8 Timeless Fashion Mistakes For Men To Avoid

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8 Timeless Fashion Mistakes For Men To Avoid

If you look through the fashion trends of the past decades, you'll notice that much of the clothing we remember from those periods have all but disappeared today.  They were loud, and the trends left as soon as they came.

Loud fashion will always be around, but is usually worn by teens and hypebeasts.  Retailers targeting this market know this well and frequently change up what they have to offer in their stores.  Go visit a mall and you'll know what I'm talking about.  Go to the back and take a look at their full sale racks.  The prices are steeply discounted from the original because the styles have become old.

If you're over twenty years old, on a budget, or just want a timeless wardrobe you don't want to change so often, then this article is a must-read.

Men's Fashion Trends That Come And Go Fast

1. Jeans With Too Much Faux-Damage - false paint splatters, rips, holes, and oil stains.  I avoid the paint splatters in general, and I do have oil-stained from actually wearing them to work on my car.  I also have old, ripped jeans from just wearing them too much.  They actually have a natural worn tear that looks great that retailers have difficulty duplicating.  Holes are easier to duplicate but look like bullet or moth holes.  I don't wear these types of jeans to clubs though, and many have rules against them. High contrast wash jeans - dark jeans with a heavily bleached area usually around the thigh section - won't be around long. 

2. Visible "In" Items. That is anything that stands out that many guys in your age group are wearing.  For example, argyle sweater-vests were really popular with guys for certain winters, but if you wore it, you'd look pretty generic, even if your diamonds were french green and bright yellow.  They don't look that bad - just common.

Sweater vests, by the way are not recommended club clothing, especially for dance clubs.  They're better suited for dance-floor-free lounges and dates.  And, just like any "it" item, they'll put a strain on your wallet if you're on a budget.

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Remember way back when heavily gothic MMA-style t-shirts and Ed Hardy designs were popular?  I think most of the graphics are OK, but the branding is not necessary.  They're just really common and will saturate into the male population.  As cool as they look on the website, they don't stand out that much in a club compared to a collared equivalent. A great solution is find a unique design from an artist on etsy or teespring.

3. Excessive Neon.  I know the eighties made a mild comeback in skate and snowboard wear, but even the comebacks won't last long.  Limit the amount of neon and save the full-on neon for the crosswalk guards.

4. Excessive Colors.  Anything with large colored areas should be avoided.  Take a look at the ugly fashion decades of the 80's, 90's, and 2000's.  Colorfulness on a t-shirt graphic is OK, but use discretion.  I'm not condoning Disney graphics here, though one might be tempted by Dragonball Z.  Also use discretion on colorful patterns.  They do OK on t-shirts, but generally don't fare so well on button-up shirts.  Avoid tie-dye at all costs - it's fun but usually doesn't work in clubs.

5. Graphics Or Writing On Pants.  It's seen writing and graphics on pants tried over and over again, but just like damaged jeans mentioned above, too much going on in the pants never fly well, just like the heavily torn jeans from the  2000's.  It's never stood the test of time.  I dare you to wear stars and stripes pants as a comfort challenge though.

6. Brands or Logos.  We're moving into an era where corporate slavery is unappealing.  There will always be brands that people will boldly display to flaunt wealth, but that doesn't mean it's fashionable. A tiny Nike swoosh may still be OK, but long gone are the days of a giant designer logo. So many have come and gone, that it seems dated to mention. But a quick search of fad fashions show: Hilfiger, Fubu, Ecko, Paul Frank, Sean John, Affliction, Ed Hardy. 

Some will disappear forever, while some may make comebacks as vintage brands. Newer brands will spring up like Supreme or Bape, and some people will buy into the hype, but you'll be much better off unbranded.


As a side note, under no circumstances should you ever tattoo yourself with a corporate logo.

7. Anything Oversized.  Big, baggy jeans and long, sagging shirts won't get you into many clubs.  We wore them as teenagers as a phase, and now it only belongs as a conversation banter on who had the cheesiest streetwear.  Even current urban clothing is club-friendly by not going overboard on the bagginess.

8. Pink (depends).  Pink is here to stay, but how you wear it important.  Avoid fuscia (hot pink) - it's loud like neon.  If you want to pull off pink, don't overdo it, wear light pink, and occasionally complement it with some manly darks.  Also, keep the shirt simple - avoid too many patterns, gothic writing, and pockets. As a comfort challenge, I dare you to wear a pink jumpsuit out.

The Exception to the Rules

Accessories.  Louder than average accessories are OK.  White or graffiti style belts, pin-striped fedora hats, studded wristbands, a sharp red skinny tie, organic jewelry, etc.  They show a wild side to you without making you flamboyant or showcasing you as an attention-needy egomaniac. Remember when Johnny Depp, before he went crazy, dressed in tons of eccentric bling that made women several years his junior swoon?

Johnny Depp Fashion

Peacocking.  A term coined in the popular but somewhat over-glamorized book "The Game".  Occasionally you might want to dress real loud to a club to bring a party or get conversation going with people fast (assuming you get in).  Don't build a wardrobe full of loud clothes.  It's not necessary.  If you're always going loud for the attention-getting ego-boost, stop, because it's affecting your confidence.  If you're going loud because you want to push your style limit a little further, to create a party mood, doing it for a comfort challenge, or it's simply you, then more power to you. Again, I use pre-crazy Johnny Depp as an example.

High Fashion.  I see a lot of funky fashion coming out of Japan, in eclectic stores, and in some designer stores.  You'll see these styles more if you live in a fairly large city and wander in your local gay neighborhood.  High fashion is usually more of a problem for women, but if you really like some items that break the above rules, just don't let it invade more than 10% of your wardrobe.