Glaring Fashion Crimes from Men
We all make fashion errors now and again, but some fashion mistakes made by men are just unforgivable and downright illegal. Based on personal experience, I have summarized eight common fashion mistakes by men to shun at all costs.
Socks with Sandals - Now who determined that this was acceptable in the first place? Living in the Northwest, I am regrettably confronted with some of the worst offenders of this major fashion don't. I understand that when it is chilly outside, we all dream of the heat of the summer sun, but wearing socks with sandals doesn't make the seasons change any faster. If you would like to put on sandals this badly, move to a warmer climate.
Novelty Ties, Shirts, Boxer Shorts, Etc. - Just say no. There is nothing lasting about novelty clothing nor does it project a stylish, put together image. Put down the smiley faces, hearts, shamrocks, animal and various other prints on the racks of the store where you found them.
Blaring Designer Labels - This is a peculiar favorite annoyance. I don't want to be a walking advertisement and neither should you. It's not a stylish look. Just because you are wearing a designer's name on your chest, sleeve, or anywhere, doesn't make you stylish. Keep it understated and simple.
Backpacks at the Office - I work in a very upscale high rise in Chicago, occupied with lawyers and other professional sorts, and it never ceases to astonish me how many men wearing fine suits are carrying backpacks. Unless you are a student or are climbing up a mountain, abandon the knapsack at home. If you need something for your gym clothes, buy a nice looking gym bag (and there are alternatives that don't have huge emblems on them), or if you need something to carry your assorted papers, cell phone, day-planner, etc., get a nice messenger bag.
Thick Shoes - These were acceptable back in the 90s, but the large chunky shoes, especially those with square toes, should be retired at this point in time. Pick something traditional that stands the test of time.
Shiny or Glittery Shirts and Suits - If you are searching for a getup to go nightclubbing in, I can think of much better choices than those that are glittery, shiny and ultimately tacky. If you are at a loss, try a form fitting black t-shirt or black dress shirt which can be worn with denims or slacks and dress shoes or casual shoes.
Clothes That Are Too Loose Fitting - In a word, sloppy. Unless you are a hip hop artist, it's not the right look. Pick clothes that suit your body. This might take some experimentation by mixing and matching certain cuts and styles until you find the right fit for your body that is flattering.
Unflattering Colors - That beautifully blue cashmere pullover you found selling at knockdown prices after Christmas at your local retailer might be really tempting, but if it makes you look bad, it cannot be considered an excellent deal. You should pick the colors you wear to flatter your natural features such as your eye color, skin tone and body shape. Keep this in mind when putting your look together.
Alan Whitney is a researcher and writer about fashion, working for http://www.afashionshop.com, where you can get all the best in men and women's fashion at the best prices. Visit us for all your sterling silver jewelry needs.
Published May 11th, 2007
Filed in Women