Actor Ashton Kutcher has claimed to have revealed "one of the greatest female fashion secrets" – that women should dress their partners as though they were accessories.

In an article in this month's Harper Bazaar, the actor, who appears alongside wife Demi Moore on the red carpet often, offers tips on how women should dress their significant others.

"When it comes to getting dressed, men are a little bit more important than handbags but less important than shoes. At any rate, we are merely accessories," the actor said.

The actor adds that a man's appearance should highlight a woman's look but not distract attention from a woman's appearance.

"You never want people to notice your accessories. When you walk into a room, heads should turn. The desired effect is for everyone to say or think that you look beautiful," he said.

"Your entire ensemble should be so captivating, so cohesive, that one particular thing can't be singled out. It supports you; you don't support it. In this same way, your man should not upstage you. He is there to highlight you."

The Dude Where's My Car star also advised women never to admit that they were dressing their partner up. He also urged women to ensure that they didn't pair outfits too closely while shopping for men.

"[M]ake sure the look isn't too matchy-matchy; you don't want to seem like you planned it all out. Your best bet is to match the man gear to that great new Balenciaga bag that you're planning to carry," he cautions.

"If your bag works with your outfit, so will he. Always make sure that your jewellery is iN Sync and that he is not more or less dressed up than you are."

In the article, KutCher also encourages women to praise men for looking tough rather than cute and to compare them to macho sports and film stars when they dress up.

30/08/2007 07:57:51