Listen, we love our men. But we also know that—from time to time—they can be a wee bit, um, sartorially challenged. Anyone who’s ever dated a man who, for some reason or another, found it appropriate to wear flip-flops in a public, non-beach zone understands this fact thoroughly.
But we’ll give them credit—men’s fashion can be a challenging world to navigate, in part because, on the surface, there don’t seem to be a ton of options from which to choose. But this just isn’t true; guys have a slew of choices when it comes to their style. And we’re here to help.
Scroll down for 15 things you should never let your man wear, plus 30 stylish alternatives to shop now!
1. Cargo shorts
Your guy might put up a fight when you tell him he has to sacrifice is long-beloved, huge, pocketed friends. But this is a battle that you must start, and you must win. The cargo shorts must go.
Try instead: A pair of well-fitting chino shorts for work or play.
J.Crew Stanton Shorts ($75)
2. A Fanny PAck
This should just never happen.
Try instead: An all-occasion tote or stylish backpack.
Ben Minkoff Brody Slim Briefcase ($325)
3. Flip Flops
A stylish man would never be caught out and about wearing flip-flops. There are only two places where the casual sandal is acceptable: inside the house and at the beach. Otherwise, no.
Try instead: A chic pair of sandals.
Álvaro Leather Sandals ($400)
4. Ill Fitting Suits
There’s something so very sad about a man in a suit that doesn’t fit. A suit should be comfortable, have a slim fit, and make your man look sexier than he’s ever looked. Trust us, it’s worth the investment.
Try instead: A streamlined suit, preferably one that’s cut-to-fit.
Acne Studios Grey Drifter Slim-Fit Wool Suit ($860)
5. Overy Ironic T-Shirts
Past the age of, say, 20, a man should not be wearing ironic T-shirts. A woman can only take so many sartorial references to juvenile catch phrases du jour.
Try instead: A cute T-shirt in a wistful print.
Band of Outsiders Paneled Tee ($135)
Try instead: A sporty polo.
Burberry Cotton-Piqué Polo Shirt ($150)
Unless his last name is Depp or Carter, your man should not be wearing necklaces of any sort
Try instead: A masculine cuff or a nice watch.
Try instead: A pair of perfectly-fitting jeans in a distressed wash.
Levi’s 1967 505 Regular-Fit Washed Selvedge Jeans ($295)
9. Pinky Rings
Only mob bosses and drug lords should be wearing pinky rings. If your man is either of these things, you’ve got bigger problems than bad jewelry choices.
Try instead: A wedding band when the time comes.
10. Too tight Skinny Jeans
The slightly cooler cousin of saggy jeans is the too-tight pair of skinny jeans. Except the too-tight skinny jeans are almost worse, because they make your man look like he’s trying way too hard.
Try instead: A pair of skinnies that actually fit appropriately.
Acne Studios Ace Dry-Denim Jeans ($220)
Unless he’s out in the woods, doing manly things like chopping wood, a man should never wear overalls. We literally cannot think of one occasion when they would be appropriate—because there isn’t one.
Jean Shop Slim-Fit Rinsed Jeans ($260)
The slightly shimmery finish to these jeans will look even better after a couple washes.
12. Socks And Sandals
This is a rather tricky, albeit in vogue, lady trend as of late—but on dudes it just reads more normcore and, frankly, it’s not cute.
Converse Chuck Taylor Sneakers ($45)
13. Sweater Vests
Steve Urkel. Chandler Bing. Need I say more?
Try instead: A classic sweater great for all occasions.
Acne Studios Hydra O Sweater ($220)
14. Thick Neckties
A thick necktie is abominable—it makes a man look older than he is, and incredibly outdated. It’s all about the skinny tie—they look sleek, sharp, and modern.
Try instead: A skinny tie in a daring color or print.
Brioni Reversible Silk and Cashmere Tie ($215)
15. Transition lenses
Glasses with transition lenses are perhaps your man’s quickest route to looking way older and (less cool) than he actually is. And no, their practicality doesn’t make up for their general terribleness.
Ray-Ban Clubmasters ($175)