Lately, we’ve been experiencing a lot of great weather where I live. In fact, the weather around here has been so good that I’ve already started to see men dipping into their summer wardrobes. As great as this sounds, I’ve also come to realize that the summer season is also when I typically see some of the most egregious offences committed against good style.
That’s why in this article I want to go over 5 of the most common warm weather style blunders committed by men so you can learn what not to do as the weather continues to warm up.
Although the temperature where I live has barely hit 20C (70F) I’ve already seen countless men (and women) walking around in malls and grocery stores wearing flip flops or sandals.
We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: a man should never be wearing flip flops or sandals unless he finds himself in one of three locations:
- At the beach
- At a swimming pool
- Taking a shower in a public gym
If you find yourself in a pair of flip flops or sandals anywhere else, chances are that you are doing it wrong.
I’m sure some of you will be wondering, “If I can’t wear flip flops or sandals in the warm weather, then what the hell am I supposed to wear?”
I’m glad you asked.
There are several great options available including canvas sneakers, boat shoes, driving moccasins, and espadrilles just to name a few. All of these options will not only keep your feet cool, but you will also look immensely more stylish than your flip flop wearing cohorts.
One of the fastest ways you can make yourself look like a tool is by wearing your sunglasses indoors. I honestly do not understand why men (and women) do it. Is it really that bright inside the grocery store? I don’t get it.
Although we haven’t talked much about accessories here at Well Built Style, we fully endorse men wearing sunglasses when it’s appropriate. Not only will a nice pair of shades protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, but the right pair will also score you some well earned style points, so choose wisely.
However, with that said, please refrain from wearing your shades indoors. Instead, either store them in the front left breast pocket of your shirt (if you have one), or tuck one of the arms in the collar of your shirt. A more secure (yet unstylish) option would be to wear them on a string so you could have them hanging around your neck when you are not wearing them. We advise against this approach.
So you decided to take our advice and ditched those crusty old flip flops for a pair of stylish canvas sneakers. Good for you. Unfortunately, you decided to wear them along with your white, athletic tube socks.
Athletic socks should only be worn for athletic endeavours. For all other situations you should be wearing some kind of dress sock. For warm weather situations you’ve actually got a couple of additional options. You can either go sockless, which works well for when you are wearing shorts, or you can invest a few pairs of “no show” socks. These are an excellent option for guys who want a “sockless” look, but don’t want to ruin a great pair of shoes with their sweaty feet.
Tank tops are in a similar boat as flip flops or sandals. They should only be worn in specific situations, namely at the beach or in the gym if you are working out. In all other situations you are better off wearing a t-shirt or polo.
I know many guys will disagree, but I stand by my opinion. Tank tops just don’t look good outside of those environments. To me, it’s the equivalent of wearing a pair of sweatpants out to the bar. It looks sloppy. Some of you may try and counter by stating that a tank top does a great job of showing off your physique and that’s fine. But I believe a quality v-neck t-shirt or polo could do the same without making you look like you’re trying too hard. The choice is yours.
It’s not even summer yet and I’ve already had my fill of men wearing Capri shorts. These have got to be the most unflattering looking shorts out there for men. They are cut extra long (3/4 length) and have a baggy fit, giving the wearer the appearance of having sausage-like legs. This is definitely not a look worth emulating.
A good pair of shorts should fit trim through the seat and thigh and have an inseam between 7 and 9 inches. This ensures that the shorts hit you above the knee. This is the perfect length because it will allow you to show off just enough of your muscular legs. If you don’t have muscular legs, then this should give you all the more incentive to work harder in the squat rack.
Although the summer season is still a couple of months away, that hasn’t stopped a legion of men from already committing a litany of warm weather style blunders. These style mishaps range from the simple (wearing sunglasses indoors) to the more controversial (tank tops and flip flops). If you are at all concerned about your personal image (and I know you are), avoiding these pitfalls will go a long way to improving your sense of style. After all, sometimes the best way to develop a skill is by learning what not to do!
Here’s to looking sharp!