There are times when you become your own worst enemy! No where is this more apparent than in the dressing up arena- the garments and accessories that you carry could be seriously sabotaging your image!
Today I bring to you the top style mistakes men make when dressing up, how it affects them and how they can remedy it. Because hey, you are being watched. And judged!
There is a reason why sneakers or exercise shoes are made- to wear while exercising! If you wear them under dress pants, shorts, jeans or chinos, you are defeating the purpose of the shoes AND committing a serious style crime (unless you are a pop star, model or an actor)!
What if Sachin Tendulkar walked on to the pitch in his uniform and leather dress shoes? Weird right? That’s what people think when they see you wearing trainers, sneakers or exercise shoes outside the gym!
Are you wearing low rise trousers and jeans to the work place? Trust me you are not being taken seriously!
No matter what the fashion trends tell you low rise trousers just don’t make for professional wear. You can’t tuck in your shirt properly in a low waist trousers. When you bend or twist as you go through your day, the shirt comes out, the t shirt rides up, and every one can see which brand of under wear you prefer!
There is only one way to carry a jacket with panache- be it a suit jacket or a sports jacket or a blazer- get it fitted!
A jacket that hangs off your shoulders, has too big shoulder pads, where the sleeves fall below your thumb or run up to your wrists, too tight from the chest and stomach or too loose are all wrong for you. It is better not to wear a jacket at all if yours doesn’t fit you like a second skin.
Remedy- There are a few things you need to take care of while buying a jacket.
This uncouth style went out a long time back, in fact it shouldn’t have come in as a style trend at all!
Brown belt with black shoes or vice versa, or a different coloured belt with your shoes is the biggest fashion faux pas ever! Also, don’t wear a casual belt with formal shoes or formal belt with casual shoes. That’s not done either!
Most men are notorious for wearing gold chains, gold bracelets, rings on each finger AND shiny belts, watches and shoes, ALL at the same time! Do you realise how seriously it jeopardises your credibility?
I personally believe that the way a man carries a pocket square shows his character to the T! It’s a charming dash of masculinity. However a pocket square should never match your tie exactly either in design or fabric.
I can’t even begin to tell you how horrible that looks on a grown man! Also, take a cue from the description- the name “fanny pack” is derived from the way they were traditionally worn facing the rear above the buttocks, for which “fanny” is a slang term in the United States. That bulging bag will keep the attention to places you don’t want people to notice!
A fanny pack is also considered as mark of an out-of-place tourist, evoking the traditional tourist stereotypes known around the world, or regard them as an item worn by unfashionable or older people.
These shirts are usually not that funny, and all they really tell people is that the wearer is immature. Cartoon characters can be cute, but usually not on a guy who’s past puberty. It doesn’t matter if you are attending a college alumni meet- if you are wearing a t-shirt with asinine slogans and jokes on it, rest assured that is how you will be treated. Is that really what you want, have people take you for granted and not taken any word you say seriously?
There is fitted, and then there is skinny. Any jeans which sticks to your skin and shows off every muscle, fat deposit, and parts of physical anatomy is a big NO! Only men with extraordinary physique can pull it off, and that too if styled cleverly. Plus it causes serious health complications for men.
Originally published at www.theimagemanager.com on June 20, 2016.
Originally published at medium.com