Clothes to avoid – how to dress your age

These are the clothes you need to avoid

There’s a moment in a guy’s life where he transcends from boy to man. And just like that, his closet should also get an upgrade. This is how to dress your age.

clothes to avoidWe all have our own personal style and our own fashion preferences, but there are still a few items that all men should avoid 一no matter their style or current trends一.

When you were a young teenager you were allowed to make mistakes. It was, in fact, the perfect moment to try and fail because you were still trying to find your style and you were probably still being led by trends. But once you’ve reached your adulthood, there’s no fashion excuse that can let you off the hook.

We are always giving you advice on what to wear and how to do so, but now it’s about time we go over the DONT’s. From shiny, silky shirts to velcro shoes, these are the items of clothing you need to avoid in order to dress properly for your age.

Three-quarter length trousers

The choice here is simple: shorts or trousers, there is no in between. If there was a moment in your life when three-quarter length pants were your go-to option, let us tell you something, those days are over. As a grown man, you can’t stand in the middle.

On a similar note, cargo shorts should also stay in the past. While they are known for their functionality, they are definitely not the most stylish item you could own. Due to the multiple pockets, they can make you look asymmetrical and that applies to all men.

If this is a piece of clothing you couldn’t live without, we guarantee you there are still plenty of comfortable options you can try on. For example, you can substitute them for chino shorts. They come in a variety of colors, you can still stash your wallet and they are not as baggy as cargo shorts.

Shiny shirts

Two decades ago, glossy club shirts would have been a total hit. But not anymore. Shiny shirts are now on the top of our DON’T list. They look both tacky and very, very outdated. The same applies to bright silk ties, which have the same out of style effect.


The best alternative are basic shirts in neutral tones that you can spice up with modern accessories or a classic leather jacket. For more inspiration on night out looks, this is how to dress for an evening event.


clothes you should avoid include logo t-shirtsLogomania continues to gain followers today, but as a stylish man you should definitely stay away from this trend. Clothes with big logos that scream a brand’s name are hiding one of two things: poor quality garments or your lack of personality.

When shopping for clothes, branding is the last thing you need to pay attention to. You should always prioritize good quality, fit and timeless design above anything else. This will allow you to build a long lasting wardrobe that remains modern beyond trends.

Polo shirts, for example, usually come with a brand’s logo, but you will notice that it is kept to the minimum and it is almost invisible to the eye. In that case, it is acceptable.

Fit is everything

Exercising is great for your health, both physical and mental. Nonetheless, there is no need to show off your gym results.

Whether you are still wearing loose clothes like deep v-neck t-shirts or side-cut tank tops, or even very tight shirts that barely contain your biceps, you need to stop.

Clothes that don’t fit properly 一either because they are too tight or too baggy一 will make you look sloppy and unprofessional. If you have a hard time finding well-fitting clothes off the rack, then you can go to the tailor to get them altered or to request made-to-measure pieces as well.

In this article you will find more tips on how to dress appropriately based on your body type.

Leather blazers

Leather jackets are a type of clothing to avoidAlso referred to as leather sports jackets, these are an iconic piece of fashion from the 70s. And that is where they should stay. While leather jackets are a great addition to your wardrobe, leather blazers should be nowhere to be found.

If you need to attend a formal event, like a wedding or a business gathering, you should go for a tailored suit made of classic fabrics. Under no circumstances a blazer made out of leather should be an option.

Square toe dress shoes

Square toe dress shoes might have been in fashion decades ago, but those days are over. The chunky-soled, clunky design brings us back to the late 90s and therefore nowadays they look very out of date.

Speaking of footwear, another shoe you need to avoid are velcro sneakers. They might be functional, but they are unquestionably a no-go, just like velcro wallets. If you need to upgrade it, check out our ultimate guide to men’s wallets.

Aside from that, remember that all your dress shoes should always look on point. In other words, they need to be clean and polished, and they need to look flawless. The best dress shoes that you can own include a pair of brown Oxfords and a pair of black Derby shoes.

Poor quality underwear

Your underwear is something that very few will get to see. However, that is not an excuse to let yourself go.

It’s an item of clothing that we wear on a daily basis and it goes directly on the skin, therefore it should be an important investment in your wardrobe. You definitely don’t want to waste your money on poor quality.

As well as any other piece of clothing, your underwear can also showcase personality. But above all, it should be functional and comfortable. These are our recommendations on how to choose your underwear successfully.

By the way, if you are trying to update and modernize your closet, you might want to check out how to create a capsule wardrobe for men.