Up Your Partner's Style Game With Our Savvy Tips

They often say opposites attract. But for someone who loves dressing up and cares about fashion, having a partner who's not as interested in style can be challenging. Whether it's that old football jersey or the ratty, baggy sweatpants, there are probably a few items you secretly want to remove from your partner's closet. Many people don't feel that their style is a priority. They choose clothes out of function and fit rather than if they meet the latest style trends. Luckily, they don't have to be super fashion savvy to learn how to dress better.

While your partner may never love curating looks, as the one who enjoys dressing up, you can help them improve their wardrobe. However, it's important to remember that you should approach this topic gently. Style can be very personal, so you don't want to offend them accidentally or hurt their feelings. Offer to help update their wardrobe and explain how good they'll feel with new clothes that better reflect who they currently are. You may be surprised by how excited they are for this fun, little project together.

Observe their style

First and foremost, it's important to observe your partner's current style and define it. Are they casual and laid back? A little punky or skater? Or more formal and preppy? They might not be style experts, but they probably have an aesthetic they're comfortable dressing in, even if they can't articulate it. Unless your partner is open to completely changing their style, it's better to elevate what they currently like. They'll be much more likely to wear the new clothes if they're already within their comfort zone.

Plan a shopping trip

If your partner doesn't have a great style, there's a good chance it's because they don't like shopping. Some people prefer to purchase their clothes with convenience and usefulness in mind rather than style. And because of that, they don't spend a lot of time looking through different racks of clothes or going to multiple stores. The solution could be to go out shopping together. Keep it light and stress-free as you provide helpful suggestions and encouragement while they pick out and try on clothes. Plus, the shopping trip will be more fun as you get to hang out together.

Gift some clothing

For partners that may be resistant to buying new clothes themselves, gifting might be a better option. Buy them clothes in the category they're lacking like button-down shirts, jeans, or t-shirts. These make awesome presents for birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, or just because you saw it and thought they'd like it. However, it's important to remember to buy them elevated versions of their style. If it's something they expressed they don't like, they're less likely to wear it. They may feel forced to wear something they don't want to, and that can cause a strain.

The fit is important

Part of feeling confident in something has to do with the fit. If it's too baggy, too tight, or highlights the wrong features, your partner may not want to wear it. Take note of how they want different clothing items to fit. At the same time, it's also important to note what fit would look best on their body. For example, if you think their baggy sweatpants look sloppy, but they don't like a tight fit, you can meet in the middle with relaxed-fit pants that have room in them but still have some tailoring and structure.

Don't forget to accessorize

Many believe the accessories make the outfit, and if you want to elevate your partner's style, they'll need accessories to pair with their new clothes. The right accessories can finish off an outfit and make them look more put together. But the right accessories ultimately depend on their style. For some, a nice watch is all that it takes. Others might want to wear a chain necklace or earrings. And others might feel more comfortable with a hat. Accessories are a great way to experiment with style, so get creative with your choices and pairings.

Positive reinforcement can go a long way

Clothes can be very personal, and changing your style can feel like changing a part of yourself. Recognize that trying new clothes–and wearing them out in public–can make your partner feel like they're stepping out of their comfort zone. It can be a vulnerable feeling, and encouragement from you can make a major difference. Compliment them on new outfits, how nice pieces look together, or how good they look as a whole. The reassurance can help boost their confidence and make them more comfortable and more likely to wear the new clothes again.