Eliminate these mistakes from your wardrobe arsenal and you’ll be well on your way to dressing better. I see these errors all the time. See if you can spot these next time you’re out and about.
1. Wearing overt brands
Why do so many men think that dressing well means buying brands and having those brands plastered all over them?
You’re just a free advertisement for the brand. You’ve even paid them for the privilege of advertising their brand.
Ralph’s little horse is a long-standing example of this. Why would you want to associate yourself with this? Are you a polo player? Is Ralph paying you to wear this? Do you think it makes you classy and preppy? Have some more self-respect. You’re better than this.
Superdry is a recent case in point. It’s a huge logo on their average jackets and t-shirts. What’s going through the heads of people who pay up a huge premium to wear this rubbish.
If you’re going to buy branded clothes, at least make it a brand that is the best in that class. For example, if you want a wax jacket, then go to Barbour. Just don’t buy one with a huge, prominent logo on it. Just buy one with as little to identify it as a Barbour as possible. You will know what it is and cognoscenti and aficionados will know.
Keep it subtle.
2. Wearing bootcut or straight cut jeans
You’re not in the 90s or the 2000s. Wearing these betray the fact that you don’t know what fit is.
3. Wearing khakis and chinos
I’m taking aim at stuff from The Gap. Slacks with front-pleats make you look fatter than you are.
Why would you voluntarily do this to yourself.
You look like a man who wears trousers just because he has to wear trousers, so these unflattering clothes are the ones you reach for.
If you want to wear slacks, then buy some tailored ones that fit. No pleats. Tapered in. Get your tailor to take the hem to end just on the top of your shoes when standing up. See the trousers section in this article.
4. Wearing short-sleeve shirts
Don’t do it. Even when you’re on holiday.
5. Wearing visible socks with shorts and sneakers
You look like a simpleton.
6. Wearing ugly shoes
Most shoes are horrible. Chunky, clunky, functional, square-toed, scuffed.
See this article on the essential shoes you need.
7. Wearing fleeces and hoodies when out and about
You look like a man who has given up on life. Why look like a hen-pecked father of two brats.
Wear a blazer or leather jacket. Look like you still care. Your wife/girlfriend will thank you.
8. Wearing a cap
Unless you are a sports superstar, you look like a student when you wear a cap.
The only time this is acceptable is when you are playing sport. Even then, you don’t need one.
9. Wearing clothes that are too big
You are a size. You might be an XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL. It doesn’t matter.
Wear your size.
If you’re an M but you wear a L, then you’re being swamped by your clothes. Try it on and then try the size next one DOWN. You might not feel comfortable because you’ve got years of conditioning to get rid of.
Trust me. A closer fit is best. Think in terms of what looks good not what you think is comfortable.
A close fit is the easiest way to signify that you know what you’re doing with regards to dressing well.
Obviously, you don’t want to be strangled by a jumper so exercise some common sense.
What mistakes do you see men make? Let me know in the comments below.