worst style mistakes a man can make, according to women — and how to avoid them


Style mistakes are something a man generally wants to avoid.

And style mistakes that the opposite sex has voted as the most egregious? Well, you’d better listen up.

Female commenters on Reddit’s AskWomen subreddit were asked to vote on what they consider to be the worst style blunders they see on men.

We’ve rounded up the 10 most upvoted sins and coupled them with advice on how best to avoid them.

10. Jean shorts.

Jean shorts, also known as “jorts,” are a bit of a scourge during warmer months. They have unsightly hemlines and janky appearance.

Instead, wear a nice slim pair of chino shorts.

9. Baggy jeans.

“Baggy/’relaxed fit’ jeans in general.” — kidkvlt

Baggy jeans remind us of the ’90s. We’ve come pretty far since then, and baggy jeans should be relegated to the same bin as Furbies and frosted tips.

Instead, wear jeans that fit on the slim or even skinny side.

8. Inappropriate headwear.

“Fedoras. Just stop with them. It’s not 1935.” — Baron3ss

Hats — especially fedoras and other dressy hats — are passé in 2017. They look out of place today and will always make it seem as though you’re trying too hard.

Instead, wear absolutely nothing on your head.

7. Improper grooming.

“Just … not grooming. Not trimming beards … that sort of thing.”

Grooming is important, guys. When a guy is unkempt, others will notice.

Instead, wear a neatly trimmed beard, stubble, or no facial hair at all.

6. Fake glasses.

“My ex used to wear glasses even though he didn’t need them and it was really obvious that he didn’t and he looked like an idiot.” — howlingatthemoobs

If you’re not wearing those glasses to see, you’re not doing yourself any favors. And if you do wear nonprescription glasses, absolutely do not talk about it.

Instead, wear prescription glasses or nothing at all.

5. Socks with sandals.

“Socks and sandals, especially white socks and sandals.” — jmk816

Socks and sandals are never a good look. In fact, we named them one of the 11 deadly sins of men’s style for that very reason.

Instead, wear a slick pair of white sneakers without socks.

4. Tucked-in shirts that aren’t supposed to be tucked in.

“Tucking your non-dress shirt into your non-dress pants.” — mahayana

There’s an easy test for this: If your shirt has long tails, it’s meant to be tucked in. If it has no tails, it’s not meant to be tucked in. If it has short tails, it’s your call.

Go forth and tuck correctly.

Instead, wear your tailed shirts tucked, and your nontailed shirts untucked.

3. Pleated khaki pants.

“Stay away from those god awful khaki old man pants with the pleats in the front.” —ocm09876

Pleats are generally considered unflattering and should be avoided. The extra fold of fabric creates an odd, billowy silhouette best avoided if you’re on the average to skinny side of pant sizes.

Instead, wear flat-front, slim-fit chinos.

2. Clothes that don’t fit.

“Wearing clothes that are waay too big for them!” — ocm09876

We have repeatedly emphasized fit over everything else when it comes to clothing. We’re not kidding — well-fitting clothing is more flattering, no matter your body type.

Instead, wear clothes that fit well. (For suits, our guide is a good place to start.)

1. Loud shirts with writing, graphics, or flames.

“Those shirts with the flames on them, oh lordy. ” — sapandsawdust

Apparently, this needs to be said. Anything with graphics, flames, witty sayings, or logos on it needs to be turned into trash immediately.

They’re not clever. They’re not cute. And they’re a serious turn-off.

Instead, wear literally any other shirt. 

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