Men Should Definitely Ditch These Ill-Advised Fashion Rules

Rules are meant to be broken, especially men’s fashion rules. These tips won’t keep you stylish, so much as hold you back. Here are the style rules you need to break right away. More importantly, if you are going to break the rules, you should do it well, so follow these guidelines. Then, keep an open mind and you will probably be surprised by what you’ve been missing.

1. Don’t wear pink

these men's fashion rules are meant to be broken

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a man in pink. |

This is wrong. You should always wear pink. OK, maybe not always (pink isn’t appropriate for every single occasion, take funerals for example). But men look so good in pink, and they don’t wear it enough. While it’s generally a strong choice, you can also wear this color in more subtle ways. For example, pair a pink tie with a grey suit. Another choice would be to wear a light pink dress shirt with a navy blue suit. The options for this color are limitless.

2. Don’t wear bold patterns to the office

a bold patterned tie

Bold patterns can be a good thing if done right. |

Perhaps you work in a super conservative office that requires you to wear a suit and tie every day. This doesn’t mean you have to look boring or drab. In fact, patterns are a great way to prevent yourself from getting into a style rut. A simple suit can be punched up with a patterned tie or bow tie. Take the look a step further by adding a pocket square.

3. Don’t mix black and brown

Hanging clothes in a fashion store

Black and brown can come together quite nicely. |

Black and brown actually look great together. Furthermore, mixing black and brown is a great way to prevent an outfit from becoming overly monochromatic. Try wearing black shoes with a brown belt or vise versa. Take your favorite black leather jacket, and add a rich brown scarf on a chilly spring day. There is so much you can do when you combine these great colors. 

4. Always wear socks

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Only on certain occasions are socks absolutely necessary. |

When keeping it casual, shoes always look better without socks. In fact, as styles become more laid back, socks are becoming less necessary. However, if you are going to a formal event or anywhere with a dress code, with the exception of perhaps lunch at a country club, socks are absolutely necessary.

5. Don’t wear white after Labor Day

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Wearing white is no reason to call the fashion police. |

It’s perfectly fine to wear white after Labor Day. For example, if it’s September 8 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s OK to wear white pants. If the very thought of this makes you anxious about what other people might think, combine white with darker colors.

6. Your shoes and belt must match


Only at the most formal events is this a rule to not be broken. |

Do you know anyone who actually wears a matching belt and shoes? OK, there are a few exceptions to this rule. For formal occasions like weddings, you probably should match. The other exception is when you are wearing a brown belt and brown shoes. In this case, they don’t have to be a matching set, but it looks better to wear colors in the same shade family. So try not to mix light and dark browns. However, when dressing casually, there are so many ways to express your style with a belt and shoes that don’t necessarily match. For weekends, pair a ribbon belt with driving loafers.