We’ve had several great weeks of guest posts here on Guy Style Guide. Today we finish this run of guest articles with a fantastic piece written by Isabella Woods. Here for your reading pleasure is a top ten of the worst style mistakes for men to make. Many thanks to Izzy for such a well-authored piece…
There are so many common style errors that it’s difficult to know where to start with this list. Hopefully by now the message that socks with sandals has filtered through to the present generation. But some style errors still need highlighting. These are the things that give us style rage.
These are a particularly unstylish form of footwear, more often associated with women than men. They have crept into the menswear market of late and it is not a trend to be encouraged in our view. Comfort should not be at the top of your list when choosing footwear if you want to be stylish, and frankly the only thing that seems to recommend the Ugg Boot is that they are comfortable. They are neither stylish nor practical, particularly in winter, when they fair miserably in the boot department and end up as a soggy mess. Avoid at all costs.
There is nothing less flattering and less stylish than tracksuit bottoms. The fact they are so often seen with various stains, from paint to food does not endear them to the style aficionado. Their main problem is shapelessness, and they fall into the trap of putting comfort above style, which is always a slippery slope.
Too Much Denim
There is a limit to the amount of denim one should wear. Jeans are fine, as long as they are the perfect length. Too short and you will never recover your fashion cred, too long and you look like you’re made of rubber. As with all trousers, they should simply break upon the shoe, the back of them never touching the ground at the heel, the front never allowing the socks to show at the front. Wearing a denim jacket with jeans should be illegal. Dark coloured denim tends to be more flattering than lighter coloured. Don’t ever wear jeans that are too light, as they will appear old-fashioned, as if you have walked out of an 80’s time machine. Who wants to be reminded of that style era?
Sunglasses – Overuse of
You might want to look like you’re on a luxury ski holiday by keeping your shades on inside, or after dark, but seriously, it just makes you look foolish. You’re not a film star, so don’t fall into their fashion faults.
Too Much Cologne
The issue of fragrance on men is a contentious one. With the capture of the male grooming market more and more manufacturers seem to be pushing perfumed products at men. This can lead to a terrible fragrance disharmony occurring. Any early morning commute will find you surrounded by young men with scented hair products, overlaid with the niff of cheap deodorant, which in turn battles with the smell of aftershave balm. Fighting for some recognition in amongst this mêlée might be a half decent aftershave, but we’re blowed if we can smell it. Try and lighten up on the fragrances and buy unscented products if you are wearing a good aftershave. Our preference is for the latter. Scent on a man should be subtle, not overwhelming.
Out. Out. Out. They are so over. They had their moment in the sun, but the moment has passed and you need to let them go. James May wore them, yes. But now it’s time to find your own style and move on.
By now you really should be over this. As a man with a certain sense of style the novelty clothing item should never feature in your wardrobe. Included in this is Exhibit A: baseball cap, worn sideways or any way Exhibit B: the novelty tee-shirt, with ‘witty gag’ on it Exhibit C: silly tie. Just put it away now. Everyone likes a bit of fun sometimes, but if you’re serious about looking good, don’t blow it by going for the cheap laugh. Style is a serious business.
Too Many Labels
Wearing too many labels can be a real turn-off style-wise. We would far rather see a beautiful, elegant, understated Armani belt with quite ordinary dark jeans and tee-shirt that have the name emblazoned across your chest, competing with your Gucci scarf. Tone it down. Quiet elegance is the watchword when it comes to cool style. You don’t need to shout it from the rooftops. Just embody it.
Uggghh! There is no worse style mistake than going out in stained clothing. Check your suit every day when you take it off after work. And your tie. Most food stains can probably be gentle sponged off, but regardless of this, try to have your suits dry-cleaned on a regular basis. Airing them at the weekend helps to keep them fresh too, and a steamer will keep the creases at bay.
Clothes That Don’t Fit
Optimal fitting clothes is absolutely essential if you want to look good. We all change with age, and it is likely that over time most of your wardrobe will need replacing. It doesn’t mean you’re getting fat, it just means you’re getting older. Your wardrobe should need updating style-wise as your body changes. The other key to style know-how is to dress for your age. So lose the skinny jeans when your legs start looking like sausages, and leave the tight-fit tee-shirts to the twenty somethings.