4 Style Rules That Men Need to Break

When it comes to #menswear, there are certain rules that are based on form and function like the Sometimes, Always, Never rule. There are also rules that are based on aesthetics such as always matching your leathers (shoes, belt and watch strap).

Unfortunately, a lot of these rules don’t apply to modern menswear anymore. In fact, I think once you learn all of the rules and interpret them in your own way, you will then be able to create your own personal style.

Honestly, as my personal style changes and evolves over the years, I find myself breaking more and more of the traditional rules of menswear. Although there’s something to be said for knowing the rules, there’s no rule that says the rules can’t be broken.

Therefore, here are 4 menswear rules that I think every guy needs to break in order to improve their personal style!

1. No White After Labor Day

The Dapper Advisor - White levis denim uniqlo linen blazer beachBlazer by Uniqlo, Shirt by Christian Dior, Jeans by Levi’s, Shoes by Rockport 

I really doubt this can even be considered a rule anymore, because everyone wears white after labor day nowadays.

Therefore, if there was ever a style rule that was made to be broken, it’s this one.

I actually wear white jeans all year round and as long as it’s not raining (or snowing) outside, you can bet that you can find me wearing some white jeans.

2. Not Wearing Black and Brown

The Dapper Advisor - Wilson's leather Suede biker jacket black and brownJacket by Wilson’s Leather, T-Shirt by Uniqlo, Jeans by H&M , Boots by Zara

Guys have been wearing black and brown together since the 80’s, especially black jeans with brown boots and I think it looks great (even though my girlfriend doesn’t agree).

Although it might have just been a trend that Kanye West and others propelled to the forefront, I don’t foresee it going away anytime soon!

3. Always Wear Socks

The Dapper Advisor - Navy Sebago Penny legacy Loafer sockless

Shoes by Sebago 

This is definitely another one of those outdated menswear rules that I think a lot of people have different opinions about. The term “going sockless” has been going strong for the past few summers and depending on your current location, you can probably still get away without wearing socks.

However, if you’re not going to wear socks there is definitely a right and a wrong way to do it. The first and most important step is making sure that the shoes leather is soft and broken-in first.

Otherwise, it can be really uncomfortable and trust me I’ve tried it. You can also try wearing some no-show socks if you’re not a fan of going sockless!

4. Suits Are Only For The Office

The Dapper Advisor - Uniqlo Khaki Suit Zara slip on sneakers Suit & Shirt by Uniqlo, Shoes by Zara

Now if you know anything about me you know I don’t abide by this rule at all. Depending on my mood, you can find me rocking a suit casually on any given day.

However, when it comes to rocking a suit outside of the office you should try dressing it down as much as possible.

Consider pairing it it with a t-shirt or a henley. Also, don’t be afraid to throw on a pair of sneakers instead of the traditional double monks or wingtips!


As always, thanks for reading!

Yours truly,

Akil McLeod
The Dapper Advisor

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