Jan 30, 2009

Common Fashion Mistakes Made by Men Featured


As a man, you're almost bound to make fashion mistakes every now and then. Some, however, are unforgivable. Here's a rough guide to the most fatal mistakes.

With these tips in mind when you go shopping, the women will see you, and not all the horrible mistakes you've made ;)

Socks with Sandals

Who decided this was okay in the first place? Living in a Northern European, I am unfortunately faced with some of the worst offenders of this major fashion blunder. I understand that when it is chilly outside we all dream of the warmth of the summer sun, but wearing socks with sandals doesn’t make the seasons change any faster. If you want to wear sandals this badly, move to a warmer climate.

If you're really into wearing socks in your sandals - you might turn to this page to get cured...

Novelty Ties, Shirts, Boxer Shorts, Etc.

There is nothing lasting about novelty clothing nor does it project a stylish, put together image. Leave the smiley faces, hearts, reindeer, shamrocks, animal and various other prints on the racks of the store where you found them.

Showing off your designer labels

If you can afford designer labels, you shouldn't want to be a walking advertisement. It’s not a sophisticated look. Just because you are wearing a designer’s name on your chest, sleeve, or wherever, doesn’t make you stylish - just bragging. Keep it understated and simple.

Wearing a backpack with a suit

Whenever I go downtown, especially to an area packed with lawyers and other professional people, I'm always astonished how many men wearing nice suits are carrying backpacks. Unless you are a student or are hiking up a mountain, leave the backpack at home. If you need something for your gym clothes, buy a nice looking gym bag (and there are options that don’t have big logos on them), or if you need something to carry your assorted papers, cell phone, day-planner, etc., get a nice messenger bag, like this Jack Bauer 24 Shoulder Bag In Black or this Vintage Woodland Classic Messenger Bag. At least you'll look like a real man, and not someone dressed by their mom...

Square, chunky shoes

These were okay back in the 90s, but the big chunky shoes, especially those with square toes, should be retired at this point. Choose something classic that stands the test of time.
Shiny or Glittery Shirts and Suits
If you are looking for something to go out nightclubbing in, I can think of much better choices than those that are glittery, shiny and ultimately tacky. If you are at a loss, try a form fitting black t-shirt or black dress shirt which can be worn with jeans or trousers and dress shoes or casual shoes.

Clothes That Are Too Loose Fitting

Unless you are a hip hop artist, it’s not the right look for you. Choose clothes that fit your body. This might take some experimentation by mixing and matching certain cuts and styles until you find the right fit for your body that is flattering.

Unflattering Colors

The colors you wear should compliment your natural features such as your eye color, skin tone and body shape. Keep this in mind when putting your look together.

Seen any other fashion mistakes made by men? I know there are many!

Kristoffer Sandven

Kristoffer Sandven is the founder and author of The People Mag, Shuttertips.net, JoomlaBlogger.net and more. His daily work involved web development, SEO, Photography and selling coffee online.