Fashion and style are difficult topics for a lot of men. But even if you’re not the type to commit “fashion sins” on a regular basis, there’s three particularly horrific fashion sins that every man should avoid.
In fact, these three “sins” are so brutal that they’re like giant warning bells for women. If you’re guilty of these common fashion mistakes, you might as well be wearing a giant sign on your back that says, “I’m a huge geek!”
So, here’s the top three men’s fashion sins for 2013:
1. Gaudy Running Shoes
Absolutely nothing — and I mean nothing — screams “nerd” more than a guy who wears bright-coloured running shoes as his everyday footwear.
Even if it’s the latest pair of Nike or Reebok training shoes, it’s still something you should avoid at all costs.
Look, running shoes are fine. In fact, if you’re doing any kind of physical activity, such as hiking or working out at the local gym, a good quality pair of runners is a must have.
But once your workout is over, once you put down the weights, hop off the bike, or finish mowing the lawn, it’s time to ditch the sneakers!
Instead, wear some casual shoes that are designed for comfort and style. There are literally hundreds of different styles you can choose to wear as a daily pair of casual shoes, from old school high tops to brown suede dress shoes.
The key, of course, is that they’re not running shoes!
So, whatever you do, avoid being the nerdy dude who wears his bright yellow running shoes to a dinner date.
2. Pants That Don’t Fit Properly
Always, always make sure that your pants fit properly. This is important whether you’re wearing suspenders, slacks, jeans, or a tuxedo. Every pair of pants you own should fit properly!
Sure, you can wear loose-fitting jeans or casual khakis on your day off, but that doesn’t mean you should be walking around with three inches of extra fabric around your ankles!
What’s even worse than baggy pants? Pants that are too short! If you’re exposing your socks (or worse yet, your bare legs), then you’re pretty much guaranteed to send women running for the nearest exit. Sorry, nobody wants to see your scruffy legs!
3. Things Attached Or Clipped Onto Your Belt
This is a huge fashion “no-no.” Unfortunately, no matter how convenient or logical it may seem, wearing something on your belt screams, “I’m a total loser.”
Seriously. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lawyer, a plumber, or a male prostitute, you should never, ever clip anything to your belt. Put your cell phone, pager, or pocket knife where they belong: in your pocket!
(Ok, I’ll give you a break if you’re a surgeon and the hospital administrator demands you wear a pager, or if you’re on a jungle expedition and need a huge knife to fend off leopards. Otherwise, just say no to belt clips!)
So, there you have it — three fashion sins to avoid if you ever want to get laid again!