As in, keep your mouth shut and just enjoy them for their other sparkling qualities: their smile, their wit, the way they sex you all night long. I’m lucky, because my boyfriend works for a major men’s clothing brand and is always dressed like he just came from a 1920s garden party (which okay, is a little weird).
But if you are unable to let their ugly T-shirt collection go, well, let me give you some advice. But I’ve dated plenty of dudes whose entire wardrobes should have been fire-bombed. There’s a right and a wrong way to go about trying to tweak your partner’s style.
DON’T: Tell them they look stupid, or that you hate their outfit, or that you really wish they’d throw that rotting Bruins jersey away last winter.
Common sense and every episode of “Friends” tells us that the more you try to tell someone how to be, the more they will likely resist. It may be that your partner is unaware of what’s sartorially expected of them.
When I met Nick in 1993, he was working as a TV news editor and his style could only be described as 'studenty' - and that's if you were being polite.
The football jersey, baggy cargo shorts, and Teva sandals are replaced with fitted jeans and a crisp button-down.
'It was only after a while, when we started meeting at weekends, that I realised what a disaster his off-duty clothes were,’ she says.
With two young daughters Ella, 12, and Grace, nine, and a mortgage to pay, we couldn't afford to splash out for an outfit he'd wear only once, so I decided to buy a new shirt, tie and jumper he could wear with the charcoal grey Paul Smith suit he'd bought for our wedding.
The fact is that many men are stuck in a style rut.
While most women are at least vaguely aware of what's fashionable and take an interest in what other women are wearing, men latch on to a look and then refuse to change it. When she and her husband David met in their late 20s, their first dates were all after work and he would arrive looking suave in a suit.