No matter how high-end your tailored menswear may be, bad styling and fit can WRECK your look! For the modern style-conscious gent, there are 5 men's fashion mistakes that can be easily fixed.
#1) Overmatching: Matching your pocket square to your tie is a cheap move that has become a common occurrence due to the amount of pocket square and tie gift sets now available on the market; looks too contrived, precise, and grade school. The fix? Consider your overall aesthetic, rather than individual items, and look to utilize complementary colors or tonal shades. Mix up the gift set fellas!
#2) Sizing Down: Having a slim fit is a more refined and fashionable approach to dressing. Never size down incorrectly to achieve a slimmer cut if the piece doesn’t fit you well in other areas. Creases where the garment pulls or a flash of stomach hair every time you move your arms is just...BAD. Either let it go and move on, or take your correct size and ask a local tailor to make some minor adjustments for you.
#3) Too Long Trousers: trouser length is something men continue to get terribly wrong; A huge and repeat offender. Having fabric pool around your feet and ankles looks sloppy and will quickly kill any look. Take your trousers to a tailor and get them hemmed with a small break. Ideally, the front of your trousers should end where your laces start and the back run about half way down your heel. They should certainly not have more than one crease (i.e. a "break") in the material above your laces. Make this alteration and any look will be instantly elevated.
#4) Over Accessorizing: Fine details are often the difference between a good look and a great look, but they can also be the difference between an OK look and an overworked, terrible look. Utilizing too many accessories can quickly turn your outfit into a costume. As a rule of thumb, stick to no more than three separate accessories. For example: a colored tie, printed pocket square, and lapel pin reinforcing your blazer
#5) Blindly Following Trends: Style always trumps fashion. Let me be CLEAR...it’s absolutely OK to ignore trends altogether. It certainly doesn’t make you unstylish or badly dressed. Wearing something simply because everyone else is doing so is much worse. Karl Lagerfeld is not the best person to take advice from in any walk of life, but fashion’s overlord summed it up perfectly when he said “Trendy is the last stage before tacky”.
Gentlemen, if you're guilty of any of these five mistakes...it's never too late to confess, repent, make changes, and upgrade your style. Always remember: When in doubt..."Ask Michelle"