Mens clothing taboos you should break

Men’s clothing can be very dynamic, and a well dressed man can make quite the statement in both the professional realm and the casual. The clothing that you often see worn by a man of style — such as the sleek, classic black suit, the well-fitted t-shirt, the polished dark dress shoe — looks sleek and sharp, but can be rather limiting.



What if you want to be more adventurous? A fitted, v-necked t-shirt looks nice, but don’t you want to be a bit daring? Or maybe you want to save money, and still look stylish?

Well. You might want to break some fashion taboos.

While men’s fashion, on the whole, doesn’t quite have as many taboos as does women’s fashion, but that doesn’t mean that breaking those taboos is a thing easily done. After all, even the most casual of men (I’m looking at you, Mr. Faded T-shirt and Mr. Scuffed Jeans!) want to look decent, on some level. And it’s no fun being that person who everyone stares and laughs at — because you’re unmindful of a fashion taboo, and you look more like a bear in your fur coat than a celebrity. But that doesn’t mean that you’ll look like an idiot if you break certain fashion taboos — on the contrary, certain taboos of men’s clothing are made to be broken, and you might look all the better if you do break them!

Taboo Number One: Wearing Gold and Silver Simultaneously.

Though most men aren’t too much for jewellery, the gold watch or a silver ring can be a nice accent to a casual or professional outfit. But mixing gold and silver together has been a no-no for a long time; it’s either all or nothing, and if you do mix and match your gold and your silver, you run the risk of looking tacky and stupidly gaudy.

However, most men don’t usually wear much jewellery to begin with — which is a man’s saving grace with this taboo. A plain gold chain and a silver ring won’t be jarring to the eye, and can look quite stylish and even elegant, provided that you don’t go overboard. So long as you aren’t loading your neck with several chains of gold and silver, and you don’t wear rings of different colors on each finger, you should be able to get away with breaking this taboo. The secret is to keep things to keep things simple — just one piece of gold and one piece of silver should do the trick.

Taboo Number Two: Wearing Tight Clothing

Now, this is a taboo for a good reason. Too tight clothing looks awful, and oftentimes you end up showing more than you would want to show, including those rolls of fat you thought you were hiding. Tight clothing can also be a great detriment; on the professional side of things, who would want to do business with you if you look like you’re about to burst out of your seams? And on the casual side, you might well run the risk of scaring little children and disturbing everyone else, if you walk around in clothes that make you look like a sausage.

But there is a way to pull of the “tight” clothes look without creating a social disturbance. Fitted v-neck t-shirts are a great example. You can achieve a very form-fitting look with a fitted tee, and, if you have been working out for a bit, you might turn some heads in a good way. A fitted t-shirt shows the breadth of your shoulders and the tones of your muscles, giving you that “tight” look in a tasteful, appealing way. The trick here is to make certain you’re showing off all of your good features, and none of the bad.

Taboo Number Three: The Cheap Necktie

A good necktie is worth every pretty penny you might spend for it. But spending a chunk of money on an expensive tie is not always palatable, especially if you’re on a budget. And true high-quality silk ties can run you as much as a 200 dollars, if not more.

While a 200 dollar tie might be all fine and good for some people, many folks for the most part can’t even tell the difference between an extremely expensive tie and an affordable one. Now, I’m not talking about those tie experts out there, who make it their business to critique every tie that they see — those folks don’t matter in the long run, because the majority people don’t care if you bought your tie from Men’s Warehouse or from Ross. As long as you buy a tie that has some drape to it, and has the look of quality without the price tag, you can ignore this taboo and go on your merry way. Because silk ties offer more weight — and therefore better drape — than satin ties, it is best to go for silk. Silk also comes in many different qualities, so some silk ties are cheaper than others(you can get a decent silk tie for about 25 dollars or so), but still offer good drape and a fashionable shine.

Taboo Number Four: Unconventional Suit Colors

This is one of the harder taboos to break. The classic black suit is classic for a reason, and for most men, breaking out of the standard suit colors — black, gray, and the occasional brown — is difficult. Now, I’m not advocating that you go out and find the brightest, most garish colored suit on the market, but changing things up a bit can give you a unique, but stylish edge. In this case, it is probably better to err on the side of colors that are either very dark or very pale, and avoid colors that are overly vibrant, like orange and yellow. White suits can be very elegant, especially when paired with dress shirts of a dark sharp color, like royal blue or crimson. Dark blue and dark green suits can give you some of the sleekness of a black suit, but with a pop of color. A champagne colored suit can lend you a tasteful bit of vibrancy that you might not get in a brown suit.

There are many taboos for men’s clothing, but some of those taboos are made to be broken, and so long as you break them in a tasteful manner, you can remain sleek and stylish.

Bill Stevens is a freelance fashion writer who has been contributing to the Swann Dri team for a number of years. His wealth of experience within the men’s fashion industry makes him the ideal candidate to offer an insight into some of the fashion taboos you really should be breaking.


About the author:

Bill Stevens is a freelance fashion writer who has been contributing to the Swann Dri team for a number of years. His wealth of experience within the men’s fashion industry makes him the ideal candidate to offer an insight into some of the fashion taboos you really should be breaking.