The Guys: Fashion Faux Pas and Closet Staples

So, I thought it would be fun to do a post for the guys; I haven’t done one since swimsuits, and that was a while ago. We all have men in our lives, whether it's our dads, brothers, friends, husbands, or uncles, and we have all, at one time or another, could not help but shake our heads at their outfits. If you haven’t, either you don’t care or your men are impeccably well dressed... kudos to you. My dad has had more than most people's fair share of fashion faux pas moments and, despite my best efforts, my husband has had a few too, although he has come a long way.
All girls have their things about what their guys wear that they hate, and all secretly wish they would disappear (which can be arranged). Below are my five cringe worthy guys' fashion faux pas.

Socks with Sandals: Please, NEVER ever wear socks with sandals. There is nothing good about this look; never has been, never will be.

Slip-On Shoes: The only slip-on shoes you should be wearing are loafers, Period, end of story.

Over Use of College Memorabilia: My dad is a giant offender of this. Everyone reading this right now who knows him is laughing out loud. He ends up looking like the UVA bookstore threw up all over him. Monochromatic looks are chic but not when it's orange and blue. We get it school spirit is “cool,” but one piece of college clothing is enough. If you played a sport there, you have a little more leeway, but too much just makes you look like you're longing for the glory days of 10-day-old keg beer and endless theme parties.

Pleated Pants: Go to your closet right now and thrown them out. They add 10 pounds and don’t do you any favors. Flat front pants ALL the way.

Blazer with a Polo Shirt: This is my biggest pet peeve, it makes me cringe when I see it. It looks like you walked into a restaurant under dressed and they gave you a loaner blazer. Hello Tommy Boy. Please only wear a button-down with a blazer.

Below are some items I think every guy should have in his closet and why. The links below will take you to the exact products!

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Navy Blazer: Every guy should own a navy blazer (as long as you don’t wear it with a polo shirt). The one above is from Suit Supply; the linen is a nice change up for the warmer months. There is nothing like jeans, blazer, and a button down shirt - such a classic look.

Chambray Shirt: They go with everything, even jeans. This one is from Suit Supply, but J. Crew and Ralph Lauren also make great ones. The more you wear it, the cooler they look.

Loafers: A great pair of loafers should be considered an investment piece and something every guy should have in his closet. These Guccis are timeless and never go out of style. The $700 price tag might seem like a lot but if you take care of them and have them re-soled, they can last for 15 years.

Monogrammed Cufflinks: My husband gave monogrammed cufflinks to his groomsmen and I thought it was such a great idea. Men always need cufflinks (with a suit or a tux, always wear cufflinks, looks so polished), the monogram just makes them a little more personal.

Velvet Slippers: Again another classic shoe, you can wear it with jeans or with your tuxedo. NO socks with these, I can’t stress that enough!

Tuxedo: I am big on guys owning a tuxedo. I know that might seem a little ridiculous but gone are the days when they cost a fortune. Now that places like J. Crew and Suit Supply are making tuxedoes, you can get them for under $1,000. If you rent one five times for $200, it cost just as much to buy one without all the hassle that actually fits you.

Jeans: A well-fitting pair of jeans are a must have. Yes, boys jeans cost $200, yes they are worth it, and NO, they can not be acid washed. J Brands are a favorite in my household.

Sunglasses: Sunglasses finish out your look. A nice, classic pair of Ray-Bans or Persols go a long way.

Watches: Guys and their watches... they love them just about as much as girls love diamonds. A nice watch is an investment piece and is something you will have forever and maybe pass down to the next generation.