The 7 Style Mistakes All Guys Make – Response

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Just recently saw an article from Yahoo! about 7 style mistakes that all guys make, and I do think that they have some great points that, thankfully, are being addressed.

The Leather Jacket

The appearance of a clothing piece should accentuate the body type of a person, and this is usually done through the tailoring of that piece.  So yes, I agree that it shouldn’t be baggy or slouchy, and it should create a better form/shape of that person.  The jacket should feel “snug,” as the article pointed out, but it shouldn’t restrict movement and flexibility.  I do have to say that I like their choice of the bomber jacket from Dolce & Gabbana.

The Barack Obama Jeans

I haven’t owned a pair since the 80’s, and even looking at the “trends” now, the 80’s are coming back.  But just because the trend is here doesn’t mean it will last.  Stick with darker denim that has room for the crotch and makes your appearance straight and tall.  Bootcut jeans are typically very nice for slimming down one’s physique.

And yes, get rid of the Seinfeld-esque sneakers and go for something more stylish, hip, and put together.  H&M was suggested, but I can also argue for brands like Coach, Cole Haan, Armani Exchange, Kenneth Cole, and Steve Madden.

The Cheap Tie

I’ve been on a case that accessories should be invested upon as much as one can possibly afford (at a reasonable amount, of course).  Why? Because accessories also accentuate your physique as well as the overall look.  It helps polish your attire and oftentimes makes things “fit” together.  Cheap ties, as in most things cheap, don’t possess the quality necessary to withstand the wear and tear.  They feel coarse, the prints look cheap, and the threads/material feel like they’ve been made with bamboo.

Sagging Suit Pants

Ahh, yes.  The sagging pants.  Shameless confession: I can’t really say I haven’t done this, but I have repented and moved on long time ago.  It’s easy to really get stuck in this rut, especially if you are shorter than the average person.  I agree with the article: take your pants to a tailor.  While it is much better to find pants that fit both vertically and horizontally, it oftentimes do not happen, especially in the sale racks.  So, if you buy something on sale at Banana Republic that works on the waist, but not length-wise, take it to a good tailor, or for an extra $10 bucks or so, get the store to hem it for you.

The Pancake Collar

Honestly, if you have the money to buy a great suit, you should also have (or try to invest in) the time to take care of the suit AND its other parts: shirt, shoes, accessories.  I know we all get lazy at times, and I know that a lot of guys just give up and figured a great suit will negate the sloppy shirts.  Well, the suit in and of itself may be great, but again, it’s all about the whole and not just the sum of its parts.  Take the time to iron your stuff if needed.  Or, as the article suggested, buy shirts with firm collars and invest in collar stays (those plastic things).

Right Suit, Wrong Belt

I can even make the case for the right suit but the wrong shoes as well.  I went to a friend’s wedding once where the groom (my friend) wore an awesome tux and Birkenstocks.  Yes, he’s from the Pacific Northwest and he’s an outdoors kind-of-guy, but a good outfit doesn’t have to be ruined by the shoes or accessories you wear.  Each piece of accessory or clothing needs to compliment the outfit.  I like the article’s point of view; if you have things that don’t fit the suit or the outfit, retire it.

The Oversize Suit

Come on, people.  This isn’t the 80’s with the massive shoulder pads.  Today’s modern suit is form-fitting, and even if you don’t think form-fitting is going to look good for you, think again.  Lots of suits are made specifically for your type of body (granted some are quite expensive), but these suits don’t just make the man, they make them look fantastic. And even if you do get a suit that looks a little big, invest in a great tailor that can help you look great for that job interview or that work-related lunch meeting.  You’re not just investing in what you wear, but you’re investing in your confidence and overall appeal, both short-term and long-term.

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A Must-Have Look

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Looking good is just as much an attitude and mental perception than it is your outfit and how you wear it.  But it doesn’t hurt to have a great outfit that makes you feel good and helps your mind feel good about what you wear.  Having the perfect combination of cut, texture, tailoring, color, and style will always hit the mark in giving a person that wonderful sensation.  The outfit I’ve shown below is a great example of how to get that sensation.

Express Curdoroy Suit

Express Curdoroy Suit

This corduroy suit from Express.com is a perfect blend of sophisticated and classic look with a modern flair. The 5-button vest playfully shown underneath the 2-button corduroy jacket provides that classic 3-piece-suit-look without straying too far away from the more contemporary design. The buckle belt gives this outfit a subtle hint of modern wear without being overtly modern, which makes this whole design more versatile than one would think.

Next, add a solid or lightly striped 1MX shirt to make the jacket and vest pop out.  Look for strong and light hues of white, purple, blue, or red to enhance the look that you are trying to achieve.  Stripe patterns are also great with the look if the occasion calls for it.  Since this is corduroy fabric, depending on the wale patterns and size, offset large patterns with more subtle tones, widths, and lengths to balance the design.  And if you’re bold enough, you can even add a bold black button-down shirt with wide pinstripe patterns in lighter gray, purple, red, or off-white colors to get that modern-ish craving.

Add a flat-front corduroy Producer Pant to round out the outfit.  If you are looking into getting pleated corduroy pants, make sure to check the wale patterns of the corduroy and see how the strong the pleated lines are.  You want to ensure that the wale patterns are not obtrusive enough that it distorts the pleated lines, which will screw up the pant’s role of slendering your body.

Of course, I can’t finish this without my friends from Shopittome.com, who have supplied me with sweet deals on shoes. As always, I’m going to look for quality, stitch, style, and comfort when picking shoes. There are going to be some brands that people tend to love and others tend to hate. Pick the brand that you know that is going to last you a long time, that will look good as it grows on you, and that it will be as versatile to your wardrobe. With this in mind, I’ve always trusted Kenneth Cole to get the job done, and here’s how I am taking care of business.

Kenneth Cole Sim-Plicity Moc-Toe Oxfords

Kenneth Cole Sim-Plicity Moc-Toe Oxfords

A great shoe to match this outfit would be something that 1) is not too pointed, 2) that is slightly arched on the front, but not too much that it looks like a flat-toe, 3) slip-on or laces, and 4) has a strong sole foundation on both the heel and the side. Kenneth Cole has never disappointed, and its Sim-Plicity shoe is an excellent choice to polish this outfit.

Other add-ons include square-shaped cuff-links from Banana Republic or Kenneth Cole, striped or solid pattern ties in various hues and colors similar to the 1MX shirt, and last but not least, sheer confidence.

Lots of it.