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The Most Common Fashion Faux Pas For Men

When it comes to fashion, it always feels like there are so many “rules” to follow for what you can and can’t do, and to make matters worse – they change season by season and year by year. However, when it comes to looking your best, there are a few simple steps that are simply tradition to follow.

Well, we’re here to help! Below we’ve listed some of the most common fashion faux pas that you might not even know that you’re making. If you’re going to be the best, you also must look your best.


Sports Socks are for SPORTS. Full stop.

Socks matter

This all too common fashion mistake is one that so many men seem to make. Looking from head to toe you have a great shirt, belt is matching the shoes, and then it hits you – white, calf length, athletic socks. Think that no one is going to notice? Because they do.

So keep those white cotton monstrosities hidden in your drawers for days at the gym and try out a light pair of dress socks. If you’re someone that’s a little more on the traditional side, you can stick to classic black, brown or dark greys. However, if you’re feeling fancy or it’s a special occasion you might be interested in a pair with a fun patter that compliments the rest of your outfit. Need some inspiration? Check out the Swedish-born Happy Socks Company to get some ideas.


Dreary Fitting Denim

Denim makes all the difference

Everyone loves great jeans right? But they really need care. First of all, ensure that you’re buying quality denim that will keep its shape. Often cheaper denim tends to stretch out and then you end up with baggy jeans which leaves you looking sloppy instead of put-together, in addition, they fade more quickly which leaves them looking old and haggard.

Moreover, when it comes to washing your denim, be very careful. Denim was not designed to be washed after every wear, and unless you’ve spilled something on yourself, you don’t need to. In fact, the CEO of Levi’s made headlines back in 2016 when he declared that you should almost never wash your denim and suggests spot cleaning. Throwing them in the laundry too often can result in the style becoming sluggish and premature fading on dark washes


Brown Shoes, Black Pants

brown dress shoes

Now this one is a little bit debatable, because there are some situations where this can be pulled off nicely, but it depends on the occasion and your general…aesthetics.

Are you wearing black denim with a pair of leather boots in a casual environment? Then you’re doing it right. If you’re wearing any other fabric or shoe style you’re doing this very, very wrong. The reason behind this is that a brown shoe, especially a light brown shoe that is paired with black pants is simply unpleasing

to the eye, as the contrast between the two colours appears off. If you’re looking for a more polished look, stick to colours which complement each other.


Your Belt and Shoes should go hand in hand

belt shoes match

This specific rule is standard across all avenues, no matter where you might be. Formal event – shoes and belt match, on the golf course? Shoes and belt match, at work… well, you get it.

It’s not as simple however as just making sure you’ve got brown/brown, or black/black. You want to ensure that the fabric and finish also complement one another or are exactly the same. This provides you with an end-to-end polished look that allows you to look completely put-together. Ensure that you have belts for every occasion, and you won’t go wrong. Check out some of these amazing belts from Brown Thomas for inspiration.


So there we have it, some of the biggest style mistakes that you might not even know you’ve been making. When it comes to style, it truly is a representation of yourself, and when you look put together it speaks to the people around you that you care. Taking the extra mile in your style isn’t just so that you look good, it’s so that you feel good and express yourself as the strong, confident individual you are.  


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