Taken from my personal experience:
- Men like cute, its not a bad thing. Cute is a term of endearment and it doesn’t mean you can’t be beautiful or sexy it just means that the outfit brings out the tender, feminine side – its a good thing.
- Men know what looks good on you. They may not notice or care about the little details, but they know what looks good on you. I avoided oranges and browns, but my husband told me I look good in them. He was right. The first gift he gave me was a glove and scarf set. The scarf was wool with brown and orange tones, the gloves were orange leather with cashmere lining. I never, never, never, would have picked these out. But I loved them and got a tremendous amount of compliments on them.
- Men like the practical. The key is to be attractive and practical. Wear attractive shoes but realize there is no need for a stilettos, especially if you can’t walk in them. Make sure your outfit fulfills your needs. Sometimes a stark contrast between the sweetly feminine and the ruggedly practical is appealing. i.e. gardening in a cute sundress with extremely sensible paddock boots.
- Men like Undergarments.Undergarments matter. Men like slips, a touch of lace . . . put thought into your undergarments. Even if no one is going to see them, you want a good foundation.
- Men don’t necessarily like tight or short: Men like to see a feminine figure, but it need not be tight or short. Err on the conservative side.
- Men don’t seem to care about Jewelry too much: Men seem to view outfits as a whole whereas women get caught up in accessorizing. If your hair is up in a nice bun, delicate earrings are a nice touch, they frame the face and draw the eyes to the neck, but no need to be preoccupied with jewelry. My husband likes my wedding ring and a few special pieces he gave me, it seems to be more of a sentimental touch than anything else.
- Men prefer skirts and dresses: A women’s figure is flattered by skirts and dresses, men know this, they like it. Pants rarely do anything for a women’s figure and I’ve given them up. (except for riding. I love riding and sidesaddle is not my expertise the very masculine art of dressage is, ironically enough.)
Also on topic: How Girls Should Dress to Attract the Right Kind of Man
Some thoughts on Shoes from the delightful book “The Lost of Dress” by Linda Przybyszewski:
Since hats are no longer fashionable, women’s most frivolous urges have to be channeled somewhere, and shoes it is.
If you cannot walk more than a block in your shoes, they are not shoes; they are pretty sculptures that you happen to have attached to your feet.
Is the face the center of interest in your design? . . . Without a point of emphasis “the eyes grows weary and the mind confused. . . such outfits [are] spotty . . . The obsession that many of us have with shoes today may have grown, like weeds, from the abandonment of the Five Art Principals.
If you don’t think of your ensemble as a composition, you don’t ponder yourself from head to toe, But it’s easy to see the one part of you that is always visible to your eyes without the need of a mirror: your feet. Thinking yourself as a composition means imagining how others see you. Looking at your shoes is seeing yourself entirely from your own perspective.