What men should wear off-duty, Part Two
Here are a few more tips to make you look good while relaxing. And dating. Good luck!
Avoid soft t-shirts
I mean the ones you would also sleep in, as well as t-shirts with deep V-necks in particular. They look sloppy and do nothing for you except to give you the flair of a man who survived the flu. If you are really into t-shirts, invest in crisp, ironed, high quality ones. Don´t even think about the skinny fit, even if your arms could in reality be legs. And keep in mind that the more you are in shape, the higher the likelihood you can actually pull it off. There is nothing to say against t-shirts with prints, by the way. It can be beer advertising, an arty image or Bart Simpson - we love funny men, after all! As long as it isn´t a slogan.
Choose decent sunglasses
Don't. Wear. Aviators. Ever. If you wear mirrored aviators, you are the basic bitch of men. Classic Wayfarers, tortoiseshell style safari models and everything that Steve McQueen wore are a much better choice: they show that you care about your coolness, just not that much.
Don't be a cowboy
A denim shirt is a fabulous off-duty piece for men. It only gets tricky when worn with - denim. Yes, cowboys are heroes too, but only when they team up with a horse. So unless you are a very young male model, wear your denim shirt with loose fitting chinos. By the way: denim shirts look great under blazer, too!
Beware of the Grandpa vibe
Cardigans are a risk, especially worn over t-shirts or classic shirts. If they are too big and long, not only will you look like your grandpa sitting on his veranda, women will also worry that you are feeling cold and ask you if you want her jacket, too. To avoid this, always opt for shorter, slim-fit ones and wear them like you would wear a sweater - with nothing underneath.
Don't wear Hoodie jackets
Just don´t, ever. (except when you are inside a gym).
Get a serious shirt collection
A foolproof off-duty look very much resembles an important part of your on-duty look: bespoke shirts, worn without a tie. The trick is to not just wear your on-duty button-downs, but get a little bit more creative here. Try different colours and patterns: thick stripes in pink, green, yellow or blue, or simply white or blue ones. The collar should frame your face - without a tie, it can flatten and look sloppy. The collar of a good casual shirt does not lie on it but stands up nearly straight and vertical. So make sure your shirt is well-ironed (add starch as needed), and use collar stays. Needless to say that short sleeves are a no, right? Rolled-up sleeves look much more like you are a man who gets things done!
Don't wear designer sneakers
Designer sneakers are the shoes of the freshly divorced: during his marriage, he worked so hard that he did not even have the time to think about his style. While his wife went: shopping. Mainly for herself, but why not bringing him a nice gift from Gucci, too - I mean, she was already there! Wearing designer sneakers is the surefire sign that a man has lost his personality, somewhere on his way. How can you find it again? It is actually very easy: pick your favourite pair of sneakers from brands like Adidas or Nike, who know what they are doing: sneakers. This does not mean by the way that it will cost you less than your tacky designer pair: ever heard about the drop? Google it. And learn everything about special editions some people would die for.