Millions of American men have become fashion victims at the hands of their style-conscious wives or girlfriends, according to a new survey.
Two-thirds (66 percent) of U.S. women say their partners' choice of clothing "just isn't right" - and nearly half secretly purge their wardrobes of some of the grosser garb.
A survey of 1,000 Americans across the country by Bombfell, the men’s online personal styling service, revealed that a staggering 98 percent of women felt it was OK to trash their other half's clothing.
Top 10 most commonly jettisoned items
6. Dress Shirt
Bombfell spokesman Sandro Roco said many of their customers are women managing accounts for their partners because they want them to look presentable.
“Countless studies have shown that personal appearance, especially for men, makes a powerful impression on others," he said.
"One of the main drivers we see is that with the ubiquity of social media, there’s a lot more attention given to how you present yourself."
“But the downside is that there is a lot more potential exposure for your old ‘t-shirt and cargo shorts’ ensembles from college.”
When it comes to the great clothing divide, men's stubbornness could well be to blame for women taking matters into their own hands.
The poll revealed that men are much more likely to continue wearing an item that their partner has taken exception to (47 percent) compared to just one in three women.
And age does not seem to mellow opinions - 64 percent of women over the age of 55 said their partner wore clothes that didn't suit him.
But every salmon pink dress shirt has a silver lining - two out of three donated the clothing to charity or a worthy cause.
“It’s the old ‘quality over quantity’ argument. If you invest in high-quality, timeless pieces, you’ll certainly notice if a key piece is missing,” Roco said. “But we still think you should talk to your significant other before throwing their clothes away.”