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Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

The moms of this community have been asking for a capsule wardrobe for their guys, and today I’m excited to announce that we now offer The Men’s Style Guide: Capsule Wardrobe Essentials for Casual & Business Wear in the Frump Fighters® shop! 

In today’s blog post I’m giving you an excerpt from Part 1 in the book which covers some basic men’s style tips like how to dress your shape and how clothes should fit.

This excerpt on “The Most Common Fashion Mistakes Men Make” will give you some quick fashion wins for your guy.

All you have to do (or help him do) is stop making these mistakes and his style will improve dramatically!


The 13 Most Common Fashion Mistakes Men Make

(co-authored by Giovanni Segar and Corina Holden)

Dressing well doesn’t have to mean conformity, nor does it have to mean “dressing up.” That said, here are some fashion faux pas you should definitely watch out for:

Clothes that are too big or baggy

As we’ve covered earlier, the most important factor of men’s fashion is FIT. Even stylish pieces will look frumpy on a body if the fit isn’t nearly perfect. Be careful not to size up for comfort.

Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

When wearing athletic clothing, go for the tighter fits with stretch material rather than baggy clothing. Unless you’re actually playing basketball, basketball shorts should not be considered “general athletic shorts”. There are plenty of options for athletic wear that are functional but still fit well.

Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

Cargo shorts and pants

Avoid cargo shorts or shorts with a lot of seams, pockets, and detail. They add bulk and just generally look frumpy and unkempt. These kinds of shorts and pants can be fine in the right context for the right reasons (combat, hiking, hunting), but not as everyday wear. 

Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

Mixing incompatible fabrics or textures

Be wary of mixing materials in your outfits. Most materials work with each other, but not all. A silky, shiny dress shirt will look strange with jeans. Athletic pants will look strange with a short sleeve button up shirt. Generally, athletic clothing can be worn with cotton but not dressed up. Smooth dress clothing such as suit jackets or shiny shoes won’t look good dressed down with thick chinos or denim. 

Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

 

Fastening all the buttons on suit jackets

When wearing a suit jacket or blazer, leave the bottom button undone at all times (unless it’s a one button jacket). Unbutton them all when you sit down, but you don’t necessarily have to button them when you’re standing. The reason for this rule goes back to King Edward VII, but honestly—it’s just how it’s done. 

Don't fasten all suit jacket buttons. Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

 

White crew socks

Go throw away your white tube socks. There are alternatives that serve the same function while looking much, much better. Try black or gray ankle or calf-length socks instead and only wear crew length socks when they’re hidden under pants.

Throw away your white crew socks, they're unstylish! Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

Socks with sandals

On the topic of socks, don’t wear them with flip flops or sandals! How does this need to be said anymore? If it’s cold out, don’t fix the problem by wearing socks under your sandals. Just wear close-toed shoes.

Crew socks with shorts

Whenever you’re wearing shorts you should not pair them with tall crew socks. Wear socks that are as close to the edge of your shoe as possible (or completely hidden). Or opt for sandals (without socks).

Don't wear crew socks with shorts. Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

Mixing too many patterns

As you create your own personal style and get comfortable with the rules, you can start to break this one. But when you do, make sure that the patterns are of different sizes. A small gingham can look good with a tie that has large stripes, but if they’re anywhere near similar size they’ll clash.

How to do pattern mixing correctly. Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

 

Wearing the wrong shoes for the occasion

Many men dress just fine until they head out the door. That’s when the running shoes come on. Yes, they’re comfortable. Yes, they can ruin your entire outfit.  Use Part 4 of the book to learn what kinds of shoes to wear with each outfit.

Don't wear running sneakers if you're not working out. Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

Flip-flops always and forever

Try leaving the flip flops behind for loafers or boat shoes every once in a while. A good pair can be just as comfortable while looking a million times sharper. 

Don't only wear flip-flops... change it up to look instantly classier.Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

Super wide ties

Barring the exceptions in the fit guides above, your tie should be around 3.5 inches at its widest point. 

Don't wear very wide ties as they make you look dated. Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

Old, worn out jeans

Upgrade to a nice dark-wash pair that fits well and consider a medium-wash or tastefully ripped jeans as a second pair. These are essentially the only type of jeans you need in your wardrobe. Light wash is okay but if the only reason your jeans are light wash is because they’re a decade old, it’s time for a new pair.

Get rid of those old jeans. Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

Pants with pleats

Pleats will automatically date you as well as add unnecessary bulk. Look for flat front styles in your chinos and dress pants and retire your pants or shorts with pleats.

Don't wear pants with pleats. Is your man making these mistakes? In this men's style guide you’ll find the 13 most common fashion mistakes guys make and what to do instead to dress nice and classy. Cool men’s dressing tips that are easy to implement right away!

 

—Excerpt from The Men’s Style Guide (Part 1: Basics Style Tips for Men)


Purchase The Men’s Style Guide

The Men's Style Guide - Capsule Wardrobe for Casual and Business Wear

The Men’s Style Guide is designed with all the information you need to completely revamp your man’s wardrobe and style, starting with what he already has.

In addition to breaking down how to dress different body types as well as how clothes should fit, you’ll receive easy-to-follow steps for creating a capsule wardrobe for (or with) your man. 

This book gives you three complete capsule wardrobes in one!

  1. The Casual (includes Athletic) Capsule Wardrobe
  2. The Business Casual + Special Occasion Capsule Wardrobe
  3. The Business Professional Capsule Wardrobe

In addition to the capsule wardrobes, it provides easy reference charts for how to stylishly put the pieces together in each season. 

“With three different style guides (a casual, business casual, and business professional), this guide helps men pick outfits for home, church, or work. Every step of the process is laid out in an easy-to-understand format. The color palettes are super helpful to determine which colors to go with. I have been waiting for this guide for a while now, and it did not disappoint!” —Mayda

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