Search for men’s fashion advice online and you’ll be overwhelmed by sheer number of so-called experts offering their own insights. Wear this. Wear that. Follow this trend. Buy that must-have item. It goes on and on. But what about the clothes men should NEVER wear? What about the things you absolutely HAVE to avoid if you want to look your best? We’re all guilty of stepping outside in something that just doesn’t work for us at one time or another. But if you’re making the same mistakes over and over, it’s time to save yourself — and your wardrobe.
Here are 11 clothing mistakes no man should ever make again.
1. Squeezing into Super Skinny Trousers
Some guys can pull off skinny jeans. Sure, you have to own it and have self-belief in your style choices, but thin guys can make skinny jeans work. But super skinny jeans? Sorry, no. No man looks good in these. And they’re not good for your health either.
2. Wearing Skinny Trousers with Big Shoes
You’ve committed to wearing skinny trousers. You have the right body shape and they’re not super-skinny enough to cut off circulation (see above). But you’ve made it so much worse — you’ve combined the skinny trousers with big, wide shoes. This makes you look out of proportion and draws even more attention to how tightly your trousers cling to your legs. Keep your trousers looser or your shoes more streamlined.
3. Sporting Shiny Tracksuits (Enough Said)
There’s a time and place for tracksuits. In the gym. On the running track. While coaching a sports team. But don’t wear one when you’re out shopping or taking your significant other on a date. And whatever you do, DO NOT wear shiny tracksuits. Like, ever. They’re tacky, they can give off glare in bright weather and they suggest you have more money than sense.
4. Showcasing your Chest Hair with Open Shirts
Austin Powers had thick, luscious chest hair. And he loved to show it off with open shirts. Do you want to look like Austin Powers?
5. Going Pink
Pink’s a gorgeous colour on women. It’s traditionally feminine and goes with almost anything. But pink clothes are harder to pull off for men. That’s just the way it is. The only pink you can go for it, is salmon or peachy pink if you want something brighter and softer, in moderation of course.
6. Combining Reds and Greens
Red and green is a beautiful combination at Christmas. Holly and Ivy. Flickering red lights on your green tree. A festive sweater featuring both colours in generous proportions. But combining reds and greens in your everyday look is a big faux pas. Choose one or the other. Unless you want to look like an elf.
7. Wearing Anything White if you’re Out of Shape
Slim guys and buff guys look great in white T-shirts, sweaters and shirts. They show off your shape nicely and complement plenty of other tones. But if you’re out of shape (and plenty of us are, so no shaming), swerve white clothes. Go for darker colours instead. You’ll feel less self-conscious and more confident with a discrete look. Hiding your Butt with a Super-long Tank Top Maybe you have a small butt. Maybe you have a big butt. Maybe you have a butt that sits somewhere between the two. But if your tank top’s long enough to hide your butt, it’s too much. You can only get away with longer tops if your trousers are a slim fit, but even then yours should fall above your butt. Wear it a little higher to flatter your shape.
8. Wearing Excessively-ripped Jeans
The odd rip in your jeans looks pretty cool, on the right person. This look comes right out of an 80s music video, which is why it can be so awesome in moderation. Let’s repeat that: in moderation. As in, not excessively-ripped jeans. They tend to look like you’ve had an accident with a lawnmower, on the verge of falling apart. Keep your rips few and far between.
9. Raising the Collar on your Polo Shirt
Polo shirts are timeless, stylish and cool. They’re versatile too: you can wear them with shorts, with jeans, with trousers for the office. But make sure that collar stays down. Never wear it up, unless you’re doing an impression of Count Dracula, in which case, it’s okay.
10. Going Old-school with a Turtle-neck Sweater (Without the Self-confidence to Back it Up)
The turtle-neck sweater works for a man with the self-confidence, sex appeal and charm to pull it off. But you absolutely need confidence in yourself and to pair it with the right pieces, or you could look as if you borrowed your dad’s top for the day instead. Turtle-neck sweaters look great with smart jeans and a sport coat. Keep it simple, keep it suave.
11. Hiding your Butt with a Super-long Tank Top
Maybe you have a small butt. Maybe you have a big butt. Maybe you have a butt that sits somewhere between the two. But if your tank top’s long enough to hide your butt, it’s too much. You can only get away with longer tops if your trousers are a slim fit, but even then yours should fall above your butt. Wear it a little higher to flatter your shape.
Do you agree with these 11 clothing mistakes no man should make again? Are you guilty of repeating any of them? Let us know!