Just because you’re in love doesn’t mean you can’t constantly embarrass each other: maybe your significant other is too messy, or they run late, or they harbor dreams of gaming professionally. For several Rent the Runway users, a furry neon-pink man-repelling coat started to cause tension in their relationships (shout out Leandra Medine, the original Man Repeller). “When I took [the coat] out of the bag, my husband seemed shocked by the color,” one RTR user wrote.
One husband was embarrassed to be seen out with the coat, while another felt he wasn’t supposed to like it because it’s fashion (not wrong!). These women are not alone: it seems many of us have experienced that feeling when you think you look like Rihanna and they think you look like her Times Square knockoff. Ahead, eight women shared the one outfit their significant other can’t stand.
The White Puffy Shirt
“While I thought my boyfriend’s answer would be a shiny black coat I got on sale at Target that looks like a giant trash bag, I was surprised to learn that his least favorite item of mine is actually, to use his words, ‘white puffy shirt.’ ‘The crescent shoulder one I got from Rachel Comey?’ I asked. ‘Whichever one is puffiest.’ When I asked why, he said, ‘It’s just not a style I like. I prefer you in crisper things.’ Unfortunately for him, 70% of my wardrobe could be classified as ‘white puffy shirt.’ — Jess
Alexis Neiers’ Kitten Heels
“When my fiancée decided to let me know he hates my kitten heels because they appeared to be for children, I felt all the sexy drain out of my open toes. He went on to say if you’re sexy, you gotta dress it, and so I need some heels that were meant for sex. His opinion hurt but he was right. *Shrug emoji*” — Danique
The Moon Coat
“When I sent this prompt to my hubs, he said he doesn’t “hate” anything on me, but he’d be fine if I laid my beloved “moon coat” to rest. Be clear: it’s an insulated maxi puffer, that doubles as a sleeping bag while I traverse NYC during the coldest of times. And it’s velvet. VELVET. He, like most men, likely don’t care for it because it isn’t body con. But… it’s a coat. The warmest one I own, in fact. Bodycon it need not be. And, I damn sure don’t wear it for him, anyway.” — Angel
Matching PJ Sets
“In my mind, matching PJ sets are elegant, classic, and one of those very specific wardrobe items that make you feel like you’ve entered a new stage of life. The you that wore Soffee shorts and old t-shirts has been replaced by the polished you who owns things that were meant to be pajamas from the beginning. In my husband’s mind, matching PJ sets are shapeless and asexual and pointless. I have silk sets, I have plaid sets. nothing matters. He’d rather the oversized t-shirt and sweatpants.” — Leah
“I work from home, so Monday-Friday I usually have the same fashion forward combination of yoga pants (or sweatpants if we’re being honest) with a blouse and cardigan for all those pesky video calls. My husband only sees me in ‘normal clothes’ on the weekends, so I try to really make it memorable when I put on actual outfits. To date, his least favorite by far has been my attempt at the overalls trend – I thought I was giving off a quirky vibe (think Amy Poehler on Making It) but when I asked for his opinion he said that I looked like a trendy window washer, and I haven’t been able to unsee it.” — Quinsi
“I think they are something Rihanna might wear. He thinks they are real animals for a second, and that’s scary” — Kat
“I am one of those terrible people who studied abroad and changed everything about themselves. The biggest change came in the form of fashion: Me, running around London in a black turtleneck and vintage jeans, thinking I was a European diva or Roxy from the classic Mary-Kate and Ashley hit Winning London. I met my fiancé on my study abroad trip and while we were
flirting getting to know each other, he revealed that he wasn’t a fan of the turtlenecks, calling me a female Steve Jobs. Seven years and a proposal later, I’m still wearing my turtlenecks with founder of the biggest tech company energy.” — Chloe
“I feel naked without lipstick, particularly the signature red color I regularly wear whenever I leave the house (even if I’m not wearing any other makeup). My boyfriend, though, is not a huge fan of the matte colors I wear that last through the day. “It makes kissing awkward,” he said when explaining why no clothes I wear bother him but the lip product does. And I will admit that yeah, red can get all over his face and make him look like a clown if we’re making out. I feel a little bad about it…but not bad enough to stop wearing it.” — Alyssa