While yes, it’s important to dress in a way that you feel comfortable, it’s also essential that you listen to your girlfriend. Call me controlling, say that I should love my boyfriend no matter what he wears, but I can tell you one thing: I might love him a little bit less if he continues to wear a few items of clothing in particular. Superficial as that may sound, I’m the one who has to see him all the time and be seen with him, so as a girl who definitely has a fully-fledged interest in clothes, mark my words: listen to your girlfriend.
There are a lot of things every guy should have in his closet: the right pair of slim cut dark jeans, a really good cashmere sweater, a great watch, and a pair of boots that are made to last among them. Not among them? Square toed shoes.
The style, which reached the apex of its popularity in the late ‘90s and early aughts, has somehow clung to relevance in guys’s closets while the other things we wore at the turn of the century (remember the manpri?) have been replaced with clothes that just look better. And yet the square-toed shoe can still be spotted on guys’ feet in even the most stylish places. Including around the New York City headquarters of Men’s Journal, where banker bros abound–and so too do these outmoded, brick like shoes.
By and large, you should wear what you want—it’s a free country after all. But if you actually want to look good, we’d start with excising these things from your closets as soon as you can.
Square Toed Shoes
We understand the logic: most guys’ feet are pretty squared off, not rounded, so the square-toed shoe in a standard width allows your toes to not feel constricted. It also makes your foot look like a leather Hot Pocket, so if you’re feeling the pain of a tight fit, do us all a favor and just buy a wider size rounded-toe shoe.
A Suit That Doesn’t Fit
They say there’s not a man alive who doesn’t look good in a suit, and that’s a bald faced lie. You can easily put on a suit that’s too small or, worse, too big, and look a lot worse than you would in a t-shirt and jeans. The trick to avoiding this? See. A. Tailor.
The Dress Shoe-Sneaker Hybrid
Another shoe we’re largely done with? That weird marriage between a dress shoe upper and a sneaker sole. There are a small handful of genius designers who make them look good in a sculptural way. But the number of guys who can actually pull them off? Infinitesimally small.
The Going Out Shirt
Some wardrobe segmentation is necessary: most of us still can’t get away with wearing our gym gear at the office. But to have a distinct separation between what you wear say, at brunch, and what you wear to get a drink on the weekends is a foolhardy waste of money. It’s too dark in most bars and nightclubs for anyone to notice the colorful stripes and light sheen of the standard going out shirt, so save yourself time, money, and the anguish of making a decision about what to wear to the club and just put on an oxford.
A trim pair of cargo pants entered the realm of acceptable mens trousers just after the financial crisis, when designers like Michael Bastian and the geniuses at J.Crew started turning out pairs that fit like a pair of great jeans. But their downtrodden cousin, the cargo short, is always going to be a no-go: they’re a surefire way to tell the world that you really are living a life of quiet desperation.
Darth Vader? On a tie? That you’re going to wear to an event? Grow the fuck up.
If you’re golfing, great: get your steps, close a deal, live your best life—and go ahead and wear one of those shiny, pima sateen pastel monstrosities we call golf shirts. If you’re not golfing, and you want to express the same kind verve for luxurious leisure that comes across for guys who have legitimate reasons to wear golf shirts? Wear a polo and call it a day.
Super Ripped Denim
Go for bolder brows
Fuller brows are universally more youthful. Don’t bother if you have over-plucked in the past. Simply fill in those areas with a brow pencil. Also avoid putting creams, moisturizers or other lotions on your brow area. They distort hair growth by clogging the follicle. Bolder, defined brows give the illusion of a younger face, so definitely invest in a product to help fill in any gaps along your brow.
Go wild with colors and look colorful in your attire. Do not be scared to play with colors. While trying to achieve this, be careful not to go against the colors that go well with your undertone, because colors that suit your undertone will definitely make you look beautiful.
Accessories will make you pop and glow, go for them. Asides the fact that they pop your face up, they help to draw a huge mass of attention to wherever you put them. Earrings should be used according to your face shape. The best deal is to know your body well and you work with that. Accessorize well for your age and body shape. Wearing accessories that flatter your figure and shape can make you instantly look beautiful and more trendy without having to try too hard.
Avoid age-specific clothes.
Due to culture and some other reasons, some clothes have been specifically attributed to some particular age and those clothes make you look older than what you look like. Take dares and experiment with whatever will make you look pretty, just ensure you look good and at your best. Women don’t need to show additional cleavage to look younger, instead, wear flattering shirts that emphasize your best features without calling too much attention to your chest
Always get your hair done and update your hairstyle.
Go with trendy hairstyle but ensure they look well on you. It will be much safer to make hairstyles that go well with your face shape as the aim is to look beautiful despite your age.
Invest in quality sunshades.
Cat’s eye frames are especially known to make people look younger by lifting the face, while aviators negatively focus attention downward. Invest in good quality sunshades, they not only add class to your look, but they also help protect you in the sun. If you are on a recommended lens, you can have it customized to whatever you want.