When it comes to a man's wardrobe, it's women who wear the trousers: Men in relationships don't buy ANY of their own clothes or even know their size
12:47 GMT, 6 August 2012
For any woman who has uttered the phrase 'I won't be seen out with you dressed like that!', the results of a new survey on men's wardrobe habits won't come as a surprise.
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 (37 per cent) 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.
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)
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cent of women admitted they felt forced to intervene and style their man because their partners' dress sense was either outdated and ageing (18 per cent), unstylish and ill-fitting (31 per cent) or just plain embarrassing (19 per cent).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!'
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