That being said, every guy could use some fashion advice from time to time.
That's why I was happy when Glen Sondag sent me a copy of his new book, Anything Other Than Naked. It's a terrific 86-page book with illustrated chapters on how to evaluate, select, and wear each item of clothing--from suits, shirts, ties, and trousers to sweaters, belts, shoes, and outerwear. (Hint: if you're looking for a great graduation gift for a guy, you should stop reading right now - click on the Amazon link below and order a copy.)
Since Glen's got it all covered (sartorially speaking) I asked him if he could give our Boomer Bro's some advice on how to avoid the most common fashion faux pas. Since he's such a nice (and well dressed) guy he cheerfully accepted:
Top Ten Fashion Mistakes Men Make
By Glen Sondag, author, Anything Other Than Naked
10. Wearing something that is soiled, torn, or doesn't fit.
If you can't button a jacket don't wear it. If a garment is stained, don't wear it. If something is torn, repair it.
9. Wearing a short-sleeved shirt with a suit/tie.
It looks simply awful. Even if it's 100 degrees in the shade, you have to wear a long sleeved dress shirt with a tie.
8. Wearing light colored shoes with a dark trouser.
Your shoes must be as dark or darker than your trouser.
7. Wearing socks that are lighter than the trouser.
What else is there to say?
When wearing a pant, other than blue jeans, the proper hosiery is "over the calf", or "mid calf "length.
5. Wearing shoes that are dull, scuffed, cracked, or dirty.
People notice your footwear - leather shoes should always be polished. Use cedar shoetrees.
4. Wearing trousers that are too long - the back hits the ground.
Looks terrible, not to mention that you ruin your trousers. Too short, meaning not touching the top of the shoes is equally bad.
3. Wearing denim jeans to a 'business casual" occasion.
Showing up at a business conference wearing a sport jacket and blue jeans. Ralph Lauren can pull this off but you shouldn't try.
2. Failure to tie a proper knot in a necktie, and not securing it at the neck.
Learn to tie a good knot, preferably with a dimple, and then secure the necktie tightly at the neck. Don't open your collar and loosen the tie - bad look.
1. Buttoning all the buttons on a suit jacket.
Hands down the number one sin. The rule is simple - secure all the buttons except the bottom one. And don't buy a one button or a four button suit jacket.
Glen Sondag has been a financial advisor for 38 years. He was raised in New Ulm, Minnesota, watching his mother cut and sew patterns while explaining to him the difference between wool, cotton, rayon and silk. It was from her that he developed a lifelong love of clothing and a sense for fashion and style. A former U.S Air Force Captain, he chose a career that allowed him to wear something other than a uniform every day. Sondag lives in a Chicago suburb. He and his wife have four sons.