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Summer’s almost here, and with it comes a whole new wardrobe – and a whole new wardrobe of mistakes.
But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are five of the most common mistakes I’ve seen when men try to dress for the warmer months. Do your best to avoid them.
Going too far with open-toed shoes.
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Just because the weather is warm doesn’t mean you should let your feet fly free. Many men see the warmer months as a chance to show everyone their disgusting, unpedicured feet. It shouldn’t be this way.
Unless you’re going to the beach, all heels, toes, and nails should remain inside the safe confines of a shoe at all times. “Men’s toes are, in general, unsightly,” Donnie Kwak, editor at Complex magazine, told Mashable last year.
I don’t care how hot it is – there’s absolutely no need to wear sandals or flip flops with casual clothes. Imagine wearing them to the theater, shopping, or out to eat. Beyond etiquette rules, this is just unsanitary.
If you won’t take our word for it, just listen to Mick Jagger.
The solution: Wearing actual shoes.
Wearing sunglasses that don’t quite fit your face.
Everybody loves the look of Ray-Ban Wayfarers and the classic Aviator shape. Unfortunately, regardless of what you might believe from seeing these styles in your favorite movies, they really only fit large faces. If you don’t have the face for it, the styles will look incredibly awkward and disproportionate.
The solution: Try sunglasses on before you buy them. Go to an actual store with a friend who will tell you, honestly, what they think of them.
Another method, if you’re a fan of Warby Parker’s styles, is to take advantage of their home try-on program. That way, you can try on five styles at your leisure for a week, asking everyone from your mother to strangers on the street how they think you look.
Wearing shorts in the wrong environment.
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Look, shorts are great. We’re big fans of men wearing shorts in the warmer months – provided they’re doing it right.
What we don’t like? Shorts where they don’t belong. Any dress code above “casual” requires pants, including most workplaces.
Solution: Know when it’s appropriate to wear shorts, and, in general, err on the side of pants. No man should ever think he’s going to impress his date with a slick pair of chino shorts. When the sun goes down, the shorts go away, too.
Wearing the wrong fabrics.
Summer is a time of pretty intense heat for many climates, which can dictate what kind of fabric is appropriate to wear. The type of fabrics your clothing is made out of can make all the difference. Summer is a time when wools and heavy cottons just don’t belong.
Solution: Stick to lighter-weight cottons, linens and seersucker for shirts, pants, and jackets if you want to stay cool in the heat. They’re more breathable and will result in a less sweaty time if you still need to wear long clothing. As a bonus, they’ll protect your skin from the sun.
Going sockless without the correct preparation.
When the warmer weather hits, many men ditch their ankle coverings for that sleek sockless look. Unfortunately, many men don’t know that there’s a trick to doing it right. If you just wear leather shoes without socks or some kind of powder to soak up the moisture, your feet are going to start to stink.
Solution: Wearing no-show socks is the easiest way to get the sockless look without discomfort. You can’t see them, so no one will ever know, and there’s no messy powder to deal with. Plus, they’re a lot more comfortable than actually going sockless.