I die a little inside whenever I see sexy guys wearing Tap Out shirts. I feel confused when I see guys wearing pajama pants in the daytime, not sleeping in their bed. A wave of exacerbated frustration hits me anytime I see guys wearing clothes three sizes too big or small.
It seems like fashion is a very difficult, confusing puzzle for young sexy guys. I’d like to attribute it to negligence and a general lack of concern for how one presents himself in public—but I think most guys do have a fashion peacock inside them, and are just too afraid to let it fly for fear of judgment or ridicule.
Sexy guys like you shouldn’t be hiding your good looks!
Take it from the ladies themselves, gentlemen. We asked women to give us their favorite things a guy can wear. Here are 11 fashion essentials to sex up your wardrobe. Make it work!
1. A Good Watch
“Nice shoes are a must, but a nice watch is a plus. That’s the first thing I notice 100% of the time,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison student Kelsey Nemec. With our iPhones snuggly glued to our hand, watches are nothing more than an accessory used to emphasize just how classy of a gent you are. Seriously, a good watch is the first thing you see when you shake someone’s hand and says a lot about what kind of sexy guy you are. It’s important to note that you don’t have to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a watch to have style, but in a world where looks and first impressions do matter, investing wouldn’t be the worst idea. Start your search here from these sexy casual watch options:
Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch $189.95
Titan Ultra-Slim Watch: $178.99
Fossil Watch with Silicone Band: $145.00
Citizen Eco-Drive Watch: $189.99
Withings Activité Steel Watch: $98.98
Reef Tiger Mens Watch: $288.00
Nixon Watch: $107.47
8 more staples to take men from slob to sexy
Written by Madeline Ide
The black skinny jean is the long haired, smoldering guitarist of your favorite band. The black skinny jean is the badass, leather-wearing motorcyclist with impeccable facial hair. The black skinny jean is the attractive newcomer sitting in VIP with an expensive bottle of champagne. If you still fail to see the value of black skinny jeans after my promotive poetry, let’s break the term down. First off, black skinny jeans radiate coolness—plain and simple. Second, black naturally slims you down, hiding the shadows created by your body’s lumps and bumps. The tight fit black will make your thighs and calves appear more toned, slim and svelte. “Black skinny jeans on guys can elevate their entire appearance. There’s just something so quintessentially hot and badass about them,” said University of Arizona freshman Natalie Bromer. Don’t hide your deadlifting behind under flat straight leg jeans. Women appreciate a man with a nice butt, like Channing Tatum (swoon).
As you mature, so should your style. This means saying goodbye to those sweat stained, tattered T-shirts from high school. Say hello to Henleys. Henleys are versatile, stylish and winsomely masculine. They stand as the level up from boring t-shirts. “Henleys have a mature and stylistic edge over plain t-shirts. They make men look effortlessly put together,” said Florida State University sophomore Sarah Murphy. The simple choice to sport a dark grey Henley over a stretched-out T-Shirt lets women know your style’s matured since ninth grade as well as your range of emotions. Rock short sleeved or long-sleeved Henley’s to look slick year-round. Wear them buttoned up or buttoned down. Wear them figure-hugging or loose and comfortable. Up your matching game with neutral toned Henleys in gray, navy and maroon.
Dear men, please don’t shy away from soft or fuzzy clothes. We love to cuddle with you and your post-workout, dry fit muscle tank simply won’t cut it. During movie nights, your fleece cardigan makes us feel safe and cozy from the screeching zombies on screen. “There is something so appealing about a thick, muscular man wearing a soft, fuzzy sweater. I think it’s because sweaters tend to emanate sensitivity and I love me a sensitive man,” said University of Miami freshman Adrian Martin. And while asking if we want “your jacket” is endearing and old fashioned, surprise us with offering the wool sweater your grandma knit for you last Christmas.
Boxers or briefs? Briefs all the way, we beg of you. The attractiveness of briefs goes beyond the most obvious reason. Blame Calvin Klein and Justin Bieber for the boxer briefs revolution. This article of clothing showcases musculature better than boxers as the fabric grips thighs and hips more snuggly. “Briefs are the sexiest things on a guy, especially black Calvin’s. I think briefs as sort of like the lingerie for men,” said FSU senior April MacDonald.
A man in a tux is irresistible. Just think James Bond. Tuxedos radiate class, elegance and success. Every aspect of a properly fitted tux complements the male form. Tuxedo jackets hug and broaden shoulders while tapering the waist. The typically darker colors of tuxedoes such as black, grey and blue make you appear taller and slimmer. Ever wondered why the nerdy boys in your senior class appeared exceptionally more attractive on prom night? “Tuxedoes work some kind of magic. They make men I’ve never considered attractive before to be so attractive,” said UA freshman Alana Newman. Invest in a tux because it’s impossible to not look good in one.
If you think “sweatpants,” the word casual may pop into your mind. Throw “sexy” in there, too. Sweatpants’ sex appeal comes from the garment’s contrasting effect. They allow men to sport loose, baggy fabric yet somehow also look incredibly hot. Despite violating the rules of a “good-fit”, we’ll never tire of watching our bedhead, sweatpants-clad man cooking us breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning. “My aesthetic is a man wearing dangerously low on his hips sweatpants while showing off their V-line and elastic of their underwear. So hot,” said Rollins College freshman Jason Westerland.
T-shirts are as simple as sexy can get. A nicely fitted t-shirt exudes casual, laidback vibes. Spice up your T-shirt game by rolling up your sleeves to show off your biceps and forearms. Also make sure to experiment with T-shirt necklines such as crew necks, V-necks, scoop necks etc. to find the most flattering fit on you. “A simple T-shirt with jeans on a guy is always hot. It’s really more about the fit than the fashion,” said FSU junior Morgan Edwards.
Intelligence is attractive, plain and simple. Because glasses are associated with intelligence, a man in glasses becomes attractive by default. Admittedly, it doesn’t make any sense why one’s inability to reflect light properly would make them certifiably more intelligent. Maybe it’s because glasses suggest one reads and studies more, contributing to their intelligence. Whatever the reason, we don’t question it. All we know is the way Clark Kent and Harry Potter makes us feel.
*Updated December 13, 2016 with even more sexy options of the latest trends for guys this winter including new watches, shoes and shorts.
**Updated on May 22, 2018 to include 8 more items by Madeline Ide