Men’s Formal Wear Fashion Faux Pas

Posted on August 4, 2010


Most people base most of their impressions and judgments of a person on how they saw them for the first time. As the saying goes, first impressions last. That is why it is very important for anyone to be able to make a lasting first impression, especially when applying for a job or going to a business meeting. It’s a do or die situation most of the time and that first impression is usually based on how you dress. This makes being able to wear your most perfect formal attire an essential when going to events like these. So here are some important reminders of things you should not do when doning your Sunday’s best.

1. Tie with Short Sleeves

First of all, if you really want to go formal, go full on wearing a nice long-sleeved dress shirt. But if you don’t have that option, never ever wear a necktie with your short sleeves as they don’t really project the “professional” look.

2. Scruffy Shoes

When asked whether which part of a guy they check out first, most women will answer shoes. So if you think that shoes are not really part of your outfit, better think again. In fact, it is probably one of the most important part of your formal attire as it completes the whole look. That is why you should invest in a good-quality pair of leather shoes that you always keep clean and shiny. When wearing a suit, lace-up shoes are your best bet.

3. Ill-fitting Pants

Not only do you need pants that are just the right fit on your waist, but you also need to make sure that they are of the perfect length. Having too short or too long pants screams disaster. It’s either you don’t really have time to buy your own pants that you need to borrow from others or you just don’t care at all with how you look. Either way, these are bad signs and people might get turned off. When I said perfect length, your trousers should cover the heels of your shoes when you are standing up but not touch the ground.

4. Mismatched Socks

Green, yellow and other colors, including white, should be a no-no when going the formal wear route. Always make sure that your socks match your pants. Acceptable colors include black, grey and brown. Also, it’s not an excuse to wear different socks just because you can’t find the other one. Also, stay away from socks with novelty prints.

5. Wrong Belt

General rule for wearing a belt is that it should match your shoes. Also, avoid using your casual belt made from fabric or rubber. Always go for dress leather belts that goes with your pants. Lastly, make sure that your belt doesn’t look to worn out. If you think or feel that they have done their time, replace them as soon as possible.

6. Short Ties

Make sure that your neckties are of the right length and are tied correctly. Ties should alwasy reach your belt line. Longer than that tends to look sloppy while shorter looks very ridiculous.

7. Loose Clothing

Again, proper fit is the name of the game when it comes to formal wear. That is why you should buy clothes – shirts, pants and jackets – that fits you to a T. Clothes that are too loose looks sloppy and unprofessional. And that is the last thing you want when going to a business setting.

8. Unflattering Colors

The colors of the clothes should wear should not only match your personality, but also your appearance. This is the number one rule you should put in mind when deciding what colors to wear. But don’t overdo it. When going formal, stick to the basics and stick to the minimal. You don’t want to wear loud colors like red, green or light blue. You should also avoid too many different colors in one outfit. Limit colors to one to three shades to give you that simple yer sophisticated look.

Men’s fashion is all about trial and error. So don’t fret too much if you’re guilty of committing some of the mistakes mentioned. Everybody has done it. The important thing is to recognize your mistakes and move on from there. In no time, you will be that stylish guy you have always wanted to be.

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