There can be multiple reasons behind the choices we make when it comes to clothing. From thermal protection, to a way of expressing our personalities, fashion has our backs. Another key influence on why we dress a certain way can be seen in the animal world. Just as the male peacocks display their beautiful feathers to attract female peacocks, people subconsciously use clothing for the same intention, to “impress” potential partners.
With that in mind, the British online marketplace OnBuy.com sought to find out the fashion trends that are unlikely to attract a potential suitor, by asking 8998 British men and women aged 21 – 28 what fashion items they dislike on the opposite gender. Simultaneously, they asked the respondents what the fashion pieces they believe the opposite gender dislikes on them.
The results are as follows:
When it comes to the clothes men think women dislike on them, cardigans take the lead with 72% of male surveyors believing this fashion item is a turn-off. In second place are turtlenecks with 70%, followed by excessive jewellery (62%) and tracksuits (57%). Over 50% of men also believe women don’t like ripped clothing and lowrider jeans.
However, when we asked the ladies to give their opinion on the fashion trends they dislike seeing on men, the results were slightly different. In fact, cardigans don’t even make the top 10 most disliked clothing items, the crown for that goes to turtlenecks (89%). Women also expressed their dislike for skinny jeans (81%) and low-cut tops (77%).
At the other end of the scale, fishnets make the top when it comes to the fashion trends women believe men dislike on them with 82% selecting this option. Surprisingly, the highly fashionable over-the-knee boots take the second place with 77% of women believing men dislike them. Mom jeans (68%) and leather trousers (66%) make their way into the top 10, followed by the animal print (59%) and loafers (54%).
When asked what items men dislike when worn by women, 87% of men picked flared trousers. Animal print follows closely, with a whopping 86% of men choosing these designs as a big turn-off. While the over-the-knee boots don’t make the list, they are replaced by excessively high heels (79%) and loafers (61%). Velour clothing (55%) and fur coats (52%) are some of the other items that made the top 10 list as well.