JO DAVISON: Dressing to impress - what do men think?

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What do men think of how famous female trend-setters dress?

When a high-profile woman is captured wearing an off-the-wall outfit she’s certain to be the subject of heated debate.

Rihanna: Disney princess?

Rihanna: Disney princess?

Most women are not slow in coming forward to voice their opinion on celebrities who dress to impress. But surely it’s men most women seek to impress. And the male viewpoint is seldom heard.

Is that because men are clueless when it comes to fashion – or are they merely maintaining a diplomatic silence?

We asked a group of switched-on men to take a look at current leaders of style to find out whether they agreed with the verdicts handed down by the glossy magazines...

Victoria Beckham

Rihanna

Rihanna

POSH POLISH: She may have just stepped off yet another long-haul flight, but there’s never a tracksuit in sight for the pop star-turned fashion designer. Victoria seems to look her most chic after she’s just stepped off a plane.

MAG’S VIEW: “When Mrs Beckham tweeted: ‘The airport’s my runway!’ boy, did she mean it. Keep up the good work, Victoria, those outfits are well and truly first class.” (Look magazine)

MALE VIEW: Since we all know how much effort she takes to look just slightly glamorous, doesn’t it defeat the purpose somewhat? It’s a weirdly dedicated kind of posh-casual that’s mostly just very dull.

Rihanna

Cheryl Cole

Cheryl Cole

EDGY STARLET: Her recent S&M confession in Rolling Stone magazine only added to her controversial style. Rihanna’s look is all about acres of skin, a dash of sex appeal and neon red hair.

MAG’S VIEW: “In the fashion stakes, she’s up there with the A-list uber-elite. Designers are falling over themselves to dress her and have front row seats waiting for her at every top show.” (Grazia)

MALE VIEW: Rihanna has a style that’s half Disney princess, half sweaty dance hall, and it’s so eclectic that even when she takes a wrong step it doesn’t really matter.

Lily Allen

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

VINTAGE VIXEN: Lily’s vintage shop venture has worked its nostalgic charm on her own wardrobe. From Twenties to Seventies, the singer really knows how to rock a retro silhouette.

MAG’S VIEW: “She’s not afraid to experiment. Lily’s eclectic style has gotten her as much attention as her music, and every designer is clamouring to dress her.” (Elle)

MALE VIEW: Lily can wear pretty much anything she likes because she’s so cool and confident. Dresses, jumpsuits – actually, she could wear a bin bag and it wouldn’t matter. She makes the clothes work for her.

Cheryl Cole

WAG CONVERT: From footballer’s other half to nation’s sweetheart, there’s no denying Cheryl has got the X Factor when it comes to red carpet dressing.

MAG’S VIEW: “Her wardrobe choices have become as successful as her singles. While filming for X Factor, she had fashion fans watching her every sartorial move.” (Vogue)

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

MALE VIEW: It’s refreshing to see a bit of simple sophistication – it often feels like there’s an arms/legs/boobs race between celebrities on the red carpet when, frankly, there was never anything wrong with the old Hollywood kind of glamour.

Kate Bodsworth

MINIMALIST MAGICIAN: This actress has that rare quality with clothes. She is able to transform something super-simple into a red carpet success story. A slick of eye-popping lippy is all the accessorising she needs.

MAG’S VIEW: “Kate has an amazing ability to take any trend and adapt it to her own style, rather than appearing like she’s wearing a ‘look’” (More magazine)

MALE VIEW: Just goes to show that being over-the-top isn’t everything – all you need is one distinctive (yet classy) piece of clothing, and you can hang everything else around that.

Sarah J Parker

Heel Haven: The diminutive Sex And The City star raises her fashion profile by always being the first to get her toes into towering new ‘It’ heels.

MAG’S VIEW: “This lady doesn’t have a shoe cupboard - we reckon it’s more of a warehouse. But either way, we’d kill for a rummage.” (Look magazine)

MALE VIEW: Not a fan of her ‘statement’ shoes - she always looks like she’d be more comfortable if she had hooves. And her style brings to mind a little girl playing dress-up in her mum’s clothes.

Carey Mulligan

PRIM ‘N’ PROPER: Championed by US Vogue’s Anna Wintour, the British actress has adopted a demure style that sets off that cool elfin crop.

MAG’S VIEW: “With her pixie haircut and sophisticated schoolmarm style, Carey Mulligan has captured the fashion flock’s attention. See how she manages to flawlessly channel a mix of classic and sophisticated (think Audrey Hepburn) with offbeat (think Tilda Swinton).” (Vanity Fair)

MALE VIEW: There’s something about Carey that harks back to the teacher at a school disco. Not in a bad way – she would be the teacher all the boys would be sort of awkward and staring at their feet about, but a teacher nonetheless.

Katy Perry

KITSCH QUEEN: With an impressive collection of wigs, wacky dresses and neon-bright accessories, the newlywed has made kooky her own Brand of fashion. Often cartoonised, she’ll take a look to the limits of taste with rubber dresses and cheeky prints.

MAG’S VIEW: “Strip away the pink and blue extensions, comedy bras and other frills of her cartoonish persona and another side of pop star Katy Perry emerges: a sophisticated femme fatale.” (Harper’s Bazaar)

MALE VIEW: Katy hasn’t exactly been one for modesty, but she knows how to create a distinctive look and she sticks to it. If there was a dress made out of candyfloss, Katy Perry would be first in line to buy it.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

Kate Bosworth

Kate Bosworth