Metrosexual is a portmanteau Metro sexual dress code metropolitan and heterosexualcoined in describing a man especially one living in an urbanMetro sexual dress codecapitalist culture who is especially meticulous about his grooming and appearance, typically spending a significant amount of time and money on shopping as part of this.
While the term suggests that a metrosexual is heterosexual, it can also refer to gay or bisexual men. The term metrosexual originated in an article by Mark Simpson   published on November 15,in The Independent. Metrosexual man, the single young man with a high disposable incomeliving or working in the city because that's where all the best shops areis perhaps the most promising consumer market of the decade.
In the Eighties he was only to be found inside fashion magazines such as GQ.
In the Nineties, he's everywhere and he's going shopping. However, it was not until the early s Metro sexual dress code Simpson returned to the subject that the term became globally popular.
The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis — because that's where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are.
He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object and pleasure as his sexual preference. Though it did represent a complex and gradual change in the shopping and self-presentation habits of "Metro sexual dress code" men and women, the idea of metrosexuality was often distilled in the media down to a few men and a short checklist of vanities, like skin care products, scented candles and costly, colorful dress shirts and pricey designer jeans.
A 60 Minutes story on s—70s pro footballer Joe Namath suggested he was "perhaps, America's first metrosexual" after filming his most famous ad sporting Beautymist pantyhose. When the word first became popular, various sources attributed its origin to trendspotter Marian Salzmanbut Salzman has credited Simpson as the original source for her usage of the word.
Over the course of the following years, other terms countering or substituting for "metrosexual" appeared. Perhaps the most widely used was "retrosexual", which in its anti- or pre-metrosexual sense was also first used by Simpson.
Marketers, in contrast, insisted that the metrosexual was always "straight" — they even tried to pretend that he was not vain.