Trends We Hope Die in 2014

January 2nd, 2014

With all this recapping of the past year and planning for what’s to come in 2014, we’ve been doing a lot of talking about the state of menswear and the effects (good and bad) that the internet has had on real guys’ style.

As usual, I have some things on my chest that I’d love to air out (2014 is the year that we don’t hold back) so I figured I’d start with a short list of “trends” that I hope die in 2014.

First, let’s start with a quick discussion about the cyclical nature of fashion and why trends exist in the first place. It all starts with a small group of influencers, let’s call them the “cool kids”. What makes them the “cool kids” is their unique combination of individuality (they have a strong sense of self), confidence (they’re not afraid to stand-out or be seen as “different”) and good taste (they genuinely have a feel for what’s attractive/intriguing/relevant to those around them).

So these “cool kids” (who in many cases are literally young kids in urban creative places like NYC that are being closely observed by trend spotters, designers, artists, etc) start to adopt a new style. They rock it hard, and they rock it well. Soon their new style is being copied. Friends are doing it. Friends of friends are doing it. Eventually corporations (like fashion houses and hollywood-driven media) catch on and before long lots of people are doing it.

The first problem is, the whole reason the style was “cool” in the first place is because it was different and unique. The more people do it, the less cool it becomes. It’s a perfect inverse relationship.

The second problem is, it’s like a giant game of copy cat telephone: as the message (or style, in this case) gets passed on and on and on, it isn’t fully understood and slowly gets morphed into something different. The 1,000th guy to hear the message (or adopt the style) has completely missed the context and subtleties that are necessary to understand why it was a good idea in the first place. Therefore he’s botching the concept and doing it all wrong.

At this point the “cool kids” are over it. Way too many people are doing it now and everybody’s got it all f-cked up. The style has completely lost its appeal, which was to showcase individuality and good taste. So, as is their nature, the “cool kids” re-invent themselves in a different direction – quite possibly the opposite direction of where they sent everyone in the first place.

This, in a nutshell, is why fashion is, and always will be, a cyclical industry and why we will never be able to completely avoid trends.

Moving on, here I put together a short list of recent men’s style trends that started small but have grown too large for their own good. If you can think of any other trends that should be on this death list, please join the conversation via the comments section! We’d love to hear from you.

So without further ado…Dear 2014, please bring us the end of:


Lapel Flowers (and all other lapels ornaments)

These things have been blossoming everywhere, including in the lapels of some very mediocre dressers. I was watching NBA hoops the other day and all five of the gentleman on the TNT halftime show were wearing lapel flowers. ALL FIVE. That includes Charles Barkley. The lapel flower has somehow become the “Look I’m Stylish!!” stamp for the guy who hasn’t studied the art of actually dressing well. Sure, if you’re a style superstar and the rest of your look is on point, it can sometimes be a nice addition. But 99% of the time it just looks corny, especially on a bad suit and/or in combination with a loud pocket square. Just avoid wearing fake flowers or any other kind of silly attention-grabbing ornament in your boutonniere hole (unless, of course, the occasion calls for an actual boutonniere).

Overly Stylized Athletes

I am absolutely thrilled that athletes have been embracing style and fashion. It’s two of my favorite things coming together, and it’s proven to be mutually beneficial for both industries. My problem is with the personal stylists who continually insist on forcing these big bodies into garments that they are not accustomed to, or that don’t fit with the image/personality of the player. The goal of personal styling is to enhance the character of the client, not to create a whole new character who is noticeably uncomfortable in his own skin (and getting openly laughed at as a certified “fashion victim”). These guys are professional athletes, they should look strong, masculine and confident. Too often they end up looking like professional guinea pigs for all the latest trends.

Colored Shoe Laces

These will instantly make your shoes look cheaper and you look cheesier.

Floral Dress Shirts

The right shirt (and there aren’t many) for the right casual outfit, sure. But you know it’s gone too far when guys start pairing colorful floral shirts with pinstripe suits and power ties for the office. 2014 is a time to man up.

Stacked Bracelets

Are we still doing this? Get off the bandwagon and stop the madness.

Colorful Reflective Lenses

In my opinion, these don’t flatter anybody. They draw attention in a startling way and are very distracting to your look as a whole. Not to mention; have you ever tried to have a conversation with a person who’s wearing these? Eek.

Worthless “Design Collaborations”

When two random people with mediocre tastes come together to “design” something the outcome is usually an equally mediocre product that nobody cares about. Last year I read about countless celebs, bloggers, rappers, etc. coming out with bullshit that nobody wants. It’s strictly a PR stunt that makes nobody any money and brings nobody any happiness. All it does is flood the market and confuse consumers. Designers are trained professionals, let’s not insult them.


Unless you’re hunting animals, or people.

Unwarranted Socklessness

The sockless trend has gotten a little crazy, too. If it’s hot and your wearing loafers or slip-ons, sure. I hardly wear socks between April-September. But if it’s cold enough for heavy winter fabrics and/or you’re wearing lace-up oxfords, it just looks affected.

Unkept Beards

I know, we’ve done the scruffy beard thing on Articles of Style plenty, but most of the time it’s groomed and kept (somewhat) under control. Beards have really caught on and I see so many guys now just letting it all go haywire. I understand it’s an act of rebellion but all I can think is “Damn, you would look so much better if you shaped that a little”.

Dressed-Up Cargo Pants

The cargo pant needs a break. There will always be a time and place for cargos, mainly casual occasions where you might logically need extra storage. But guys on the street keep wearing them with tailored jackets, dress shirts, ties and oxfords. The “cool factor” is wearing thin very quickly.

HighWater Hems

Trousers with no break (skimming the top of the shoe) is one thing, but this three to four inches of airtime around the ankle is a little silly. It makes your legs look short and throws off the entire proportion of your body.

Tight Suits

Slim suits are fantastic. They can make a guy look years younger, and thousands richer. But the obsession with skinny suits has gone a little too far as well. If your suit is pulling and stretching while you’re in a resting state, than it’s not “tailored”, it’s tight. Nothing ruins the elegant appeal of a suit more than visual tightness. You’re better with a little room (minimal drape can look confident and casually nonchalant) than a painted-on garment that’s struggling to hold you together.

Menswear Internet Slang 

Remember when GQ stood for “Gentlemen’s Quarterly”? At some point it (and most other tradition menswear publications) morphed into an immature blend of Hypebeast and F-ck Yea Menswear. It’s full of words like “swag”, “dope”, “steez” and trend-heavy product recommendations from the rap fueled streetwear industry. The funniest part is, when you meet the handful of young guys who write this stuff, they don’t wear the styles that they promote, nor do they even talk like that in real life! Unless it’s in a joking manner. Which begs the question, has menswear become a big joke? Are men not interested in dressing and acting like gentlemen anymore? Or reading thoughts and opinions from guys that they trust and respect? There seems to be a lack of resources for men to have an intelligent conversation about style and get inspired/encouraged by other real guys who walk the walk as much as they talk the talk.



Looking fwd to all your comments and an exciting year on Articles of Style.



Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Articles of Style


  • Makeety

    Trends I hope die out soon: labeling even the mildest of criticisms “hate”.

  • Makeety

    I really dont get the sockless thing. Looks stupid to me, but to each his own I suppose.

  • The Drake

    And to think this crap is still going on in 2016. Wow! Thank god it’s fading. As for you again Carlos, the fashion victim nightmare. Take a cue from Gary Cooper, circa 1939. Yes, 1939!!!! It’s elegant style that never goes out of fashion, which is why fashion is Fleeting, and Style is forever. Any beautiful woman would swoon over this look as they did back then. True style! ** Second picture (David Bowie) if you need something recent. Now learn it!!!!

  • The Drake

    This Carlos fool, I’m sure is a badly dressed fashion victim, that needs to go away himself. Everything that spews from his mouth screams…..”Fashion Victim” In deep need of Sartorial elegance and knowledge. What a fool. ( keep wearing those high water pants buddy) If you could only hear those laughing behind your back!

  • MrWiersma

    I basically agree with Dan on all of this. Then again, I might be best described as a Trad. If you want to see how wear a flower in the lapel, google up old pictures of Pierre Trudeau. I think if it gets any farther “fashionable” than P.E.T. or Frank Sinatra would have worn, then it is slipping into some silly trend that will soon enough eat itself. My favorite peeve is the goofballs who wear those silly extra long duck billed shoes – that trend should not just die, but be publicly executed.

  • Clutch moar pearls

    In 2010 the book “Take Ivy” was reissued. I did not see the book till almost a year later thinking that it had to be crap, it is not. If you are in college or younger, then you should dress exactly how they did in the book.

    Listen up men: “Fashion” or whatever the cool kids are calling it these days is a scam to get guys who want to get laid to shell out money for their products. The truth is that women will give any guy some, but if you dress like you have a couple dollars in your pocket, then better and hotter women will give you some.

    Note: If you are out of college and have a job where you do not have your name on your shirt you might think about dressing like me (I copy and pasted this from an email my son asked me to send him and his soon to graduate law school buddies last spring.)

    1. watches – women don’t notice them/ guys who like watches do… if you are into that sort of thing, there is nothing wrong with that. 2. cologne – if you must Creed Aventus is excellent but expensive/ Brooks Brothers NY Gentleman smells good and costs less than $20 online.

    My clothing rotation:
    5 days a week I wear: 1. Trousers 2. Oxford cloth button down shirt 3. Brooks Brothers rep tie 4. Sports coat 5. Black socks 6. Rockport dress shoes in black or brown (because they are comortable.) If you are broke get a blue sports coat & houndstooth trousers & khaki trousers. Also get a grey suit, followed by a navy. Do not get a black suit ever – you’ll look like the help.

    Saturday day — no old fraternity shirts! you are a professional now dress like it dammit! : 1. polo shirt from LL Bean 2. Chinos from Murrays Toggery Shop — usually khaki, red in the summer on the cape. 3. Black socks (come on Im not HW Bush) 4. brogues or penny loafers. (LL Bean boat shoes if going on a boat/ LL Bean duckboots if it is raining.)

    Saturday night: same as 5 day a week — in fact I often wear something I already wore during the week because I know I will get it smelling like scotch and cigar smoke.

    Sunday morning — go to church, it impresses the ladies and you can repent for billing out your 3 martini lunch as research: 1. suit 2. rep tie 3. good quality leather soled shoes (I like Allen Edmond “Park Avenue” in black. [since yall are just starting out you can wear your weekday Rockports – they are not as classy, but they also do not cost $400.]

    Sunday afternoon: same as saturday day.

    Sunday evening – shine all of your shoes for the week. If you are too poor to launder your shirts at every wearing, wear a v neck undershirt with them so it gets smelly. Also a spray bottle with water in it plus 20 squirts of cologne does a decent job of getting the smell of smoke & booze from clothing (dont wear anything to work you wore to a bar within the last 72 hours.)

    Now this is all a man needs to wear. I wear the same thing every day. The only exception is that if I am going skiing, i will wear a ski bib, and a Barbour hunting coat. If I am going swimming I will wear a swim suit. If it is raining I will wear a Brooks Brothers rain coat. And if I am playing tennis or squash, I will wear a Lands End polo shirt, Ralph Lauren tennis shorts , and Babolat tennis shoes.

    It is not hard to dress correctly. Do not follow fashion trends. I still wear a suit that I did in the late 90’s when I was in white shoe law.

    Does anyone notice? Maybe a tailor or a fashion designer. I buy suits and sports coats from Brooks Brothers. You can buy your first ones at JC Pennys or Sears and as long as they are traditional you will beat out 90% of new barristers your age. By the way, Brooks Brothers suits are a little high and not the quality they once were, but I get many decades of wear out of them. You will find that if you buy once and buy right you will never have to buy again.

    If you live in NYC do not buy a car. Do not buy some new foreign car (those of you practicing in Chicago, Atlanta, or Houston.) You should get a used jeep or land rover defender for $10,000 – $20,000 and put another $1000 in offroad looking upgrades into it. This way you will look sporty, Jeeps do not go out of style and you can drive it for the next couple of decades till you pay off your student loans, and you will not be saddled with a $700 car payment a month. If you are not practicing in NYC, LA, Chicago, Atlanta, or Houston, then call me and I will find you a job. Those are the only cities that you want to work in as an associate — by the way my friends are cheap bastards, but they are great references.

    You will see so many new associate morans driving BMW 3 series and getting on a never ending treadmill of having to then trade up to get the next level of luxury car. That is why you need something cool. If you hate jeeps, get a 70’s model 4 door Cadillac convertible or an 80’s SAAB convertible and drop a crate engine in them. These cars will always have the cool factor and you will not be tossing money away on depreciation. You can buy me a steak the next time you see me for the car advice — I just saved you a quarter million dollars over your career.

    Some of my slimmer suits my son took with him to his new job as an associate in big law in NYC. He also took a few pair of my older Allen Edmonds including a pair of burgundy park avenues I got from my father, that he wore in the 70’s or 80’s. Most of the things he took were at least 20 years old. He was voted “most stylish associate.”

    The women like classic. Sure the guy in the bar with the skinny suit and latest “fashion” piece looks ok… to a woman with class he often looks like he is trying to hard and has no taste.

  • Frank

    You hit the nail squarely on the head with this article. Sartorial all the way instead.

  • Bertha Brown

    Oh! interesting article in reading about the old trends that die must, lol. There must be a time of every fashion which become bore with the passage of time and then the new ideas take over it.

  • joe the plummer

    u should stop writing.
    because this hatefulness is not giving anybody any benefit. all it does is make (young) people afraid to try that new look they are dreaming about for all u people out there


    wear whatever gives you the biggest smile and wear it proud!

  • Weston Kenneth

    What? I was just going to get into a few stacked Rainbow Loom bracelets in some manly colors made by my 8yr old son in his RL club in school.

    Can we expect to see this touch men’s fashion?? ;)

  • Osaro

    There is a certain amount of function that should be considered when dressing. When function turns into a trend without the consideration as to why you are doing it, it just stupid. You wear something be cause it works for an occasion. I started using pocket squares to clean my kids noses. I know its not the most fashion forward reason, but it works for me. You wear things that function for your lifestyle, not because its been shoveled into your head. This is why Bespoke is becoming so popular.

  • Max BornInTheNineties

    If one more person refers to no-break trousers as high water hems, I will have a fit! Grow up! You doth protest too much. Besides, there’s no one right way.

    The thing I hope dies in 2014: menswear fundamentalists. Guys who think there’s one perfect fit, one perfect tie knot, when really, there isn’t. It’s not in black-and-white. Etiquette books (from the 1900s onwards, I’m not joking) are about as consistent as style blog trends are now.

    And those “rules”, you’re imagining, serve but one purpose: to make you look good. They don’t exist for the sake of existing. Like when there are three guys at a black-tie event, two rentals (they’re both a 42, they rented 44s) and one guy wearing his own, tailored, dinner wear, but he’s wearing a watch. Then the one rental says to the other: “He doesn’t even know you’re not supposed to wear a watch with black-tie, he obviously has no style” Even though the rentals are the ones who look rubbish! In that case; who cares about the rules? Menswear fundamentalists, that’s who.

    I have slim trousers with no break, plenty of sock exposure, and straight legged trousers with break. Be like Michael Bastian, embrace it all. Have a look at his AW2014 collection, all conceivable trousers silhouettes are present, and they all work.

    Fair dues in regards to the GQ/Four Pins slang though. I once tweeted Four Pins:
    “Hipster, pretentious, Tom Haverford-esque, ignorant menswear blogs annoy the shit out of me. Not naming any names *cough* @Four_Pins”
    They replied:
    “@MaxBornInThe90s Bummer, man. You sound friendless.”

    I’m not bitter…

  • Carlos Spicyweiner

    Trends I hope die in 2014:

    a: Saying “rock” instead of “wear”
    b: Misusing the phrase “begging the question”. It doesn’t mean what you think it means.

  • RyanM

    I hope low rise trouser trend dies soon. Pants are much more flattering when they are at the natural waist. the shirt and tie shouldn’t be visible under the buttoning point of the jacket. Look at what Tom Ford has been doing: slim trousers at the natural waist. Much more elegant than the GQ low rise fad.

  • Jcole

    Oh my gosh i love all of these trends, i hope this post dies in 2014.

    • ReallyReallyBigMan

      Everybody hates you.

  • http://undefined Dick Lickerson

    All Pro-athletes need to start being styled by Magic Johnson’s Kid. Help a brotha’ with a purse out.

  • TJ

    Dan, this is one of my favorite articles to date. I am very mucha traditionalist when it comes to style and it pains me to see some of the trends that we have seen over the past couple years (lapelwear and highwaters inparticular). The way I dress at work and what i post on my website are things that i strongly believe in, and I wish more men would decipher the difference in a fad and fashion. It would sasve them a lot of money and everyone else a lot of pained eyes.


  • Scott

    Calm down with the hate

  • http://undefined Big Jon

    Dan, you and your crew are the “cool kids”. You guys wear alot of interesting combinations that may not necessarily make sense to others, but the fact that you wear it with confidence is definitely impressive. I agree with you one some of the points you made. Bowties are over rated (I personally prefer bowtie pasta). Unwarranted socklessness is HUGE. It was cool when people like you and Fred Castleberry did it but now Jude Law, Pharrell Williams, and the term “mankle” are ruining it for me. I can’t stand high water pants or pants cuffed so high they resemble Capri’s. I just want to ask that person, “Expecting rain”?

    Anyway, I want to thank you guys. I’ve been reading this blog for a few years and it’s helped me a great deal. If you guys taught me anything it’s not so much about what you wear as it is about how you wear it.

    • Westley Dimagiba

      Exactly! This made my day, thanks for the love.

  • Erik J.

    Another trend i’d like to see die is guys rolling their pants high to show off their boots. Vikings football coaching legend Bud Grant used to tell his players not to spike the football when they scored a touchdown. Bud reasoned that if you score a touchdown and don’t gloat, it will appear that scoring is an everyday thing for you.

    I think that showing off your boots with high rolled cuffs is like spiking the football. It screams “look at me, look at me!” Isn’t it better to leave some of the boot hidden, leaving people to believe that wearing amazing boots is an everyday thing for you?

  • Erik J.

    In other words, if Nick Wooster is photographed wearing it, stay away.

  • Vito

    I agree with all except the cargo pant with blazer outfit. I personally think the look allows us to play a little and get away from the routine “normal” blazer & chino or jeans outfit. It’s just another casual outfit. If done right (slim and nothing loose), the cargo/blazer combo can look better at times than a jean & blazer combo. It shows we men can be diverse and look sharp.

  • Brian N.

    Danny-Boy had one hand on the keyboard and one hand on his nuts when he was typing this one up!

  • Brock


    Agree with all of these, especially the last one. So sick of Four Pins telling me to buy a $400 t-shirt because they saw John Mayer wearing it.

    BUT, and this isn’t an indictment, you TSB dudes have been proponents of camo, short cropped pants, and especially socklessness (especially you). Just sayin ;)

    That said, I think you do a great job of testing out trends and incorporating them into your outfits without totally selling out or jumping on the bandwagon for any given season.

    Here’s to the pendulum swinging back in the other direction in 2014. Keep up the great work!


    • Dan Trepanier

      Hey Brock. I haven’t worn camo in years and I only go sockless only when it’s warm out. Anyway, the point is not that we haven’t taken part in these trends, it’s that they’ve become overplayed and predictable.

      Thanks for your support and comment!

      Cheers mate.

  • Chris

    I gotta say this article actually help me realize why I love camo, shout out to mcnasty. Both my parents are army vets, I went to school on an army base till I was in high school. Majority of the camo I stole from my dad’s closet when I visit them. I don’t hate everyone else rocking camo, but I also live in Colorado and it works here especially in that military town context I think. I will enjoy being a bit more unique when I’m holding on to it when everyone moves on though lol.

  • Mike B


    Long time reader and first time poster. I love the list and I think the key thing people are overlooking, as you have frequently stated, is the ‘development’ of style as opposed to the overall presentation of it. This site, along with style, is a marathon, not a sprint. I hope you enjoyed your holiday and I look forward to seeing your upcoming content throughout the new year.


    • Dan Trepanier

      Couldn’t agree more. Our goal is not necessarily to make you look better tomorrow, but rather to help our readers develop an appreciation and understanding of good taste that will ultimately change the way they look at their style (and probably some other aspects of their lives).

      Thanks Mike B – I hope this comment encourages you to share more often.


  • M. Lopez

    I thought it the perfect time to agree with your 2014 trend thoughts. As a Renaissance minded man who is just a few years removed from college, I have grown in style and grace within the confines of your site. Shedding my Jordans and fitted for boardroom attire. Style is inherently intrinsic in nature, a right of passage for the creative. Trends simply reward the lazy!The prowess of a true man is seen in the break of his pants and the shine of his shoes.

    • http://undefined Hex

      I’m 27 years old and I still can’t seem to let go of my Jordans. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a great selection of oxfords, monkstraps, boots and the like, but I just can’t seem to give my Jordans up. I like putting them together with my outfits for the office. It adds a little bit of playful detail to my outfit, in my opinion. Not only that, they were expensive ass shoes and i kept thenm in pristine condition. I’m not giving that up for nothing. lol.

  • Jeremy Whitechick

    Dan just did a “I’ma let you finish…”

    and I like it.

  • Mihai

    Nothing creates traffic like a blog post in which you disagree with 90% of the population.
    Great work Dan, no other post has succedeed in creating controversy like this one, you must hqve been taking some lessons in online marketing :)

  • Bobby P

    -Classics will remain classics
    -New looks will be tried — some terrible, some good (ie the soon-to-be new trends)
    -The fashion conscious men (maybe 5-10% of males?) will notice/care what’s trending and even try some of it
    -Everyone else continues wearing Old Navy

  • BF

    spot on –mostly.
    I’m still wearing camo because I don’t’ care what others think for the most part.

    – The cyclical world of fashion explanation is priceless.
    -Prime example were my once beloved 7 jeans. When they came out years ago for 130$ for “premium” denimI was in love but within a year or 2, old guys from the burbs were wearing them and I had to break up with 7…

    • Bobby P

      Agreed about the camo. I’m still planning to wear my OCBD camo shirt, if not on its own, under a nice sweater with the cuffs and collar showing.

  • Mxolisi

    I think all bases have been covered. Thank God I’m in South Africa though, where trends take time to come around. I have been watching these trends for a while and have always thought they were a little too much or non-sensical in some instances. Really, patience and taking your time is key in fiding your personal style.

    What I would like to see end in 2014 forms part of the whole ‘menswear internet slang’ group. Words such as shoeporn,toeporn, anything clothing related with lust, etc. Those words truly have no place in menswear. How do you explain shoeporn to a 12 year old you’re teaching about dressing presentably in the internet age without making reference to pornography?

  • Daniel Barea

    I agree with the list to a degree. Contextually Dan is correct. You forgot Aztec print as well but the sites inspire men who never had a clue about how to get dressed and now they do but then they go overboard. They show up somewhere in a tight camo suit with stacked bracelets loafers on with Aztec print socks rocking ray bands shades with a lapel flower and the list goes on. All in one fit. These trends have roots though. Many of them do and we don’t need to see them die but applied properly. Dan said something key…style has to do with the person. Russell Westbrook looks uncomfortable in his skin but Tom Brady looks like he knows exactly what he likes. Johnny depp has been stacking bracelets since 21 jump street. I am 33 I was rocking kicks with oxfords and grandpa sweaters in 97 getting made fun of in school. I was killing them and the only ones who appreciated it was the older cats. It was me though, my style my personality. Suits and sneakers in 98 and 99. Hip hop went crazy for it in 2003…they over did it. But I do what I do style wise and get inspiration from everything. It is only fly when the guy owns it. John f. Kennedy is one of my biggest inspirations…be inspired men and don’t overkill anything.

  • JC

    Despite not being “menswear,” I hope to see this whole men’s undercut trend die pretty soon. Don’t get me wrong, shorter on the sides with longer on top is a great look for pretty much any face, and I’m loving the recent influx of all these “mad men” classic parted haircuts. I’m just tired of seeing buzzed sides, slick hair up top, and a shaved hardpart to top it all off. It doesn’t flatter most face shapes, usually ends up looking corny. I mean at the end of the day, its just hair – so who cares, but still.

  • Sean C

    I think you should be careful…

    To chastise and belittle the so called ‘on trend’ fashion masses is more than a little self-righteous.

    After all, the masses are only following the “cool kids”, who are in turn, inspired by peers on sites such as this. That’s the nature of the game. As you say, it IS catch up, but it doesn’t mean you should scorn those that are followers not leaders.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Careful has never been my style Sean C.

      Our goal is to teach guys to have their own opinion and perspective on style, one that rightfully represents them as an individual.

      I want to teach you how to be one of the “cool kids”, who has a “unique combination of individuality (they have a strong sense of self), confidence (they’re not afraid to stand-out or be seen as “different”) and good taste (they genuinely have a feel for what’s attractive/intriguing/relevant to those around them).”


  • Sean C

    “HighWater hems”…

    Like 90% plus, of the photos on this blog site Dan?
    I’ve always thought you wear trousers too high – and then they’re often turned up to reveal even more skinny ankle, or dubious sock choice!

    As you now say, one break on the shoe, or just skimming is plenty high enough.

  • Onslaughterz

    Awesome list! I would add bow ties as well.

    • JC


    • James Michael

      Bow Ties are necessary for certain occasions. They are being overused I agree.. Guys tend to get cute with bowties. Nevertheless, they have a place at the right kind of events. Think James Bond and you will know when its appropriate to wear one.

  • James

    The unwarranted socklessness is getting ridicolous. I saw a guy walking around sockless with jeans rolled, last night at midnight in January when the temperature was barely above 0 degrees. That has to be almost the dictionary definition of fashion victim.

  • Jmurd

    I’ve done a few of these trends as I progress on defining my own style, but almost none worked for me because
    1. Out of season (sock less winters? summer, yes.)
    2. Unaffordable
    3. Doesn’t fit my lifestyle/aesthetic (physically & mentally)

    However, do you guys feel that your older content will come back to haunt you?
    And do you feel that it will soon be necessary to delete certain posts circa 2009, 10, 11?
    Certainly you inspire, but sometimes it becomes so out of date or so small a trend that it deems unworthy of sitting on a menswear site. What’re your thoughts on this?

    I guess the main question is… If you want to see trends die, is it necessary that certain content on the site die along with it to avoid contradiction?

    Thanks guys!

    • Brent Kuz

      I would like to see someone reply to this. I am sure we all could go through the past posts with almost all these trends that must die were featured.

      What about visable suspenders? Or clip on suspenders. Pre-tied bow ties.

      Just a month or two ago we can see most of these elements in featured posts.

      Sockless in winter and over styled athletes I completely agree with. High break pants I also agree with but how can you feature some of these other elements then wish they die in 2014 a few short months later.

      What trends do you hope appear? Let me answer that none since we don’t follow trends here.

    • Dan Trepanier

      There is no right or wrong answers, just opinions. As people change, opinions change. My style is constantly evolving, as I am.

      When I started TSBmen, I was just beginning my style journey. Like anybody who is new to style, it takes time to develop good taste. Often times we start by doing too much. Subtlety takes time to understand and put in practice.

      Of course there are old posts that I don’t like. Some of them I can’t even look at. But I think that’s encouraging to our readers. My style journey is documented here, risk-taking, misteps and all… We can’t erase the past, but we can admit that we’ve learned a lot and come a long way.

      After almost 5 years of style blogging, I can finally say that I feel confident in my styling and consistency.

      Like with anything else, dressing well is a skill and practice makes perfect.


      • Jmurd

        True what you said about evolving, until you find that consistency and confidence in your style!
        You can only look back to see how far you’ve come (or your case “can’t even look at.” haha)

        TSBmen is getting better at causing a stir and making people self-aware in their style evolution too!

        Thanks for your thoughts on this.

  • http://undefined Eli

    I agree with 95% of this post, camo being my only exception. I Love my camo field jacket! But still an overall great post.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Do you Eli!

    • Bobby P


      Camo will still be cool in 2014

  • Kevin

    This post smells like a shot at Angel Bespoke..

    “Lapel Flowers (and all other lapels ornaments)”

    -dude stays with lapel flowers, and lapel ornaments..

    “Overly Stylized Athletes”

    -Angel was a former athlete, and is still built like an athlete..

    “Floral Dress Shirts”

    -he’s in Florida…lol

    “Stacked Bracelets”

    -he often rocks multiple beaded bracelets and other wrist wear

    “Colorful Reflective Lenses”

    -dude has some of the flashiest eyewear I’ve seen (and he makes it look good!)

    “Unwarranted Socklessness”

    -find a pic with Angel rocking socks and I’ll frame it lol..srsly, he’s sockless all the time..

    “Unkept Beards”

    -Angel has a pretty long and beastly beard …

    • Dan Trepanier

      Per the article, let’s consider Angel the King of the Cool Kids.

  • Levi G

    Wow – the vitriol evident in some of these comments would perhaps convince the uneducated reader that the tsb team have just announced they’re quitting the blog to become contract killers.

    Let’s get a few things straight:

    The article is called ‘Trends We Hope Die in 2014’ – the key word here is the pronoun ‘we’. This is the opinion of the people who run this blog, and is not intended to be the Ten Commandments of style. Dan and the team constantly remind us that style is subjective and this post is no exception.

    Have these looks ever been featured on this blog? Absolutely! The point is that they’ve become TRENDS, which, as explained at length at the top of this post, means they’re no longer an accent that speaks to ones individual voice and style and have become universally reproduced. You wouldn’t see the team dressed in many of the looks featured on here – they feature these things as inspiration and to show the unique aspects of individual people’s styles.

    Let’s remember this blog is owned and run by a man who has far more to say about style than you and I do. He’s won a prestigious best dressed award, studied fashion design, and has a blog with a million followers. You, humble commenter, have a tumblr and a DSLR.

    I suspect these comments come from fashion fanboys sitting behind MacBook screens in trendy cafés sipping rapadura-sweetened lattes from oversized mason jars, sullenly whispering to themselves “Maybe he’s right – my ankles are freezing!”

    Keep up the great work, Dan & co!

    • Annonymous

      Amazing comment! Love the last paragraph!

    • Dan Trepanier

      Hahaha. Damn – shots fired. Maybe my fav comment yet.

      Hope all is well Levi!

    • Brock

      Hah…seriously. It’s cold in NYC. Put some effing socks on! Well said, sir.

  • Gazman

    I’d add these to the list:

    exploding pocket square; gilet over suit jackets – and the daddy of them all: the back blade of a neck-tie hanging much lower than the front. Surely the dumbest look of all time!

    As to sockless…have seen many photos on tumblrs of dudes wearing 4- 5 layers on top and with no socks, which makes a lot of sense.

  • Brent Kuz

    Was this post meant to be ironic? We can look back at previous posts and see almost all these trends you hope die in your posts. Socks, lapel flowers, camo, beards, high hem lines, stacked bracelets. Honestly is this a joke?

    • TO

      I think the implication is you won’t be seeing them anymore BK.

      • SL

        It’s one thing if you’re doing it when nobody else is, but when everybody starts doing it, it just becomes cliche and overused, and you just blend in.

    • Sean C

      I agree with you BK.

    • Dan Trepanier

      No, this is not a joke, just an update on the state of menswear as I see it.

      Thanks for your continued support and engagement Brent!

  • guest

    one more thing that should retire in 2014: know-it-alls.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Agreed. If you haven’t studied the game, you can’t be a professor. Put in your 10,000 hours.

  • Jaws

    Great post. This is the type of angle this blog should take more often.

  • Philip

    I read TSB often and like the idea that vintage pieces can pair with high-end investments and can be amazing. I live in a rural area of the Midwest, so we don’t see much in the way of “trend” that isn’t accompanied by a Duck Dynasty sweatband. That being said, I think confidence is the biggest trend – that men can be confident and want to use what they wear as a thoughtful expression of who they are. I am SO with you on the tight suit thing. I’m 6′ and have a 38″ waist – stocky but hardly obese yet this raging obsession with slim cut EVERYTHING makes me feel like a Clydesdale in a tube top. It is compounded by the limited availability of local shopping options and how the slim trend has been perverted by retailers to mean “easy way to cut costs by cutting garments” – no tailoring or thought … Macy’s – are you listening because I’m bitching about you at this minute. And TSB, as much as I love you, you’ve done more to push this PeeWee Herman look than Don Draper :) Let’s see some more features for men who are a little older and a little thicker. Thanks for your site – now eat a sandwich and drop some hems on those slacks.

    • TO

      Don Draper is not Pee Wee Herman.

  • Mitchell G

    Without the “norms” of menswear we’d have nothing to talk about here. I like floral prints but when its overdone, which I think was the point, it can garner a man up comment as in, don’t be a child with your style.

  • AM

    Ok. I want to write this in spanish because is important for me. Sorry Dan.

    No hay nada más molesto que el día en que todos empiezan a vestirse igual que tú. Cuando pareciera ser que lo que hace sólo un par de meses atrás era algo tuyo, ahora se ha generalizado. Entiendo perfectamente lo que dices en este artículo y me parece fascinante que lo hayas descrito y explicado así (lo que te hace más que un simple bloggero… eres un gran style blogger). Gracias por detectar la enfermedad crónica.

    En cuanto a las cosas que irán desapareciendo, de todas las que nombraste, hay muchas que nunca me gustaron porque, o bien no las entendía, o bien no iban conmigo. Prefiero y siempre trato de mantener mi mismo estilo siempre… porque es lo que va con mi personalidad. Es lo que represento, lo que soy. Ahora, intento jugar con las nuevas tendencias pero nunca saliendo de lo que me gusta. Esa decisión la tomé el día en que me empezó a pasar lo que tú bien describes… y con eso, trato de jugar cada día.

    Gracias Dan!

  • Chris

    One trend I would like to see die is this whole statement sock thing..

    A similar example to that of the NBA commentators with the lapel pins – I was at a party a few weeks ago and you could pretty much pick out most of the guys that worked in an office environment just by looking at their socks – I literally even had someone approach me and say “Hey you work in business don’t you? Where are your colorful socks?”

    I actually do this myself occasionally and am completely for it when it subtly complements another detail in an outfit or adds a little bit of contrast, but the problem is many of the people I see doing this now generally don’t dress well to begin with and will wear the loudest socks they can find with everything just for the sake of trying demonstrate that they’re “stylish” or something..

    I guess its just one of those examples where the whole notion of “knowing the rules before breaking them” goes out the window as things become trendy.

    Great post guys, looking forward to more to come!

    • TO

      That’s hilarious Chris

  • Angel Ramos

    That Tie Knot “THO” on the cover shot. hahahahahaha

    • TO

      That is a wicked tie knot Angel ;)

    • Dan Trepanier

      Hahah nobody does it better.

  • Anonymous

    One thing I would like to see die is this whole statement sock thing..

    A similar example to that of the NBA commentators with the lapel pins – I was at a party a few weeks ago and you could pretty much pick out most of the guys that worked in an office environment just by looking at their socks – I literally even had someone approach me and say “Hey you work in business don’t you? Where are your colorful socks?”

    I actually do this myself occasionally and am completely for it when it subtly complements another detail in an outfit or adds a little bit of contrast, but the problem is many of the people I see doing this now generally don’t dress well to begin with and will wear the loudest socks they can find with everything just for the sake of trying demonstrate that they’re “stylish” or something..

    I guess its just one of those examples where the whole notion of “knowing the rules before breaking them” goes out the window as things become trendy.

    Great post guys, looking forward to more to come!

    • Dan Trepanier

      Agreed on the predictable loud socks that are not consistent with the outfits.

      Thanks Anon.

  • Angel Ramos

    Oh I for the record, I don’t care what anyone says, well except for my mom; I’ll use the word sprezzatura till the day I die. The pure essence of what it really means and actually living an effortless life makes me love the word. I’m sure they’ll be a millions folks who disagree but I really don’t care, if you got a problem fight me! haha

    Oh and for the record, gentlemen this is an amazing site documenting what we all enjoy as either a hobby, lifestyle or career. However at the end of the day it’s fabric. That’s all. It’s not that serious.

    I surely don’t have the cure to cancer, do you? Again it’s just fabric.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Some guys got it, some guys don’t. You’re living it.

  • Angel Ramos

    THIS IS PRICELESS READING MATERIAL. Wow, I loved every sentence of it. My Lord, you guys murdered a lot of folks… hahahahahahahhahahahahaha. I honestly can’t stop laughing.

    Thank God:
    1. I hate flower lapels now, and stop wearing them midsummer this year (though I rarely wore them anyway) for the same reasons.
    2. Sockless is what I do, but in the winter Sock are my and your best friends!
    3. Stacked Braceletes, Been there done that, stopped that now I only do one quality piece aside from a real watch that is.
    4. I can say I work directly with athletes because…. I rather not say ;0)
    5. I read TSB daily because I can stand convicted on my beard and keeping up with it, though it’s growing quite large, my barber shapes it (most of the time, eh… lol) and once it gets to a duck dynasty level and you realize no one can see your tie knot or collar spread then it’s kind of odd. hahaha
    6. I wear cargos casually, like gant made them originally to be worn. I leave the Cucinelli boys to dressing them up.
    7. My trousers are made with no break just above shoe, but high water is all for the Thome Browns and D Wades (which takes me back to the stylist issue…. lololol)
    8. NYC my hometown invented most slang menswear bloggers use as menswear slang, because it makes so much sense……. HUH?!??!?! DA HELL????!!!
    9. Lastly there’s actually a real menswear website I can come home and read while enjoying and Basil Hayden neat, because this is some funny stuff and amazing content!!!!! Thanks Dan, Alex, Wes, & Townie!!! I’m done..

    • Dan Trepanier

      Angel! Thank you for your awesome response.

      As a style icon in your own right, I consider you more of a trend setter than a trend follower. Keep doing you, people all over the world look to you as an example of confident, purposely styling – including myself.

      Looking fwd to seeing you next month!

  • Pawel

    Could you give an example of an overly stylized athlete? I agreee with all of the suggestions more or less, but can’t think of any sporty fashion victim.

    • Dan Trepanier

      I could name plenty, but first name that comes to mind is Dwayne Wade.

  • Wistful Writer

    I think that men should aspire to cultivate their own images rather than to try to follow trends. If a man knows himself well, then he can create himself in his own image as he sees fit. When a man can do this, nobody can tell him that he looks contrived, nobody can tell him that he is not following certain “rules” of fashion; he just is. If there is a rhyme and reason for one’s choices in the articles of clothing that he places on his body, it shows. Such a man will come off confident because he lacks that cautious self-awareness.

    For instance, you can detect that self-awareness in men who strut around proudly in the streets because they spent $2,000 on their suit and shoes and loud socks (to look like last month’s GQ cover)—then they bump into a man who is well-dressed and shows a clear command over his personal style, and their confidence is shaken quite visibly.

    Nobody should follow trends. Most who do simply do not know who they are, or are concerned with who they want people to think they are. The most successful outfits—here or anywhere else—are successful because they capture a mood, an identity, genuinely and congruently. And that is what personal style is about at the end of the day.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Agreed. Nicely written.

  • Sergio Arteaga

    A trend I would like to see go away is wearing cell phone holsters on your belt, especially when wearing a suit.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Dudes are still doing this?

      • Sergio Arteaga

        Dan, come to where I work, you’ll see at least a quarter of the men with a cell holster. I didn’t even know they made them still.

  • Martin
    • Dan Trepanier


      missed the point

  • James

    The thing I want to see die

    1) High Water Hems.

    – It’s getting silly and looks as much to.

    2) Wearing Suspenders with Bow ties and no Jacket for Semi
    Formal occasions. Example, Grooms or Grooms Men at weddings
    bothers me the most as it seems to be catching a trend.
    Though I don’t like it ever to make that clear.

    – Suspenders or braces are undergarments. That’s what they
    were created to be. Wear a Jacket. The acceptance of
    wearing braces without a jacket needs to go. You would not
    wear your socks over you pants would you. Maybe this is
    just a pet peeve of mine, but its my two cents on things we
    hope die. I apologize in advance to any guys that did this
    at their wedding. Its just my opinion, they should be worn
    with a full suit at least.

    • Dan Trepanier

      I agree about suspenders…but from my experience most guys wear them under their jackets at weddings…but in the party nature of weddings the jackets eventually get ditched.

  • James

    Nice article! By in large, all of these style trends are being overdone and done in bad taste. I think some people are taking things out of context. Dan is the first to promote being yourself and letting your style represent you.

    The guys featured on this site have their own approach to how they dress. It matches their personality. I can’t say I like every outfit, or ever guys personal style that is featured. The reason I don’t like it is simple though. It doesn’t fit me.

    It does not necessarily look bad on the person wearing it because they are confident about their expression through the clothes they wear.

    There are occasions for everything and the clothes you wear should match the occasion. If you are the guy that just has to be different and not conform than do you. Just consider that lots of people may think you look silly, but it only matters how you feel.

    You can show up in Tom Ford, Gucci bit loafers, and Cartier, but but if you act like a buffoon people will remember that long before how well you dressed.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Amen King James.

  • Mitko Karshovski

    I totally agree about the lapel flowers. I think they work when they are simple/minimalist but recently they’ve started getting out of hand and just too “showy”.

    I actually think the unkempt beard is cool if it represents who you are. For example if you are a really outdoorsy type guy or you hunt for Nazi submarines Hemingway style. However if you are not I agree, clean it up.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Haha. Agreed.

  • Olerud_4_Life

    I didnt even read the points of the article that highlight trends you want to see go away. Just wanted to say good job on the first few paragraphs explaining trends. I hope you do more pieces like this that highlight trends that need to die or give explanations of phenomena such as trends or the dynamics behind it. And you shouldnt wait till years end. You could do them for each season or give a brief breakdown of a trend thats growing that needs to die (at the point of preferred death instead of years end).

    • Dan Trepanier

      You loved the first part, so you stopped reading?

      A whole new type of content coming your way in 2014!

      • Olerud_4_Life

        I meant to say I didnt read the whole thing YET. I read the whole thing and it was good. Guess my original comment was just worded wrong

  • Nicholas

    Hi Dan & the TSB Crew.

    I would like to applaud you for how you have evolved your personal style, your blog (now site), and your content. I have been reading for a long time now, and really enjoy not only the information and wisdom that you pass on, but also the exposure you give to more unique approaches to menswear and style.

    What I’ve gained from reading your content is that clothing is a means to an end, and that end is to be confident in the individual persona we display for others. You show respect to others around you by looking your best, dressing appropriately for an occasion, and giving subtle hints of your story and personality through your appearance.

    This post, and the subsequent comments, really emphasizes to me how literal people take certain advice, and the power that ‘trendsetters’ have. Don’t copy someone else’s story, tell your own. Don’t wear things because someone else tells you to. Dan is telling you not to wear these things, because people listen to things like this blindly, and will move on from these ‘trends’, leaving them to the people who began them by rocking them with confidence. What he is in fact doing is daring people to think for themselves. If one of these things is part of what makes your story, then keep doing it, and do it with confidence. If everyone did this, there would be no need for lists like this.

    I often wear a pocket square so, if I must, I can wipe my brow if I have to run to catch a tram. It also moves the eye off center of my wide frame, making me appear slimmer. I often take laces out of my oxfords; my shoes stay on my feet without them, so what are the laces doing? I also prefer the sleeker, reductive quality and focus on materiality that occurs without them. Have reasons for why you wear things, reasons that are pertinent to you. If Dan told me not to, it wouldn’t stop me. And he taught me that it shouldn’t. Dan is the man!

    So thanks again Dan & TSB crew, I really appreciate all your hard work and contributing to me being the best I can be.



    • Dan Trepanier

      Very well said. One of my favorite all time comments. Thanks Nicholas.

    • Alex

      I agree. This comment is very insightful.

      Sadly, there are too many clones being pumped out because they saw something on a blog, even though the content was meant to showcase how that style is personal to that person.

      Case in point: I agree with one of the posters who commented about the whole beard phenomenon. Just look at what’s on TV nowadays; everyone has a beard, and long unkempt ones at that. It just doesn’t look right on someone who has no ruggedness whatsoever, and even then it deserves a trim. Dan rocked a beard for a while, but he kept it clean, and he (I assume) was using that as a way to express his roots growing up on a farm in cold, cold Canada.

      Style is supposed to be personal.

    • Shotcaller

      Arguably, one should avoid using one’s pocket square as a handkerchief. There’s a reason they’re called they’re different things.

      • Nicholas

        Shotcaller, I prefer that the garments on my person be functional, as “arguably, one should”.

        A pocket square is a piece of cloth placed in the breast pocket. A handkerchief is a piece of cloth used for hygiene issues such as blowing your nose or wiping your brow. One refers to placement; one refers to use. A handkerchief is a perfectly acceptable pocket square.

        In fact, many would attest that the origin of a pocket square’s presence on a well dressed man was primarily as a display that they could come to the aid of a lady (or gent) in need of a handkerchief. It was (and still is) a courtesy and not purely decorative.

        • Dan Trepanier

          For what it’s worth, I use my pocket squares to wipe sweat, or my nose, regularly…and launder them when needed. It’s one of the reasons I rarely wear silk squares and prefer cotton or linen.


  • http://undefined Robert

    I do find it rather amusing that you used a photo of someone you “respect” as the cover shot for this article, just sayin’.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Nice catch. That was done on purpose, to prove that with the right amount of style there are exceptions to all “rules”.

      Thanks for reading Robert.

      • http://undefined Robert

        I’ll take your word for it. Typically you don’t post a pic of something done “right” when you’re trying to prove an opposing point, but hey, it’s 2014, ehh? Could have gone with any member of the Jersey Shore, RIP…anyways, cheers to you and the crew. Still love the site, been down since 2009, before this TSB phenomenon.

        • Dan Trepanier

          Thanks for your continued support!

  • cuponoodles

    Indicating it’s a ‘time to man up’ in the section on floral prints is foolish and harshly chauvinistic. Let’s get off the school yard and stop evaluating the idiosyncratic notion of ‘masculinity’ based on what people choose to wear. Frankly, no one has the privilege to hold up any ideals on masculine (or non-masculine) behavior over anyone else – here’s hoping to getting beyond that in 2014.

    It’s also a strange paradox, in that the floral print post was one of your boldest, and best ever.

    • John


    • Dan Trepanier

      Point taken. I agree with you and apologize.

    • noabsolutes

      Win. Thank you for saying this, cuponoodles. Not everyone who wears menswear is a male-gendered or male-bodied individual*; and even those who are male-bodied and male-identified shouldn’t answer to any criteria about what constitutes “maleness.”

      And thank you, Dan, for being gracious about it, and for continuing to insist that style is self-expression, not conformity — there’s no scolding here, only support.

      *as we’ve seen with a few TSB posts featuring women — thank you for those, too!

  • TO

    Completely agree with everything on the list except for one.

    Coloured laces- I think there is a time and place for this move. Inexplicably applying this ‘exception’ as a rule would be just silly though. I haven’t noticed enough guys doing this to get sick of it yet perhaps too.

    Sound a bit corny writing this cliche, but thanks for “keepin’ it real” Dan! :)

  • Eric

    Best post I’ve read in a while. Although style is an expression of one’s self, I find I prefer your posts that involve expressing yourself more with words than with clothes.

    Here’s to an amazing 2014.

  • Mike

    A lot of these are just fads and will go away with time, but the ones that has stuck out to me are the high water hems, and tight suits. No matter what you wear, I think we can all agree that fit is the most important. The better it fits, the better you will look. For this reason I have put a focus on tailoring for 2014. Everyone tries to dress better, but so many miss the point that tight is not right. As for the high hem, it looks good in the summer with low shoes, and no socks, but it looks terrible in most other applications. Thanks for this post, and I will continue reading.


  • http://undefined Joshua

    Am I too late to chime in….

    Wow, Sure is a lot of hurt feelings in this post, but post like this is what this site is all about. I agree with most of things on this list should die in the upcoming year. I myself have been guilty of the first offense listed. I’ll admit that when lapel flowers first started to hit menswear I ran out and got a lot of them. However, its appeal quickly faded as the months progressed and more people started to adopt the trend. You should see my church on Sunday’s there’s hardly a bare lapel in the entire building. Lol.

    However, while I say most of these trends must die at the end of the day the choice is up to you. Wear what you like, nobody at TSB is holding a gun to your head and forcing you to discard your stacked bracelets or reflective glasses. And if you have the, “Swag” to continue to wear these items tastefully then by all means continue to do so.

  • Brandon C

    When are you guys gonna get an app or an e-magazine? Come on! Times a wasting!

  • http://undefined A Loyal Reader

    After reading this editorial and viewing the responses to the post, I must give kudos to you Dan for the way that you have responded to some of the constructive criticism that has been given. I do agree that most of the trends listed should be done away with. However, seeing as though TSB is viewed by millions as one of the “cool kids” which you point out, it would be nice to see some onus taken for the proliferation of some of the trends listed. I also must note that as a purveyor of most of the styles listed(by the million + readers and entrys from across the world), and a trusted voice in the internet menswear scene, TSB is the proper party to put some of these gaudy practies to rest.

    Overall, great job in ’13 and I look forward to what 2014 brings.

  • Steven Santander

    Great post Dan, way to get people thinking and reacting! Goes to show the power of basics and classic menswear over trends. Keep it simple and subtle with a twist for a personal touch and you’ll never go out of style. I believe the key is confidence in any case. Looking forward to 2014 from you all!

    Happy New Year!

  • AA

    This list is great.
    Two things I would add:

    1) Dressed up sweats.
    Sweatshirts don’t belong under a suit and sweatpants don’t belong outside one’s house.
    2) Taking high/low too far
    This expands on my first point and on Dan’s point about dressing up cargo pants. Whether its sweats, cargo pants, or running sneakers, everybody seems to want to dress up casual items and dress down more formal ones. In most cases it doesn’t work and just looks contrived.

  • http://undefined Ishandev

    The word “Sprezz” or “sprezzatura.” I’m looking at you Dan.

  • Misha G.

    One thing i see too much is people wearing suits with New Balance sneaks, i think the whole New Balance trend is going too far, everybody has them these days and think it looks so incredibly good with a suit… I’ll have to break it to you guys: It doesn’t.

    • Ex

      I never understood the whole new balance thing. All white low cut converse to dress down and still keep clean style is it for me. Sometimes trying to dress effortless looks “real bad”. Great post MIsha

    • BF

      I worked at Foot locker in college and we sold them to 2 people:
      – Runners with foot problems
      – Paunchy middle aged suburban white guys who bought the low cut white leather ones and wore them for 20 years.

      NB are no fashionable and never will be

  • aj_B

    “Hello, Pot, it’s kettle calling.”

    The guy who calls out “unkept beards” yet rocked one as a Gillette advertisement? Truly LOLworthy.

    All the best in 2014.

    • Dan Trepanier

      I trim and shape my beard (now a mustache) regularly, using the Gillette 3-in-1 Fusion Proglide Styler. Check it out, and make sure to keep your beard in check.

      Thx for reading!

  • Ex

    I really enjoy this website. In my personal opinion I think the key element to how your clothes look also depends on your shape. Physical activity is a must for everyone in 2014. I know this website focuses on style…but you must have the combination. My clothes consistently fit well and look better because I work out and eat healthy. More and more retailers are inputting custom and slim fit styles. At Ralph Lauren the custom fit polo shirts look way better then a regular fit.

    Happy New Year to everyone! To Dan and the TSB team thank you for this site.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Agreed. A healthy lifestyle is key to making clothes fit, look and perform better. We will be touching on these related topics to men’s style more in 2014.


  • Khalid

    Please also add:

    1) Excessively chopped jackets that throw the whole balance of the jacket off. (Though a little shorter, as in Club Monaco’s Grant fit, is perfect.)

    2) Functioning cuff buttons on OTR jackets, which just make the sleeves harder to alter. (Looking at you, Club Monaco!)

  • Ex

    A touch of Camo is good. For example camo clark desert boots with jeans and polo golf shirts works. Fitted camo pants with Tod drivers work. Camo ties,hats, shirts,sweaters I agree should be gone.

    Coloured soles should be on this list too.

    Georges your comment is so true,lol.

  • cam

    “Fashion fades, style is eternal” -YSL…this begs the question…can someone be stylish constantly following trends and fashion?

  • Owen

    Right on, brother!

    Wait, what did I just say?

  • Miguel

    I think it’s a great post, some of the stuff mentioned are being over used, I understand you want to try stuff but don’t go off the rails, keep it simple and clean, I think that’s the message Dan is trying to vent here.

    You and I make the last call regarding on how we use some of this items.

  • Drew

    Also, can we officially say farewell to jogger pants, or “scrunchy bottoms” ?!?!

  • Drew

    I’ve seen many items on that list incorporated in many of the looks featured on this site, some worn by Dan himself!

  • kreisler least in the bay area I haven’t seen too much of the Lapel Flowers trend. We’re still learning pocket squares here…

    Thanks for the list!

  • Min

    This is one post i don’t agree with. With all due respect, this feels like someone is just trying to write a new year post for the sake of it.

    • Dan Trepanier

      I promise you, that is not the case. Regardless, thanks for reading.

    • http://undefined Robert

      He actually got the idea for this post, based off a GQ article that came out about the death of menswear. This is their sites take on why menswear is dead.

      • Dan Trepanier

        Please don’t speak on my behalf. None of this is true, especially the part about menswear being “dead”. We are currently experiencing a revolution in the popularity of menswear, with guys participating from all over the world and from all walks of life.

        • http://undefined Robert

          Apologies, however, menswear is on a downward turn for the exact same reasons as posted in this article. I completely agree with GQ’s take on the state of menswear, stating blogs and other forms of social media being the main culprits of it’s demise. What once was a “secret society” and few shared as now been over saturated with how can I top the guy I see at Pitti, or how can I get snapped walking down the street, and become the next Nick Wooster. There needs to be more responsibility, if you want {insert subject}, in this case menswear. Your site does a more fair and balanced job, but no one is free of fault. The GQ articles main point was tumblr’s #1 most recoginizable “#menswear” search was that dog. If menswear was TRULY on an upward revolution, this would and should not be the case. It shouldn’t be about someone trying to get 15 minutes of fame. I give you kudos because you have turned it into 5 years and counting…even though I didn’t agree with your dog post, but that is just me, someone 20 years in the business, I would hope my crafy would garnish more respect than a dog with a tie.

          • Dan Trepanier

            I think you’re confusing #menswear (a fad with blogs on the internet) with actual menswear (the industry of men’s clothing). While there has been a bubble in #menswear (due primarily to sarcastic blogs, like you mention), menswear itself continues to thrive as more and more men want to dress for success.

            Jian who wrote that article is a friend of mine, as are David and Yenna of Menswear dog. All good people. If you’re upset about Bodhi, take a look around, pictures of dogs and cats rule the internet (after porn), so it’s only natural that this would go viral. It shouldn’t reflect badly on the fashion industry and the cultural influencers at its helm.

  • Matthew

    LouCaves above mentioned loud socks, but the far worse trend is no socks!—in proper laced-up Oxfords and the like! Besides being a recipe for blisters, it looks completely affected.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Great call! I agree. I actually just added this to the list.

      • http://undefined Ishandev

        Luckily, the new trend is one leg GTH sock, and one leg sockless. Try it, it’s the latest thing.

  • http://ramblingsofawould-berenaissanceman.blogspot Joseph

    I think it’s funny that some of these are ones you guys seem to have participated in(I’m thinking specifically of the cargo pants one and a couple others to a lesser extent), but that’s not a critique on you guys. I think it makes sense to reevaluate things and say okay we did that, we can stop doing it now. It fits with the idea of quitting something when it becomes overdone.

    I will say this, the end of camo can not come quickly enough.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Well said Joseph. Thanks.

  • LouCaves

    I agree with most of the list.

    However I do like my lapel ornaments. I don’t dig the ones that are big enough to drag a lapel down. But if it’s small and brings out a secondary color on a tie or suit then I think – by all means. Also, my girl made some nice, small ones for me so I’m going to sport them…and I don’t wear them with a pocket square – that’s just too much action going on.

    Add to the list: over the top socks. If 5 half-time participants had lapel ornaments I guarantee all five had on loud over-bearing socks.

    One man’s thoughts.

    Thanks, TSB and Happy New Year!

    • TO

      Good call LouCaves. I actually really struggled when looking to buy neutral socks in 2013, nearly every store sold exclusively “loud” socks only! These aren’t the only way people!

      • TO

        A sentence in the there was redundant but I think it only serves to reinforce my point :)

  • http://undefined Jeff

    Yea, I’m going to have to agree with all of this, except the lapel flower thing. Mainly because I’ll be rocking some kind of lapel flower for my wedding, and I threw around the idea of a felt or silk lapel flower.

    I’m trying to find something other than a prom style boutonniere (I hate the way they look). Any suggestions?

    • Dan Trepanier

      Find a minimal one (just one flower, no baby’s breath and all that other jazz) or take the boutonniere and strip it down. As always, keep it real, not fake.

      Cheers Jeff. Have a fantastic wedding!

    • James

      I think some version of a lapel Flower or boutonniere is appropriate for a Groom on his Wedding Day. This is a perfect example of when it fits the occasion.

      Congrats Jeff

  • Nagy L

    I hoped to see here the sweatpants trend.

  • Mr E

    Interesting list.

    I think it is worth compiling but creating a list like that is a never-ending task.

    Though I do agree with a few items on it, I think there are a few exclusions. I hope to see other chaps chime in with theirs.

    The first thing I’d like to see buried and gone will fall under the ‘Menswear Internet Slang’ section. Gents, it is time to lose the ridiculous phrase “on point.” It is silly and unless we’re speaking of ballerinas, it never really made sense. Time to let it go.

    What else? Hmm. How about exaggerated layering? Two jumpers, a jean jacket plus a vest under a sport coat makes you look chubby and Michelin-man like. Just say no.

    Another thing I’d love to banish to the corners of memory is active wear/sweats being worn in place of proper clothing. A jacket worn overtop of jogging pants isn’t “rule breaking” – it is a plea for help. Time to let that go.

    I will challenge you on the floral prints thing. Liberty of London has been doing it forever and a truly stylish chap knows when to use flower power. Your “time to man up” line suggests wearing floral prints is not masculine. I politely disagree.

    As a bearded chap I must say your “unkempt beard” made me laugh some. Four years in and hardly a trim in all that time, I stand by the idea I wear it well.

    If this site is going to abandon the trend of “high water hems” I will be the first to offer my congratulations. Goodbye, cold ankles!

    I have no idea if this post will be allowed as this site is so heavily edited for comments but I’m hoping to see honest opinions shared here.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thx Mr E.

      I sometimes say “on point”. My gripe with the menswear lingo is not so much the words themselves (I have plenty of friends who use slang as their regular vocabulary), but more so the writers who don’t actually talk like that in real life, and only use “urban” terminology on the internet as a way to identify with a menswear crowd.

      Alot of your other points are subject to context, but in a large part I agree.

      Regarding the moderation of comments on TSBmen. We rarely don’t publish comments. The only time we do so is: 1) curse words or derogatory/discriminatory terms (as this affects our sponsors and advertising $) and 2) bashing our featured guests without anything constructive or intelligent (as this affects our ability to confirm other featured guests)


      • Mr E

        Thanks for responding with some thought. I appreciate it.

        The gripe you reference about menswear lingo is precisely what I’m saying.

        Your use of the ridiculous “on point” is mimicked endlessly on this site. One person says it and a whole slew of “on points” follows like torrential rain.

        I think a lot of it comes from fellows who look up to you and want to emulate you in every form possible.

        You have to power to turn this around, Trep. Do it. Enough already.

        As for the moderation of comments and the reasons behind them, I can see how negative, defamatory and derogatory comments serve no purposes in terms of discussion, but seeing how you lot sometimes use “colourful” language yourselves, isn’t that just part of being present online? It is expression if it isn’t meant to malign anyone, isn’t it?

      • TO

        “Alot of your other points are subject to context, but in a large part I agree.”

        What a great line Dan. Great way to explain how agreement is not black and white! You have a way with words, my friend.

        • Dan Trepanier

          Thanks brother. I consider myself a wordsmith before anything else :) Written communication is one of the most important skills a person can develop, in my opinion.

  • http://undefined Ray

    Thanks for sharing! I have to say there are about 3 on this list (colored shoelaces, cargos, and camo) that Ive been waiting to do – I think I’ll keep on waiting.

    Thanks for a great year of posts. Your site is the first one that I check every morning to get inspired. You guys are awesome and keep up the good work!

    Happy New Years TSB!

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Ray. 2014 is going to be our best year yet, by miles.

      All the best to you.

  • Bob

    I see your point on many items, but seems that several things – like bracelets and lapel pins – have been included in features about individual’s specific style. Maybe its better to continue with your thoughts of “don’t over do things, and make sure it fits your personal style” rather than being a copycat. I especially agree with the cammo comments…

    Dan, you always have good advice on fit and tailoring – that’s what I’ve learned the most from you!

    • Dan Trepanier

      That’s exactly the message. Thanks Bob.

      Plenty more fitting and tailoring advice coming in 2014. A little more in depth and interactive this year.

  • Kiel West

    I like how scathing this list is. Con-fi-dence!

  • Herbert Morrison

    Happy New Year Bruh! Akin to coloured shoelaces–loud neon soles or other parts of the shoe; super-skinny anything; contrast top-stitching whoa; and tryna dress like ur favourite hip-hop artist: real bad man nah go under deh. This post needs a theme song:

  • Lothar

    Is a companion piece to this post coming? “Trends We Hope to See in 2014.”

    • Lothar

      Because the heads-up would be nice. Then we can all be early adopters, even if we’re not the cool kids starting the trend.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Absolutely. Nice prediction Lothar :)

      • http://undefined Ishandev

        I predict the new trend for menswear will be… nudity. It’s all the rage in Milan.

  • Shawn

    Amen, though I may say lapel flowers (subtle and complementary) and beards will always have a place in my heart, no matter if considered “fashionable” or not. Having a well kept beard is a lifestyle, a extent of your personality and not some trend accessory.

    My personal pet peeve that needs to die in 2014 is the peacock movement. Guys that always go over the top trying to start new hype (remember Pitti last year, with the wide brim grandma felt hat? Literally everyone was wearing them. Or leopard chukka, neon pink/yellow/green/ anything, etc.) and the overly-done or overly-thought “spezzatura”.

    • Dan Trepanier

      If they have a place in your heart, don’t let me stop you! There are, of course, exceptions to everything on this list.

      Thx Shawn.

  • Aaron

    Coming from this site, this post is really rich. Not only have most of these trends been featured in posts on this site, commenters here who react negatively to certain looks are regularly castigated and told that everyone should try their own style. So if people enjoy any of the above trends, why in the world should they not wear them? Because the TSB arbiters of style have decided?

    I can’t decide if my favorite part of this post is the ban on floral shirts while you have one for sale in your shop or the bracelet part considering you did one of those “design collaborations” with a guy, if I’m not mistaken (this site’s archives are impossible to navigate since the redesign), with whom you once did a featured post focusing on his jewelry!

    Lastly, let’s address this “man up” crap. First of all, a trend that died long before 2014 is the use of gender normative stereotypes. But let me go back in time to a place where such stereotypes are not completely ridiculous and address your argument that floral shirts are apparently not masculine enough. Dan has been featured on this site in a top that he borrowed from his girlfriend’s closet. He has also, infamously, worn a removable fur collar. For Christ’s sake, you are a bunch of guys making a living talking about fashion and style! So while I have no problem with any of the listed things, anyone who would write “man up” regarding men’s fashion is just amazingly lacking in self-awareness.

    This is your all’s site and you seem to be doing well. But from an outsider’s perspective, this site has just gotten silly and this post is a classic example. This site used to be useful. But the accolades the site has received seem to have led to the site becoming a sad extension of the cockiness of the folks running it. And that’s a trend I hope dies in 2014.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Hey Aaron, thanks for your comment. Trying to keep track of all your points here…

      Of course we’ve had trends on TSB. We’re a style blog who publishes north of 150 editorial articles a year – many of which are profiles on guys in their own clothes. With over a million readers, we’re probably fueling the fire for these trends to run their course faster, too. Think of this as more of a recap and thinking toward the future as to what we’ve done too much of.

      I’ve never designed any jewelry for sale. I did a design collaboration with Frank Clegg – one of the best leather craftsman in America. That collection continues to sell quite well, and the bags are among the best I’ve ever used. I am a trained designer with years of experience, so I was not including myself in that one, of course :)

      When I wore the woman’s blouse and the fur collar, I was almost certainly the only one on the block with that style. And that was the point (as well as to get a conversation going). Regarding the term “man up”, I didn’t mean to offend you.

      To your attack about our site. Judging by your readership history, you’re enjoying the site quite a bit. But anyway, stay tuned, we have some very useful stuff on the docket and I think you will really appreciate our new web design coming next week.

      Thank you for your continued support and engagement.

      All the best,

    • JD

      You’ve got to remember though, this site isn’t about set-in rules about what you have to do and not do. If you dress yourself up based on rules from an online website that provides their own unique subjective piece on what fashion/style is, then you’re either learning how to dress for the first time, or you’re seriously misguided.

      Either way, don’t take this as an attack on you personally, I mean no harm, just saying that if one guy posts an article about trends that need to die in the coming year, why bash on him for things he’s done in the past year? This post isn’t retroactive, y’know?

      I see this post more as a “this is where menswear/us/you guys should be headed toward in 2014”, not “florul shirtz r dum dun ware dem gaiz”. If you find any of the above to be a staple of your wardrobe, then by all means, continue to wear them. After all, trends start because someone is doing something different so confidently, everyone else follows through.

      All in all, I’d say just stick to your guns, and don’t just let some online editorial in the way of telling you what to wear. This site has always been for inspiration, and you should treat it as such.

    • K

      Wholeheartedly agree about the “man up” bit, and I’m glad someone said it. There is no need for gender policing.

  • Jen

    AGREED TO ALL!! Shits gotta go!!! (inserts 2 cents here) Someone please tell Isabel Marant and the like that those idiotic invisible wedged heels are the absolute bane of 2013!!

    • Dan Trepanier

      Love to have a woman’s perspective on all this. Thank you Jen!

    • Carlos L

      Christ…. I’m instantly in love with you. I DETEST those abominations with the fury of a million suns!!!

  • Carlos L

    “…2014 is the year that we don’t hold back”

    Indeed, sirs…. Indeed.

    • Dan Trepanier

      It could get ugly. Menswear online is in such shambles, somebody’s gotta start calling it like it is. Too many “experts” don’t know what they’re talking about and are leading new adopters astray…

  • Ben Myers

    Based on this list, I’m in trouble.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Haha. Remember that it’s just my opinion Ben.

  • Rob —

    Fantastically written; however, I must say, a lot of the stuff you trash in this article is the very stuff this blog parades around as the ish. Take a long hard look at your articles. I’ve seen camo here, scruffy beards, bracelets and much more. Some of this stuff is good. It’s all about staying away from the “menswear-esque” cliches. I’ve made comments about it before, here. I’m okay with some of this stuff, most of it even. The problem comes when, as you say, some hanger-on does a trend poorly, or throws on too many trends at once. Or, when internet posers make a complete joke of men’s fashion and style. (Why the hell do we even need to call it “menswear”/”#menswear”? That stupid term alone makes a complete joke of the thing).

    As for bracelets, this is not a trend. This is an Option that guys have for accessories. I will not stop wearing bracelets, as I wore them LOOOOOONG before they ever “caught on,” for the last 7 years. Bead bracelets, leather bracelets, silver, etc, all types. I understand it’s getting a little tired in the #menswear Internet circle. But it’s also very important to keep in mind in 2014, that if you see a guy rocking a “trend,” it’s very possible that is a core part of his long-time inner style. So let’s keep that in mind.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Of course we’ve had trends on TSB. We’re a style blog who publishes north of 150 editorial articles a year – many in which are profiles on guys in their own clothes. With over a million readers, we’re probably fueling the fire for these trends to run their course faster, too. This is more of a recap and thinking toward the future as to what we’ve done too much of.

      Don’t take it personally. A bracelet can be great accessory. I was thinking more about stacked bracelets. I just changed the text, thanks Rob.

      • Rob —

        Cheers! Oh I see now when you say stacked bracelets; I think that does capture the meaning better. Sorry you guys seem to be taking a lot of heat with some of these comments. You guys take it in stride well. Best!


    • James

      What term would you rather see to replace Menswear? I’m curious as to what you have in mind. The term menswear seems appropriate to me. Men wear clothes; therefore, calling it menswear is pretty straightforward.

  • Steve

    Scrooge is alive and well at the Style Blogger !! I thought you guys preach a “if it works for you” philosophy. I’ve seen some horrific and ridiculous looking style on some of the guys that you’ve featured on your site and you choose to pick on lapel pins, colored shoe laces and bracelets, really now? You can certainly find better things to pick on that those harmless accessories.

    • Dan Trepanier

      That is our philosophy, and always will be. But the majority of guys out there aren’t sure what works for them, and I can’t recommend that they take “instant style” shortcuts like the ones listed above while these trends get more and more overplayed. We celebrate individual style.

      As always, any of these things can be pulled off with style and grace. But the style and grace part is very important.

      Sometime’s keeping it real pays off, just ask your boy Scrooge.

  • Timothy

    This article needs some pictures of the badness!

  • Calvin

    I love this post. Most of these trends annoy me as well. Some of them aren’t so bad, and I’m sure I’ve seen a few of them worn by guys featured on the site. the problem with today is people see something they like and they over use it to the extreme. Occasion and moderation are our best friends too often we see the same look on a person over and over again or guys with too many accessories. It makes the rest of us look bad. Good stuff my man. Excited for what 2014 has to offer. All the best

    • Dan Trepanier

      Exactly, thanks Calvin. Stay tuned, we have some fun stuff coming up.

  • M

    Something with a nail and a head. I think this is the first time I fully and wholeheartedly agree with what is written on TSBmen.

    Good start for 2014, now I’m curious for more :)

  • Matt

    I agree with all of these!!!! Though there will be one day where I will have a flower on my lapel and in my opinion it’s one of the few times where it is 100% acceptable. That would be my wedding.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Agreed. Just make sure it’s a real flower, and keep it simple and minimal.

      All the best Matt.

      • Matt

        Real flowers, simple and minimal for sure! Simple and minimal is the best way to describe the wedding we are planning. Oh and booze lots and lots of booze!

  • Jakob

    Love this.

  • Jorge

    It might just be the part of Houston where I live, but I haven’t seen any of these or other trends among guys here. I do see it online though, and I agree, these trends need to go. Its all too peacocky. Here’s hoping to this year bringing the return of true gentlemanliness as the strongest influence on all men striving to enrich their style and their being.

    That being said, really looking forward to seeing what you and the team have coming in 2014. 2013 has been a life-changing evolution for my style because of this site, and I just want to say thank you for that. Best wishes to you and the team, and much love from Houston.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Jorge! We love to hear comments like that.

      2014 is going to be a HUGE year for TSBmen, on a lot of fronts…starting with our new web design that will be launching next week!

      Cheers mate.

  • Jorge

    It might just be the part of Houston where I live, but I haven’t seen any of these or other trends among guys here. I do see it online though, and I agree, these trends need to go. Here’s hoping to the return of the true essence of gentlemanliness as the influence on

  • Georges

    ‘Strong, masculine and confident’, like a lot of the phrasing in this article, reads like it’s code for ‘don’t look too gay out there boys!’.

    • Dan Trepanier

      That’s coming from you Georgy, not me.