I recently got into a conversation with a friend on whether girls actually care how guys dress or not. Basically, we’re seeing if the age old adage “The clothes make the man” was true or not. The gist of the conversation basically boiled down to that it’s not a key component, but it adds ‘bonus points’. What I got from the conversation was that guys that are ridiculously good looking can dress like hobos and still get away with anything. The rest of us average guys need to invest in a wardrobe that consists of more than “my most comfortable pair of jeans and my 3 year old sneakers”.
However, that got me thinking, is it true the other way around? What exactly do I look for in a girl in the way she dresses? Don’t get me wrong, when you first see a girl, you can get a pretty striking impression from what they wear, ranging from the slutty, to the sexy, to the awesome (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Handbag).
But at the end of the day, I have the Sweats Rule.
The Sweats Rule is pretty simple.
If I’m going to seriously date a girl, she has to be attractive in sweats.
The reasons are two-fold:
1. If a girl looks good in sweats, she can look good in anything.
It’s easy to be attracted to a girl when she goes for the full out formal look, make-up and all. Don’t even get me started on the Little Black Dress*. If you look good in sweats, I can nearly guarantee you that you’ll look great in just about anything else that you put on. Sweats pretty much trade fashion for comfort. Pulling that off, you can pull anything off.
(*Too late, you got me started on the Little Black Dress. It is, by far, the most devastating weapon in the arsenal of women’s fashion, at least for me. I think every woman should have at least one in their closet. I don’t what it is, but it is a silver bullet for most men. It just works, on so many different levels. Words cannot describe the effect that it has on us, or well, at least me)
2. Being attractive in sweats, means that I’m attracted to you.
I’ll be honest, this might be a thing only for me, but I’m a pretty low-key kind of guy. I’m a fan of the romantic gesture and dates, but push comes to shove, I can have just as much fun ordering in crappy Chinese food and watching a movie as going out to hit a party. If I’m going to be seriously into this girl, I need to know that underneath it all, I’m attracted to her, not any of her trappings. I need to be able to laugh, talk, and be into this girl when she’s in sweats, because, sweats are the equalizer.
And that’s the Sweats Rule.