A good rule of thumb for guys interested in improving their style is to learn from men who know how to dress well.
Guys like Daniel Craig:
Or a young Steve McQueen:
In fact, they don’t even have to be people in real life. Take for example Colin Firth’s character in the movie Kingsman:
Style role models like this can be found almost anywhere and they can serve as a great source of inspiration.
But you can often learn just as much about style from men who have no idea what they are doing.
For those of you who don’t know, Guy Fieri is a well-known television personality and the host of the hit television series Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the Food Network.
He’s also got a terrible sense of style.
Which is why in this edition of Style NOPE! I’m going to break down his style and show you some of the many mistakes that he makes so you know exactly what not to do.
Let the lesson begin.
One of the biggest problems I see with Guy’s style is his penchant for undershirts.
Seriously, they are an aesthetic nightmare and should be avoided like the plague.
The problem with visible undershirts is that they draw attention away from your face, which is the exact opposite of what you want your clothing to do.
Furthermore, by wearing an undershirt you squander a prime opportunity to show a little male cleavage.
And believe me there is absolutely nothing wrong with male cleavage provided that you do it right.
While the button stance of your shirt will ultimately determine how many buttons you should leave undone, a good rule of thumb to follow is to leave the top two buttons unfastened.
However, with that said, I understand that some guys need to wear an undershirt out of necessity (e.g. excessive sweating). Even then there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.
The bottom line: your undershirt should not be on display.
The problem with Fieri is that he often has too many buttons undone on his shirt. I’m not sure if it’s his guido heritage shining through or not, but whatever the case may be, he offers up a great example of how not to wear an undershirt.
Another style blunder that I routinely see Guy make is in his choice of shorts.
The problem with cargo shorts is that they do not flatter a man’s shape at all, especially if you are a shorter guy. In fact, nothing will make a shorter guy look even shorter than a pair of baggy cargo shorts that extend past the knees. Seriously, you might as well be wearing capris.
More importantly, baggy cargo shorts make it impossible for you to show off even a scintilla of quad development. What’s the point of busting your ass in the squat rack if you can’t even show off a little of your hard work?
Remember that a proper fitting pair of shorts should always hit you above the knees. For most guys that means either a 7 inch or 9 inch inseam. For the more daring among you, you could even go with a 5 inch or 6 inch inseam but you better make sure that you have the leg development for it.
If you think Guy’s affinity for baggy shorts is bad, his choice in footwear is scarcely better.
Guy can usually be seen wearing a pair of flip flops, regardless if he’s near the beach or walking around the city.
Frankly speaking, flip flops are not the most appropriate type of footwear for most situations.
In reality, there are only 3 reasons why you should ever consider wearing flip flops:
- You’re at the beach
- You’re at a swimming pool
- You’re taking a shower in a public shower
Unfortunately, it appears that Guy Fieri never got the memo as he happily indulges in this style vice on a regular basis.
While there is nothing wrong with wearing sport sunglasses when you are outside actually playing sports, combining them with anything else just doesn’t work. The juxtaposition is simply too jarring. It’s the equivalent of wearing hybrid dress shoes.
Instead you are much better off pairing your formal or casual wear items with either a pair of aviators or wayfarers as they are not only timeless but also flatter most face shapes.
As terrible as Guy’s style is, the coup de gras is definitely in his choice of button up shirts: loud and obnoxious.
Any clothing with oversized logos or obnoxious designs is something you absolutely want to steer clear from. Not only does it go against one of the most important principles of style, but you also put yourself at risk of becoming a walking billboard too.
Style is all about subtlety and understatement. It has absolutely nothing to do with the type of brands you wear. Keep things simple if you want to look stylish and classy.
Let’s face it, Guy Fieri needs a style makeover in a big way. He’s a prime example of how not to dress well.
Don’t be like Guy.
You can do better.
Go find yourself some style role models and dig into the archives here. Oh, and don’t forget to apply what you learn. It’s the only way to will truly develop a great sense of style.
Here’s to looking sharp!