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Most Unforgivable Fashion SINS – The 15 Commandments of Style

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Do not be afraid. These Style commandments which I give thee this day are to be in your hearts, that ye may be mindful of these things to keep you from sinning…Mr. Kobi

When it comes to making a good first impression, dressing and grooming are of paramount importance – especially in the business world. Some men are ignorant of this truth by virtue of their unstylish lifestyle, some other gentlemen understand the importance of dressing well, what to wear and what not to wear, but yet continue to live in this great SIN – Fashion SIN every once in a while.

For those of you who are not aware of these common fashion blunders that all men should avoid in their professional and personal lives, this is for you, my hope is that you will study these commandments and abide by them. That you may abstain from all forms of Fashion Sins contained in this Style Guide as you read this today. For those of you who already know these things but continue to disobey these commandments, repent today as you read this!

Here are lists of the 15 Commandments that all men must abide by in order to continuously live a Stylish Life free from Fashion SIN. Enjoy!

Fashion Sins To Avoid

Ensure the color of your belt matches the color of your dress shoes. A black shoe should match with Black Belt, same goes for Brown. Although I see a lot of guys wearing a coffee brown belt with a plain brown shoe, claiming in ignorance that it’s okay so as long as it’s brown. This is pure Blasphemy, you must always match the exact color shade. Thou must also ensure that the finish of the belt matches with that of your shoe, for instance, if your shoe has a wet-look then ensure you match it with a belt that has a wet look.

Generally, for corporate dressing, you should stick to tiny belts, whereas for casual shoes such as sneakers and canvas, you should wear a thicker casual belt. Finally, wear a brown belt for any suit that’s not black. No exceptions.

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

The basic style rule for wearing men’s socks is “The color of your sock should match the color of your trousers”. Unfortunately, many match their socks with their shoes, the ones that do this should ask for forgiveness and repent from their sins. This sin is ONLY pardonable if it’s being committed for your style’s sake. For instance, when wearing bright colorful fashion socks [which obviously wouldn’t match with your trousers], simply ensure you avoid wearing them in extremely serious situations like important business meetings, pitching to potential investors [unless it’s for a fashion business] or funerals.

ALSO READ: A MAN’S GUIDE TO SOCKS | 7 MUST-FOLLOW RULES FOR WEARING SOCKS

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

Many guys are guilty of this particular sin, among them are bankers, accountants, IT Professionals etc. Daily cleaning of your shoe is synonymous to spiritual cleansing for your body and soul. Hence it is important to take proper care of your shoe like a stylish gentleman would do, free of scratches and any form of dirty.

Also Read: The Gentleman’s Guide To Shoe Care

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

This is very common among professionals. I see that a lot of guys commit this SIN at least 5 times in a week and all I can say in my heart is “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”. It’s very unprofessional for a man in corporate attire or native wear/traditional attire to bring a backpack to work. I don’t care if it’s more comfortable or safer for you, it is simply a Fashion SIN which you must avoid at all cost unless you are a student, an athlete or a maintenance engineer who has to carry heavy work tools in their backpack. For a business man, you should buy a nice briefcase or a messenger bag, by so doing, you maintain the professional look.

ALSO READ: THE 3 BAGS EVERY MAN SHOULD OWN

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

A man’s tie should always end at the center of his belt buckle when he stands upright. Having a tie that’s too short or too long, can make a man look incompetent. Whether you are tall or short, ensure your tie length doesn’t extend more than your belt buckle.

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

You should always unbutton your single breasted suit jacket when sitting, while you may keep it all buttoned except the bottom button when standing. If your jacket has two buttons, when standing, only button the top one and leave the lower one unbuttoned. If the jacket has 3 buttons, you may fasten the top and middle button, but NEVER fasten the bottom/last button of your jacket.

ALSO READ: 25 SUIT RULES ALL MAN NEED TO KNOW

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

Never unbutton your double breasted jacket either while sitting or standing. This is because they have been designed that way so that the fabric overlap can be maintained. The general button rule for Jackets still applies, which is Thou shalt not fasten the bottom button of your jacket.

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

Your socks should always come up to your calves anytime you are wearing trousers. You must not show any part of your bare legs, when you stand, sit or walk. Also, don’t show any part of your bare legs when you have your legs crossed.

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

I have a former colleague of mine whose shirts is never neatly pressed, when I inquired as to why this is so, he always affirms that he ironed it. I figured out much later what was missing, – A Spray Starch. He never uses it, instead, he sprinkles water on the shirt and irons it.

First of all, keep all your clothes neatly ironed and wrinkle-free using a spray starch or better still invest in a good dry cleaner and he knows how to take care of your clothes. Secondly, it’s a good habit to always hang up all your clothes – never throwing them on the floor of your room after use.

 

 Fashion Sins

By all means, avoid improper Tie Length – too short or too long can make you look incompetent. Avoid improper tie width: If you’re wearing a tie as part of your casual outfit, go for a slimmer tie instead of the wider ones. Only wear the wider ones for the office. Avoid Big, Fat, Wide Ties. The general rule for the right tie width is – not too wide, not too narrow? However, I would say your tie width should be proportional to your body type and dress shirt. Simple.

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid
Fashion Sins To Avoid

We have all committed this fashion blunder at least once in our lives. But thank goodness for revelation, which confirms that it is a fashion sin to stay clear off. Walking around with bulging pockets is not sexy and stylish at all. If it’s your phone that is creating that bulge, have it inserted in your inner suit jacket or hold it in your palm when you walk.

If it’s your wallet that’s creating the bulge, get a slimmer wallet or spend some time taking out all those credit cards, debit card, business cards and receipts and only keep one or two you use on a weekly basis. Keep the rest in a safe place at home and only take them out when you need them.

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

Always being clean and well groomed is mandatory if you want to make a good impression. Take proper care of your hygiene, Use Antiperspirant deodorant spray on a daily basis, wear an inner vest to always soak up the sweat, if you grow beards, ensure you keep it neat and well groomed. There should absolutely be no hair underneath your chin on your neck area. Ensure you take your bath twice every day. Avoid dirty nails, take proper care of your hands and always keep your fingernails trim and dirt free. Remember, cleanliness is next to stylishness.

ALSO READ: 5 Grooming Essentials Most Men Overlook

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

A Tuxedo must always be worn with a bow tie, no exceptions at all!

Also Read: The Difference Between A Suit And A Tuxedo

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

Your dress shirts are long for a reason, which is it has to be tucked in. This is why you shouldn’t wear dress shirts for a casual setting, but if you must, they must be tailored shorter to come just above your crotch.

ALSO READ: HOW TO KNOW WHEN TO TUCK IN YOUR SHIRT

 

Fashion Sins To Avoid

The athletic socks are meant to be worn only for sports occasions or to the gym. When it comes to leather shoes, wear dark colored cotton or silk socks. Avoid all form of white socks by all means when dressing officially. There are more appropriate men’s dress socks, they come in different varieties, such as colorful, polka dot, funky and fun types.

 

FINAL WORDS

In conclusion, don’t forget, your body is a temple — ensure you clothe it appropriately. Always keep your outfits coherent and matching in style to avoid committing these fashion sins.

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Until next time gentlemen – Sayonara!

Yours in Style,

Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
Founder, MrKoachman.com
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Mr. Kobi

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.

27 Comments

  1. Bubu

    September 16, 2015 at 1:11 PM

    This blog gives me LIFE!
    Always something new to learn….hmmmmm

    *Mr Kobi do u have something for the ladies??????????

    • Mr. Kobi

      September 16, 2015 at 1:47 PM

      Bubu, Thank You So Much!!! Of cos once in a while I do post articles related to ladies under 2 categories – Lady Koachman Style Guide & Lady Koachman Style Inspiration. You could check the category link on the side of this page to see more articles that relates to ladies.

      If you have other ideas or topics as relates to ladies you want to know about, do let me know, will write about it so as long as it helps gentlemen to understand you better. *winks*

  2. Traap

    September 16, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    O boi…see commandments na

    In short…lemme confess…I am guilty of all of dem…lemme hope Mother Mary gives me the willpower to make amends. Amin!

    • Mr. Kobi

      September 16, 2015 at 1:49 PM

      Lol @ Traap! Amen to that!

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  4. mr jarc

    October 3, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    …..and he educates us again. Seen a blunder I never knew was one. Thanks bro

    • Mr. Kobi

      October 3, 2015 at 11:14 PM

      You are welcome Bro, Glad I could inspired you!

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  16. Donald

    June 6, 2016 at 1:44 AM

    Oh! Father forgive me for I have sinned. …

    • Mr. Kobi

      June 6, 2016 at 2:17 PM

      Hey Donald, you should repent from today. Lol.

  17. Solace

    July 26, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    O men! See my transgressions before me kpomkwem!

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