Left to their own devices, some men would probably end up wearing Hawaiian shirts to your anniversary dinner, or putting on a dirty pair of jeans to for a coffee. If your partner is anything like my husband, he’ll complain that he simply doesn’t care what he looks like; he just wears clothes to keep warm! That’s all fine and good, but I do mind what he looks like! I married a man who wore smart clothes every day; they were clean and ironed, and looked lovely with his hair and features. So underneath his protests, I know that he’s simply lost his way with popular styles, and needs a bit of help from his loving wife!
Therefore I’ve been taking my husband to the shops to show him the type of things that he used to wear, and ones that would flatter his figure in the present day. After a quick guide about colours that work together, and ones that don’t - we’re finally getting somewhere. I even spotted him looking at some retail websites the other day, and was impressed with what he had picked out. If you want to try something similar with your partner, I’d try starting with the basics. Here are my suggestions:
Have a search in the shops or online for a number of wool jumpers; they can instantly transform your husband’s outfit. Not only are they ideal for the cooler days here in New Zealand, but they also look great too. I found a lovely black jumper with a half zip - I think these suit my husband very well and will work with jeans or other trousers. It’s a great idea to build up wardrobe essentials like these that are very practical without giving the overall effect of looking like a slob!
We’ve donated the ratted old jeans to charity and have swapped them for a much smarter range of tailored trousers. My husband was either wearing jeans that were too loose or too tight so after getting measured he now knows exactly what size to buy. He likes earth tones so he has accumulated trousers in beige, stone, tan, khaki green and brown, as well as dark blue jeans for weekend wear. You can also find shorts in similar fits which are good for the spring and summer months when the sun is a bit stronger.
Jackets and vest
Finally, I also demonstrated to my husband the effect of a good fitting jacket. Because we spend quite a lot of time outdoors, he needed something that would be suitable for changeable weather conditions. Therefore we picked a smart navy blue soft shell jacket and a nicely shaped wool jacket for cooler days. He is able to wear the wool jacket to work as well and it looks lovely with his new trousers and knitwear. He has recently bought a vest in a similar style which is good for keeping in core body heat when going for a hike in the spring or autumn.