5 Fashion Mistakes To Avoid
In the world of fashion, no one is perfect and nobody expects you to be perfect. In fact, there is a saying that, a “mistake” in Ibadan is a “fashion” in Lagos. However, there are some obvious fashion and style mistakes that when done repeatedly can seriously undermine your image credibility, competency, and your personal brand. The good news is, many of these mistakes can be avoided.
Outlined below are some mistakes that if not avoided could be wreaking havoc on your personal style and image.
Black shoes go with everything.
A lot of men have this notion that black shoes go with every wear. Black shoes don’t go with everything! For many colours of suits and other outfits, it would be a fashion blunder to opt for a black footwear. Try other colours like brown, blue, oxblood or white. Also, put your outfit (especially your trousers and belt) into consideration before deciding your footwear.
For example, if you’re wearing black tailored trousers, you can jazz it up with a slick brown suede loafer. Darker browns look great with indigo denim.
Oxblood, as a colour, can act almost as a neutral. They tend to work in almost exactly the same way as brown, although because they’re a touch bolder, Oxford loafer is a classic and can be your outdoor go-to with anything from light-wash jeans to navy and even colourful chinos.
Blue can be an uncomfortable colour for smart shoes. However, once you step into more casual styles, blue is a perfect way to add some personality to looks. Suede is an approved way to pull off blue shoes. So, as long as you don’t try to dress them up too far, blue suede brogues work well with any colour of suit (as long as it’s not black) and the same for chinos.
White trainers can be worn with just about anything (in the right context, of course!!) They’ll work with any suit, even black – although you’re best substituting the shirt and tie for something like long-sleeved polo. They also look great with any pair of jeans. Same for chinos, for shorts; whatever trousers you’ve got, white trainers will work!
Colourful trainers are also good while attempting a casual look. It is wise to stick to jeans, joggers or chinos. You should let your shoes do the talking. If they’re the brightest thing in your outfit, then they’ll draw the eye. If you have too many other bright colours, people won’t know where to look.
However, If you want a shoe that goes with everything, buy a nice medium brown brogue.
Wearing a backpack with a suit
Wearing a backpack with a suit is a lot of professionals. You often see a lot of professional people wearing nice suits – but carrying backpacks! Okay, a backpack may be easier to carry over your shoulders than a briefcase in your hand, but you can also get a comfortable messenger bag that hangs across your chest to maintain a more professional look.
The messenger bag is the briefcase younger, cooler brother. It will hold just as many documents (and a laptop, too), but with a shoulder strap and some pretty stylish design options out there, it’s the go-to for today’s trendy workforce.
Another option is the tote bag. Perhaps the most basic of all the bags, totes can carry about everything you need for your day to day activity and can even function as a weekend getaway bag.
Socks on Natives
To the effect that there now seems to be a kind of breakdown of cultural or national barriers, it doesn’t tend to be an awful thing anymore for one to wear socks on a native attire. But looking at it critically, it is absurd because there seems to be a conflict between the fact that the attire in question is traditional or native while the socks are Western.
Natives shouldn’t be worn with lace-up shoes, Oxford. More appropriate are your loafers or Sandals. If you must wear socks it must be invisible and not with Sandals. There are several no-show socks in the market for you if you feel uncomfortable without socks.
Wearing A Short Sleeve Shirt With A Tie
Short sleeve shirts may look like dress shirts but they can’t be considered as such. They are casual shirts no matter how they look, and they should be treated that way. They are far from being formal enough to wear with a tie.
Generally, short sleeved shirts shouldn’t be apparel of choice for the office or any more formal event. They are generally perceived as lower class apparel. If you want to stay looking professional and confident, stick to long-sleeve shirts when wearing ties.
An acceptable alternative at the workplace is to roll up the sleeves of the regular long sleeved shirt right before the elbows. This way you can still project a professional image with a bit of casualness.
Not Observing The Right Suit Buttoning Rules For Men
Not observing the right suit buttoning rules is a fashion blunder many men commit. Highlighted below are these rules:
- No matter what you do, NEVER fasten the last button of a single-breasted suit.
- If a single-breasted suit has only 1 button, the button should be buttoned when standing and unfastened when you sit down.
- If a single-breasted suit has 3 buttons, you have two options. You can either button the top two and leave the bottom unfastened, or simply button the center button and leave the first and the last one unbuttoned. The same rule applies when you are sitting down, unbutton all the buttons.
- Never fasten the bottom button of a double-breasted jacket unless it has only a single row of buttons. In this case, you should button the only button-able button when sitting or standing.
- The “anchor button” also known as the jigger which is the button on the inside of a double-breasted suit should be fastened at all times.