Jennifer Aniston recently announced that one of the things she loves about her new man Justin Theroux is his amazing sense of style. That’s great for her, but…most men aren’t so savvy with clothes, especially when they need to dress up. Kick your guy’s evening look up a notch with these ideas from Sachin Bhola, fashion editor of AskMen.com. (Bonus: They won’t crush your man's ego.)
The Go-To Navy Blazer
Just like women have the little black dress, men have the navy blazer. A fitted single-breasted, two-button blazer with a notched lapel has the power to transform an otherwise ho-hum office-shirt-and-tie combo into something dapper.
Get Him to Rock A Formal Hairstyle
No amount of your style input will make him look acceptable if he forgets about grooming.
Would Ryan Gosling's appearance at The Ides of March premiere work without that hair? Nope. You can achieve a similar look by getting him to slick his hair to one side with a dime-size amount of pomade (finish with spray gel for a shiny look). For more formal hairstyle ideas, check out AskMen's guide, where all the products are under $10 .
Have Him Flaunt A Vintage Watch
Whether you're bringing your man to a swanky dinner party or wedding, it's likely that, at some point in the evening, he's going to be asked what time it is. And because details make the man, a vintage watch is far more impressive than, say, his iPhone with a Z-list model screensaver.
A vintage watch has a story, is one of a kind and very gentlemanly. There might be one already sitting in his (or your) father's closet ready to make its debut.
Vintage Seiko Chinese Date Display Watch, $140 americanapparel.net
Master The Mix
Men gravitate to prints and color the same way they gravitate to a vegan hamburger. But dressing up is the perfect time to bring ‘em out.
Take Jon Hamm's look: Not only is every piece he's wearing patterned, he's also included color. While your guy doesn't have to be quite so daring, follow one basic rule: choose from the same color family, in this case red-violet. Either way, it sure is a step up from the usual gray on gray on gray on gray.
For more tips on getting your guy to pull off patterns and color, check out AskMen's guide .
Introduce Him to The Dress Shoe
Since guys generally don't like wearing dress shoes, getting him a pair of oxfords will be transformative for you, but shouldn't freak him out. He could even get away with pairing these with his favorite dark-wash jeans so he's not stepping too far out of his comfort zone. Baby steps, ladies.
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