Many men take great thought into what they wear — but why you ask? A good sense of style builds confidence, attracts positive attention and says a lot about who you are as a person — so getting it right is significant.
A lot of men out there fall down the trap of wearing and partnering clothes that really don’t create a good first impression. And most of the time they don’t even know that they’re getting it wrong. So let’s jump straight into it — here are 10 style mistakes most men make.
1) White socks
There’s a time and place for white socks — wearing them with a suit is not one of those times. White socks look cheap and get dingy easily, so unless your breaking a sweat, don’t bring out the white socks.
If you’re unsure on how to style your socks — here’s a quick guide to sock styling.
2) Pointy shoes
Despite what you may think, pointy toes do not look stylish, but rather give off an unsophisticated look. We suggest leaving pointy toes for the elves…
3) Long Trousers
Not only do baggy trousers make you look shorter, but they make you look sloppy too. We suggest opting for a trouser length that barely skims the top of your shoes. Cropped trousers are a current trend and are also welcomed — especially if you want to show off your socks (not white ones).
4) Long jacket sleeves
The sleeves of your jacket should be just above your wrist bone and should allow 1/2 inch of shirt cuff to be seen. Seldom will you find a jacket that fits perfectly straight off the rack, so be sure to pay a visit to a tailor.
5) Baggy dress shirts
This is a common mistake! Dress shirts that are too baggy are not a good look and can actually make you look fatter than you are. There are tons of dress shirts available to satisfy the needs of any man’s body type, so there’s no excuse.
6) Visible undershirt
Your undershirt should never be visible, so if you’re going to wear one and enjoy leaving a few buttons undone, then try opting for a v-neck undershirt so that it’s hidden.
7) Tie length
A lot of men wear their ties too long or too short. The tip of your tie should always rest between the top and bottom of your belt buckle area.
8) Trying to match everything
If done correctly, matching your attire works wonders. However, sometimes wearing the exact same fabric or trying too hard to match colours can make your outfit look overdone.
9) Too many accessories
While we’re fans of accessories, you should never go too overboard. Count your accessories — patterned shirt, tie, pocket square, cufflinks, bracelets, rings, colour socks, etc. — and limit yourself to 3 or 4. The less you wear, the more bolder your accessories will stand out.
10) Not dressing for your shape
Dress for the size you are, not the size you want to be. Tighter clothing can accentuate a few rolls — this applies to T-shirts, blazers and trousers. Rather, opt for slim-fit attire that sits on your body comfortably without pulling in any unwanted areas.