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They often say great taste is something you’re born with, but wewould respectfully disagree. Great taste is often not a matter of understanding the recent fashion trends, knowing how to mix and match pieces or knowing how to wear classic pieces, but more a matter of knowing which mistakes to avoid. If you know what constitutes bad taste, you can stick to a few essentials and look great, even with limited knowledge of fashion. In this article, we’re going to give you some of the most common fashion faux pas men should avoid at all costs, and how to correct them.
Wearing Clothes that are Either Too Tight or Too Baggy
If you happen to be overweight, the first reflex is often to go for something that leaves you more room. While you may feel more comfortable, baggy clothing will actually make you look bigger. And you shouldn’t try squeezing into clothes that are too tight to squeeze those bits in either.
Ideally, you should go for properly tailored, but not too tight, clothes if you want to find a happy medium. Nicely fitting clothes will complement your shape and make you look thinner. If you want to get the best fit without having your clothes tailored, you can always buy clothes from a regular department store and take them in for alterations. That way, you’ll be able to get the tailored look without breaking the bank.
Wearing Wrinkled Clothes
Looking like you just rolled out of bed isn’t our definition of “Bohemian Chic”. No matter what you’re wearing, there is absolutely no excuse for wearing wrinkled anything. So, make sure that you always iron your clothes before you leave your house. And if you have multiple regular go-to items, hang them instead of cramming them up in the back of a drawer somewhere.
Becoming A Walking Billboard
If you didn’t get the memo, big logos are officially out, though we don’t know if they were ever in. We get it, you want people to know that you dropped a stack on that brand-new Saint Laurent Bag or Saint Laurent T-shirt, but just overdoing it with the logos will just come off as tacky.
Go for something more discreet and understated; the true fashion connoisseurs will know what’s up. You could check out some of the designer items that SSENSE have to offer, which include that Saint Laurent Bag we mentioned. You’ll notice that most don’t have a huge Gucci or YSL logo right up front. Discretion is the order of the day these days, so why not start learning how to layer pieces instead of going for oversized logos if you want to make a statement?
Being Severely Over or Underdressed
This one might be trickier for some people. You might just love the classic look but aren’t comfortable wearing casual clothes or just don’t know how to pick them. But you have to know how to dress for the occasion, so you don’t look out of place. This can especially get difficult for younger men who still don’t understand the nuances of formal wear. Showing up to a casual dinner in your best suit or wearing a flannel shirt with chinos at an important networking event are both surefire ways to make a bad impression.
That’s why every man in their 20s should master the art of the V-neck. They’re extremely versatile and work in virtually any setting. They look great on their own and can be worn with a great blazer as well if you want to dress it up. You can wear them with casual shoes and jeans if the setting calls for casual apparel or with dress shoes and wool trousers for something more formal.
Trying to Hop on Every Trend
Trends come and go, and quite honestly, some of them just look like a huge prank that designers are pulling on the unsuspecting public.
Classics, on the other hand, never die and are always in style. Whether it’s the mid 20’s, the early ’90s or 2020, a wool blazer will always be a wool blazer and will always look good no matter what. Know how to master the basics and keep a few essentials in your collection. At the very least, make sure that you have a few pairs of solid dark denim, a nice blazer or sports jacket, a white button-up shirt, and a pair of classic, casual shoes, like a nice desert boot, for instance. These should be perfect for getting you started and will help you to build your wardrobe on solid ground.
All these faux pas can be easily avoided, as long as you can identify them. Make sure that you follow the few tips in this article and keep learning if you want to fine-tune your style and look great, no matter the occasion.