Hey gents,

For some reason, I’m still seeing these clothing crimes committed every day on the streets. That either means not everyone is reading EG, or… yeah that’s probably it. Maybe I should start handing out business cards to these criminals with my URL on it.

In the meantime, make sure you’re not committing these same mistakes. Just knowing these are mistakes should be second nature by now! But just in case, here’s a little refresher.

Tying your sweater around your waist

I understand. The sun came out, you started to overheat. But unless you’re a 12-year-old on your first field trip to the aquarium, stop tying your sweater around your waist. It’s a bad look. Probably the worst look ever.

Try this: fold it in half length wise, fold down the sleeves, and hold the damn thing. Like a man. Boom! Done.

Besides, if you’ve been following along and applying what you’ve learned here at EG to your everyday life, you’re probably buying better quality sweaters. You don’t want to stretch the arms out by tying them around your waist.

Defaulting to black everything

You’re most likely not an imposing, yet soft spoken super celebrity like Jay, so lay off the “all black everything”.

Black signals a level of formality that most of us aren’t a part of, day in and day out, so there’s no need to make that your primary color.

Also, there’s more to life than black shirt, black sweatshirt. Experiment with color! Take a cue from the ladies and dress more like they do.

Tags on your new suit / coat sleeves, thread holding together your vents

Seriously? We’ve been over this. Remove them!

While we’re at it, remove the price tags from the soles of your shoes before you walk out of TJ Maxx, and remove the window sticker from your new ride. We know your Bentley costs more than a Midwest mansion, you don’t have to remind us.

Moreover, why are you shopping at TJ Maxx if you’re driving a Bentley?

Wait, what.

White socks with leather dress shoes

Is this still happening? If so, why?

White athletic socks have no place in a leather dress shoe. Buy appropriate socks.

Collars over your sweater

I wore my collars over my sweaters… when I was in 2nd grade. Let’s always keep our collars IN our sweaters. This is one thing you might have to check every once in a while, to make sure it’s not slipping into your sweater. Doesn’t happen very often—at least not in my experience—but just in case.

Black, square-toe, rubber-soled shoes with stonewash denim

This is a two-fer right here. First off, you should never be wearing shoes like these, or these. Second, stop pairing it with stonewash denim. In fact, stop wearing stonewash denim. You should already own the one pair you need. Wear that.

Untucked dress shirts

Dress shirts and sport shirts are different. They may seem the same, but they aren’t.

Dress shirts are typically longer in the torso, because they’re meant to be tucked in. Always tuck these in. If you want to wear a button-up untucked, buy the appropriate shirt for it (think oxford cloth button downs, casual plaid shirts, etc.)

Denim… shorts

Jorts are never an option. They’re just not. Don’t try to argue.

If its hot enough to wear shorts, try a good pair of chino ones in a muted or neutral color, or do the opposite and get a pair of go to hell chino shorts. Just don’t do denim.

Oversized suit jackets

I applaud you for trying to class up your daily look. You’re keeping it casual, with just a hint of formal by throwing on that blazer or suit jacket.

The problem is, it’s still the wrong size. If it’s big in the torso, nothing a tailor can’t fix. If it’s big in the shoulders, hopefully you kept the receipt, because you should probably return it.

Remember, fit is EVERYTHING. Just look at the above photo for proof.

You can buy a $6000 Tom Ford Suit, but if it’s the wrong size, you’ll still look terrible. Conversely, you can buy a $180 suit from H&M, spend $50-$100 on a tailor, and look like a million bucks.

The fit is more important than brand you choose. When you’re limited on funds, spend more on the former than the latter.

Did I miss anything?

I’m sure I did. But hey, if you’re smart enough to remind me in the comments, you’re smart enough to never make the same mistake… right?

Let’s hear some of the other clothing crimes you’ve witnessed. More importantly, do you commit any of these? *GASP*

If so, what will you do to change your ways?




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30 Responses

    • Matt Court on

       I’m personally an “in” guy. I just think it looks a little nicer, feels like you made a conscious decision to look the way you do. Also, to make sure I don’t have to keep checking my collar Wurkin Stiffs are aces. I pretty much can’t wear a dress shirt without them. 

  1. Soleful Strut on

    I think shirt collar inside a sweater neck looks terribly stiff.  A collar out frames the face better & allows the sweater neck to lay flat against your shirt, rather than being pushed up by the collar (happens sometimes).

  2. KM on

    Cracked/creased shoes.  Spend $30 on a good set of shoe-trees.  You paid for good shoes – take care of them…  that includes polish

  3. BJ McGeever on

    What’s the problem with square-toed shoes? I’m honestly wondering why they’re a faux pas. I’ve seen some that are terrible, but others that aren’t too bad. 

    Anyone have an answer as to why?

    • Barron on

      Visually, they chop your toes off and generally look unnatural. Couple that with a thick rubber sole like most square-toed models, and your feet look like big blocks.

      The rounded toe is more elegant and classic. Pair that with a slim leather sole, and you have a great looking shoe.

        • Barron on

          How old are you? If you’re 95 and have osteoporosis, then yeah, they might be comfortable. If you’re my age (28…? 29? shit I can’t remember.) then no.

          I commend you for trying to buy a leather dress shoe, but you need to refer to this article: http://goo.gl/LpOQ9

          I understand the appeal of the affordable shoe, but it’s important to spend money where it’s worth it.

      • Anonymous on

        Richelieus and loafers are the only shoes I’d wear if possible to do it all life long.
        I’m not even a fan of derbys.
        Squared toe shoes are so last century. You can wear them but why go against Barron’s advice. He’s quite right in this blog. Well, there are enough details to make a man know what not to do.

        What to do still remains tricky. It’s a one step a day discovery for everyone of us.

      • Anonymous on

        I’ve also heard it said, and it’s a valid point, that if you have a blocky build or thick legs, square-toed shoes will give you an elephant-leg look. Nobody needs an elephant-leg look.

  4. Anonymous on

    Generally, we will find mistakes on people who have a certain style and make a faux pas.
    It certainly happens to me too. My usual mistake concerns color. I just can’t figure it out sometimes.
    However, the common mistakes I see regularly are:
    Fancy belts
    Large ties
    Double Windsor – none of us work at (or go to) Ascot
    Ties reaching far below the belt
    Shirts unbuttoned on the wrists
    Shirts untucked

    Small details that can defeat the purpose of a stylish outfit

  5. JW on

    Love posts like these since I’m beginning with this stuff. My biggest worries are about when to button what jacket and such. Keep up the good stuff!

  6. Koby Fuessler on

    I’ll openly confess: I’ve often worn white “athletic” socks with nice leather shoes (and dark jeans).  And in the back of my mind I do know I’m doing wrong.  But in my defense, the only other “dress” socks I own are all black, so I’d be breaking the “Default to Black” rule in your list if I wore those! 🙂  Fret not, though – I’ll go out and buy some decent “colorful” dress socks for this purpose.  You’ve convicted me. 🙂

    • Barron on

      when it comes to dress shoes: colorful awesome socks > black socks > athletic socks. If you have nothing else, you HAVE to default to black.

      Anyway, it’s okay, I forgive you. Now go out and get something colorful.

  7. Frank on

    Actually, the suit jacket pictured above as the “fit” look isn’t.  It’s too short in the torso.  Sorry guys, but if the jacket torso length doesn’t reach the first knuckle of your middle finger. you look like a little boy. The shorter it is, the more boyish.  This is particularly true for thin men.  Now, young women might think it looks “cute”, or “hot”, but it certainly isn’t a classic look.  That can be a disaster in some social circles or certain industries.

    • Barron on

      Disagree. It’s a classic suit in a more modern fit and cut. Sure, if you’re buying, say, a traditional cut Brooks Brothers suit, you’ll want it to reach the first knuckle of your middle finger, but as with all rules, there are exceptions and leeway for each.

      If you want to talk about boyish, look at Thom Browne. And regardless, the fit on the right side is 1000x better than whatever the hell he has on in the left picture.

      • snowmichael on

        Rubbish. the one on the right looks tight and uncomfortable, the trousers are too short, and the whole thing looks like someone wearing the little boy suit his mum bought him years ago
        The one on the left might look like a little boy in his dad;’s suit, so not good, but t least he’d be comfortable

    • Barron on

      Am I sure? Of course I’m sure, otherwise I wouldn’t have said it. It’s not even a post-worthy topic, it’s a simple rule that should always be followed. Unless, like I said, you’re in 2nd grade.

  8. Safak on

    People shouldn´t wear stone-wash jeans not because they are not stylish or because they are oh-so-2011 but because they are the number one cause of silicosis, a type of lung-cancer for the underaged (or adult-does it matter?) jean workers in Turkey and other Third world countries.
    Read about it:

  9. Eugene Walter on

    But if you have a collarless sweater wouldn’t the shirt collar stick up naturally? I’m going to assume you meant sweaters with collars

  10. Shawn Amison on

    Oh crap, I have those exact same Nunn Bush black dress shoes lol. At least I don’t wear them with denim! What black dress shoes would you suggest that are “budget friendly”?