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Mishaps can happen to the best of us. No one is immune to the occasional style mistake, and building a great wardrobe takes both time and patience.  But by breaking certain bad habits you can greatly reduce you chances of looking foolish.  So we’ve gathered a list of men’s Top 5 Style Mistakes for your reading pleasure.

No.5 Over-branding

There’s nothing wrong with having a favorite brand, but discretion is the name of the game here. After all, you’re aiming to look like an incredibly handsome version of yourself, not like a walking advertisement. Investing in classic style and quality, has its long term benefits. Spending your entire check on pieces that feature prominent logos only shows others that you’re more concerned with status than substance.

No.4 Mismatched suit and shoes

Making a blunder with regard to the color of your shoes practically defeats the purpose of suiting up, which is to look your most presentable. Unfortunately, men too frequently select shoes in shades that don’t complement their dress clothes, like brown-hued footwear with black trousers. Follow this advice, however, and you’ll avoid this common fashion faux pas: pair black suits with black shoes; gray suits with black or camel shoes; brown suits with brown or camel shoes; and navy suits with black, camel, tan or oxblood-colored footwear.

No.3 Oversized clothes

One of the greatest male fashion fallacies is that loose clothing looks better than more fitted threads. The truth, however, is that even on larger men, body-skimming styles are more flattering. Of course, “body-skimming” is not synonymous with “skin-tight.” What we’re referring to are clothes that glide comfortably over your body and show your physique to its best advantage. If you’re not sure whether you’re supersizing your clothes, try going one size down from what you normally wear next time you go shopping and compare the difference. You’ll know your clothes are too big if you have trouble discerning your body shape in them.

No.2 Buttoning blazers incorrectly

Even with a well-made suit, fastening the wrong number of buttons on your blazer can cause it to pull and stretch in awkward directions, making it seem ill-fitting, so pay attention to the advice that follows. Double-breasted jackets should nearly always be buttoned. With a two-button suit, fasten the top button and with a three-button suit, you have a choice between fastening the top two buttons or the middle one only. And no matter what kind of blazer you’re wearing, always unbutton it when you sit down.

No.1 White socks with dress shoes

Teaming white socks with dress shoes may have enjoyed brief popularity as a quirky style statement in the mid-’90s, but there’s a good reason this combo has failed to make a strong comeback. Dress shoes should only be worn with dress socks, which are wool or cotton socks in dark hues like black, blue, gray, and brown. White socks, in contrast, should be reserved solely for pairing with athletic shoes and track pants.

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