Dressing with style isn't rocket science, even if it feels that way when you're getting ready for work or play. Read about seven common mistakes men make when dressing and learn how to fix them with minimal effort.
1. New Suit Syndrome
You just laid down a lot of money for a new suit. You tried it on and perhaps had it custom tailored. Then you wear it the first time and notice some coworkers snickering when you arrive at work. What’s the problem? New suit syndrome.
Simply put, a new suit comes with a few safety nets to keep the fabric intact during the delivery process. Manufacturers may also apply these treatments to winter coats or casual jackets. Here’s what you need to do:
- Check the pockets and look for stitches holding the flaps in place. Carefully snip them with scissors and pull out the threads. They are usually white, so they are easy to spot.
- Check for basting thread on the shoulders, vents, and the tail part of the jacket. Remove them.
- Cut off the tags that are usually sewn to the sleeves. While this is the most obvious symptom of new suit syndrome, it is still easy to overlook.
Proper shoelace tying goes beyond the bunny ears of childhood. Maybe you grew up with Velcro, or you didn’t realize that having the bow lay a certain way was a thing, but tying your shoes requires some attention.
Most guys have the shoelace bow that are positioned heel to toe, instead of horizontally across the top of the foot. To tie your laces properly, you have to wrap the right end of the lace over the left, instead of the left over the right. Try it, and you’ll see that it makes your appearance tidier and more polished.
3. Fashion Do’s and Don’ts
Always dress your best with these quick tips:
- Do match the color of your shoes to your belt.
- Do pick a side: Belt or suspenders, never both.
- Do wear a belt when you tuck in your shirt.
- Do check the length of your pants. They should touch your shoes with a slight bend.
- Do make sure your shirt sleeves peek out about an inch from your suit jacket.
- Do make sure your tie length is correct. It should just brush your belt.
- Do match your socks to your pants. Choose like colors or patterns with the most prominent color matching your pants.
- Do make sure the collar of your dress shirt is crisp. Floppy collars look sloppy.
- Don’t button the bottom button of your suit jacket.
- Don’t have the top button of your dress undone if you’re wearing a crew neck undershirt.
- Don’t wear white socks unless you’re at the gym.
- Don’t wear socks with sandals.
- Don’t wear shorts and socks, unless they are anklet socks that don’t show with shoes.
- Don’t wear square toed dress shoes.
4. Freshen Those Feet
Nothing is more embarrassing than foot odor. If you suffer from foot odor, fear not. There are a few things you can do:
- Carry extra socks with you in case your feet get wet. Wet socks get smelly. Changing them will get rid of the issue.
- Try to wear weather-appropriate shoes to avoid sweaty or wet feet.
- Never go sockless. Wear socks or ankle socks with your shoes to lessen the smell of sweat.
- Use odor-fighting insteps.
- If your budget allows, purchase an assortment of shoes so you aren’t wearing the same pair every day.
- Use specialty socks like Ejis® moisture-wicking dress socks that are designed to stop odor and keep your feet cool and dry.
5. Be Undershirt Savvy
The wrong undershirt can ruin even the most coordinated outfit. Choose the right undershirt based on what you are wearing:
- V-neck: Ideal when you choose to forego a tie. It stays hidden with the top button undone.
- Crew Neck: Perfect for a suit and tie.
- Deep V-neck: Ideal for casual settings where you dare to have two buttons undone.
If you sweat though the armpits of your undershirts, don’t stress. Some guys just sweat more than others. If you’re one of them, try wearing Ejis sweatproof undershirts. They offer a special waterproof layer in the armpits to stop sweat from transferring to your shirts. They also use silver to keep you smelling fresher, longer while keeping you cooler when it’s hot and warmer when it’s cold.
6. Nail the Right Dress Code
Following common dress codes helps you dress appropriately for all occasions:
- Business Casual: Casual sophistication with no jacket required.
- Business Formal: A conservative look requiring a professional suit and tie.
- Cocktail Attire: A fashionable version of the suit and tie.
- Semi-Formal: Back to the dark suit and tie.
- Black Tie: Black tuxedo, with a vest or cummerbund.
- Black Tie Optional: Dark suit and tie, without vest or cummerbund.
- White Tie: The Works! Black tuxedo with tails, white vest, and white bow tie.
7. Find the Right Fit
No matter your shape or weight, wearing clothes that fit your frame creates a polished look.
Like many of your peers, you probably buy clothes that are larger than you need to ensure comfort, or because you don’t know any better. But the cold-hard truth is that if your clothes are too large, they look sloppy. Worse yet, they can make you look heavier and shorter!
Do yourself a favor and take the time to shop for properly fitting clothes. You’ll find that you turn heads whether you’re wearing a simple t-shirt and jeans or a dapper suit and tie.
With a little effort and a few adjustments to your wardrobe, you can avoid these common mistakes and spruce up your look.