The Never-Wear List (Avoid It Like The Plague)


guy wearing mickey mouse ears

Over the years, I’ve given you some great tips on what to wear. By now (and especially if you tried my men style guide) you should have lots of ideas on how to look great.

But what I haven’t told you too much about is… what NOT to wear.

And if you’re asking: Why should I care what other people say about my style? my answer is…

you should!

Style is not just about wearing clothes that make you unique and show your best traits (while hiding body flaws), it’s also a way of communicating that you understand how important the personal image is.

There’s a difference between wearing something bold and wearing something ridiculous. Imagine a guy wearing a bright red shirt with a pair of green pants. He would be bold and ridiculous at the same time. 🙂

And if you ARE the type of person who would wear such outfits, then it’s cool. No need to read this article. No need to read the other articles either.

But if you’re really concerned about your personal image and want to avoid these big mistakes, read on because I have a very interesting list of what not to wear.

1. UGG boots

ugg boots

I’ve discussed these in detail in another article a while back. UGG boots look good on hotties but not on us. Stay away from them, they are womens boots and you have plenty of other shoe options.

2. An over-sized shirt

guy in an oversized shirt

I’ve seen this so many times it’s not even funny. Guys wearing shirts 2-3 sizes too big for them.

If you’re not fashion conscious, it’s OK to make this mistake but I’m sorry, I wont’ allow it anymore. You’re reading my blog which mean’s you’re style savvy.

You don’t have to throw away all your shirts. Take them to the tailor and have then adjusted for your body. It’s not that expensive and will save you some dollars since you don’t have to buy a new one. If you’re a bigger guy, it’s even more important for you to have clothes that fit.

3. Crocs

crocs

Crocs are as ugly as they seem… and more. OK, I know you’re expecting a pertinent reason why crocs aren’t stylish so I won’t banter this time.

The look you should aim for as a guy is slick and sharp and shoes should be that way too. Crocs are too chunky, they come in ridiculous colors that don’t match the outfit and the overall design is bad.

If you’re looking for something cool to wear during the summer, get a nice pair of sandals.

4. Novelty T-Shirts

novelty t-shirt

photo: haggisbuffet.blogspot.com

Novelty t-shirts send a message, all right… the WRONG one. The right message is conveyed by a great outfit.

Let me tell you: such a t-shirt will get women’s attention in the street or in a social gathering. But ask yourself this: what kind of impression am I making?

Well, If your novelty t-shirt has a text on it that says “Enlightment” and a penis next to it, probably not a good one.

Some of the guys wearing this think they’re projecting a bad-boy avatar. Not true. Here’s how a bad-boy avatar looks like:

the bad boy avatar

The message is not that obvious but it does reach others at a very deep level.

4. Skinny jeans
skinny jeans

photo: drjays.com

Skinny jeans are the exact opposite of baggy jeans. The big idea is that jeans (and clothing in general) should fit you like a glove.

Skinny jeans, like UGG boots look great on women. They show a certain sex-appeal that just doesn’t work for men.

The solution? Go for slim fit jeans. I’ve talked about the difference between slim fit and skinny jeans here.

That’s it. I will update this never-wear list every once in a while with clothes that you should stay away from.

Finding your own sense of style comes not just from seeing what works for you, but also from figuring out what doesn’t.

Good luck!

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3 Comments

  1. March 7, 2012

    i have another one: Plaid shorts. especially the ones hanging below the knee. haha i think it’s a douchebag wardrobe essential.

  2. August 15, 2012

    So true about the skinny jeans versus the slim jeans! You kind of hint at the ‘wrong hats’ in the pic – but you don’t mention them here. Any ideas on hats?

  3. harton
    January 4, 2013

    WOW the title of this article should be: “AMERICA’S FAVORITE THINGS”

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