Listen, we love our men. But we also know that—from time to time—they can be a wee bit, um, sartorially challenged. Anyone who’s ever dated a man who, for some reason or another, found it appropriate to wear flip-flops in a public, non-beach zone understands this fact thoroughly.
But we’ll give them credit—men’s fashion can be a challenging world to navigate, in part because, on the surface, there don’t seem to be a ton of options from which to choose. But this just isn’t true; guys have a slew of choices when it comes to their style. And we’re here to help.
Scroll down for 15 things you should never let your man wear, plus 30 stylish alternatives to shop now!
Your guy might put up a fight when you tell him he has to sacrifice is long-beloved, huge, pocketed friends. But this is a battle that you must start, and you must win. The cargo shorts must go.
This should just never happen.
Brooks England Piccadilly Leather Backpack ($350)
Dear boy: it's cool if we borrow this, right?
A stylish man would never be caught out and about wearing flip-flops. There are only two places where the casual sandal is acceptable: inside the house and at the beach. Otherwise, no.
There’s something so very sad about a man in a suit that doesn’t fit. A suit should be comfortable, have a slim fit, and make your man look sexier than he’s ever looked. Trust us, it’s worth the investment.
Acne Studios Grey Drifter Slim-Fit Wool Suit ($860)
We dare you to find a man who wouldn't look amazing in this suit. We dare you.
Past the age of, say, 20, a man should not be wearing ironic T-shirts. A woman can only take so many sartorial references to juvenile catch phrases du jour.
Unless your man is actively on a field kicking a ball around, he should not be wearing a jersey. No, not even when the [insert favourite team here] are playing.
Unless his last name is Depp or Carter, your man should not be wearing necklaces of any sort.
Cause and Effect Leather Double Wrap Cuff ($60)
We love the clasp on this leather wrap cuff.
There is perhaps nothing worse than a man in jeans slung so low his underwear is showing. And we didn’t need Cher Horowitz to tell us so.
Levi's 1967 505 Regular-Fit Washed Selvedge Jeans ($295)
When a man's denim game is strong, there's not much else you need.
Nudie Tight Long John Slim-Fit Washed-Denim Jeans ($200)
These skinnies are just the right amount of tight.
Only mob bosses and drug lords should be wearing pinky rings. If your man is either of these things, you’ve got bigger problems than bad jewellery choices.
Maison Martin Margiela Engraved Sterling Silver Cuff ($530)
A classic silver cuff is a necessity.
The slightly cooler cousin of saggy jeans is the too-tight pair of skinny jeans. Except the too-tight skinny jeans are almost worse, because they make your man look like he’s trying way too hard.
Saint Laurent Slim-Fit Black Denim Jeans ($475)
The other side of the coin: every man needs a solid pair of black skinny jeans hanging in his closet at all times.
Unless he’s out in the woods, doing manly things like chopping wood, a man should never wear overalls. We literally cannot think of one occasion when they would be appropriate—because there isn’t one.
This is a rather tricky, albeit in vogue, lady trend as of late—but on dudes it just reads more normcore and, frankly, it's not cute.
Saint Laurent Printed Canvas Slip-On Sneakers ($395)
We love the print on these guys.
Steve Urkel. Chandler Bing. Need we say more?
A thick necktie is abominable—it makes a man look older than he is, and incredibly outdated. It’s all about the skinny tie—they look sleek, sharp, and modern.
Brioni Reversible Silk and Cashmere Tie ($215)
The oxblood shade of this tie is just gorgeous.
Glasses with transition lenses are perhaps your man’s quickest route to looking way older and (less cool) than he actually is. And no, their practicality doesn’t make up for their general terribleness.
Warby Parker Percey Striped Sassafras Glasses ($95)
Nerdy chic, here you come!
Does your man ever wear things that make you shudder? Sound off in the comments below!