With the dramatic rise in men’s fashion magazines, blogs and websites, it appears as if more men are jumping on the style bandwagon and deciphering their way through the plethora of trends, basics and finding a style icon. With so many styles, prints and trends to choose from, it is easy for beginners to lose themselves and neglect the fundamental fashion rules. Without further ado, read ahead on how to avoid the top five fashion mistakes before you venture further down the sartorial rabbit hole.

(1) The Oversized Suit

Unfortunately, most men tend to wear ill-fitting suits, usually a size or two too large for them. Oversized suits, or any type of oversized clothing for that matter, looks sloppy and detracts from a well put together ensemble.

The Fix: Read our previous articles on nailing the correct fit of your clothing items.

(2) Untucked Office Shirts

Taking an office shirt and leaving it untucked with a pair of jeans gives off an unsophisticated vibe, communicating to others that you either do not know how to dress yourself or you lack any care about how you dress.

The Fix: Take more casual button up shirts and tuck them into your trousers/shorts.

(3) Bad Trouser Breaks

Avoid any pooling around the ankles and scuffle to your trusty tailor to give all your trousers a slight break. Only the smallest of folds at the front of the trousers is needed, with them reaching halfway down the back of your shoe heel.

The Fix: Befriend your nearest tailor for the best long-term relationship you will ever have.

(4) Scruffy Footwear

If your footwear is falling apart at the seams, has holes or the leather has worn to the point where no amount of shoe polish can save you, it is time to throw out the old and make room for the new. Even if you carefully crafted your entire outfit and are looking terrifically on point, scruffy footwear will wreck your look.

The Fix: Invest in a new pair of classic shoes, preferably made from real leather so you can stretch out their lifespan.

(5) Fat, Overstuffed Wallets

In the same way that bad shoes can kill a fantastic outfit, so can an awful wallet. There is nothing worse than a well-dressed man, nailing the details such as print mixing, good shoes and grooming only to see a huge wallet-sized bulge in his pocket.

The Fix: Downsize. Get yourself a slim credit card holder that can fit a couple of notes, cards and your licence/ID.