Men stop caring about their clothes when they hit 37 (that's when they turn into Jeremy Clarkson)
17:34 GMT, 16 August 2012
Men give up caring about the way they look when they reach 37 – and just start dressing like Jeremy Clarkson, according to a new study.
The worrying findings also reveal 59 per cent of women prevent their partner buying certain clothes in an attempt to rescue their man’s fashion sense.
What’s more, a staggering 37 per cent of women even admit to buying all their other half’s clothes.
Fashion crimes The isme.com study revealed that women buy their partner's clothes to prevent such atrocities as double denim, as seen on Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson
The survey by mature online retailer
isme.com found that women take control of how their other half dresses
in a bid to stop them committing fashion crimes such as socks with
sandals and double denim.
More than a third of men in a relationship don't buy any of their
own clothing and almost half (48 per cent) are completely clueless
as to their own clothes size, the study found.
As for those men who do clothes shop, 26 per cent would only do so when their
existing wardrobe was too worn to wear – and would then purchase items based purely on price rather than appearance.
The poll of 2,000 women aged 50 and over found that the average man had totally given up on caring about his appearance by the age of 37.
As a result, nearly 59 per cent of women admitted they felt forced to intervene and style their man because their partners' dress sense was either outdated and ageing (18 per cent), unstylish and ill-fitting (31 per cent) or just plain embarrassing (19 per cent).
Hope vs reality: Women would like their men to dress more like George Clooney, left, than Jeremy Clarkson
The women questioned said they'd love to see their men emulate the style of dapper celebrities like George Clooney and Hugh Grant – but instead when left to their own devices, their partners end up looking more like Jeremy Clarkson.
Julie Donnelly from isme.com said men could achieve the dashing Clooney look of their women's dreams if only they made a bit more effort.
She said: 'Men
are totally capable of dressing themselves. As long as
an outfit fits properly, clothes look fresh and crease-free, and an
outfit is put together with a bit of care, it can still look good!'
Personal shopper: A survey found women think they know best when it comes to their man's wardrobe and buy their clothes for them (posed by models)
CRIMES AGAINST FASHION MOST COMMONLY COMMITTED BY MEN (ACCORDING TO THEIR PARTNERS)
Jeans that are too baggy,
high-waisted and ankle grazing, or worst of all, worn with a matching denim waistcoat
Pants that are too old-fashioned or too smallScandalously brief swimwearColourless combos of dull shades of brown and beige
Sandals worn with socksShell suits
'Mutton dressed as ram' – overly-youthful hoodies and T-shirtsOut-dated or too loud patterned shirts