Trends Men Wear That Women Hate


Guys, we’ve heard it time and time again and we get it — you hate the trends that girls fall for. You can’t stand our oversized sunglasses, you despise that we wear spandex as pants, and you detest how we insist on adding a belt to everything. Well, since we’re all being honest, we’re finally ready to issue a rebuttal, because guess what — we’re not exactly in love with the stuff you wear, either.

You laugh at us for spending hours combing the racks for the trendiest pieces (which you later tell us look like costumes), but we too joke endlessly with our girlfriends about the silly things you put on. From your cargo shorts and bad leather shoes, it’s time for a wardrobe overhaul, gentlemen.

Here is our list of eight men’s fashion trends we just can’t stand.

1. Graphic Tees (pictured above)
We get it — you heart party girls. From trite phrases to tacky screenprints, wearing these ridiculous tees might be one of the easiest fashion crimes that men fall victim to. Rule of thumb: if you’re too embarassed to say something out loud, then you probably shouldn’t broadcast it on your chest. In the spirit of world peace, we’re willing to make a deal: If you ditch the graphic tees, we’ll trade in our Uggs.

2. Manpris
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When we started wearing cropped pants years ago, you guys kept the “When’s the flood coming?” jokes rolling. But, oh, how the tides have turned. Sadly, these pants simply don’t work for men. The time has come, gentlemen, to make a decision: pants or shorts. Manpris are not much longer than good old-fashioned shorts, so it’s not like they’re keeping you any warmer. And PS — just because Tom Brady wore them doesn’t make them okay.

3. Cargo Shorts/ Pants/ Manpris
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We have to ask, why do you need so many pockets? It’s not like you’re toting around makeup compacts and eight tubes of lip gloss. Cargo shorts were acceptable when you were dodging opponents in Capture the Flag at camp back in the summer of ’95, but unless you’re planning to join Bear Grylls on one of his Man vs. Wild expeditions, we’re going to need you to bury these in the back of your closet.

4. The “Going Out” Shirt
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Guys, we understand that it’s tough to dress for a night out. Clubs have dress codes and bars get super hot. We appreciate your efforts to spice up the boring pants/shirt combo, but we have to address the “going out” shirt. Don’t be coy — you know exactly what we’re talking about. Those thin-fitted button downs (the ones you stop buttoning mid-chest) that hang neatly in your closet — well, we can spot the awful vertical stripe patterns and wacky prints from the other end of the bar. Don’t untuck it. And pretty pretty please — we’re begging you — don’t pop the collar. It just makes bad look worse.

5. Scarves
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Now this is tricky. We’re all about warmth, especially in the dead of winter, so we fully support men who accessorize their outerwear with a nice scarf to keep them from getting frostbite. However, we draw the line there. Politics aside, the keffiyeh was one of the most overworn pieces of 2009 (see: Kanye West, Chris Brown). Sure, it came in every color combo possible and “worked” for every season, but its shelf life has expired. After all those months of being covered, give your neck some breathing room.

6. Bad Leather Shoes
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They say you can’t judge another man unless you’ve walked in his shoes. Well, if these are your shoes, you can be rest assured we won’t be walking in them anytime soon (and unfortunately, we’re going to judge anyway). A lot of guys don’t pay attention to their footwear (unless they’re talking classic Nikes), but women are shoe people. We notice (and cringe at) the bad stitching, weird patterns, and pointy toes, and we long for the day that you’ll ask us to direct you to a more fabulous pair. Sorry guys, but this one’s a dealbreaker.

7. The Deep-V
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Here’s the thing. Technically speaking, there’s nothing we hate about the deep-V tee — it’s about as basic as it gets. But every hipster from Williamsburg to Venice Beach donned the deep-V this year, and frankly, we’re just tired of looking at your chest hair through the plunging neckline. They might be unisex, but leave this one for the girls.

8. Clipping your cell phone to your belt
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Whatever it is that you’re doing — stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. We appreciate the convenience factor, but let’s be serious — there’s a reason cell phone carriers give away the belt clips for free when you purchase a new phone. Either invest in a jacket with deeper pockets or start carrying a messenger bag with you to work. Belts are there to hold up your pants, not your tech gadgets.

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  • Amelia

    personally i love scarves on men, all the rest can go

  • Jerry

    I just love your comments about things “…we just can’t stand.” So you speak for the entire female population? give me a break.

    I’m about as fit as I can be, love women, have lots of women that make great comments on my style and I rock most of the above excluding the printed t-shirts which look just awful on women as well. Stop with all of the Abercrombie crap will you girls? It looks like you’re just trying too hard to tell the world that you bought some overpriced crap.

    For those of you less worldly which I expect most of you are, fashion around the world is so diverse, from capris for men that are so popular in Europe and actually are some of the best pants I own, to the deep v-neck shirts, anyhow, It was interesting to stumble upon your article, find that you value more than anything nitpicking about what someone else is wearing rather than working on that flab hanging out from your pants, you have your opinions, I have mine and we’ll leave it at that.

    I get a kick out of this kind of posting as well as seeing all of the responses from so many of you women that are just like sheep following the herd waiting for instructions on what’s popular and what’s not.

  • Saffron

    The cargo shorts and the “going out shirt” are TERRIBLE, and yet it seems to be the uniform for young men for going on 10 years now. I can’t tell if it is out of laziness, or they just truly don’t know any better. For some reason a lot of young men never learn that it’s not OK to still shop at Abercrombie, Hollister, et. al. past a certain age (ie 19)

  • Laura

    I love this list, but I love more that I don’t have to every worry about my husband wearing any of this crap—I am super lucky that he has good taste.

  • NickAugust

    They left out- Guys that sport socks with their velcro strap sandals!

  • xubeibei

    I love this style of clothes. I will buy one for my boy friend. I think he will like it. Thanks!coach wallet

  • xuesiyi

    I like the style of the clothes. It is very beautiful.

  • mickey

    I LOVE it when a man wears cargo pants. I like wearing them myself. And I like the shirts, too. I don’t see what’s wrong with it. They look good.

  • bella

    Scarves might be okay if they’re for warmth, not looks. Everyone has graphic t-shirts, men and women, get over it. Cargo shorts are fine, and the “going out” shirt is too, as long as you don’t pop the collar. As for clipping your cell phone on your belt, I don’t see why it matters. Not everyone is comfortable having their phone in their pocket.

  • chris

    the funny thing about this post is i don’t wear this crap but just this past weekend my wife wanted me to wear cargo’s and striped shirts.i guess woman have different views on how they would like their man to dress. look be real with yourselves it doesn’t matter what a man wears as long as he is feeling himself women are gonna be attracted to his swagg. and for a side note those hot boots don’t go with all dresses nor do those flat (i dream of jeanie) shoes go with jeans.i see penalty flags on the field. some of yall need help. but hey atleast yall can say your panties and bras match. thats what really matters right! opps yall might need to check that too, its not cool to look hot in a dress and underneath look a hot mess…..

  • Joey

    Cargo Shorts .. we do not have hand bags. So we “needs” pockets. To top that off, you don’t want guys to clip their phones on their belt. Now that we do not have pockets where can we put our phones . Also, most people that were graphic shirts just want to be ironic not be fashionable.

  • Jame Smith

    Ladies! I often delve into women’s fashion and incorporate into my daily dress…….I am slim in shape and not very hairy as men go so the blending of the two looks geat…..most women compliment me and are quite aware of what I am doing. most say ” Well I ware lots of my husbands things or buy men’s items to go casual or what ever……..just look at all the women’s fashions that are adapted from the men line of clothing……….women in business gota have a hot adapted pants suite tailered to fit the petite figure…………lets face it women of all ages today have just a huge variety of rather lovely cloths to choose from and if the guy in question wants to be a hottie an adorn himself to look and feel more sexier why not…….we all started out centries ago dressing alike basic animal cloths later men and women had long hair, silk cloths, long robes for daily ware……..the men just wore the dark so dark suite and white shirt while womem went off into fashion expression……….if a mans has the weight and size for waring such item so be it……..of course all should be allowed but that 7 ft 400 lb guy has a long way to go to look hot in womens fashion

  • Joe

    With regards to (2) and (3) in the topic posts. I’d like to see the trend in long pants considered shorts for men just END.

    Yes, and it’s about time that the trend has started to change. I am actually relieved to see in more recent fashions.

    It’s so difficult to find a decent pair of nice men’s shorts. When will this rapper trend, along with this surf board trend finally END. Is is absolutely laughable to see ads showing girls with skimpy bikinis and then the guys wearing big baggy pants to the beach or pool. it’s so laughable. What is it with these mens styles that cover up the thighs. It’s like, have guys been so buttoned down. I’m a guy, heterosexual, and I also like to show off my legs, athletic legs, I wear shorts at every opportunity, where it fits the occasion. I wear shorts with a 1-4″ inseam, exposing my thighs and sometimes reveal a bit of my ass. And the ladies get a kick out of it and I like it.

    There is no sense of fashion in men’s shorts choises. Women have far more greater choise and freedom. I’m so happy to see the trend in the big baggy look starting to END for heaven’s sake. It’s as if it was taboo for a guy to show his thighs. What a shame. Well just today I went out in very short shorts. I’m active and have athletic legs.

    I think society is jaded when everyone thinks they have wear long pants, albeit in hot weather even, cover themselves up in order to conform to some mass societal norm.

    You have the girls being quite cute in their mini shorts and I enjoy those on women too. I’m happy to see for men that it is quite acceptable for them to show their legs, when they posses fine form. Women have a lot more freedom to do so. And it is among the most attractive part of ones anatomy.

    I prefer wearing womens shorts. As you know it’s still difficult to find proper men’s shorts in the stores nowadays. They always make them too long. For my athletic legs I like the womens shorts as they provide more room in the upper thighs. Sometimes you get lucky and find ones that do have enough room in the crotch. You have to look for the ones with the longer zipper. The hip hugger kind.

    Let’s finally put an end to the laughable shorts styles for men that have plagued us since the 90’s. It’s about time we see and end to those big, ugly, long and baggy look.

    Right now, I see much greater choises for lengths and styles in the womens shorts departments.

    Interesting quote I recently found:
    “Now Americans are convinced there’s something vulgar about men showing their knees!
    Americans, you’ve been had. Sure, gross hairy men don’t look good in shorts. They don’t look good in anything. But why should average men have to cover themselves up in nylon tents to avoid offending girls in string bikinis?”

    Thanks for allowing me to post my opinion.

    —- end qutoe found —————–

  • Joe

    Let’s get rid of those big baggy shorts that men wear now… please. What’s wrong when did it become taboo for men to show their thighs.

  • gb

    Fortunately the trend in men’s shorts is moving back toward abo ve the knee to mid-thigh. I’m somewhat on the short side so even things that are designed to stop at the knee go past the knee and in many cases are still too baggy. Fortunately there are a few places online you can get traditional tailored mid-thigh length shorts (which for me is a 3 to 4 inch inseam), and now that I’ve found them I plan to switch over to wearing this style exclusively starting next summer. By then I think the trend will be much more widesprad and apparent because the trend has been showing up in the larger urban areas on both coasts in the past two years, and I think it’s about to filter its way to other parts of the country because quite a few guys a tired of the circus-clown looking styles, along with a backlash against the attendant thug culture that has spawned the style.

  • jmoney

    i still were those scarvez

  • Jobie

    Most of those so not true for me.

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