Men are known for making some pretty common fashion mistakes when it comes to dressing for the office. Some of these mistakes come from old rules of the suit and tie game while others were never rules and just became common place along the way whether right or wrong.
Here are the top 10 mistakes we see male clients most often making when it comes to how they dress in the workplace.
Wearing pants that are way too long
When men let their pants pool down over their shoes it does several things to their look. Letting the fabric bunch up over your shoes makes you look shorter and it also makes you look sloppier. Your pants should just barely skim the top of your shoe. This will keep things sharp without cutting off any length in your height.
The matchy-matchy game
Yes, they sell matching pocket squares and ties together. DO NOT wear them together. Unless you are heading down the aisle as a groomsman in a friend’s wedding, this should always be avoided.
The baggy dress shirt
No matter your size, a baggy dress shirt will make you look frumpy and sloppy. Your collar should have no more than two fingers of room, the shoulder seems should hit the edge of your shoulder and there should be no excess fabric billowing about your torso and arms. The options in men’s dress shirts are plentiful so it is almost impossible not to find a fit that works for you.
Buttons, buttons, buttons
This is where many men get confused and take it too far one way or the other. When wearing a suit jacket, never button the bottom button. This will allow for a more natural free form of movement. If the jacket has two buttons just button the top one. If it has three, just button the top two.
For the dress shirt under the jacket, not wearing a ties does not equal unbutton down to your navel. Top button only undone and everything else should be buttoned up and secure.
Jacket sleeves too long
Much like your pants, your jacket hanging too far down over your hands can look sloppy. Most jackets are not going to fit perfectly off the rack so you may have to get a quick tailor job to get the right fit. It is not an expensive fix and one almost any decent tailor can handle. In the end your jacket’s sleeves should hit just above the wrist bone should allow for a ½ inch of your shirt cuff to be seen.
Every sock has its place
Are you going to the gym? Great, then throw on those white athletic socks. Wearing a nice suit? Not the time or the place. You may think no one will notice, but when you sit down they are out for the world to see and trust me they stick out like a sore thumb, Invest in some nice dress socks and leave the gym socks at the gym where they belong.
When ties go bad
A tie can be a carefully chosen accessory that makes a great suit or it can be the accessory that brings the whole look down a notch. This can be because you have not replaced those old wide ties you wore from the 1990’s or it may be because you have no idea what length the tie you are wearing should be.
Two easy rules to follow here. Your tie width should be between 2.25 and 3.25 inches. (Goodbye 1991!) And your tie should fall between the top and bottom of your belt buckle. Not so hard, right?
The limp collar
Most men have no idea what a “collar stay” is but it can save your collar and your look. These simple metal pieces are cheap, and they slide into your collar to keep them from curling and looking sloppy and unkempt. Dry cleaning will also help to keep your shirts looking crisp, but day to day these little tools can help keep your shirt laying neatly on your collarbone for a sharper look.
The square toed shoe debacle
While these may have been fashionable for a while (and we are not sure why), it is time to put them out to pasture. These clunky, unflattering shoes do nothing for you. Go for a rounded toe shoe with a more classic and timeless feel. They will never go out of style and will be sure not to distract from your look.
Black shoes go with everything!
The adage that black goes with everything is simple not true when it comes to shoes. In fact, often when wearing a nice suit, a pair of brown shoes is a much better choice to go with almost everything. No offense to black, but brown has it going on when it comes to men’s fashion.
If you think you have made one or more of these mistakes or would just like to learn more about men’s fashion, how you can help men look their best or would like to get the training and tools to become a Menswear Image Consultant our Certification Course could be just what you have been looking for!