I love my mountain-man style but my girlfriend hates it. What should I do?
But the mountain-man look is cool! Does your girlfriend know that every hipster in Williamsburg, N.Y., rocks this look?
If she doesn't know (or care), I've got a four-step plan to help you refine your look -- without totally losing your manhood. It does involve the cornerstone of any relationship, though, whether you're dressed or naked: compromise.
1) Throw on a blazer. Just add a blazer to your usual look. The models at the Junya Watanabe collections in Paris wore blazers with overalls. This magic outerwear is not a business-y suit jacket or a sport coat: I'm talking about an unconstructed cotton blazer, the kind that doesn't need to be pressed. Try Gap or J.Crew , $350. Note: Go for navy or black; Khaki is too preppy.
3) Rock the desert boot. Take your compromise a step further with classic desert boots, worn and loved by metrosexuals and mountain-men alike. The original -- and still the best -- is Clark's , $99.99.
4) But keep your jeans. Good, worn-in Levi's are probably part of your mountain-man look. Metro dudes wear these as well, so you don't need to work a skinny jean. Need a fresh pair? Try Levi's 501 Jeans , $58.50 to $178.
Style debates between couples are common; they've been around since Eve suggested Adam might look better in fig than oak. The point is that the mountain-man look doesn't mean you don't have style and taste; it's just not her taste. So if your lady is still scoping metrosexual dudes after you try these changes and giving you the hint-hint eyes, you need a different girl.
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