10 Man-Fashion Mistakes


As I was standing in the grocery store line up yesterday, I couldn’t help but notice how many magazines had articles judging the fashion ‘hits’ and ‘misses’ of female celebrities.  I took a look around me and most of the women looked fine, but there were a few men exercising what I might term ‘questionable’ taste.

A bit more critiquing of male attire might be in order.  Perhaps, with more scrutiny, we might be able to rid the world of man-fashion atrocities like:

1. Bowties

Unless you are (a) under 10 years of age and (b) serving as the ringbearer at a wedding, you should not be sporting a bowtie. There are NO exceptions for British men, university professors, or guys who work in trendy clothing stores. To all of you, I say…buy a big boy necktie and move on.

2. Sweater vests

No woman, in the history of womanhood, has ever fantasized about a man in a sweater vest. NOT EVER!

3. Brown suits

It is not that brown suits look bad. It’s just that black suits, gray suits, and even navy suits look better.  There is a reason why every woman has a little black dress but not a little brown dress.

4. Flip flops

There is no politically correct way to say this… men do not have attractive feet. If you simply must wear sandals, I strongly recommend the purchase of something leather that covers your toes (and the little patches of hair that grow on the tops of them). As an aside… please remove your socks before putting on your toe-covering sandals.

5. Short-sleeved dress shirts

A man in a white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up a bit… sexy! A man in a short-sleeved white dress shirt (with or without pocket protector)… not sexy.    There is no explanation for this. It just is.

6. T-shirts with slogans on them

 If you want to make me laugh, tell a joke… don’t wear the joke.

7. Ball caps

Brim facing backwards.  Brim on the side. Brim in the traditional front- facing position. It’s not about how you wear the ball cap, it’s about the fact that you are wearing a ball cap. Take off the damn cap. Unless you are standing in the outfield. Or playing golf. Or at the beach (because everyone should wear a hat at the beach).

8. Jewellery

With the exception of watches and wedding bands, jewellery should be avoided. A man sporting gold chains around his neck makes women giggle, and not in a good way. We also think you all look silly with earrings. And wrapping a bunch of leather around your wrist does not make you look like a young, hot, surfer-dude, unless you actually are a young, hot, surfer-dude, in which case the surfboard and the rock hard abs will probably be enough to establish your cred.

9. Straight-leg, light-wash denim

This is the male equivalent to ‘mom jeans’ and is commonly made even more disturbing by the addition of a thick black belt. I beg of you… visit an American Eagle and purchase anything dark wash.

10. Hipster scarves

Even Johnny Depp looks like an idiot in these things… enough said.

Author: Kim Scaravelli

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4 thoughts

  1. I like slogan tee shirts — for men and women as long as it’s a good slogan — AND baseball caps. And jeans in any color including light wash. Iit’s all about the fit, not the color of the denim. Otherwise, cute 🙂 I’m more concerned about sleeveless tee shirts over a gigantic beer belly and pants drooping below the crack in the back. Yuck.

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  2. I agree, all the way down the line. Thank heavens I no longer need to care how the men I meet look or how they dress (nor, for that matter, how I look or dress, but that’s a whole different matter).


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