’ll help
you avoid sweaty, stinky feet.
You can achieve this look by
simply cuffing your pant legs (jeans and chinos) or asking your tailor for a
cropped trouser (suits). But don’t show more than 1 or 2 inches of ankle or
you’ll risk looking like you’ve hit an unexpected growth spurt.
What do you find makes a great
first impression? Is there anything you wear to put your best foot forward? Let
us know in the comments.
RJ Firchau
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.