Blake Lively, who has been linked to stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and most recently Ryan Reynolds, clearly has good taste in men. According to her, it all has to do with food and style. Lively recently told Marie Claire, “It’s definitely attractive when a man can dress well. What I love most is when someone, guy or girl, is effortless and has this old-timey sort of feel [that] you could take a snapshot of them and they could exist in any time period.” Reynolds has a great sense of style and must have a love of food, because Lively admits, “To be around me, you must love food or I’m the most obnoxious person you’ve ever met.” People reports that Lively and Reynolds have been spotted together since fall of 2011.

How important is a potential partner’s sense of style?

Cupid’s Advice:

Style can be the first thing you notice in a potential partner. A neon shirt can mask a great personality and charm. Here are some reasons why it is important to follow fashion trends not only to be stylish, but to help your dating life:

1. Dates in public: If you dress poorly on a date, you’ll not only make yourself look bad, but you will also embarrass your partner. How you dress is a reflection of who you are and what your partner likes, and I’m sure your mate does not like pajama pants on a dinner date.

2. Instant Attraction: We’re all a little picky when it comes to scoping out potential dates. You’re initially attracted to physical details like a great smile, a certain kind of hair and style. When style is a major factor in judging potential partners, why wouldn’t you want to dress nice? Better style leads to more dates.

3. Having fashion in common: When you dress well, you most likely love to shop. If you and your partner are both stylish, shopping could become a great daytime date and something to bond over.

How important do you think a potential partner’s sense of style is? Tell us below.