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Where Do You Stand? Guys Buying You Clothes

On a list boldly titled 25 Skills Every Man Should Know, the May issue of Esquire offers advice for men looking to buy clothing for women. The tools required: a credit card and a woman's clothing size. The steps, according to the article:

  1. Don't.

Ha! Clearly the mag has a pretty immovable position on whether guys should buy women clothing as gifts, but is it justified? I'll admit, I've gotten some pretty terrible gifts from guys that I then felt obligated to wear, but I've also had boyfriends who were great at picking out my style. So what's your take? Is it always a terrible idea for men to buy women clothes?

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mdemariah mdemariah 8 years
I think i'll manage by myself. There's no sense of style in guys!
Gadflea Gadflea 8 years
As a man who has picked out a good deal of my wife's coolest/cutest/sexiest outfits, I've got to say "it all depends on the guy". Hey my wife and I get our hair cut by a straight guy and he's frickin' fabulous. Saying all guys suck at buying close is on the level of saying women can't be into cars or sports. Seriously wtf! I've got to agree that I do tend to gravitate toward sexier/sluttier looks for my wife at times (within reason) of course especially when it comes to SHOES. I think I like shoes more than my wife does LOL. But there's a fine line between cute sexy and slutty tacky. Clear heels belong in the bedroom! (if any where at all) Here's what I do: Pick out multiple shoes/outfits that my wife can try on stress free and take back anything she doesn't like! Easy peasy japaneasy! Because even the cutest outfit might not look right on you/sizes differ by brand, etc etc. Or we go together. There should be NO obligation to like something he got just because he got it.
Phorrest99 Phorrest99 8 years
My brother in law is great at buying my sister clothes! He has a great eye for fashion & I'm always impressed with the things he gets for her :)
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I would never have this problem because my boyfriend doesn't even like shopping for his own underwear. He did buy me some fabulous shoes for Christmas that were my size and taste, so I would have to take him on a test run first and ask him to keep the receipt just in case.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I love it! He bought me a ton of gorgeous lingerie for christmas and I always take him with me clothes shopping because he knows what looks good on me. =) I love him buying me clothing, it's perfectly fine!
dm8bri dm8bri 8 years
Um, no. Sweet gesture and all, but the type of men I generally date don't give a crap about fashion. They always know how to dress themselves, but they're not concerned with what other people are wearing. I prefer it that way. I'd rather he give me something sentimental and meaningful, not something that will end up at Goodwill.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
My dad is surprisingly really amazing when it comes to buying clothing for my mom for xmas and stuff. I was very impressed the past few years. He knows her style and what looks perfect on her (and no, he isn't Metro, he's a piney plumber from south NJ... hahaha, and my mom dresses very nice, professional- yet casual, very 30 year old business woman, even though shes in her 40s). My boyfriend, on the other hand, HATES shopping, so I would never expect him to buy something for me, let alone himself! Hah.
HTCmom HTCmom 8 years
My husband can't get it right. He's tried several times & failed miserably. So I have to agree with Esquire on this one. Don't
Dr-No Dr-No 8 years
My boyfriend is excellent at picking out clothes for me. The first two things he bought for me I really thought I would hate when I saw them on the hanger--but when I put them on, it was AMAZING! Now I practically beg him to buy me clothes since I really hate shopping for things I have to try on. His style is so much better than mine (don't tell him I said that!) I would definitely NOT let him get away with getting me a gift card!
medenginer medenginer 8 years
My SO does buy the occasional outfit and he does well. He gets the correct size but we usually go shop together. He's getting a better sense of my style and he does pick good jewelery.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
my boyfriend loves my style so he'll just give good opinions about how things look on me or if he likes them.......... he also knows I love wearing HIS clothes so he's generous with lending them :)
Karelynn Karelynn 8 years
My boyfriend is a tshirt & jeans everyday kind of guy, and I like to look a little more dressy.. so no, I wouldn't want him buying me clothing. He does pay attention to what I wear and what I like though, so maybe I'm just being quick to judge. I would just hate for him to buy me something awful & have to tell him I don't like it.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
My husband buys me clothes sometimes and it's always something really nice. 2 weeks ago he bought me a very very cute dress from Armani Exchange and I loved it. He knows my style and what would look good on my since Im petite. Never shoes though...he cant quite get that down yet! ;)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I wouldnt complain if my partner decided to gift me with clothing. But I'd prefer it if we went shopping together.
mistwolf mistwolf 8 years
I prefer if someone wants to buy me clothes that they just take me out. We can work together to find something we both like, something that fits, and it's a blast all around. 'Suprise' is nice on gifts, but sharing the whole process is nice too!
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Who needs another girlfriend. Jeez!
robinashley robinashley 8 years
my boyfriend knows my size and taste. :)
Pistil Pistil 8 years
Only if he's shopping with me.
I agree with Esquire. LOL
itsme3683 itsme3683 8 years
My bf hates clothes shopping too, so he would never buy me clothes! Just as well, I'm very picky so I'd rather buy it myself!
jueycruiser jueycruiser 8 years
my boyfriend works at a clothes store, so every so often he will buy me something. every single time, its something ridiculously cute, and too small. i never know whether to take it as a compliment or to get mad :P
Colleeninator Colleeninator 8 years
Generally speaking, men aren't so great at getting clothes for women. Some of them though, my husband included, are. Most of my favorite clothes are ones that he picked out for me.
roseate roseate 8 years
I'm far too picky about fit to have anyone buy me clothes. My mother and grandmother try to for holiday gifts, and I often like what they pick out, but it usually doesn't fit me right.
zabrow zabrow 8 years
i had a boyfriend that was wayyyy more into clothes than i was & better at picking things out, so he'd buy me clothes pretty consistently & i liked pretty much everything he got me.
Hailey Baldwin in Esquire Magazine June 2016
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