The weather is warm and that means it’s the right time to rethink your sock strategy. Also known as loafer liners or loafer socks, no-show socks are a a key warm weather shoe accessory. But, there’s a right way and a wrong way to go “sockless” and wearing no-show socks the right way is an important skill to master.
In this week’s 2 Minute Tuesday we’re answering a question about when and where men should wear no-show socks! Don’t forget to check out our favorite no-show sock picks below.
The Weather Should Be Warm and Sunny
As you can probably imagine, no-show socks are best worn when the weather is warm and sunny. It’s not as much a seasonal thing as it’s warm nearly year-round in places like Florida and California, but more of a temperature and outfit thing (more on that in a second).
Wear Them When You Are Showing Some Ankle
The key thing to know about no-show socks is that you want to wear them any time you’re showing a bit of ankle. So if you’re wearing a shorter hem, cuffing your chinos or jeans, or wearing shorts, you want to wear the right pair of no-show socks. If you’re going with a standard hem length there’s no need to wear no-show socks, just stick to standard dress socks. No-show socks look great will all outfits from shorts to suits, so you can feel comfortable wearing them with whatever you’ve got on. They definitely add a bit of informality to the mix so be aware of that if you’re getting dressed up.
Wear Them With All Types Of Shoes
No-show socks can be worn with all types of shoes whether it be casual shoes like sneakers, boat shoes or driving loafers or dressier options like oxfords, monks, or penny loafers.
No-Show Sock Picks
Uniqlo – our favorite!
Streetwear can be a pretty divisive topic these days, it can look good but also can go really wrong. While we always believe it’s important to cultivate a stylish essential wardrobe, it’s definitely good to also experiment with new trends and styles, especially as you’re on your journey to discovering your own personal style.
In this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re weighing in on whether or not streetwear for men is attractive.
So, is streetwear attractive? In our opinion, yes! But it comes with a few caveats.
For The Right Person
Can streetwear look good? Yes, definitely. But it has to work with your existing style and confidence. If you’re the type of guy who can experiment with different styles and pull it off with confidence, then go for it. It definitely takes a certain amount of swag to make it work. If not, it can look fake and like you’re trying too hard.
Don’t Try Too Hard
Much like “Bad Boy Style”, streetwear is an overall look that can come off as really inauthentic if it doesn’t mesh well with your pre-existing overall look. You can look like you’re wearing a costume and like you’re trying way too hard. So, if you go for it, proceed with caution and give some consideration to when and where you’re adopting this vibe.
If you’re an older guy, dressing your age can be tricky. As we discussed in a previous 2 Minute Tuesday, there are things you should, and maybe more importantly, shouldn’t do as a stylish older guy. In addition to cultivating a timeless Essential Wardrobe, some items just don’t work. We’re revisiting some style tips for older gentlemen in our audience after some feedback and questions about leather jackets in particular.
They Make You Seem Like You’re Trying Too Hard
The style and bit of rock n roll edge that a leather naturally has just read too young for an older guy. There’s nothing wrong with having some cool factor in your wardrobe, but there’s a line where something like a leather jacket doesn’t help this, it just hurts it.
It Doesn’t Complement Your Age
At a certain point, we encourage you to embrace your age, whether you’re 40 or 70. This doesn’t mean dressing in a way that feels old or stuffy (no matter what your age is), but rather you want to cultivate a style that’s distinguished and age-appropriate. You want a look that doesn’t detract from your natural stylishness as an older guy.
There Are Better Alternatives
As we mentioned, there are a ton of better alternatives available for you older gentlemen. A bomber jacket in a different material like suede or cotton is a great place to start. You can also try a Harrington jacket for something equally as stylish.
Over-accessorizing is a common problem a lot of guys fall prey to. While we definitely believe the right accessories can really elevate your look, it’s important to know how to do it right. In this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re answering a viewer question about rings. Should a man wear them? If so, how many are too many?
1 Ring Per Hand Max
Stick to this rule as the be-all, end-all of ring rules. Any more than that and you’re going to look like you are trying too hard.
Skip The Thumb Ring
Thumb rings are a definite no-go, they just come off as tacky and cheesy. Keep your rings to your forefinger, middle finger, and maybe your pinky.
Mixing Metals Is Ok
We’re not diehards about not mixing metal types with rings and watches, but it does look best if your rings are somewhat consistent with your watch or other accessories.
We had to do it, so get ready. Today we’re discussing one of our most, well, controversial topics. Believe us, we’ve got good reasons why these are sneakers that no man should own. Here are 5 Reasons Why Women Hate Jordans.
- They make your legs and feet look really stubby – No matter what type of pants you wear with them, they’re just not flattering.
They make men look immature – The sportiness of these sneakers makes most men look like little boys, a phase you should have grown out of.
They show a lack of financial responsibility – Jordans are expensive and it leads to women wondering how much a man spent on them. We’re also probably wondering what other, more responsible places he probably should have spent that money on.
It’s hard to take you seriously – Similar to point #2, it’s hard to take a man seriously when they’re wearing Jordans. They’re just not something stylish men should wear.
Jordan fans are very passionate/obnoxious – We get it, you love Jordans, and most fans won’t shut up about them. But the truth is, we honestly don’t care.
All this being said…HAPPY APRIL FOOLS! Don’t worry, we actually don’t hate Jordans that much, just make sure you wear them with the right casual items and be aware of point #1 if you’re on the shorter/broader side.
Organization and storage are two things that a lot of guys often overlook when it comes to thinking about their wardrobe. Let’s face it, your clothes spend most of their life in your closet and in drawers rather than on your body so it makes sense to give their storage some thought.
Plus, how you store them is going to have a huge effect on their life as well. We’re not suggesting a Patrick Bateman OCD level of color coordinating but, in terms of getting dressed, having a well-organized closet is only going to help you make better, quicker decisions when you’re getting ready. We’ve got all our favorite picks below, make sure to check them out.
They help maintain clothes and keeps them organized. We recommend felt hangers for shirts and pants and suit/jacket hangers for, well, suits and jackets. The extra width and structure help keep the shoulders of your jackets in good shape.
A critical yet very inexpensive item that helps shoes keep their shape and prevents creasing and wear.
Cedar Shoe Trees
Plastic Shoe Trees
One of these makes getting shoes on a breeze and prevents smashing of the back of shoes which can add extra wear and tear. We recommend the longer ones because they’re so much easier to use.
Plastic Shoe Horn (from the video)
Wood Shoe Horn
A must-have if you wear any dark clothing at all.
Large Lint Roller
Travel Lint Roller
Super important for long-term storage, these will protect suits and sweaters from dust, moths, and moisture.
Hoodies, we’ve all got them, but how and when are the right ways for a stylish man to wear them? In this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we dive into whether or not men should wear hoodies.
Don’t forget to check out all of our hoodie picks below!
Hoodie Style Tips
- No logos – You always hear me going on and on about no logos, and it’s for good reason! You’re not a billboard and large, garish logos aren’t something that adds anything stylish to a well-dressed man’s overall look.
- Solid colors only – Keep your color choices simple – grey, navy, black, olive, or dark grey.
- Stick with pullover hoodies – They’re a great layering piece as part of your casual wardrobe, especially with denim, chinos, and sneakers.
- Try Wool/Cashmere – Higher-end materials like cashmere can elevate the look of a hoodie and add a bit of extra something, especially if you’re wearing them in the evening.
Rag & Bone
Cashmere / Wool:
Just like we discussed in our post about 5 Hairstyles Women Love For 2019, your hairstyle is definitely something that says a lot about your style. So, it’s important to take the time to dial in the right one for your hair type and face shape. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different cuts, barbers/stylists, and products. We’ve also got a ton of articles for you about hairstyles, so make sure to check them out!
This style had its day, but it’s a bit too extreme for most men.
Need I say any more? Just don’t ever do it.
Crazy, unkempt hair is never sexy so it’s always important to take proper care of your hair, no matter how long it is.
If you’re losing your hair, just embrace it. A short buzz or crew cut is going to be a lot more flattering.
Maybe you’re trying to make a statement, but I doubt many women want to hear that statement.