You don’t realise it, but all men tread the same fashion path. There may be slight deviations along the way, but, ultimately, we all go through these stages.
Some brands just leave a bad taste in your mouth. This could be for a number of reasons: sometimes the company has questionable ethics; sometimes they become over saturated in the marketplace; sometimes they just produce crap clothes.
As with all my lists, this is not definitive, and I’m not saying that these brands don’t produce the odd quality garment now and then. But when they do it’s almost as if by some bizarre fluke – like when you buy a player pack on FIFA and inexplicably get a Messi amongst all the Tom Cleverleys.
It turns out that ex-girlfriend who dumped you as a result of your supposed ‘inadequacies’ was right – size does matter. But what we’re talking about here is all that spare material pooling around your shoulders and ankles, not in your underwear.
You’ll notice it says shouldn’t, not can’t, in the title. If you have the youthful looks and/or physique to pull off any of these items, by all means wear them (at your peril). Some people have a strong sense of style and know what works for them*. That being said, I think when you cross the 30 threshold you should take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror and think: ‘I’m a man’.
All items of clothing were not created equal. If your wardrobe contains any of the below, hang thy head in shame.
The first in a new series where we look at some of the most common questions men ask about fashion.
Don’t be the guy who has one multipurpose suit. That shabby thing you wear to weddings, funerals, job interviews, court dates and god knows what else. Weddings are for the suave man about town in his tailored three-piece – not the guy in square toed shoes and a shiny polyester jacket. Follow these tips and you’ll be the best dressed guest there.
Polo shirts can be a tricky thing to get right. Do it well and you can effortlessly pull off the ‘smart casual’ look by pairing with some chinos and brogues; wear them wrong and you’ll look like your dad.
Office etiquette is different all over the world, if not in different parts of your country. However, if there’s one thing that prevails across the islands that make up Great Britain (albeit among the minority nowadays) it’s understated British elegance. And nowhere is this more apparent than on your morning commute or during your daily desk grind.