We all make fashion errors now and again, but some fashion mistakes made by men are never forgotten. Back in the late 18th century to make a mistake in fashion was almost unforgivable, and those who witnessed your mistake did not want to be seen with you, and they would not invite you out with them on their next occasion. They saw it as a lack of knowledge and to dress badly was evidence that you were ignorant towards social graces. We may have more liberty today to wear clothing as a form of expression than acceptance, but we are still judged harshly for our fashion faux pas.
Now a man’s finances may inhibit him from buying something that he really wants, but that should not affect his dress sense or grooming skills. The one title that a man does not escape from is that of a shabby ho-bo. Unless you’re wearing Vivienne Westwood’s ‘Homeless’ Collection…
Here are just a few no-nos for you to take note of.
Socks with Sandals
Scrolling through my catalogue of fashion images I came across a very high-end designer who is determined to avenge the socks with sandals look. Unless you’re living in Italy and the rest of your garment is Versace I don’t think you can pull this one off.
I understand that when it is chilly outside we all dream of the warmth of the summer sun, but wearing socks with sandals doesn’t make the seasons change any faster. If you want to wear sandals this badly, move to the Bahamas in Winter, if there is such a season there.
Novelty Ties (actually Novelty anything)
I was flying a short leg from Orlando to New York City a number of years ago when the captain walked onto the aircraft adorning a Mickey Mouse tie. The nervous laughs trickling out of the cabin were beyond awkward. I was nervous. I’m about to reach 30,000 ft in an aircraft piloted by a 5”4’ telly tubby gracing a Speaking Mouse around his throat.
There is nothing appealing about novelty clothing, nor does it project a sense of style or emotional safety. Leave the cartoon characters, reindeer, shamrocks, animal and various other prints on the racks of the store. Don’t even touch them for a Christmas gift. It’s very unbecoming for any real man, and you’ll find that the woman of your dreams will do a 180 degree turn if she spots you in one.
Blaring Designer Labels
I just want to make sure that this particular pet peeve of mine is almost eradicated. The traditional advertising business model is dead and I don’t want you to think that you being a walking advertisement is acceptable. Just because you are wearing a designer’s name on your garment does not make you stylish. In fact, consumers are so savvy nowadays; they will snort at you if you oversell your clothes by being a walking billboard. Keep it understated and simple. Keep it classic and complimentary to your silhouette and colouring.
I am surprised to see that these shoes still exist. With the enormous catalogue of classic men’s shoes appearing in the market, the chunky shoe that debuted in the 90s should be retired by now. But alas, no. You may find that men who are of short stature and maybe a little stocky will wear these shoes because it gives them height. Take heed gentlemen, if you want to draw an elegant and worthy woman to you, remember your shoes are what make you, and she will look at them. Trade in the chunk, and get the funk. You’ll be thanking your lucky stars that you did later on.
Glittery Shiny Anything
This year we saw the shiny metallic textiles re-emerge on the European runways. Most shiny fabrics have a stigma that they belong in some tacky nightclub, the movie Xanadu or the mafia. If you would like to dress up to impress at a club, please look back on our ‘essentials page’ as you will be appreciated a lot more than wearing something that shimmers in the half light of a halogen. If you appreciate ‘hardware’ on your garments and accessories, opt for an antique silver, oxide or brass. Having the gunmetal on you is great, as long as it doesn’t make you look too feminine.
Loose Fitting Clothes
There are reasons why men wear what they wear. And at MenStylePower we have looked into the psyche of why they do such a thing. Men will usually wear what they are use to or have seen before as they feel this is acceptable and safe. But they also wear clothes to purposely look good or bad. In this instance, loose fitting clothes are to hide something, and in most cases it’s a body that they don’t feel good in. And this is the reason why in our e-book we unpack the archetypes of men as well as disclosing 3 key body shapes to educate you in what will really look good on you, and more importantly make you feel good.
In a word, loose fitting clothes represent, sloppy. (Unless of course you are Pharrell Williams) Choose clothes that fit your body in a relaxed and comfortable way. This might take some experimentation by mixing and matching certain cuts and styles until you find the right flattering fit for your body; but it is worth the time.
The colours you wear should compliment your natural features such as your eye colour, skin tone and body shape. Keep this in mind when putting your look together. Remember knowledge is power in choosing all of the elements that is going to give you the ultimate personal style power.
The best way to check your skin tone, is if your veins are blue, then you’re a cool skin tone. If they’re green, and you’ve got yellow undertones, then you a warm skin tone.
Warm toned skin tends to have a golden or apricot undertone. People with this skin tone tend to have hair with hints of orange, yellow, red or gold. The eye color tends to be amber, dark brown, hazel, or green.
Cool skin tones are the most common skin tones to have, and the easiest to dress. Cool toned skin has a pink or rosy undertone. Cool tones’ hair often contains blue, blue-violet, silver, drab, and ash undertones. The eye color tends to be light blue, gray-green, blue green, turquoise, gray-blue, black or cool brown.