Are you more fanciable when you’re dressed for the gym?

09 June 2010

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Kate Hudson, Katy Perry and Jessica Biel in their gym gear

Forget sexy evening wear and a seductive, smoky eye as the way to a man’s heart, a new study reveals that a staggering 67% of men admit to being more attracted to women dressed in tracksuit bottoms.

Yes, apparently over two thirds of guys would choose women in gym outfits over a more glamorous get-up, with a quarter also preferring their partners to ditch their make-up for the natural look.

‘To me, it wasn’t surprising that men would be more attracted to the laid back “gym look” on women,’ said Andy Barr of, who carried out the study. ‘Despite the latest fashion trends being seen as a thing of envy amongst women, men usually appreciate girls who have a more ‘natural’ approach to fashion as they appear, to many, more approachable.’

With all these men stating they’d rather see women in a more relaxed style of clothing, 62% went as far as saying they ‘dislike’ girls who wear a lot of make-up, and 59% decided they’re not fans of high fashion, ruling that they think it looks ‘stupid’.

But while Andy thinks the poll is good news for women – ‘No longer do you have to worry about a lack of make-up or wearing your sweats in public, as the majority of men will prefer you this way anyway!’ – we can’t help thinking we’d be fools to let men dictate our wardrobes if it means we’ll be hitting the streets dressed like Kerry Katona.

And even if we’re not wearing what men want, isn’t it more important that we dress for ourselves and feel amazing?

Tell us your views… Would you deliberately dress down just because you think a man might prefer you that way? Does your man’s opinion on fashion ever even enter your head? Would you rather listen to a guy or to Grazia when it comes to looking good?

By Caroline Benjamin


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