On a daily basis I witness many men making big style mistakes with their wardrobe choices and I thought it would be a good idea to do a little what not to wear for men!
This has to be one of the most common fashion mistakes out there. There is a statistic that proves that North American men wear their clothes one to two sizes too big. Then we wonder why European men always look so dapper. This is one of the easiest things to correct and once it is you will automatically not look as sloppy.
2. Jeans with too much going on/ “Dad” jeans
There is a fine line on what a fashionable jean is and what it isn’t. First off if your denim looks like your father wore it when he was young then why would you? Secondly if your denim has rhinestones, pictures, or heavy fades don’t wear them. The reason being is you will be sounding the douche bag alarm with your denim and will look like you’re still in high school.
3. Over buttoning
A lot of menswear items have buttons and things to fasten them on to your body; this doesn’t mean you need to do all of them up! When wearing a two button blazer only do up the top button. If you’re wearing a three button blazer, button the top one or the top two buttons. To be honest the only time I really button up my blazers is when there is a picture being taken. When wearing a cardigan or vest formally, button up all the buttons except for the last one. This will allow your belt buckle to have a spot in your outfit.
This has to be one of my biggest pet peeves! If you are wearing a tie please make it the right length. The point of your tie should be just touching your belt buckle. NO LONGER NO SHORTER!Another small pet peeve I have is when your collar isn’t all the way down in the back and you can see your tie popping out. It’s all about the details!
5. Wearing athletic gear when you not going to the gym/playing a sport
You’re not a child any more and being too lazy to put on real clothes just isn’t going to cut it. In the pictures above you can see Mike “the situation” from Jersey Shore a common criminal of wearing athletic gear. As I said in a previous post
you look like a slob when you wear these clothes outside of a physical activity so why do it?
6. Sagging pants
Sagging your pants was adopted from the United States prison system where belts are prohibited. Belts are sometimes prohibited to keep prisoners from using them as weapons or in committing suicide by hanging themselves. The style was later popularized by hip hop artists in the 1990s. Enough said.
7. Big logos
Why do people find it appealing to be walking billboards for companies? Are you paying them for your clothing or are they paying you because they’re getting free advertising. If you want to show off a brand be subtle; it works best and most high end brands don’t even have big logos on their clothes, but rather feature colour palettes or designs that are iconic to their brand identity.
8. Boot cut/Relaxed fit pants
If you are stuck in the 70s and the 80s then this trend is for you but if your apart of the 21st century try something a bit slimmer. Getting your clothing to fit properly is one of the best things you can do to your look and people will notice.
9. Super skinny items
Although I say it is important to have things tapered and fitted there are always those people who go to the extreme. When you wear items that are too tight you only end up looking like a teenage girl. The lesson here is being tapered but not tight.
10. Cheap Suits/ Tuxedos
They’re cheap so you look cheap. They’re also very standard and therereally isn’t anything eye catching about your suit/tuxedo. Style isall about expressing yourself in your clothes. If you look like everyone else how is that going to work?
This is usually very common in people in their late teens to early 20s when they discover they want to be fashion forward but don’t know how to put it together properly. They then jumble all the things they thought were cool into one look. A tip to save these people is to be simple, contemporary, and add some personal flare.
12. Not dressing for the weather
No matter what, there are always those people who don’t know how to transition from season to season. It’s the guy who is wearing shorts in the fall because it’s still 10 degrees Celsius outside. To avoid this go by what your body tells you. If you’re cold through on a thin knit sweater, if you’re freezing through on a chunkier knitted sweater etc.
13. White athletic socks/shoes
The picture says it all.
There are very few men who can pull this off effectively and look cool, you’re probably not that guy and neither am I.
I know many of you Canada Goose jacket owners are going to be offended by this but I would like to know why you bought it! Could it be because they’re incredibly warm? Or is it because everyone else has one? As I said before style is all about expressing yourself in your clothing and showing your character, what are you showing if you are wearing the exact same thing as everyone else? Another question I have is do you really need a jacket that warm? I feel it’s exceedingly insulated as well as too expensive. If you have the money to afford one of these you’re most likely not going to be outside for long!
16. Matching pocket square and tie
The only time that matching your pocket square to your tie is allowed is when it is for some sort of function that you need these things to match, for example a wedding. Your pocket square should compliment what you’re wearing and add something to your overall outfit.
People have been debating this for years. Personally I feel that some guys can pull off fashion forward sandals, I can’t and am not willing to try.I’m specifically talking about wearing sandals and/or flip flops somewhere other than the beach or someone’s pool. These items just don’t look proper with whatever you wear.
18. Putting the collar of your shirt outside your blazer
It’s no longer the 80s, you’re not going to go out to the disco so bring that collar away from your shoulders and towards your neck!
19. White tie, black shirt, white belt, white shoes, white suspenders combo
Just because your girlfriend says something looks good doesn’t mean she knows what she’s talking about. The only item you should have out of these 4 is a black shirt. If you have any others please donate them to someone graduating elementary school or keep them for Halloween for your mobster costume.
20. Jersey Wearing.
Jerseys are meant for three simple things: 1. Wearing them to the sporting event itself. 2. When playing a sport, you decide today that today you are going to be Lebron James. So you put on his Cavaliers uniform because you don’t want to support the Miami Heat. 3. You’re at home or at a cottage and decide no one is going to see you. If you fall into one of these three categories then continue what you’re doing, if not then put it away until your team wins the championship!
21. Socks and sandals
Everyone knows how much I love man-dals from #17 but now let us add socks to the equation. Enough said.
22. The “Guido” sunglasses
There are many types of Guido sunglasses and “Guidos” love wearing them in all facets of their life. Some being during the day, at night, in the club, and many other times that have nothing to do with sunlight or require the use of protection from harmful light. If you are one of these people and your eye-wear looks anything like the pictures above say to yourself “do I really think I am cool?”
23. Tucking you pants into your socks
There are only two good reasons why you should tuck your pants into your socks. First reason, you are wearing high-tops boots and there isn’t a really good way to rest the end of your tailored pant. You also want to show off the new thick knitted wool socks you just bought. Second reason you are in a minor flood and you don’t want to roll up your pants. If you are tucking your pants into your socks for any other reason then you my friend need to re-read 1-22 again!
Feel free to add your comments to the bottom of the page and also remember that this is my fashion forward opinion on men’s fashion mistakes!
Yours truly, Mr. Cavaliere