Over the past few decades standardization in men’s clothing has fallen by the wayside. Men now have more options when it comes to choosing what to wear. For the most part this is a good thing, but it also opens the door for some major fashion faux pas. Here’s a quick look at 7 of the most common men’s fashion mistakes and tips on how to avoid them.
Dad jeans, also known as Barack Obama jeans. Stonewashed high-waisted jeans were a trend of 1980s and they need to stay there. Look instead for form-fitting medium-rise dark denim jeans.
Running shoes. Save these for running and working out. Leather lace-ups or classic sneakers are a better choice for all other occasions (Unless your name is Steve J.). Have a look for “sportive” leather shoes which are more casual but still give that stylish touch.
Socks and sandals. This never looks right. Either lose the socks are wear shoes instead of sandals.
Flat collars. When you wear a suit without a tie, don’t let your dress shirt flatten beneath your jacket. Buy shirts with crisp collars that have collar stays.
Saggy slacks. Folds of fabric around your ankles are just fine with skinny jeans, but too-long suit pants or slacks don’t cut it. For a more polished look, visit a tailor and get your pants hemmed. Request “no break” and banish the sagginess.
Baggy suit. When your suit is too large you can end up looking like a kid playing dress up. The rule of thumb when buying a suit is to find one that feels slightly too small and then go up one size. This will give you a suit that is fitted but not too tight.
Short sleeves and tie. Unless you live in a tropical climate or want to look like Dilbert, avoid wearing a tie with a short sleeve shirt.