One of the biggest myths about men’s fashion is that guys don’t care about how they look. Nothing could be further from the truth, and the burgeoning men’s fashion industry is proof. If you’re still a little confused about what is and is not acceptable, here’s a short guide that will take you from the workplace to the night club.
DO COMBINE BOLDNESS WITH TASTE
It’s fine to be forward in your fashion choices while remaining refined. Donning a finely tailored suit brings a touch of class;matching it with designer shoes that show off just a little bling can kick it up to the next level.
DON’T RANDOMLY MIX YOUR ACCESSORIES
Instead of clashing, your accessories should all blend nicely together. That includes tie, belt and shoes. Patterns should be harmonious. Guard against heart-stoppingly bad combinations such as a burgundy bow tie with your orange shirt.
DO INVEST IN QUALITY OVER QUANTITY
In bold fashions as in all else, it is better to have just two or three well-tailored pieces that fit perfectly than to waste your funds on items that are too baggy, too tight or are made of fabrics that won’t hold up over time. Think in terms of years not months.
DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY PRINTS
Bold fashion is all about the judicious use of prints. That being said, don’t go nuts and decide to try to mix them. That’s a recipe for a fashion faux pas.
DO TAKE DENIM TO THE NEXT LEVEL
If you believe that jeans are just for relaxing at home, think again. Sure, denim is casual and comfortable, but it can be enhanced just by wearing a fancy shirt or a classy belt. A flashy pair of leather boots can also amplify your style. A nice pair of dark or black jeans, when combined with a neat-looking shirt, can also be just the thing for Casual Friday.
DON’T PAIR SANDALS WITH SOCKS
We can’t stress this enough: There is never a time when socks should be worn with sandals, no matter how bold or iconoclastic you want to be. If you don’t agree, we beg you to trust us on this one.
DO INVEST IN A TAILORED SUIT
Even if it’s loud and colorful, your favorite suit should be fitted just for you. It costs more, but you’re worth it. You don’t need to look like a movie star either. As long as you remain reasonably close to the same size, your tailored suit should last you for years.
DON’T BUY INTO THE PLUNGING V-NECK TREND
Exposing your entire chest with one of those trendy V-necks might seem like a great way to put yourself out there, but the look doesn’t work for most people. You’re better off putting your love for the brash and vibrant into your color choices instead.
DO CHANGE YOUR HEAD COVERAGE
Look no further than classic movie stars to see what hats can do for a man’s appearance. When you’re feeling daring, put the baseball cap aside and modify your headgear.
DON’T WEAR SHELL JEWELRY ANYMORE
Maybe you loved it once, but unless you are of South Pacific heritage, leave the shells and beads to the ladies. It might be bold, but that isn’t enough to make it a fashion bonus