Men’s style is not as difficult or complicated as women’s fashion however there are some certain rules and understood parameters that are pretty straightforward and if followed can help men dress up well and look their best. However if these rules are not followed then some serious style mistakes are created and men should always try to avoid these mistakes. We will be giving out our lists of style mistakes to avoid and ways to fix them over the coming weeks. Here is our first list of 10 style mistakes to avoid:
MISTAKE #1 - MISMATCHING STYLES
Avoid mixing formal and casual styles together. Do not wear your office dress shirt with your jeans or your cargo trousers. Don’t wear your blue jeans with black shiny shoes. When you mix casual and formal you end up with a mismatch that just doesn’t feel quite right and it gives mixed messages about whether you are dressing up or dressing down! Steer clear of the confusion by keeping your outfits coherent and matching in style.
MISTAKE #2 - CLOTHES THAT DON’T FIT
It cannot be emphasised enough how important fitting is when it comes to clothing. Baggy loose clothing makes your appearance sloppy and looks like you are wearing hand-me-downs. Well-fitted clothes are flattering no matter what your body type is. What you wear affects how you present yourself and how you feel about yourself so give your best first impression in clothes that fit well.
MISTAKE #3 – WEARING CARGO SHORTS
They look sloppy, juvenile and ruin your leg's silhouette with baggy pockets that flatter no one. The solution is simple – Chino shorts. They are shorter, slimmer, with no bulging pockets. Try out our slim fit Italian Chino Shorts for the perfect balance between comfort and sophistication.
MISTAKE #4 - PLEATED KHAKI TROUSERS
Pleats are generally considered unflattering and should be avoided. The extra fold of fabric creates an odd silhouette best avoided if you're on the average to skinny side of trouser sizes. Instead, wear flat-front, slim-fit chino trousers. Try our slim fit, flat fronted Italian Chino Trousers a must-have for smart-casual ensembles, available in an array of colours.
MISTAKE #5 - NOT TUCKING IN DRESS SHIRTS
Most dress shirts are made long enough so that when they are worn tucked in and you sit down, they have room to move without coming out of the trousers. This makes them not suitable if worn untucked. However there can be some exceptions to this rule. If the shirt you are wearing has a shorter tail at the back (about half way down your buttocks or short) or if does not have a tail at all then it can be worn without tucking in. For anything longer, better to tuck it in.
MISTAKE #6 - WEARING A SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT WITH A TIE
Never ever wear a short sleeve shirt with a tie unless your job at the fast food joint dictates that! Mixing formal and casual style like this never works and people will notice the out of place tie.
MISTAKE #7 - IMPROPER TIE LENGTH
A simple tie rule that is often overlooked by men is that a man’s tie should always end near the centre of his belt buckle. A necktie tied too short or too long makes a man look clumsy and incompetent.
MISTAKE #8 - TUCKING T-SHIRTS IN
Tucking in polo shirts is acceptable, but t-shirts should generally be kept untucked. If your t-shirt is too long then it’s probably too big on you.
MISTAKE #9 - DEEP V-NECKS
Any V neck shirt that goes 5-6 inches down or more is called a deep v neck and generally looks indecent. This type of v neck should just be avoided. Resort back to your normal v neck and look refined. Try out our V neck Supima cotton t-shirts for the perfect mix of style and comfort.
MISTAKE #10 - LOUD SHIRTS WITH WRITING, GRAPHICS, OR FLAMES
Very few guys are able to carry off a loud shirt with graphics, flames, witty sayings, or logos on it nicely. It is extremely awkward and a serious turn-off when older men try to carry them off. For them it is better to wear literally any other sober shirt.
That’s it for today! We hope you’ve enjoyed reading. Stay tuned for more men’s style mistakes and suggestions on how to avoid them next week.
Thanks, as always, for reading.
The Cotton Team!