A guy doesn't have to be well fashionable or care about his appearance to be considered attractive. Look at the guys from Duck Dynasty for example, those guys wives have stuck with them for years, even when they were younger they were more masculine, but they didn't have the beards and long hair.
Depends on the woman. Personally, I'm not into the overly-manicured type... because I'm a really low maintenance chick.. I hardly wear make up, take like 2 minutes to do my hair, and don't go out of my way to wear the latest trends, so I would not be comfortable with a man who is overly concerned with his looks or who takes longer than me to get ready. Other chicks eat that shit up...
I would say balanced is the best way to go. I prefer a guy to look nice when we go out but not spend hours trying to get every hair just right. If a guy is worried about clothes or hair when we're going hiking, that is going too far. Dress for the occasion and you're golden.
It doesn't matter on the outside, but if he spends a lot of time getting ready or fusses about it then that is really unattractive. basically, look however you want, just don't let it affect your attitude. :)
I guess I consider myself 'normal', in that if I spend more than 20 min getting ready, that is far too much. As you can see from my pic, I am just a jeans and flannel type of guy I think girls like both though, as evidenced by the poll. I have been very successful with women who tend to be laid back about appearance themselves, but I am sure girls who take a lot of pride in appearance want the same in their guy. Just don't try and go for the opposite
This is like asking which car is faster, a blue one, or a yellow one.. Different people have different types they are attracted to. There are girls who like sissy looking dudes, and there are girls who like manly guys. For example, there are thousands of girls who like Justin Beaver, or that weirdo from twilight. And there are girls who like men. So it's all relative and personal, and it applies to both guys and girls.
Dude ladies are very indecisive ok, so asking them about some thing like that will all depend on their state of emotion that moment, 20 mins later the normal she wanted has been updated and now she fancy fucking a metro dude because she can... my advice is try both and see which one works for you.