10 Men’s Style Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. And while I’m not a huge stickler for the rules of style, there are some things that should never be done. So here it is. Frequently requested, though never published until now: my top 10 men’s style mistakes.

Men’s Style Mistakes

1. Suit Jacket/Blazer Too Big

Quite possibly the most common mistake out there – wearing a suit jacket or blazer one or two sizes too big. What’s the most important thing to get right when choosing a suit jacket/blazer? How it fits your shoulders. While a tailor can fix things like sleeve length, how it fits your torso, and even the length of the jacket, there’s not much that can be done if the shoulders don’t fit properly.

How should the shoulders fit? They should be as wide as your natural shoulder width. The jacket sleeve should meet right where your arm meets your shoulder. The fabric from the seam should immediately drape straight down. A divot or bunching in the arm is a sign that the shoulder doesn’t fit properly.

2. Crew Neck T-Shirt Under an Unbuttoned Button-Up

One of my biggest style pet peeves. A dress shirt is meant to frame your face, whether it’s buttoned at the top or not. When it’s unbuttoned, a crew neck t-shirt completely disrupts that line and distracts the eye.

The solution? Don’t wear a t-shirt underneath or wear a v-neck that doesn’t show. We’ve got a video on this coming up tomorrow. Also, never wear a colored t-shirt in this manner. It’s not a style statement, it’s a style tragedy.

3. Leaving the Stitching in a Suit Jacket or Blazer’s Vents

This is mostly a case of not knowing you had to. These are stitched closed to preserve the shape of the garment while in store or in transit. Remove the stitching from your suit jacket or blazer vents once you get it home. Same goes for the breast and side pockets. Also, please remove the brand tag from the sleeve.

4. Dress Shirt Untucked With (Or Without) a Blazer

The high-point of bro-couture. It’s the “I’m dressed up but too cool to be dressed up” look and just looks like a mess. Pick a side – casual or dressy – and stick with it. Don’t cross the streams.

5. Trousers Too Long

Get your trousers hemmed. One of the most inexpensive alterations known to man as well as one of the easiest ways to tell that a guy has put some thought and care into his appearance. The same goes for your jeans. Get them hemmed or roll them up. The frayed jeans dragging on the ground and underfoot was never cool. Not even in college. It just looks sloppy.

6. Suit Jacket/Blazer Too Small

With the explosion of menswear in the mainstream recently – especially the popularity of the slim suit – a lot more men are getting into this fit. Unfortunately, not every body type was meant to wear a slim-fitting suit. Some body types simply won’t look good in a slim suit. Dress your body type. Also, ‘slim-fitting’ should not be confused with ‘tight.’

7. Novelty/Ironic T-Shirts

I get it. You’re smart, clever, and feel the need to telegraph that to the world via t-shirts with ironic statements. It’s not a statement a well-dressed man should make. Time to grow up.

8. Poor-Quality Footwear

Like paying attention to pant length and suit jacket/blazer sizing, a well-made pair of shoes is a sign that a guy really cares about his appearance. One thing to keep in mind is that well-made footwear is often a bit of an investment. But better to save for a quality pair than to waste money on a square-toed version.

9. Matching Exactly

Specifically when it comes to a tie/pocket square combination. A tell-tale sign of a men’s style amateur is the matching solid color tie and pocket square. Remember, these accessories should be complementary to an outfit, not the focal point. Matching exactly draws undue attention.

10. Wearing a Tie Bar with a Waistcoat

Welcome to the Department of Redundancy Department. A tie bar is meant to hold your tie in place (be sure to check out our guide on how to wear a tie bar). A waistcoat serves the same purpose. Though I’m not a style rule stickler, this is one I won’t budge on.

Did I leave anything out?

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Stylishly Yours,

He Spoke Style


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  • JVee

    Style mistake – Wrong tie knot for your face/collar. I had a very slight and small colleague who was otherwise very well dressed but insisted on always using a full Windsor knot. It just made him look like his head was the accessory and the tie knot the focus.
    Style tragedy – Failure to remove the lapel on the cuff of your blazer or coat. I have seen more than one man leave that on. Some years back one of my female friends introduced us to her new boyfriend who was wearing a quite nice wool/cashmere overcoat with the big white label still on the sleeve. We didn’t know whether it was nastier to point it out to him or leave him in ignorance.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the comment, JVee. So which did you end up doing? Telling him or not? If it were me, it’d probably depend on the situation and the vibe.

    • HN

      Even worse, ive seen at a wedding event where a gentleman kept the white stitching on the shoulders of his new jacket. I really thought at the time that maybe he is very stylish by breaking the rules. He sure did break the rules. Haha

      • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

        Oh, man. No way.

  • zachsdad1

    Leaving the stitched-on label on the sleeve bugs me to no end

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      When people do that I think it’s either a case of not knowing that you are supposed to remove it or leaving it on as a “status symbol” of sorts. As in, “Hey, I want you to know that I’m wearing a Brand X suit!”

    • Rocket Hulsey

      I just said that

  • http://www.twentyfirstcenturygent.com/ Ben Heath

    If you can’t pick a suit that fits then you have truly failed at the basics. Love the “bro-couture” expression Brian!

    Ben | http://www.twentyfirstcenturygent.com

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited to release that expression into the world.

      • Jack Daggett

        In the fitness community, “broscience” is a common term. I love any internet slang with the prefix “bro-“

        • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

          It’s not just a prefix, it’s a way of life.

    • Toby Masson

      Rather than trying to pick a suit that fits you, treat yourself to a bespoke suit. It will cost more, and take several weeks (if not months) to create, but you will end up with a suit perfectly contoured to your shape and posture, made to your exact specifications (I favour three piece, single breasted, trousers cut for braces – so fishtail waistband, side adjusters and no belt loops – and working cuff buttons on the jacket) that will always make you look and feel fantastic. Be warned though, once you have put on your first bespoke suit, you will never want to buy an off-the-peg suit again..

  • Dan J.

    I’m not cetain what you mean by “dress shirt” in number 4. Any button-up shirt with a curved tail? I don’t have a problem with a pair of jeans, bucks or driving mocs or similar, and an untucked “casual dress shirt” for, say, shooting pool at the local dive on a Friday night. By “casual dress shirt” I mean a button-down oxford, a linen or chambray button-up, etc. and of course things like flannel or corduroy shirts. They’re all long-sleeved, button-down shirts with a curved tail that’s made to tucked in rather than a squared-off tail made to be untucked – ie a dress shirt style. I wouldn’t wear a more formal dress shirt that way. And an untucked shirt with a blazer? Oh heck no. And what bugs me to absolutely no end is to see someone searing a sweater over a dress shirt – with the dress shirt untucked and hanging out below the tail of the sweater. Arghhh!!!!

    • James

      I assume dress shirt means just that and not a “casual dress shirt” as you described at least IMO anyway. I wouldn’t consider most OCBDs, linen, and chambray shirts “dress shirts” anyway even though they have a curved hem that allows them to be tucked. Honestly, I’ll wear these shirts tucked when at work and on weekends like you described have no problem going untucked (as long as the shirt isn’t too long). I’ve even started experimenting layering a henley underneath and leaving the first few buttons of the button up undone. I don’t really think of this as breaking rules 2 and 4 since I don’t think these shirts are true dress shirts (think nice poplin shirt with a sturdy collar w/ collar stays). Maybe Brian disagrees?

      • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

        Thanks for the reply, James. Linen untucked with shorts I could get behind, but, in general, for me at least, an untucked button-up looks a little sloppy.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Hi, Dan. Yes, I was referring to a regular button-up (or down). I hadn’t necessarily consider more casual versions of the button up, but in the case of work shirts or shackets, sure that’d be fine, I suppose. It’s mostly the untucked shirt with a blazer I was making reference to.

      Ah, yes, the sweater over the untucked dress shirt. Another fine example of bro-couture. Thanks for the comment. Hope that clarifies!

  • Ralph Jacob

    I’m not sure if this would count as a style mistake but there is one thing that STILL bugs me to no end: wearing sunglasses indoors and at night. There’s a reason why the word ‘sun’ is attached to sunglasses.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Hey, man. When you’re cool, the sun shines on you 24 hours a day!

    • DH

      Or even worse…frames withOUT lenses. Real3d® frames don’t qualify either, actually saw a guy wearing them at an event. Maybe he gets kudos for having the balls to wear them after all…

  • Bill Gabbard

    My longtime peeve? Socks that are not over-the-calf. Every pair of dress socks I own is OTC.I know there are a lot of jazzy patterned socks out there, but so many of them are crew length, and any hint of coolness or hip that the sock offers is immediately destroyed when the wearer sits and the world sees, inevitably, the dreaded wink of a bare leg above the socktop. Yeeeshhh.
    The famed Southern author Walker Percy was once asked why he didn’t do more talk shows. His response? “I don’t own any over-the-calf socks.”

    Oh, and black raincoats. Bleeecccchhhh. ;)

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Another reader recently wrote about his inability to find OTC socks as well. I think we may be on to something here…

      Haven’t you had some wonderful (and maybe some forgettable) memories in a black raincoat? :)

      • Bardo_von_Bardo

        OTCs are readily available at Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. Nordstrom Rack has them in the basics (black, blue, grey, brown, beige) although I only sport black and grey. They’re about $5 a pair. Worth stocking up en masses pending the inevitable blowout.

  • Rob Clark

    The only one I disagree with is the tie/pocket square matching. There are times where keeping it simple is better. If that’s the only “rule” someone is violating I would let it slide.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Totally. Depends on the situation. It’s the brightly colored matching combo or same exact pattern — like a gingham — that I’m referring to mostly. Thanks for the comment.

    • S. M. Walker

      Sorry, but the author is 100% correct. Matching tie and pocket square is simply unsophisticated and a sign of a fashion amateur. True us on this one…

      • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

        It’s certainly possible for it to work, but I agree that, in general it’s the mark of someone just getting their feet wet.

    • dnm

      matching the tie with the PS is exactly what your mom would do if you would still let her dress you

      • http://about.me/mikeschinkel MikeSchinkel

        @danmatiesanu:disqus Ouch! Let’s belittle the man, why don’t we? ;-)

      • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

        Thanks for the comment. Let’s always remember that everyone is on a journey — some are just starting and some are more advanced. And making a mistake is the best way to learn. Mistakes are teachable moments.

    • Toby Masson

      The pocket square should complement (but not necessarily match) the shirt, not the tie.

  • Coop

    But Brian, regarding rule #2 what do you recommend for hairy chested individuals, a chest hair afro poking out through your V neck doesn’t do any any favors. And shaving my chest isnt anywhere near being in the cards

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Funny, I was just discussing this with a friend last night. My recommendation: trim you chest hair. No need to shave completely, but a little ‘manscaping’ goes a long way towards solving this problem.

  • Rocket Hulsey

    I wish men would remove the tag on their right sleeve from a new suit. This is not a thing.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      No, it is not!

    • Toby Masson

      As well as being a vulgar display of label worship, this horrific practice also advertises the fact that the suit was bought off-the-peg rather than v
      cut by a bespoke tailor.

  • http://dennisamith.nt2099.com/ Dennis A. Amith

    Wonderful and informative post!

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Dennis. Thanks for reading.

  • http://geek-q.com Hector Diaz

    This was the perfect post. Note taken of most of your points :). Thanks for sharing!

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Cheers, Hector. Thanks for reading.

  • Ralph Jacob

    This point is not a style mistake, rather it is a label that I feel should be delved into a bit further: using the horrid word “sprezzy”, a mockery of sprezzatura to describe so-called “laid back Italian” style. I mean, come on, really?

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      I’m not a fan of menswear internet slang either. I touched on that a bit in this post: http://hespk.st/1BFQX8w

  • janklimo

    Some more come to mind. Tie being too short (more common than too long). Tie peeking from underneath the collar in the back. Wearing shirt untucked when it’s way too long for that purpose.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      If the tie is way too short, then definitely. But I think it’s possible to have the front part of the tie be a little shorter than the back and pull it off. Totally depends on the person. It’s interesting how one “mistake” can look terrible on one individual but right on someone else.

    • Gail Leoniak

      There’s also tie being too long, as is demonstrated by Mr. Trump. He is a tall man, I am told, and yet his ties extend beyond his belt buckle to the region of his rise. He seems to favor ties intended for basketball players in the 7 ft range. (alas, he also seems unable to visit a tailor to fit his suits)

  • Revels

    Another style mistake I see is guys doing is over accessorizing. For example, look at the emergence of hip hop artists and their gaudy over the top Jewelry. If you work in an office setting or even head to club wearing 10 chains and 4 rings you are going to look like a ri’dick’ulous. Keep your accessories simple and classy.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      I necessarily call that a common mistake, simply because it’s something I think a lot of men aren’t that comfortable with, but I agree. We covered that recently in our post about trends that need to die in 2015: http://hespk.st/1BFQX8w

  • http://mrcavaliere.com/ Mr. Cavaliere

    Great post Brain. I couldn’t agree more.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Cheers! Thanks for reading.

  • melmoth

    This is a fun subject. I don’t get too riled over what other people do but I still want to mention a few here. Mostly, only when someone does something that I used to do and have troubling memories of. So I don’t know if they’re ‘peeves’ or ‘mistakes I made’

    –No jacket. So only tie and dress shirt. I did that for awhile and now I cringe with memories of always having to tuck in my shirt etc. It’s so imcomplete. One simple jacket makes you completely involved in this hobby of clothing versus seeming like someone who dislikes their obligation to dress himself; schoolboys, harried cubicle workers and missionaries..

    –Words/messages on shirts, like Brian mentioned.

    –Ties designed with icons/figures, scenery, cutesy pictures, little elephants or horses, golfers etc to make up the design

    –earrings. I just could never handle them. To each their own but it always gives me the slightest jolt

    –Black tie/bowtie style events where a whole room full of wealthy guys have to all wear the same black suit with a black bowtie, like Clooney’s wedding. So a guy who loves to put together cool looks, ends up just the same as another guy who hates dressing himself and just heading off to the tailor because he had to.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Thanks for the comment!

    • Jack Daggett

      Yes, the shirt and tie with no jacket look is one of my pet peeves. I call it the Hafta Look, as in “I’m only wearing a tie because I hafta.”

      Regarding black-tie events, I’ve found that one can still look around at the details to distinguish between the guys who are into menswear vs. the hafta guys.

    • Toby Masson

      For Black Tie events, the key is attention to detail. For a look that is so elegant and simple, it’s amazing how many people get it wrong. Let’s start with the shirt. Contrary to popular opinion, the wing collar is not exclusive to White Tie. Turn down collars started to become the norm with Black Tie when tunic shirts with detachable collars began to become less popular. A Classic evening shirt (highly starched, u-shaped bib in either Marcella or a double layer of smooth cotton, dress studs and a rigidly starched detachable wing collar) can be worn with either Black or White Tie. Next, the Tie; this should always be a self tie, NEVER a clip on, and should ideally be tailor made so that it fits you without needing to be adjustable. Tying a Bow Tie is a life skill that every Gentleman should master. The jacket should fasten with a single button and have peaked lapels, faced with grosgain silk. The trousers should be high-waisted, held up with silk moiré braces (never a belt, under any circumstances) and the seam down the outside of each leg should be covered by a braid made from the same silk as the lapels of the jacket. The waist should be covered by either a Cummerbund (pleats facing upwards) or an evening waistcoat (low cut into a u-shape that complements the bib of the shirt. The dress studs and cuff links should be a matching set, socks should be black silk and the shoes should be black, patent leather (either a Derby or Plain Oxford is fine). The look can be finished with a neatly folded, white pocket square.

      In a room full of fly-front dress shirts, two button tuxes, clip-on bow ties and bad shoes, a man doing Black Tie properly will stand head and shoulders above all those who simply can’t be bothered.

  • David Bjerke

    Not sure if this is considered a mistake but it’s a mistake for MEN to wear their collar on the outside when wearing a collared shirt under a sweater. Just looks sloppy to me.


    I’m not really sure why, but I do not mind that look for women though. Maybe it has to do with the different types of sweaters available for women and the smaller collars on their blouses?


    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      If it’s not a button-down, it can be hard to keep the collar inside the shirt. But I take your point.

      • asian_dapper

        Not if you’re wearing the proper sweater i.e. V-neck sweaters works best with widespread/cutaway collars and round-neck sweaters are best used for keeping point collars at bay.
        Or you know, you could easily button it up, wear a tie and call it a day.
        I strongly believe that photo of collars outside sweaters are very popular in the LGBTQ audience though.

  • http://about.me/mikeschinkel MikeSchinkel

    Anxious for you to post the video you teased about in #2. I’m a newbie to paying attention to style, but I was just planning to order some colored undershirts so I’m sad to learn that you and it seems others agree that it is a negative vs. a positive but I do not yet understand why. I had assumed it would be a great way to add a pop of color and some depth to an outfit…?

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Ah, sorry for not posting last Thursday, as I’d eluded to. It’ll be up this week. I don’t really delve into why you shouldn’t do it beyond what I mention here — it disrupts and distracts from the shirt framing the face.

      Pocket squares and ties (and maybe socks) can fill the “pop of color” void for you. So instead of those colored t-shirts, throw on a blazer and get creative with your pocket squares.

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  • Adam

    I completely agree about the crew neck t-shirt under a button-up shirt. Here’s my problem… The v-necks that fit close to my body don’t seem to have a deep enough “V” and therefore the neckline can still be seen even with only one button on the shirt open. If I go a size up, the “V” is deep enough but then the shirt is too bulky. So, I’ve been wearing tank tops a lot. This works fine on darker or thicker fabrics or if I’m wearing a blazer but doesn’t work so well with a plain white button-up with nothing on top.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      There are definitely v-neck tees with a very deep V – just need to find the right brand!

  • DMJ

    I’d say I first noticed ironic t-shirts popping up in Hot Topic stores around 1996-1997. They were interesting for awhile, but they should have died out a year later. Approaching two decades later, we are still seeing people wearing these awful things. If you’re over 25 (22 for that matter), it’s time to let go and grow up. If you’re in your 30s, it’s just a damn shame.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Preaching to the choir.

  • http://www.jabongworld.com/ Stella Langdon

    I strongly agree with the first point. Most of the men just wear suits which looks too big on them. Either shoulders of the suit are big or the sleeves are too long. These minute mistakes can spoil you looks. Always get a suit that suits you body. You can find the more collection of men’s suits @ http://www.jabongworld.com/men/suits-blazers.html/

  • Raphael Lee

    Last sentence of #9, I believe it’s: …undue attention.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Good catch. Cheers, Raphael.

      • Raphael

        I just wish fixing my own fashion flubs came as naturally to me as proofreading. Thanks for the tips, Brian.

        • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

          No problem! Have a great day.

  • Alan Cassell

    I only disagree with you on the Tie Bar. I’m 6’4 and my ties constantly swing over to one side (similar to which side i dress on). Even though my jackets have button placement in correct spot, the amount of tie from neck to ab, leaves so much less under buttoned jacket that it’s almost impossible to keep them in place. I refuse to stick a tack through a tie, nor will I tuck the slim side into my shirt (not that there is almost any slim portion of tie left when tied.

    • Richard W. Biasi

      I think he was referring to that if you are wearing a vest / waistcoat than you should not have to wear a tie bar. And, the slim or back piece on a tie is referred to as a blade.

    • Harrie Waasdorp

      Does this also count for a tie-pin? Or is that ok as it is has a more a decorative function?

  • Jeff Roberts

    Another honorable mention, belts with suspenders. One or the other, never both.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Good call.

    • Toby Masson

      Personally I favour braces (suspenders) and never belts. Clothes should hang from the shoulder, not the waist.

  • Dom

    I was told to never cut the side pocket stitching on a jacket so it doesn’t lose its shape – which makes sense to me.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      It’s true that leaving the stitching in will help the pockets keep their shape. But they were intended to be functional, not just decorative: http://hespokestyle.com/suit-jacket-pockets/

  • DH

    Should also fall under “Style”- Too. Much. Cologne.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Definitely a mistake, though we’d put that under grooming. think you just suggested another topic!

  • Daniel Sacchitella

    Good list, but I have one more: Wearing glasses when you don’t actually need them to correct your vision. I have fallen in love with my Oliver Peoples glasses, but I would take perfect vision over the sartorial addition any day.

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Really? Glasses can be such a key component of personal style!

      • Daniel Sacchitella

        Agreed, but for me that is a necessity. The side benefit is an additional element of style. People can and will do what they like, and if it works for them, more power to them. If I had perfect vision I would probably not wear glasses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/1020958942 Matt Rogers

    1. The monochromatic look
    2. Dressing all in black
    3. Unless youare over 6ft 4 and a professional athlete-four or more buttons on your jacket

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      What’s wrong with dressing monochromatically?

  • Toby Masson

    A couple of observations here:

    1. A pocket square should complement (but not match) the shirt, not the tie. The only accessories that it is acceptable to match with a tie are silk knot cuff-links.

    2. Vent stitches and sleeve labels are only found on suits bought off-the-peg. The only type of suit to wear is a bespoke suit (that’s bespoke, not made-to-measure, there’s a huge difference).

    3. Clothes should hang from the shoulder, not the waist. The only way to keep your trousers hanging correctly all day long is to wear braces (or suspenders, as they are known in the US) and not of the vile, elasticated clip on variety. Proper braces are made from Boxcloth, or Barathea and attach to the waistband of the trousers with buttons. Of course, if you have your suits made by a Bespoke Tailor, you simply need to instruct your Master Cutter to make your trousers with side adjusters, a braces back waistband and no belt loops.

    4. Cheap shoes are a false economy. Consider this example: The shoes that I buy cost more than three times as much as the shoes that my friend buys, but over the last five years my friend has spent twice as much money on shoes as I have.

    In short, the best way to ensure that you always look good is to forget about designer labels and focus on quality and style. True style will never go out of fashion.

    • David

      Holy crap, man. Could you possibly be more pretentious? First, pattern-making software is increasingly blurring the line between bespoke and made-to-measure. Second, even for those who can’t afford made-to-measure (which is increasingly few, as online MTM like Indochino becomes a genuine option), we shouldn’t let the perfect be the enemy of the hood. SuitSupply, for instance, has some absolutely phenomenal OTR options that look much, much better than many MTM suits, if sized properly. Third, some of your rules (i.e. the one about pocket squares and the “no belts” thing) are based on what’s traditionally done rather than aesthetics. I’m not even going to argue with that. I’m just going to point out what a sad approach that is to dressing oneself.

      • http://www.mha-law.com mhedayat

        To be fair, you’re both right. Quinapalus describes the ideal situation, but to make that work one must be cost insensitive (rich). David is right in that innovation has democratized what was once the exclusive province of skilled artisans. And there are still snobs who insist that only Italians can make a great suit, etc. But really, the only question is how much one is prepared (and able) to spend. And let’s face it, a 22 year old probably doesn’t need a full bespoke suit, but then a 40 year old ought to know better than to buy suits from Express.

  • http://www.customstitchers.com/ harry_james

    Keep mistakes out of your reach

  • The Mad Beaver

    The 2-button blazer issue. I’ve seen way too many people wearing expensive suits with both of the buttons buttoned. That’s just like getting off the last model of Porsche while wearing socks with sandals.

  • Richard W. Biasi

    My biggest hate: sneakers with suits! It is never cool, period. Also, as I tell all my customers at my vintage menswear shop- new or old it is very rare that the fit is perfect. Tailoring is the key to make the garment “yours”.

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  • Josh An

    Suspenders and belt! Drives me CRAZY!!

  • Aeon

    Tedious nonsense.. a tie bar looks great even with a waistcoat and gives you the option of removing your waistcoat at any time, while leaving your tie still secured. Rules are there to be broken, anyway, especially when the rules are pretentious twaddle. The only thing that should ever matter is “does it look good” – does the wearer pull it off in style?

    • SimonNorwich

      Late response, I know…I think good style usually means less rather than more. Accessories can enhance an outfit but are best kept to a minimum. I think a tie bar can work stylishly with a waistcoat, as long as the suit is very clean cut, a solid colour, and there are very few other accessories. If the suit or shirt is patterned, or you have a lot of other accessories it’s OTT.

  • Harrie Waasdorp

    Question: Does the point about the tie bar also count for a tie pin? Or is that ok as it is has a more a decorative function?

    • David J. A. Foster

      I think a tie pin should be worn with a waistcoat. It is always worn just below the tie knot which looks silly without a waistcoat.

  • MSH

    I think one of the biggest – particularly when men from the US or UK are on holiday – is the man being significantly under-dressed when compared with their female partner! We were in Italy last month and saw lots of tourist couple where the woman was wearing a nice dress, jewellery etc and the guy was wearing a baseball/college style t-shirt or sweatshirt and shorts.

  • Gail Leoniak

    My peeve:shirt waaaay to large. A few weeks ago I was headed to my local Thrift store to find a few style gap items, and I found myself walking behind a group of people out of their office for some lunch. It was all I could do to prevent myself from running up to the young man and demanding to know who told him the shirt he was wearing in any way fit him. The collar was too large, creating a gap at the back of the neck, the sleeves were too long (and off his shoulder joint at the top) and the body was fairly flapping in the breeze. He wore this shirt with trousers that were entirely too loose and long. He didn’t have the look of someone who had lost considerable weight. He seemed to be suffering from I know I am to wear more “formal” clothes to work, so I got these. *sigh*

    • Brian Michael Shea

      I think that the oversized clothing thing that started in the 80’s and became the norm in the 90’s really altered peoples perceptions of how things are supposed to fit. I know so many people who think clothes that are too big for them(or others) ‘fit’ and will insist on it. To them clothes that fit are ‘tight’. Also, I think with a lot of men, bigger clothes are seen as more masculine. A sort of ‘big clothes=big guy’ thing. Even if they are small and skinny and swimming in their clothes, LOL! And also in the States, we do have a sort of ‘bigger, better, more’ sort of state of mind.

  • RJ Giddings

    Two years and this thread is still getting people all riled up…. I love that. My .02 worth is the current sockless phase. If this indeed takes off and becomes some crazy new fashion norm, then I give up on mankind. It’s gotta be a ridiculously aggravating pet peeve of mine. You aren’t at the beach. Get your socks back on. Over the calf, too !

  • Remy Etienne LeBarr

    +1 to add to the list: Wearing the vest too tight. Like, I get it – you work out…seriously, let yourself breathe a little bit, give those buttons some relief…the vest breaks up the shirt while still keeping the gig line and keeps the tie in line…there’s no reason to look like one is trying to wear it like a corset (unless that’s you’re thing, corsets…then hey, more power to ya, man…)

  • gordonglobal

    I totally disagree on the dress shirt, unless you are talking about a standard length dress shirts which are cut a bit too long in my opinion. I get my shirts tailored and cut them slightly shorter. You can put a bro in a tux and he’ll still be a bro. An untucked dress shirt can bridge the divide between casual and dressy with ease.

  • Christopher Sebok

    What do I do when I can’t find suits that fit my shoulders? Either the size fits or the shoulders don’t. Tailors said they can’t do anything about it.

  • Jordan James Harvill

    Ugh, this post digs at every pep-peev I hold dear. Oversized suits? Honestly friends, if you can afford a suit, you can afford to ensure it fits — it really does make a difference. I think it’s more of a lack of knowing your proper fit, etc.

    Other than that, just wanted to underline two because they’re particularly in line with what I do:
    “9. Matching Exactly
    10. Wearing a Tie Bar with a Waistcoat”

    When you add either a tie bar or a pocket square, you’re telling the world that you believe the details matter.

    When you make these mistakes, you might as well put “I’m a noob at fashion” on your forehead.

    Good thing: there’s plenty of ways to fix that! (Including this post). ;)

    Thanks for the great share!

    (Ties, Bowties, Bags, Wallets, and More)

  • Linda
  • https://www.nirofashion.com/ Niro Fashion

    Not everyone is perfect and I think it is the best blog that one can follow. This post is written by an expert and must be followed by all men looking for tips to improve their dressing up skills.

  • Aaron A. Dennis

    He Spoke Style

  • https://www.malesensepro.com Eric White

    My Big problem for me is always the shirt, I can’t able to dressed it properly… but through out the time I get to know… A cruel learning curve for me :D :)

  • https://www.nirofashion.com/ Niro Fashion

    Great post. These are the common mistakes every man can commit, like wearing loose shirts, crushed shirts, untucked shirt, too much matching in clothes. Keep up the good work.

  • Cavallo Pazzo

    11. The watch. A classic, even vintage and cheap, proper watch. Possibly not one of those 50mm chronofrankensteins.
    Great post. Greetings from Milan

  • Georgio Salvin

    Love this Post a lot. Would be great if you can make one blog post about nice oversized Hoodies :-) … keep up your great work

    • http://hespokestyle.com/ Brian Sacawa

      Oh, really? GTFO. Dropping your link in here. You’re banned.