What Women (Really) Hate About How You Dress

We asked thirty one women what they can't stand about how you dress. Listen up, this is feedback you can't afford to ignore

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1 | "Sandals. Full stop."

Emilia Fox, Actress

2 | "A man should never, ever wear Ugg boots. I love my Ugg boots, I live in my Ugg boots, they are life-changing. But a man shouldn’t do it. It is not cool. Ugg boots worn with confidence? Now that’s a difficult conundrum."

Naomie Harris, Actress

3 | "As long as it’s a true extension of their personality, men should just go for it. They can look good in pretty much anything, even dresses. Maybe not knee socks."

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Helena Christensen, Model

4 | "The number one thing a man shouldn’t wear is flip-flops with jeans. Number two is a thong. A wool cap doesn’t make sense either; you go to Venice beach and there are all these guys wearing beanies thinking they’re Johnny Depp."

Arielle Vandenberg, Actress & Model

5 | "V-neck sweaters – runs the risk of stray chest hair peeping over the top. Also, cheap shoes with a pointed toe"

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Catherine Hayward, Fasion Director, Esquire

6 | "Men wearing knee-high white socks when they’re not playing cricket."

Kim Cattrall, Actress

7 | "Dungarees… no, though I’ve got some great pictures of Sting in dungarees, especially without a shirt on. But sandals with socks – I don’t like that."

Trudie Styler, Producer & Actress

8 | "Jeans that fray around the bottom make me shudder."

Melanie Sykes, TV & Radio Presenter

9 | "No man should wear a slogan t-shirt, or two diamond earrings."

Layla Anna-Lee, 2012 World Cup Presenter

10 | "I went on a date with a guy wearing really bad running trainers with jeans. He made it quite clear that they were part of his style and it just put me off. He later turned out to be a massive arsehole."

Millie Mackintosh, TV Personality

11 | "Too tight trousers. No one needs to see a man-toe wrapped in wrinkled, sweaty fabric."

Lena Headey, Actress

12 | "I hate men wearing Sketchers. And t-shirts that have too much stuff on them, like writing and rhinestones. I like a simple and classic style."

Caity Loitz, Actress

13 | "High-waisted red trousers."

Tracey Emin, Artist

14 | "I can’t stand male waxing. If a man doesn't have chest hair, I feel like they’re too young for me."

Goldierocks, Singer

15 | "Not taking care of yourself. Make sure shirts are pristine white, keep clothes well-ironed and well looked after. Take a considered approach to details – a bad pair of socks or cheap jewellery can undo all your hard work in an instant."

Stacey Smith, Model

16 | "I hate men wearing chequered shirts and chino trousers. I didn’t have a problem with it at first – then they all started wearing them."

Nina Nesbitt, Singer

17 | "Speedos or budgie-smugglers. Hideous, even on professional swimmers. Low-slung jeans do nothing for me, either. Men with too much jewellery are suspect. Underwear showing is horrid, too."

Joan Collins, Actress & Author

18 | "Tuck fitted shirts in nice and tight – the last thing you want is anything looking too blousy. And a man should never wear shorts in the city."

Alison Loehnis, President, net-a-porter

19 | "Leather trousers and Ugg boots. Just say no."

Sarah Ann Macklin, Model

20 | "Bright orange or anything like that."

Valeria Bilello, Actress & Model

21 | "The worst male style mistake is bad jeans – flared or too skinny. You don’t want a man to be wearing denim that looks like it belongs to you. And no girl likes the deep V-neck, bulging muscles thing. It's not a good look."

Kimberley Garner, TV Personality

22 | "Never wear too much cologne. And I hate knitted sweaters. It just seems really feminine for a man to wear a knitted sweater with a shirt. Men should never wear high-waisted pants. I still see some of those around… on a few people in particular."

Eva Longoria, Actress

23 | "I dislike any sort of underpants that have a logo running around the top of the elastic. I don’t care if it says Calvin Klein or Next – it’s still tragic and weird. Why would you advertise any brand via the medium of your boxer shorts? Inexplicable."

Laura Craik, Fashion editor, The Times

24 | "Bow-ties. Unless it’s on evening wear, like in Downton Abbey, when they get dressed for dinner. In that case, if you have someone like Carson dressing you, a bow tie is OK – but this is, like, 1920. Or a shirt with short sleeves. I think short sleeves are like the devil to me."

Carla Bruni, Singer

25 | "...I hate guys with bad shoes and jeans. A lot of American guys wear really wide legged jeans and square shoes. Then they come to Sweden and think my friends are gay because they’re wearing ‘really tight jeans’. It’s called ‘fitted’!"

Caroline Winberg, Model

26 | "A scabby tracksuit is a no-go. But if you can style it out…"

Ellie Goulding, Singer

27 | "I’m not a fan of deep V-necks. And I have a problem with pointy shoes."

Garance Doré, Photographer

28 | "Tattoos – with the occasional exception. Most people are lacking in culture and choose images that don’t mean anything. Also, a man shouldn’t wear his shirt over his trousers. Every now and again it works. But mostly they end up looking like babies"

Dame Vivienne Westwood, Designer

29 | "I don’t think a man, any man, should ever wear boat shoes. Especially with no socks. Ugh, can’t bear it."

Elizabeth McGovern, Actress

30 | "Sweatpants. With the ankles bunched up."

Brit Marling, Actress, Screenwriter and Producer

31 | "Narcissism is a deal-breaker. In a way it’s important for a man to have a dose of selfishness because there has to be self-loving in some capacity, but not narcissism."

Lake Bell, Actress, Writer and Director

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