Most Unforgivable Fashion SINS – The 15 Commandments of Style
“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 is a list of the 15 Style Commandments that all men must abide by in order to continuously live a Stylish Life free from Fashion SIN. Enjoy!
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.
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.
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
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 businessman, you should buy a nice briefcase or a messenger bag, by so doing, you maintain the professional look.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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)
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