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Don't copy that! 12 fashion faux pas, part 1

September 03, 2015

Here's a fact: your clothing speaks for you before you even open your mouth.

This mini-series covers the very basics -- our stylist, Gabrielle, put together a list of 12 fashion faux pas that men tend to make.

Read part 1 and upgrade your style by avoiding them.

#1: Three-quarter pants

Gabrielle puts it straight:

“Three-quarter pants are a sure-fire way to scare a girl. And they make your legs look short.”

Faux pas #1: Three-quarter pants

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Seriously. Three-quarter pants are a weird “hybrid” between pants and shorts, you'll be much better off with a solid pair of each of these.

#2: Patched pants or shorts

You might have spotted them on someone. Those checkered pants with black patches. Gabrielle is not impressed with them at all.

“You can usually buy these pants in a supermarket or a discount store. Which is exactly where they belong.”

Faux pas #2: Patched pants or shorts

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To calm her down (and upgrade your style at the same time), get a pair of plain dark slim-fit jeans.

#3: Polo shirt with popped collar

Some pop the collar of their polo shirts to show… what exactly? The moment you do it, your outfit shouts you're just another boring dude who's desperate to boost his ego. “Especially when the polo shirt is covered with random signs and combined with a golden chain,” adds Gabrielle.

Long story short: wear your polo shirt the way it's meant to be worn. And express your originality with your outfit's overall stylishness.

#4: Crocodile shoes

Yep. Those pointed-toe ones. With a buckle. And little decorative stones.

We wouldn't mind if they became illegal.

Faux pas #4: Crocodile shoes

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#5: Fully-buttoned jacket

Although there are exceptions, here’s one simple rule you can follow: always leave the bottom button open, no matter if you're wearing a two-button or a three-button jacket.

Faux pas #5: Fully-buttoned jacket

Alright, there might be exceptions. Like if you happen to be the US president. Image source: https://goo.gl/NahG4U

Gabrielle adds:

“If you ever feel the urge to button all the buttons of your jacket, imagine you forgot to cut off the labels before wearing it. It's the same kind of faux pas.”

#6: Outdoor shoes

They might be comfy for long walks. They might protect your feet like nothing else. Of course, they're meant to be worn in the mountains!

Faux pas #6: Outdoor shoes

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Unless you're a herdsman and wild nature is your office, invest in a pair of solid leather shoes or some classic sneakers.

Why stay tuned

We've got six more faux pas to avoid in store for you. Is there anything specific you'd like Gabrielle to clarify for you? Leave a comment!