We all have them.
If you’re a punctual guy…you probably hate it when people show up late.
If you like things clean…you probably hate going to public restrooms.
If you support the Warriors…you probably hate listening to die-hard Cavs fans.
But that’s okay.
We don’t have to get rid of pet peeves…as long as we respect and stay civil with everyone.
So here are 20 style pet peeves I personally have as a stylish man.
Btw – if you wear any of these clothes…or do any of these things…I’m NOT judging you. This is just me exercising my freedom of speech.
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Style Pet Peeve #1 – White Socks Outside Of The Gym
Let’s all agree on this: white socks are meant for the gym and sporting events. Casual wear and athletic gear should be kept separate.
Now the late Michael Jackson might spring into the minds of some people. Yes – he was known for performing in white socks and black shoes. But he was an entertainer. He had a license to look unique and unconventional.
Remember you’ve got plenty of options for socks depending on your trousers. If they’re light jeans or khakis, you can go with stripes or gray. But only stick to black or dark colors whenever you put on a suit.
Style Pet Peeve #2 – Holes In Your Socks
Maybe you don’t really mind a hole in one of your socks. It feels fine and the other sock isn’t affected. There’s not much incentive to throw away the pair and buy a new set.
But here’s the problem. If you’re invited to a friend’s home and you’re asked to take off your shoes in the living room…how would they react to seeing your toe exposed? I for one would be a little grossed out. So treat your feet like your shoulders and armpits. They ought to be clothed and covered accordingly.
Style Pet Peeve #3 – No Socks
I don’t get why some guys go sockless while walking around in shoes.
No one can avoid sweaty feet all day. And sweat (like any form of moisture) can damage your shoes over time. Not to mention they’ll stink on the inside when you get home! Isn’t that why socks were invented?
So do yourself a favor and buy no-show socks, especially for your loafers or other casual shoes. They’re perfectly functional and comfortable. You won’t feel too much fabric up the legs.
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Style Pet Peeve #4 – Sagging Pants
Underwear has another term: underpants. It’s worn beneath the pants, hidden from view. Yet some men like to wear sagging trousers.
But who in public would want to see some random guy’s briefs? Or worse…his butt crack? Maybe we need a law against it?
Style Pet Peeve #5 – Pajamas In Public
I feel the same way here as I do about sagging pants. With all the types of casual trousers available…why pick pajamas? Just no.
Style Pet Peeve #6 – Men Oblivious To The Dress Code
We’re all grown-ups. We should know there’s always an unwritten dress code wherever we go. We’re expected to dress in a way that shows respect to those riding the bus or the subway. To those eating out or chilling at the park.
Even if you just got a massage at the spa and went to the restaurant next door…it would be wrong to eat in your bathrobe. Imagine if it got caught in something or the string got loose…you get the idea. Please be considerate.
Style Pet Peeve #7 – Bad Mixing Proportions
I’m not a fan of extremes. If you’ve got a jacket with very wide lapels…don’t wear it with a skinny tie. If you’re a big guy…don’t wear skinny jeans. It’s always best to nail proportions. Style requires balance.
Style Pet Peeve #8 – Too Much Fragrance In A Closed Space
We put on a fragrance to enhance our own scent – not the smell of the entire room! So be mindful about spraying too much cologne if you’ll be boarding the bus or taking the elevator to your office (any place with people crowded together). Too much fragrance can plague others beside you with migraines or headaches.
Style Pet Peeve #9 – Oversized T-Shirts
What’s the cardinal rule of style? Nail the fit.
Don’t be swayed by teenagers or youngsters who seem to think t-shirts that almost touch the knees are stylish. Those shirts are insulting to the body you’ve been given.
Style Pet Peeve #10 – Screaming Logos
Large-sized logos aren’t stylish. They make you look like (A) a walking ad or (B) some random guy who’s paid to go around endorsing brands or promoting events. Don’t make people notice the logos before they notice you.
Style Pet Peeve #11 – Ill-Fitted Suits
You spend good money on any new suit. So you deserve to have something that properly fits and makes you more – not less – attractive. Every time. Never settle for a bad fit. Most stores these days offer free services to adjust the suit fit properly.
Style Pet Peeve #12 – Not Removing Tags & Tack Stitching
This one’s another way of showing laziness or incompetence. Unless you’re thinking of possibly returning it, don’t keep any tags or brand labels on a suit…or any other clothes you purchase. They’re pretty much an eyesore.
Style Pet Peeve #13 – Buttoning The Lower Button On A Suit
This applies to any sports jacket, blazer or suit which has 2-3 buttons at the front. The golden rule is to never button the bottommost button.
That button is practically just for design. The only exception to the rule is when you’ve got a large midsection that tends to shift out slightly. That’s when using the lower button helps keep your torso in check.
Style Pet Peeve #14 – Fully Buttoned Dress Shirt With No Tie
Others may disagree…but I don’t think it’s stylish to button up a dress shirt completely without neckwear. I see guys do it with polos too. A fully buttoned shirt looks rather “stiff” or bare without a tie. But maybe it’s simply not my thing.
Style Pet Peeve #15 – Dark Colored Dress Shirts
We now live in an age where the lines between clothing definitions are paper-thin. We have so-called dress shirts that come in black or dark shades of green, red, and blue. But they’re not legitimate dress shirts. They’re more for bars and other casual settings.
A real dress shirt can only be white. It’s the traditional color for desk jobs and job interviews. Light blue shirts are also accepted even though they aren’t a dress shirt technically. Everything else doesn’t belong in a professional environment unless there’s a unique dress code involved.
Style Pet Peeve #16 – Wrinkled Clothing
Would you take a seat on the bus next to someone who looks like he just rolled out of bed? I wouldn’t…there’s a chance he might smell or have bad breath. The sad part is maybe that guy did take a shower and is heading to work…but his clothes happen to be wrinkled. That doesn’t stop people from making those judgments. So do learn how to iron your dress shirts and press your trousers well.
Style Pet Peeve #17 – Not Taking Care Of Your Dress Shoes
I’m very passionate about shoe care and maintenance. It’s hard to see someone buy some really nice dress shoes made of quality leather…only to forget about polishing them regularly. It’s shoe abuse – almost a crime in my opinion.
Style Pet Peeve #18 – Wearing Sneakers All The Time
I like sneakers and running shoes. Who can live without them? But it’s foolish to treat them like all-purpose footwear. Only famous people and athletes can get away with that. Anyone else comes off as pretentious.
Style Pet Peeve #19 – Square-Toe Shoes
Sorry – not a fan of these. They remind me of pilgrim shoes. Dated. Out of style. Why bother with them when you’ve got many other options for casual wear…including loafers and monk straps?
Style Pet Peeve #20 – Embarrassing Others In Public
So you’ve read 19 of my pet peeves. Most of them are silly. Some are downright outrageous. But this is the one that takes the cake. It crosses the line no matter how stylish you are or knowledgeable about fashion.
Don’t publicly criticize or speak about another man’s clothing. It doesn’t matter if he’s breaking rules (although violating the dress code has to be addressed to the right person in certain places). It’s tactless and you’re not in any position to do it whether you’re a friend or a total stranger. Criticism must be given in private.
As judgmental as we may be…we can always give others the benefit of the doubt. Instead of being a snob, why don’t you understand the other guy? For example, don’t quickly assume he’s wearing running shoes with his suit for fashion. He might actually have a foot injury.
Remember to have some compassion. Let’s all try as men to support one another instead of kicking someone else when he’s down. Style is not just for a select few. We all deserve a chance to be stylish and reap the benefits of it.
Do you agree with this list? What are your pet peeves about men’s style & fashion that I didn’t mention? Send me a message at RealMenRealStyle and I might just discuss them next time.