According to ZZ Top, “every girl’s crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man.”
But what exactly does that entail these days?
When it comes to men’s attire, there are a few major fashion faux pas that all gentlemen should understand — and avoid.
Durand Guion, men’s fashion director at Macy’s, names a few.
“Buttoning the last button on a suit jacket or sport coat,” he lists. “Leaving the stitches in on the brand label on the sleeve or the stitches on the back vents of a jacket. Wearing loud colored shirts with black suits.”
Following those simple guidelines will get fellas started on the right path.
Tips for a well-dressed man
Guion also offers a few tips regarding what should be on the to-do list of things well-dressed men should know.
“Make sure everything fits properly, even tees,” he says.
When it comes to formal wear, Guion says to make sure to have at least three crisp white shirts in the closet — “they make any outfit look sharp” — and never match the pocket square, dress shirt and tie.
For shoes, men should avoid flip flops unless they’re going to the pool or beach.
Thinking about a watch?
“Invest in the best watch you can afford, even if it means saving up for a while,” Guion says.
What should men avoid when it comes to finding the right look?
For one, their girlfriend’s fashion advice.
“Seek advice from other women who are unbiased,” Guion says.
Also, resist the urge to buy from only one brand or designer.
“Mix it up,” Guion says.
And don’t ignore fashion magazines.
“They really are published to help guys look great,” Guion says.
But most importantly, “understand your style and buy only those things that make you look and feel good,” he says.
Tips for a
Men’s haircuts — recently characterized by shaggy locks — are turning back toward a more well-groomed look, says Teri DeBates, owner of Buzz Barbershop in St. Charles, formerly Wes’s Barber Shop.
Today, most of the haircuts she provides to her male customers — and she cuts the hair of young boys all the way to senior gentlemen — are some sort of fade, she says, which is short on the bottom and longer on the top.
“I think things have moved to a shorter, more athletic look,” she says. “You see a lot of even the high school kids wearing their hair shorter than they used to. For a while, the Justin Bieber look was in, but for the most part, the guys are [going] shorter.”
The look follows the style of AMC’s “Madmen” characters, she says.
“It’s a ’60s look, but it’s becoming more popular,” she says.
What about facial hair?
“Facial hair is in today, and it’s all over the map,” DeBates says. “Definitely most guys wear it more trimmed than ever — the Grizzly Adams look isn’t in any more. They like [it] real trimmed, the goatee or the sculpted or defined lines for their beard.
“If you’re going to wear a beard, maintain it,” she advises. “Keep it trimmed.”
DeBates’ last tip?
“Clean hair is the best,” she says. “A lot of guys don’t condition or just do what women think of as normal maintenance. [Guys should] wash it, condition it and use a little bit of product. They’re reluctant to do that ... but use a little product so it looks just like when you’re walking out my door.” kc