Don’t Be Ugly! Eliminate & Avoid These Fashion Mistakes
Most men are already aware that socks with sandals, Crocs, jorts (jean shorts), super skinny jeans, popped collars, and excessive jewelry are fashion mistakes that should be eliminated and avoided at all costs.
While most men are aware of the fashion mistakes endlessly ridiculed in popular culture, there are other common fashion mistakes that haven’t yet been called out as “mistakes”.
Fashion is a mistake when it makes a person less attractive and more ugly; this means people appear shorter, heavier, poorer, unconfident, and of course, unstylish.
Either people lack the knowledge or aren’t concerned about their appearance, so their fashion choices become fashion mistakes.
Most of my coaching clients are shocked when I tell them that they are nowhere near as attractive as they could be because of fashion mistakes they weren’t aware they were making.
Fortunately, fashion mistakes are easily correctable. Here’s an extensive list of fashion mistakes to eliminate and avoid-
Don’t Be Ugly! Eliminate & Avoid These Fashion Mistakes
White socks should only be worn for sporting activities because they get dirty easily and do not match anything else. Most men wear socks strictly for utility, thinking of socks as a trivial detail in their wardrobe. However, its attention to detail that distinguishes men.
The color of socks should match the color of the pant; ideally being darker than the pant color, but lighter than the shoe color. Wear shades of navy, black, gray, or brown that best match, and eliminate ever wearing white socks again.
Note- Sock lengths should come up to the calves, so that when a man is sitting or crossing his legs, no leg skin is showing.
The clunky square-toe shoe was popular over ten years ago. However, it’s not anymore, and likely never will be. The look is outdated, suggestive of footwear better suited for Puritan fashion.
For a more updated sleeker look, choose an elongated shoe that tapers at the toes.
Shoes that are dirty, scratched, or have holes will turn off any women, no matter how stylish the rest of the outfit is. Make sure shoes are cleaned, polished and not coming apart.
Cell-Phone Belt Clip
Don’t wear your phone! Although convenient, belt clips will ruin any outfit with its clunky appearance. Fortunately, cell phones have gotten a lot smaller and thinner through the years, so they can easily slide into the pant pocket instead. Anyone still carrying a thick flip-phone should immediately consider upgrading to a newer phone.
Large Belt Buckles
When worn with a basic outfit (solid color tee and jeans), large belt buckles bring too much attention to the waist and just looks terrible. Rock stars can pull off large belt buckles because their outfits are highly eccentric; rarely does anyone else look good with it on.
A pleat is a small gathering of fabric at the front of the waistline that creates additional room for the legs and seat of a pant. Although intended for comfort, pleated pants give the illusion of a wider waist, making men look fat. Instead, opt for a flat-front.
Undershirts add extra fabric that causes shirts to bunch up and look unflattering. If an undershirt is worn, make sure the fabric of the shirt worn over it is heavier, so that the entire undershirt doesn’t become visible.
When wearing a shirt with the top buttons undone, an undershirt should not be seen. Replace crew-necks that show with a v-neck or tank-top that become hidden underneath a shirt.
Never allow a shirt to tell a joke for you or be the only way to get attention. These tees are fine for anyone under the age of 21, but are seen as immature and try-hard otherwise.
Focus on creating an appearance that brings attention to the face and body, not the clothing. This means avoid mixing too many patterns and prints together because varying patterns and prints placed together often lead to outrageous fashions that look funny. A coordinated look should feature no more than three colors or shades.
Becoming A Fashion Victim
Ed Hardy, Affliction, Tap Out, and any knock-off resembling these brands have already reached their peak in popularity. Exclusive to only celebrities’ years ago, once the trend reached mainstream department stores, it was dead on arrival.
A lot of people rush to get the latest trends, only to end up wasting money on clothes they stop wearing after awhile. Nothing wrong with wearing the latest trends, but people become fashion victims when they purchase something because it’s popular and everyone else is wearing it, not because of the way it feels and looks on them. The key is to build a versatile wardrobe, and then splash on new fashions.
Disregard the status symbol of a brand and focus on feeling and looking great; meaning purchase an item because the quality and style is superb, not just because it’s brand name.
Dressing well is not about becoming a walking advertisement!
Clothes That Don’t Fit Properly
The most immediate improvement to appearance is making sure to wear clothes that fit properly. The proper fit should almost hug the shape of the body without being tight.
The goal is to look taller and well proportioned. However, most men wear clothing that give them illusion of the being shorter, fatter, and less muscular than they may actually be. It’s the fault of American retailers assuming that the average mans’ waist is twice the width of their shoulders; therefore clothing is manufactured to fit someone with such a figure.
Instead, look for clothing tags stating “Athletic Fit” or “Fitted” or made by European designers; these are cut closer to the body and are ideal for a v-shaped torso.
It’s recommended that you try on clothing before you purchase. Stores offer fitting rooms with full-length mirrors, so experiment until the most flattering appearance is achieved. For formal wear such as dress shirts and suits, there is often an on-site tailor that can take measurements to avoid ill-fits off the rack.
Even with proper fitting clothing, wrinkles or stains featured on clothing demonstrate the carelessness of a poorly dressed man. Instead of throwing clothes on the floor, properly hang them to keep wrinkles off; iron clothes if needed. For stains, wash immediately after or bring to a professional dry cleaner.