Fashion Advice For the Modern Man – 10 Simple Rules Every Man Must Follow

When you step out of the house, your clothes advertise much about you. Along with your face and hair, you clothing is one of the first things people will notice and they will judge you quickly on first impressions. When you are at work and about town, it is important to present a confident and capable appearance.

One would think that today’s modern man would have good fashion sense already locked away in his brain, but one good look around will tell you differently. Every day, men are committing fashion suicide and this could be costing them at job interviews, meetings with the in-laws, or trying to get that all important phone number from Heather. Don’t be that man. Follow these simple rules:

1. Don’t look like you tried too hard. Unless you have a part time job as a clown entertaining at children’s birthday parties, keep your look simple by not wearing more than three major colors. Also, keep the jewelry count low. There is only one Mr. T and you are not him. A good rule is one ring per hand and one necklace only.

2. Take a friend. When you go shopping for your wardrobe, take a friend. Even better if the friend you take is a woman. You want an honest opinion of what looks good on you from somebody else’s view point.

3. Don’t overlook your shoes. I have heard that women will judge you by your shoes. I’m not sure how true this is…but why take chances. They seem to have a “thing” for shoes, as evidenced by how many pair they usually own. Check for dirt, scuffs, frayed laces, etc. Take the extra time to make sure your shoes are in top shape. Do not leave the house with ratty shoes.

4. Sandals are for the beach. Don’t wear them out of earshot of the surf. Nobody wants to see your ugly feet and toes. If you insist on wearing sandals and think you can pull off a slick look…please, please, please do not wear socks, with them.

5. Don’t spend too much. In other words, don’t buy an article of clothing just for the brand name or the logo. You can find other brands that are just as good for less money. You can further enhance your wardrobe with the money you save.

6. Keep the PJs in the bedroom. Do not ever wear your pajamas out and about. I don’t care if this is the latest fad and everyone else is doing it…you should not. Some women can get away with this…most women can’t. Men can never pull this off.

7. Hats. Seems every guy is wearing ball caps these days. Ball caps are fine…but take them off when your not “playing”. If you are not wearing shorts or jeans, you shouldn’t be sporting a ball cap. Also, remove your hat indoors. This is a rule that never goes out of style. Don’t wear your cap in a restaurant, movie theater, church, etc.

8. Look behind you. Don’t forget to check out your backside in the mirror. You don’t want to wear pants that give you a baggy butt.

9. Underwear should stay under. Nothing looks sloppier than several inches of boxer shorts sticking out of the top of your pants. Keep your pants around your waist…and your underwear in your pants. Wear a belt for crying out loud!

10. Dress for the occasion. You wouldn’t show up for a job interview in shorts and T-shirt, would you? Make sure that you wear the right clothes for the right occasion. When in doubt, it is far better to over dress than under dress. Where a necktie. If that makes you over dressed, you can take it off and stuff it in a coat pocket for a quick dress down.

You may not be a fashion model, but follow these simple fashion rules and you will not fail. You will look sharp and, in turn, you will feel confident…and that, my friend, is the point. Look better, feel better.

Three Good Reasons NOT to Follow Fashion Advice

You can’t always trust fashion advice, so be careful when considering the source. Here’s why:

1) You think “It looks good on the mannequin. I’ll buy it!”

But, just because it looks good on the mannequin doesn’t mean it’s a winner for you. The retailers are enticing you to buy, by dressing up the mannequin, BUT you probably don’t look like that mannequin! Not many of us do. We have to take into account our own body type, coloring, face shape, facial features skin and hair qualities.

2) “My friend thinks it looks good on me.”

If she can see beyond her own style, coloring and body type, she may be right. Otherwise she could just be imposing her tastes and preferences onto you. Or maybe even unconsciously cloning you into a copy of herself. This is a hard one because, if you can’t see it for yourself, you’ll probably be tempted to follow her blindly. After all, she always looks great, doesn’t she? But you need an objective eye for this. If your own eyes aren’t objective and you don’t know for sure if your friend’s eyes are either, you might want to consider working with a professional who’s been trained to see objectively.

3)It’s in the fashion magazines.” Fashion magazines have two big limitations. They are:

a) Too generic. They can’t possibly cover all of the variables that make up your unique style or look. General guidelines can be somewhat helpful, but they don’t go far enough. Compare that to understanding exactly why something looks great on you, or not.

b) Too limited. They can only show what’s going to be available for that season which has been dictated by the designers. The designers don’t’ know YOU. They’re just playing out their own fantasies and preferences that don’t have anything to do with you. Well, unless you happen to get lucky on occasion!

Sometimes, it all feels too complicated. You may be tempted to just play it safe. So you stick with basics. You don’t know how to accessorize, so you don’t. But playing it safe often translates into boring.

On the other hand, you may throw caution to the winds and buy your clothes on the whim of the moment. You choose a passing fad, a trend that may be on its way out, a cute little something that doesn’t go with anything else in your closet. But, when you do that, too often you end up with a mishmash in your closet and never know what to wear.

Either way you never feel great in your clothes, and that’s a problem!

What to do?

1) Take the time to understand your style, your personal coloring, and your body type.

2) Learn what works best on you, and don’t buy anything unless you know it’s right.

3) If you feel overwhelmed at the thought of taking on that task and don’t feel you can do it successfully, consider getting professional help. Advice from an expert can keep you on the right track, stop you from making mistakes, and save you money in the long run.

Men’s Fashion Advice for Trends to Avoid at all Costs

Let’s face facts here. When it comes to picking out the best clothes to wear, men are considered, and rightly so, to be less fashion-conscious of the two sexes. Now for the good news, that is starting to change with more fashion designers showing off all new designs and collections on their runways. It doesn’t hurt that men are beginning to realize that looking good doesn’t exactly hurt their chances with women or their careers either.

Unfortunately for some guys, fashion is something that happens to other people. Expecting a guy who less than marginable fashion sense to know why a Hawaiian shirt is the best thing to wear to a job interview or a high school reunion is likely to end in disappointment and probably a few more than embarrassing looks and stares.

So, for the benefit of bad dressing guys reading this, here are a few of the most basic of mistakes guys make when entering the frightening sphere of fashion.

  • Sandals with socks – Stay away from this fashion no-no at all costs. It is an all together fashion mess. No women will find you attractive. You’ll begin to notice that your friends call you less and less and strangers won’t even want to stand near you with this foot fashion faux paus. If your love for sandals is this strong then move somewhere warm that you can wear sandals year round.
  • Novelty Ties, shirts, or boxers – This is another fashion mess that men just don’t seem to notice or maybe not care. Why would you sacrifice your dignity for the sake of making someone laugh from a “funny t-shirt”? It isn’t worth it, in my opinion. I would much rather be known for being stylish and a good dresser than the guy who wears shirts with funny sayings on them. So with that, throw out all those clothes with smiley faces, hearts, reindeer, shamrocks, and animal prints and buy something nice.
  • Shiny shirts and suits – Come on…for real? Unless you are going to be a backup dancer in a musical then there should be no reason why you should even own a shiny shirt or suit much less wear one out in public. I can think of about a hundred different fashion choices you could go to the club in than a glittery, shiny and REALLY tacky shirt. What’s wrong with a simple form fitting black t-shirt or black dress shirt? Pair it up with some nice jeans or trousers and you’ll have no problem being noticed in a good way.
  • Ugly colors – You can look like Brad Pitt with the fashion sense of a George Clooney but if you’re wearing some ugly colored clothes no one will care who you look like. That great looking new suit you bought for you Christmas party this year may have been expensive but if it makes you look like one of the staff or something from the 70’s, then I’m sorry but you paid too much. The color of your clothes needs to compliment your best natural features like eye color, skin tone and body shape.
  • Overly loose fitting clothes – Clothes that are really loose or baggy make you look sloppy and like a bum. Unless you rap or own your own hip hop label, which you probably don’t, then you need to stay away from this fashion mistake. Instead buy clothes that actually fit you. You’ve been working out so why not buy some clothes that show it off. Try experimenting mixing and matching certain cuts and styles until you comes across the perfect fit and look.