There’s no shame in making a fashion faux-pas every now and again – even celebrities regularly featured on best-dressed lists have been known to do so. You can, however, drastically reduce the number of fashion mistakes you make by eliminating a few bad style habits.
Here we’ve listed in ascending order the most common errors men make when it comes to fashion. Read them, adjust your wardrobe accordingly and you’ll be that much closer to having a clean style record.
‘Hybrid’ Shoes + Socks With Sandals
A sandal that doubles as a running shoe; a hiking shoe that doubles as a “dress” shoe; a rubber bootie that pretends to be anything other than what it is. You’re not fooling anyone. Special-purpose shoes should be reserved for their special purposes.
It’s also shocking how many men persist in wearing socks with sandals despite how horrendous it looks. This monstrous fashion mistake could perhaps be forgiven if there were a practical purpose for pairing socks with sandals, but there isn’t any.
If it’s cold enough to warrant wearing socks, then your feet will feel warmer in shoes. And at the beach, getting sand in your socks is simply uncomfortable. The point here is that if you’re guilty of committing this heinous fashion crime, do yourself and everyone else a favour and just stop.
There’s nothing wrong with being a label-lover, but discretion is the name of the game. After all, you’re aiming to look like an incredibly handsome version of yourself, not like a walking advertisement.
Invest in a label because you love the fabric, quality and fit. Spending your life savings on pieces that feature prominent logos or branding only shows others that you’re more concerned with status than substance.
Too Long Trousers
It’s hard to get used to the new narrow pants, I know: If you attempt to create an old-fashioned break in the front, you’re going to end up with a pile of fabric ruffled over your shoe. Too much wool down there – or worse, hems touching the ground – makes you look as if you’re wearing someone else’s suit.
I mean those Oakley-style frameless athletic ones, glasses that try too hard to suggest that you’ve just been windsurfing. They come in funny colours and tints. They’re even worse when worn on top of or at the back of the head. (Upside down at the back of the head is a capital sin.)
Backpacks On Professionals
When you’re a student and you need to schlep around 10 pounds of books each day, a backpack is precisely the bag you need. Once your uni glory days are over and you enter the job market as a professional, you’ll need to ditch your rucksack like you did your bong.
To complement a work wardrobe of blazers, dress shirts and the occasional suit, you need similarly polished accessories, so splurge on a leather messenger bag or briefcase and save your backpack for camping.
White Socks with Smart Shoes
Teaming white socks with smart shoes may have enjoyed brief popularity as a quirky style statement in the mid-’90s, but there’s a good reason this combo has failed to make a strong comeback.
Dress shoes should only be worn with dress socks, which are wool or cotton socks in dark hues like black, blue, grey, and brown. White socks, in contrast, should be reserved solely for pairing with athletic shoes and track pants.
Which of these are you guilty of? Make amends please. Of course, we couldn’t have highlighted every fashion mistakes, share a few tips with us in the comments box.