Men’s Fashion Don’ts

In a recent article on men’s fashion and grooming no-no’s at work, they covered everything from backpacks to comb-overs. Here are some more men’s fashion don’ts I thought were missing from the list:

Ill-fitting Suits

Just because you’re wearing a suit doesn’t mean you’re sending the right message. In fact, nothing screams amateur more than an ill-fitting suit. No matter how much you spent on it, take the time to get it tailored to fit – that means across the shoulders, in the arms, at the waist and inseam. Remember, having a suit that fits too tight is just as bad as a suit that hangs – if you’re too big for your britches, no one will take you seriously.

Clashing Patterns

Clashing colors and too many colors is bad enough, throw a potpourri of patterns and you’ve got a regular corporate crisis on your hands. If you’re wearing a patterned shirt, keep the tie simple and vice versa. If there’s a crazy patterned tie you’re just dying to wear, go for it, but keep the shirt on the down-low with a complimentary solid color.

Poor Quality Ties

A tie should never be an afterthought. A high-quality tie is a powerful accessory that can not only compliment but enhance that great-fitting power suit. Silk ties are the only way to go.

Un-tucked Shirts

Okay, this one should be a no-brainer but people never cease to amaze. In some offices where the dress code is more business casual, it’s easy to get lazy. The rule of thumb regarding leaving shirts untucked is if the tail is longer than the front, it’s meant to be tucked in. If you think you’re in the clear and must wear your shirt untucked to work, don’t even think about wearing an untucked shirt with a pair of cuffed slacks.

 

Worn-out Shoes

You’ve heard it before: the shoes make the outfit! Don’t think that no one will notice that your heal is cracked and the tip of your wingtips are scuffed and devoid of any of their former hue. Get a new pair of shoes – even if you have to eat Top Ramen for a week.

Wrinkled Clothes

Again, you aren’t fooling anyone will that wrinkled button-down or Polo shirt. You know you’ve asked the question, either to yourself or a significant other, “Is this too wrinkled to wear?” The answer is always “yes.”

Mixing Casual with Dressy

So the dress code is business casual. That means ties and sport coats are optional but that doesn’t mean you should wear your weekend boat shoes with your pressed black dress pants. Would you wear a starched button-down with your cargo shorts to the lake house? I didn’t think so.

In the Spirit of Success,

Amanda Johns
Corporate Partner and Program Director
ajohns@southwesternconsulting.com

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