Fashion Don’ts (This goes double for BLACK MEN)

Fashion & Beauty, Featured, In My Opinion

Forgive me if I offend or hurt anyone’s feelings, but we need to address, and re-dress a few guys (ages 24 & up), who think what they are wearing is the status quo.

Here are a few, to not do:

Ed Hardy and other blaring labels (This include Phat Farm, Ecko, Roca Wear, and South Pole)

Ed Hardy is a fashion red flag for ladies to run in the opposite direction.  These clothing lines also make quiet clothes that still make bold statements.


Flip flops with jeans and a button-up. What’s wrong with this outfit? Well, perhaps a few things. But don’t wear flip-flops if you’re not poolside or on the beach. It just doesn’t work.


I don’t care if you are on a secluded beach in the Caribbean. There’s such a small percentage of the population who can pull them off, so don’t risk it. You’ll be uncomfortable, and so will we.

Hawaiian shirts

You’re not in Hawaii and Hawaii 5-0 is no longer a hit show! Whether worn for real or “ironically,” these tropical motifs make dudes stand out in a bad way.

Too much jewelry

You know how experts say women should always remove one accessory before leaving the house for fear of overdoing it? Guys should remove all but one. With the exception to Mr.T and Liberace, black men especially, stay clear of this fashion faux pas. It’s not fly, hip-hop or gangster!

Baggy/sagging pants

Way-too-big pants have been offensive since the ’90s, and recently New York senator Eric Adams funded a campaign with billboards saying, “raise your pants, raise your image.” Amen to that.

Extra skinny jeans/Low cut pants

Doctors say,  that tight clothes limit the mobility of hip joints. Furthermore, tight pants make a person develop a peculiar step, which negatively affects the spine.  Tight pants can also complicate the work of the immune system too. They increased temperature and can overheat testicles, which affects the sperm-forming process and reduces the quality of semen.

Pleated-front pants

These faded from popularity decades ago, so you don’t want to look like you’re stuck there. Flat-front trousers are much more flattering.

Socks with sandals

I shouldn’t even have to explain this one! If you want to hide your feet, just stay home!

Sports jerseys/uniform out of sports setting

Jerseys are cool at the stadium, or during a big playoff game with buddies, but team uniforms should not be everyday attire. That means NO MORE THROWBACKS!

I think I’ve made my point, just because we are men, doesn’t mean we can wear whatever we want.  Doesn’t matter how much money you make, how in shape you are, or how many women you think you attract, follow these don’ts and you will acquire more of the above!

3 Comments on "Fashion Don’ts (This goes double for BLACK MEN)"

  1. JCB3 Jul 15, 2010 · 10:07 am

    “Flip flops & socks, slangin crack rocks!” Don’t hate on the 80′s gangsta collabo!

  2. afortenberry Jul 15, 2010 · 3:16 pm

    LOL! I would completely have to agree, and this doesn’t only go for men 24 & older. A lot of these are tacky for ANY age. Socks w/ sandals really guys? Come on now. If you expect me to dress to impress you NEED to make the effort to dress your self in the morning. It’s called having respect for your self and representing not only yourself but everyone and everything you associate your self with. Watch the company you keep and how they present themselves to the world!

  3. JR Jul 19, 2010 · 11:41 am

    I have to disagree with a few of those. The logo shirts, it’s just a t-shirt. Looks better than wearing a solid color t-shirt. Same with jerseys. If you’re going casual, does it really matter? And I will never buy flat-front pants. Pleats just look so much better to me.

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