8 Style Mistakes Women Never Forgive

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You may like to think your sharp wit or amazing anecdotes are enough to make a good impression with women, but the truth is your clothes have already spoken volumes long before you open your mouth.

And while what constitutes a well-dressed man is all rather subjective - sorry about that - a terribly-dressed man can be spotted a mile off by every woman alive.

The good news is that the most heinous crimes are easy to avoid. To help, here we dissect the reasons skinny jeans are a turn-off and why a dollar chain won't help you bag a lady any time soon.

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1 Black shirts

The 'big night out' costume for men lacking imagination, cotton mix black shirts should always be avoided - not just because they discolour quickly but because they make you look a bit like a DJ in Hull.

2 Bling

The connection between expensive jewellery and money in the bank is one that rappers hope we're all making. But what's good for MTV doesn't translate usually well on the Central Line. With bling, less is always more - and remember, women snared by showiness probably have the wrong priorities.

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3 Short-sleeve shirts

Whilst there are few things that look better than a well-fitted shirt, the short-sleeved variety is a huge turn off - mainly because it makes you look like an 8-year-old at a wedding. We know it's summer and you're hot, but it's a straight up choice between t-shirt or shirt. You can't have both at once.

4 Flip-flops

When considering whether to wear flip flops, there are two crucial questions to ask yourself - am I on holiday? And - will anyone that doesn't already love me see me? There are occasions when it is OK to stick a £4 piece of rubber beneath your bare feet, but not many.

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5 V-necks

There is no physique that excuses wearing a V-neck t-shirt. It doesn't matter if you're buffed beyond perfection, women would always rather imagine your body than be confronted by it in a supermarket. That small window of man cleavage is doing nothing for us I'm afraid. You're only hurting yourself.

6 Skinny jeans

Any item of clothing that is, by definition, too small for you is probably asking for trouble. The problem is, we want to wear skinny jeans and we'd rather your legs didn't look smaller than ours. It's also difficult to take a man seriously when they're hiking denim up over their love handles every 10 minutes.

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7 Vests

While it's true women couldn't get enough of Ryan Atwood in The OC (don't pretend you didn't watch it at least once), that was fiction and this is reality where a sleeveless top screams less 'brooding bad boy with a heart of gold' than 'total slob'.

8 Coloured trousers

Renowned wardrobe essential of the Hooray Henry, brightly coloured chinos have been outfitting the Boat Race and Henley since the dawn of time.

No item of clothing shouts 'Sell the NHS' quite like them. Trousers, lest we forget, should never be haughty.