15 Style Mistakes Most Men Make

Common fashion blunders and
style errors men make when getting dressed up

by Ties.com
Unlike the universally loathed
sock-with-sandals, formal and semi-formal style mistakes are often a bit less
obvious — especially if you’re a novice. In this article, we’ve compiled our
top 15 worst style mistakes to help you up dress better, look smarter and feel
like a million bucks.
Don’t think you’re making any
mistakes? Read on to find out.
White Athletic Socks
We have this reoccurring
nightmare where we open our sock drawer and find nothing but an endless supply
of old gym socks. Why do we hate them? They look cheap, get dingy easily, and
let’s face it — you really shouldn’t we wearing exercise apparel with a suit.
Here’s the bottom line: If you
aren’t breaking a sweat, don’t break out the white athletic socks.
Pick up some classic black or
brown dress socks — or better yet, snag some fun, colorful pairs that show a
bit more personality. Check out some amazing socks here.
Trousers Too Long
Trousers Too Long
Baggy trousers with too much
break do two things well: They make you look shorter and they make you look
sloppy. While a full break may be acceptable to some, even that look is a bit
We suggest opting for trouser
a length that barely skims the tops of your shoes. Alternatively, have them
cuffed or cropped by your tailor — especially if you want to show off your sock
Square Toe Dress Shoes
Square Toe Dress Shoes
We aren’t quite sure how these
square-toed monstrosities are still finding their way to department store
shelves. They are guaranteed to make you look like a time traveler from 1986.
Instead of the dreaded square
toe, stick with a classic rounded, or moderately pointed toe. Both these styles
have a classic, timeless appeal. While we’re on the topic of dress shoes, we
recommend brown or black leather uppers and leather soles whenever possible.
Jacket Sleeves Too Long
Jacket Sleeves Too Long
It’s very rare to find a suit
jacket that fits perfectly straight off the rack. It’s even rarer to find a man
who will take the time to get his ill-fitting jacket tailored.
A jacket’s sleeves should hit
just above the wrist bone and should allow 1/2 inch of shirt cuff to be seen.
Any tailor worth his salt will be able to handle an alteration like this with
his eyes closed — and it’s a lot more affordable than you think.
Too Many Shirt Buttons Undone
 Too Many Buttons Undone
While we agree that wearing a
dress shirt buttoned up all the way can look a bit odd without a tie, be
mindful when letting loose.
Never unbutton more than two
buttons. It looks unprofessional at best, and downright sleazy at worst.
Dress Shirt Too Baggy
Dress Shirt Too Baggy
This is the ultimate rookie
mistake. A dress shirt that’s too large will make you look fatter, frumpier,
and stumpier. Simply put, it’s not a good look.
Make sure that your collar has
no more than two fingers of room, that the shoulder seams hit the edge of your
shoulder, and you don’t have excess fabric billowing around your torso.
These days, there are a ton of
affordable dress shirt options available that satisfy the needs of any man’s
body type — so there’s no longer an excuse for an ill-fitting dress shirt.
Buttoning Too Many Jacket Buttons
Buttoning too Many Buttons
Never button the bottom button
on a two or three-button suit. Leaving the bottom button undone will allow for
enhanced comfort and natural movement.
You may be wondering why there
is a bottom button in the first place if you’re not meant to button it — but
some mysteries are better left unanswered.
Dress Shirt
Dress Shirt Untucked
We hate to sound like your
mother but please tuck in your dress shirt. Dress shirts are designed with
extra length precisely so that they DON’T come untucked.
If you don’t like the
formality of a tucked in buttondown, choose a shirt style that has a shorter,
casual cut. But really, if you’re wearing suit pants, you should always keep
your shirt tucked in.
Visible Undershirt
Visible Undershirt
Just like your underwear, your
undershirt is should never be visible. If you like leaving a couple buttons
undone, opt for a v-neck undershirt so that it stays hidden from sight.
It used to be that undershirts
were mandatory, but these days, going sans undershirt is more acceptable —
better no undershirt than one that is on display.
Limp, Curling Collar
Limp, Curling Collar
If you’re new to dress shirts,
you may not be aware that there are slots in the underside of the collar into
which “collar stays” are placed. A simple pair of inexpensive metal collar
stays will keep your collar straight and laying flat against your collarbone.
We also recommend having your
dress shirts dry cleaned instead of machine washed. This greatly extends the
life of your shirts and keeps them looking fresh and crisp.
Tie Too Long (or Too Short)
Tie Too Long
This rule has very little
wiggle room: The tip of your tie should rest between the top and bottom of your
belt buckle (or the area a belt would be if you’re going beltless).
Avoid looking amateurish by
taking the time to re-tie your tie if you didn’t get the length right on your
first attempt. After you’ve knotted up on a half dozen occasions, you should be
able to achieve the perfect length on nearly every attempt.
Here are our favorite knots in
order of size from smallest to largest: the Four-in-Hand, the Half-Windsor, and
the Windsor. Try each one to see which knot suits you best.
Tie Too Wide
Tie Too Wide
If you haven’t updated your
wardrobe since 1992, chances are that your closet is filled with indecently
wide neckties. If that’s the case, it’s time for a much-needed update.
The generally accepted width
range is between 2.25-inches  and
3.25-inches. However, one size does not fit all. You’re going to want to take
your body type and your lapel width into consideration when deciding what’s
right for you. Read our width guide here.
Using Tie Bars Incorrectly
We love tie bars. They’re a
great example of the intersection between form and function. That’s because
they look smart AND keep your tie in place. However, wearing a tie bar
incorrectly may do more harm than good.
Using Tie Bars Incorrectly
First, make sure it doesn’t
extend beyond the width of your tie. A 1.5-inch tie bar will work well for
almost any tie — but skinny ties can accommodate tie bars as narrow as half an
inch and wider ties between 1.5 and 2.5-inches.
Where to Clip Your Tie Bar
Now that you’ve got tie bar
width handled, position your tie bar between the third and fourth buttons on
your shirt. Anything higher and your tie bar won’t keep your tie from flapping
around in the wind. Any lower and it can look awkward when your jacket is
buttoned — plus it will balloon out when you bend forward.
Too Matchy-Matchy
Too Matchy-Matchy
Honestly, we’re not sure why
stores still sell matching tie and pocket square sets. It may be marginally
acceptable for groomsmen at a wedding, but wearing a tie and pocket square cut
from the exact same fabric will make your outfit look contrived and overdone.
While there’s no issue with
buying a matching set, we recommend never wearing both pieces at the same time.
Instead, choose a pocket
square complements your tie but doesn’t match too closely. When in doubt, stick
with a simple white square.
Way Too Many Accessories
Too Many Accessories
We love bold accessories and
accent pieces but it’s important not to go overboard. We recommend counting up
all your accessories — patterned shirt, colorful tie, pocket square, cufflinks,
bracelets, rings, funky socks, etc. — and limiting your ensemble to 3 or 4. The
more restrained you are, the more your bolder accessories will shine.

Details, Details, Details

Though trends change, many of
the style tips here are timeless — and the rest will surely be around for years
to come. With a bit of thoughtful attention to detail, all these style mistakes
are easily resolved. You’re guaranteed to feel more comfortable and confident
once you get them handled.
What do you think are the
worst style mistakes men make or your style pet peeves? Let us know in the

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Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.