While we’ve seen more pictures of women caught in the act of fashion “don’ts,” more and more men are falling victim to style crimes.
Do you suffer from shameful dressing? Take a look at the following list of fashion mistakes to determine if your outfits are safe, or sorry.
Don’t: Wear a denim shirt with jeans of the same weight or wash.
As past awards programs have shown, a suit of denim is comical. Try dressing in a lighter shade shirt with dark jeans, or vice versa.
Don’t: Wear tight or baggy clothing.
Clothes that are too big are sloppy looking, and clothes that are too tight have button gaps. If your clothes don’t properly fit, or if you’re finding it difficult to find clothes that look good off the rack, head to the nearest tailor for alterations.
Don’t: Untuck your dress shirt.
While Oxford shirts can be worn untucked (this is typically the shirt with the button-down collar), dress shirts are for suits and ties and should always be tucked in. Always check to see that any untucked shirt doesn’t cover your back end.
Don’t: Wear sandals with socks, unless you’re a teenager in between tennis matches.
If the temperature outside will cause your toes to get cold, please wear shoes.
Also, save the sandals and flip flops for the beach or pool – not work. If you need a casual shoe, choose a great-looking leather driving moccasin. Better yet, mix it up with a couple of pairs. A dark brown moccasin (sans socks) with a classic pair of cotton shorts looks casually stylish.
Don’t: Wear the wrong belt color.
Always match your shoes to your belt. If you’re wearing dress shoes, make sure the color and finish of your belt match the color and finish of your shoes. If your shoes are shiny, your belt should also be shiny. If you’re wearing casual shoes, a wider belt should be worn.
Don’t: Get caught wearing the wrong length tie.
Having a tie that’s too short or too long, is a common error. A man’s tie should always end at the center of his belt buckle. Also, if you’re wearing a tie as part of your casual outfit, select a slimmer one. Keep the wider tie for the office – you’ll look more fashionable.
Don’t: Button up incorrectly.
If a jacket has two buttons, only fasten the top button. If it has three buttons, you can close the top button only, the middle button only, or both the middle and top button. The key is always to leave the bottom button undone. When wearing a three-piece suit, tux, or any vest, follow the same rule and always leave the bottom button of the vest undone.
Don’t: Be seen in public with dirty shoes.
Of course, it’s fine to don your dirty sneakers while mowing the lawn, but to wear them in public is unpleasant. Shoe upkeep is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be. A classy guy keeps his shoes clean and free of scratches and dirt.
There are many other faux pas to mention. Please don’t succumb to cheesy tee shirts, mismatched styles, short dress socks, and decade-old clothing. You want to be known for your good fashion sense, not your too short shorts!
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