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When it comes to the question of how to wear shorts, most men just don’t get it. 50% of guys avoid shorts like the plague and the other 50% end up wearing shorts that really don’t suit them.

man wearing shorts ith casual shirt and panama hat

It is perfectly possible to wear shorts and look stylish – if you follow a few basic rules. In this article, we’ll show you how to wear shorts with style.

In this article, you’ll find:

  1. History of men’s shorts
  2. When to (and when not to) wear shorts
  3. How to wear shorts that fit
  4. The right length for men’s shorts
  5. Choosing the right fabric for men’s shorts
  6. How to choose the right color for your shorts
  7. Different types of men’s shorts
  8. What clothing to wear with shorts

#1 History Of Men’s Shorts

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Shorts became common for militaries across North Africa in World War II.

Shorts started as ‘knee pants’ for boys in the 1890s and served as the basis for school and scout uniforms. Roughhousing and tripping over would mean torn knees if a boy wore full-length trousers. When a boy reached maturity, he was expected to stop wearing shorts and transition into wearing trousers.

This changed in World War II. Troops in tropical climates started wearing shorts to cope with the heat. They are famously shown in depictions of the British Eighth Army in North Africa from 1940 to 1943, also known as the ‘Desert Rats’. The German Afrikakorps, Italian army and Free French forces also wore shorts on the battlefield.

When men returned to civilian life after the war it was only a matter of time before shorts were normalized. By the 1950s, shorts were acceptable in casual situations in hot climates with masculine icons of the time like John Wayne taking advantage of the new trend.

#2 What Are The Types Of Shorts For Men?

There are plenty of men’s shorts styles to choose from. Let’s do a quick rundown of the key types you can find in stores.

  • Running shorts are designed to facilitate the most freedom of movement during exercise. Most running shorts include an inner lining that doubles as underwear. Most are made with polyester.
  • Swimming shorts (swimming trunks) – The best men’s swim shorts are made with nylon along with a mesh inner lining to dry quicker.
  • Denim shorts came into style during the late 1960s as part of the counter-cultural movement. I do not recommend denim shorts as they look sloppy – like you just sheered off your jeans at the knees.
  • Flat-front shorts are the most common style of shorts. The material lies flat near the zipper for a slim, low-waisted look.
  • Pleated shorts feature creases where material is folded and sewn before getting attached to the front of the waistband.
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You can find a wide variety of men’s shorts. While stylish men despise cargo shorts, most guys can pull them off if they don’t overstuff the pockets.
  • Cycling shorts are skintight shorts designed to reduce wind resistance and friction.
  • Boardshorts are long, loose-fitting swimming shorts with an opening at the front as opposed to an elastic waistband.
  • Cargo shorts are loosely cut with large pockets on either side. They don’t look well on most men due to the bulging appearance of the pockets.
  • Madras shorts are made with a lightweight fabric and are known for their vivid, brightly-colored patterns. The style takes its name from its home city in India – now named Chennai.
  • Bermuda shorts – During a WWII clothing shortage, the managers of Bermuda’s two major banks hired a tailor to make shorts based on those worn by the armed forces. Bermuda shorts have been worn with a blazer in certain cultures ever since.

#2 When Should Men Wear Shorts?

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No matter how good they look, shorts are a casual garment.

Shorts are casual garments and a staple of warm-weather clothing for men. They are appropriate for summer events when you want to be free to move and comfortable to avoid sweating in the heat.

Lounging with friends? Walking around town in the daytime? Going to a private party? You’ll do fine in a well-fitted pair of shorts.

When to avoid shorts

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Some casual workspaces do allow shorts. You might even get away with wearing them to casual business meetings though it isn’t the norm in most parts of the world.

It’s important to judge the situation correctly. Look at how those around you are dressed, identify the unspoken dress code and decide for yourself if you should wear shorts.

Any situation requiring business-casual wear will require trousers. Law firms, corporate offices and banks are a few examples where shorts should not be worn. Instead, wear chino trousers or dress slacks.

The golden rule is if you aren’t sure if you can wear shorts, then you shouldn’t wear them. Opt for trousers in any of these situations.

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Don’t wear shorts for any event that requires business-formal or formal attire.

#3 How To Wear Shorts That Fit?

How are shorts supposed to look when you wear them? It’s easy to get confused by all the conflicting info on the web.

Fit is king when it comes to menswear. Let’s discuss the best fit for different body types.

Athletic Builds – Shorts for men with big thighs

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Athletic men should take care not to wear shorts that are too tight. Go for a tailored fit.

Athletic men have broad shoulders that taper down to the waist. Such gentlemen have the widest range of choices when it comes to wearing shorts.

Men with muscular bodies tend to assume that loose shorts will balance the torso. It won’t, it will simply make you look disproportional.

Opt for a tailored fit that strikes a solid middle ground. You want shorts you can move comfortably in but won’t flap like a skirt.

If bulk is a concern, then consider a lighter color – these balance the body out more effectively.

Slim Builds – Shorts for men with skinny legs

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Slimmer guys should avoid wider shorts at all costs. Instead, purchase a slim-fitting pair.

Men with slim bodies are complemented best by slim-fitting shorts. Avoid baggy shorts as they will make your torso and legs seem disproportionate.

You also want to take precautions against flaring. Your shorts should go straight down without having excess material around the edges. Again, this will make for a ‘skirt effect’ if ignored.

Dad Bods – Shorts for men with average builds

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Men with dad bods are complemented by straight-legged shorts that don’t emphasize the torso.

Men carrying a little more weight around the midsection need to avoid slim-fitting shorts. Slim shorts will only emphasize your stomach.

Wear shorts that are slightly wider. Opt for straight-legged shorts. They’ll improve your silhouette and minimize the focus on the waist.

Pleated shorts should be avoided. Although rare, pleated shorts create lines leading right to your waist.

Never wear shorts that fall below the knees because longer shorts (like Bermuda shorts or boardshorts) will make your legs look smaller and your stomach bigger.

Avoid elastic waistbands in casual situations. It will pinch around the waist and make a muffin top. Using elastic waistbands with swimming trunks or exercising shorts, however, is fine.

#4 How Long Should Men’s Shorts Be?

The most common lengths for men’s shorts are 3, 5, 7 and 9 inches measured through the inseam.

Short-shorts (3-5 inches) usually include athletic variants like swimming trunks and running shorts. Longer shorts (7-9 inches) comprise common styles like flat-front khakis, pleated shorts, Bermuda shorts, and Madras shorts.

Longer shorts have a more formal look than shorter shorts.

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The perfect pair of men’s shorts should cover one-third of your leg.

How are men’s shorts supposed to fit?

The easy answer to wearing shorts correctly is this: never below the knee. Anything beyond that ambles dangerously into jorts territory, and that is never stylish.

It also defeats the purpose of wearing shorts. If the goal is comfort and flexibility, why would you restrict the knees?

The more specific answer depends on the occasion. Go 2-3 above the knee if you are wearing casual shorts with a t-shirt, button-down, or polo. This works well with chino shorts or khakis. Athletic shorts on the other hand can easily end 5-6 inches above the knee.

Infographic - 7 Inch Inseam Shorts On Body Types
The common 7-inch inseam fits men of average height, that’s why it’s so common. Shorter and taller guys may need to look harder.

How should shorts for short guys fit?

Men who are 5’7 or below are considered short in the United States. In the image above we see a 5’2 man wearing a 7-inch inseam. Notice how the shorts travel precariously past the knees.

He wants to avoid shorts that have a 9 or even 7-inch inseam because it will make his legs look short. Instead, he should purchase casual shorts with a 5-inch inseam and swimming trunks with a 3-inch inseam.

Shorter guys should also avoid cargo shorts. Huge side pockets will dwarf an already small frame.

How should shorts for the average man fit?

The average height for men in the United States is 5’8 to 5’10. A 7-inch inseam will work well if the goal is to wear a polo and loafers with the shorts.

How should shorts for tall men fit?

Tall men like in the infographic above are taller than 6’1. They run into the problem of showing too much leg. If you’re in great shape, this isn’t a big deal. Just remember that the more skin you show, the more casual the shorts will look.

If tall men want to wear a casual button-down, a polo, or loafers, then a 7-inch inseam is the shortest they should allow. When it comes to swimming trunks or exercise shorts, 5 inches should work fine.

#5 Choosing The Right Fabric For Men’s Shorts

What’s the coolest fabric to wear in hot weather? It’s the question every man wants an answer to. Let’s take a look at the most common cooling fabrics shorts are made of.

Men’s cotton shorts

Men's cotton shorts

About 90% of all shorts are made of cotton, with cotton twill fabric being the most common weave. Twill weaves are dense but durable. The lack of breathability is offset by the shorts themselves which let air travel up the legs. What are your other cotton options?

  • Seersucker is a three-dimensional weave that uses a puckered texture to facilitate airflow. It saw use throughout the 19th century for workwear, but it was in 1909 in tailor Joseph Haspel started making suits out of it. Seersucker also adds texture to your ensemble. It’s a great way to bring in a unique style few men will have.
  • Madras is finely-textured cotton that makes use of bold checks and stripes. It began as the mainstay fabric of the Indian peasant class. Dutch and British traders fell in love with the stuff during the 1600s. Cotton plaid Madras reached America by 1718 and took off for its breathability. The problem arises with durability. Madras is prone to damage after a few years of continuous wear.
  • Chambray can be thought of as ‘denim-lite’. It is the airy alternative to jeans but with an even crisper look. I recommend Chambray over traditional denim when it comes to shorts.
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If you want a natural and inexpensive fabric, cotton may be your best bet.

Men’s linen shorts

Men's linen shorts

Linen is a durable fabric that is superb for summer wear. Wearing linen shorts will guarantee maximum breathability.

However, linen is prone to wrinkling. You can mitigate wrinkling by going with a tighter weave linen fabric, but you need to accept a few subtle wrinkles nonetheless.

Men’s wool shorts

Men's wool shorts

You can also get shorts with tropical weight wool – the lightweight woven wool that is sometimes used in warm weather suits.

Wool is a luxury fabric in menswear and is rare in men’s shorts. It requires upkeep. You have to treat them as you would wool trousers.

Use a clothes brush on them regularly in order to remove any excess dirt or food particles. Make sure to hang them up after each wear. If necessary, use a steamer to work out any creases that worked themselves into the fabric.

Despite this, wool is an excellent choice for summer wear because it absorbs moisture better than many fabrics, keeping you feeling dry throughout the day. It also enhances your elegance in casual situations.

Men’s synthetic fabric shorts

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Synthetic fabric shorts are ideal for performance but don’t offer the same breathability that natural fabrics do.

Also known as technical fabrics, synthetic fabrics like polyester and nylon are going to serve you best when it comes to sports and exercise.

The advantage of synthetic fabric shorts is durability and low cost. They are less breathable though. However, you can find lighter weaves to compensate for this. Polyester is also excellent for repelling moisture and staying dry so maintaining these shorts is a breeze.

Uses of blended fabrics

blended fabric shorts

Blended fabrics are made when at least two fibers are mixed together to create a new fabric with specific properties.

Are fabric blend shorts right for you? It depends on the purpose. One good example is cotton blended with spandex to give you more flexibility. However, blends made for the sake of cost-efficiency are usually poor quality.

Choose carefully. It may be simpler to decide between shorts with all-natural or synthetic fabric.

#6 Men’s Shorts: Understanding Colors And Patterns

choosing right color combination for the shorts

Best colors for shorts

  • Blue ranges from navy all the way to light blue. It’s a highly interchangeable color that goes well with the heat. Pairing navy chino shorts with a white casual button-down for example is a classic combination.
  • Brown shorts are commonly found as khakis. It’s a timeless, simple color with considerable versatility. Khakis are even the common choice for slightly more formal situations.
  • Gray is a noncolor that matches anything you could muster. You also have your pick of shades ranging from charcoal to light gray.
  • Pastel colors such as lime, lavender, mint, and salmon are considered ultra-casual. They are highly versatile but draw more attention than their conservative counterparts above.

Make sure you have a solid foundation when it comes to blues, grays, and browns before delving into brighter colors.

shorts colors
You can get away with wearing darker colors several times a week.

Best patterns for shorts

With men’s shorts (and any clothing), extra visual detail will limit your ability to match patterns in clothes. They can add some flair when paired correctly, but proceed with caution.

  • Solid shorts are the most common. No patterns mean that you can afford to get a more aggressive pattern on your chosen shirt, or even opt for busier shoes like tassel loafers.
  • Stripes are sold in a wide range of sizes and color combinations. Seersucker weaves traditionally come with thin, alternating stripes known by different names depending on the time period and occupation of the wearer. In the old west, for example, a navy blue striped seersucker was called Hickory Stripe.
  • Checks are a pattern of stripes that cross horizontally and vertically to form a square. They range wildly in density. You can easily find shorts bearing classic checked patterns such as Windowpane and Prince of Wales.

#8 What Can You Pair With Men’s Shorts?

Men’s shoes to wear with shorts

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Summer shorts deserve great summer shoes. Click here to discover my ultimate guide to men’s loafers.

There are plenty of options out there depending on your preferred style. Considering how casual men’s shorts are, most dress shoes and dress boots are out.

  • However, men’s loafers are classic, elegant summer shoes that you can pull off with ease. Men’s loafers are tried-and-true against the heat. They leave the ankle completely exposed which allows for better cooling. They are reliable for men seeking to enforce a more elegant air. Loafers offer a wealth of options as well – from streamlined penny loafers to the more casual tassel loafers. You can also opt for perforated leather to assist air circulation.
  • Boat shoes are another option. They are simple, flat leather shoes with rubber soles designed to maintain traction on boat decks.
  • Men’s dress sneakers are acceptable. White sneakers are preferable but are prone to tarnish.

What kind of socks can you wear with shorts?

man wearing shorts with socks and shoes
No-show and ankle socks are your best bet if you want to beat the heat.

Can you wear socks with men’s shorts? Of course, just stick with liner, ankle, or no-show socks.

Rely on no-show socks if you’re wearing loafers. You’re still going to need socks to keep the moisture in your feet from ruining the shoe. Don’t worry – the socks will not extend beyond the loafer’s upper. Your ankles can breathe safely.

Ankle socks should work well enough if you’re wearing sneakers.

Click here to discover how you can tell quality socks to pair with your quality shorts and shoes.

What shirts should men wear with shorts?

man wearing t-shirt with shorts

The kind of shirt you wear depends largely on the shorts. Athletic shorts will warrant an athletic top of a similar make.

Longer shorts of cotton, linen, or wool can easily be paired with plain t-shirts or casual button-downs. You can also sport a polo for a more formal feeling. Make sure to combine shirts with a belt if you tuck them in.

Is it OK to wear a jacket with shorts?

man wearing shorts with casual jacket
Most casual jackets go well with men’s shorts.

Pairing jackets and shorts can be tough. You don’t want to layer up if your goal is to stay cool of course. However, hoodies and athletic jackets can work well if your goal is to run or hit the gym.

You can also make effective pairings using light jackets. Consider a bomber jacket in suede if your goal is to go about the town. You can even wear a blazer with Bermuda shorts. The lighter the color, the better.

In some cultures, you can even pull off a blazer with long Bermuda shorts. As always, make sure to identify the unspoken dress code!

How To Wear Shorts – The Ultimate Guide Wrap-Up

Men’s shorts have a place in every man’s closet. As long as you understand proper fit and setting, you can turn them into a potent weapon in your arsenal.

With this basic guide, you have the knowledge to go out there and rule the summer. But don’t stop there! Click here to discover my guide to the best shoes to wear with shorts this summer.

Click below to watch the video – The Ultimate Guide To Men’s Shorts

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13 Public Speaking Mistakes To Avoid In Your Presentation

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The sea of faces.

The expectant hush.

Butterflies in your stomach.

Sweaty palms.

This is the presentation of your life.

It’s going to make or break your career.

Your heart pounds as you listen to yourself drone on… watch their eyes glaze over…

And feel your career going down the drain.

Death by PowerPoint.

Today, we are going to throw you a lifeline. I have 13 public speaking mistakes for you to avoid to make sure you never fail another presentation in your life!

#1 Public Speaking Mistake: Not Knowing Your Audience

man observing audience before presentation

You need to know who you’re speaking to–in general and as individuals–to avoid losing them to confusion or giving them irrelevant information.

Ask yourself two questions: why are they here, and what do they already know?

By understanding how much your audience knows about the topic, you can avoid filler words in presentations or examples they don’t understand, but also avoid talking down to them.

Knowing what they want to find out helps you stay relevant and hold their interest.

Stand on their side of the podium for a moment. What motivates them to be there? What could you tell them that would make them glad they came?

Research who you’ll be speaking to. Knowing the age group, professions, and other demographics of your audience will help you decide what points are most likely to click.

If your audience is from a different generation, company, or background, try to get a feel for their culture so you don’t say anything that will come off as rude.

You can also use this to tailor references and humor to their taste, but understand that that’s not a substitute for genuine respect. Trendy internet slang isn’t the key to reaching an audience of high school students–showing you respect their intelligence even as you speak from an older perspective is.

#2 Not Emotionally Connecting

man in front of audience

There’s a reason your audience didn’t just google the info you’re telling them: they want to hear it from a person. They came to hear your human perspective and to experience the connection you can offer them

The best presentations are ones that create a deep personal connection, and one thing we all share as human beings are feelings of fear or vulnerability. If you’re willing to open up about yours, it can help people feel a stronger connection with you.

My personal example: I will, in the course of talks, sometimes talk about suicide, which is an issue that’s touched me closely in my family and in my military service. Getting people the help they need to try and prevent suicide is something I’m involved with and something that means a lot to me.

I don’t bring it up to impress people or to try and make them feel like they need to get involved, but I will mention it to show people that hey — I am a guy who does care and think about serious stuff, beyond whatever the topic of the moment is.

“The best presentations are ones that create a deep personal connection, and one thing we all share as human beings are feelings of fear or vulnerability.”

And most people are like that! They have some things they care very deeply about, or have strong feelings about, or are committed to or involved with in a serious way. Hearing about mine reminds them of theirs, and then we have a connection as real human beings.

Let them know how you feel about what you’re telling them – they’ll internalize it. Feel free to mention relevant things that you care about as examples. It helps your audience feel like they know you.

#3 Winging It

body language in a presentation

Under-preparing is a common mistake that can ruin a presentation with tons of potential. If you’re not prepared, you can’t relax. And if you don’t relax, you’re unlikely to engage at the level that the best public speakers do.

Have a plan B in case of technical difficulties, come up with alternate examples in case your original ones don’t seem to be landing and arrive early.

Check your equipment and everything you’ll need well before it’s time to start the speech. If you can, do a run-through on-venue–a full dress rehearsal, if you will.

If you’re prepared well in advance, you can use any extra time at the beginning to talk with individuals. It’ll help your audience feel more comfortable with you.

#4 Death By Powerpoint

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Visual aids can make your speech clearer and easier to follow, but not if they’re text-heavy, hard to read, or distracting.

Most people know you shouldn’t read text straight from your PowerPoint slides, but you should be keeping text basic overall. You want it to be easy for your audience to note down or remember. Set a target of no more than 10-15 words per slide.

To use PowerPoint effectively, make sure it looks polished and be careful of busy themes and long transitions. You want to keep people’s interest on what you’re saying, not distract from it.

#5 Not Practicing Enough

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The keys to a good presentation are confidence, flexibility, engaging your audience, and knowing your stuff.

How do you get there? Practice.

The better you know your material, the more relaxed you’ll be and the more confident you’ll come across.

Start practicing at least several days in advance.

You want everything committed to long-term memory. Until you can give your speech while driving, doing the dishes, or walking through an unfamiliar conference center, you shouldn’t tell yourself you’ve “practiced enough.”

On your later run-throughs, hone the details. Test out how you want the presentation to feel–what the arc of it will be, where it’s most high-energy.

Don’t just memorize the bullet points. Match them to your tone and gestures.

#6 Not Knowing What You’re Talking About

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Obviously, you want to give your audience accurate information. They’re there to learn. But doing your homework before a presentation is important for another reason: credibility.

The audience doesn’t have to know everything about the topic to catch an outdated fact or a statistical mix-up. And if they do, they’ll wonder about the accuracy of every single thing you’re saying.

Building credibility keeps people paying attention because they know what you’re saying is useful. They feel like they can trust you to answer their questions and give them the straight talk about the topic. It goes without saying, but you want to avoid being embarrassed during the Q & A too.

If you’re tripped up by a question or need to double check a fact, it’s worse to say something wrong than it is to excuse yourself and quickly check your notes. At the end of the day, honesty is more valuable than smoothly rattling off incorrect info.

#7 No Excitement

man making presentation among colleagues

Especially if you’re at a conference or in an office setting where people are going to meetings regularly, they’ve probably already seen a lot of people just standing there talking.

If you can give them a fresh experience, they’ll listen more closely to your points and you’ll make an impression.

When you practice, get comfortable moving around. Don’t hide behind the podium.

Choose your anecdotes carefully, and tell them like you’d tell a story to your friends. If they’re interesting in their own right, they’ll do a way better job of illustrating your points because your audience will remember them.

Make sure the relevancy is spot-on though, or they’ll remember the story and not the point.

#8 Going On Too Long

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People naturally pay attention in bursts of 15-20 minutes. Ask yourself if you really need to talk for longer. If you do, try to divide your speech into segments with a brief pause between each one.

Almost all presentations go on for longer in front of an audience. Practice until you can do it comfortably in less than the allotted time.

If you can save someone time then you instantly become a high value man in their eyes. Worst case scenario, you keep it brief and have more time for questions afterward.

Timing your statements keeps your message interesting longer. This is as true for public speaking as it is for stand-up comedy. Figure out how to make basic points as briefly as possible, then fill in the details where you have time.

#9 Not Engaging Your Audience

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Talk about things you know your audience is going to be interested in. If you can, talk about your topic in terms of their lives specifically.

As you speak, try to stick with mostly “you” statements. You should be constantly feeding the audience’s perception that this is directly relevant to them. A close second option is using “we” statements, creating the feeling that you and the audience are a team.

If you’re presenting to a small group, like a gathering around a conference table, you can alternate meeting each person’s eyes directly. For larger groups, move your gaze around the room.

Interact with your audience as much as you can. Ask them questions. Open the floor up to brainstorming. If they’re participating, they’ll be paying attention.

#10 Not Observing Other Speakers

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Never miss an opportunity to watch other public speakers in action.

Go to talks when you’re at conferences. Watch videos like mine online. Check the bulletin boards at your local college or library for public lectures (you can learn some really weird and cool stuff from those, too).

Exposing yourself to a wide range of speakers shows you both the good and the bad of public speaking.

I got to watch Ian Cleary of Razor Social speak recently, who’s an absolute master of the craft, and I was thinking to myself “man, I’ll never be as good as this guy.”

But at the same conference I saw enough presentations that made me think “okay, I’m at least this good” that I could feel positive about my skills, and aspire to get them closer to Ian’s level by learning from him!

#11 Not Moving Around

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Whatever room you’re in, own it!

Don’t hide behind the podium.

Move around and gesture when you talk. It’s much better to look too energetic than not energetic enough.

In a lot of public speaking settings (like business meetings and conferences), people have been doing the same sit-and-listen routine for a long time. You want to offer them something that looks and feels different to get them out of their mental rut.

In one presentation that I did with John Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire, we only had 20 people or so and a fairly small space. When we got there, we moved the chairs into a big circle and had one “hot-seat” at the center that different people took at different points in the presentation.

The change in structure really helped break up the feeling of sitting and staring at screens while someone talks from up on stage. It gave people a sense that they were there getting one-on-one advice from some guys with big successes under their belt, which made the whole experience feel very valuable to them. We got great feedback on that one.

#12 Not Utilizing the Correct Body Language

Your body language adds credibility to your speech. Avoid crossing your arms (this is a defensive gesture which puts up a barrier between you and the audience) and try to avoid fiddling with your cuffs, wallet or buttons because this makes you look nervous.

Take time to watch how the professionals do it and remember to work the room.

That means not standing in one place like a statue – you should be animated to keep your audience’s attention.

Want to learn more about body language moves that can help you gain trust? Click here to check out the 3 Secret Body Language Moves That Help You Gain Instant Trust.

#13 Not Realizing Unconscious Bad Habits

You’ll spot some bad habits as you work on your body language – things like putting your hands in your pockets or touching your face while speaking.

But I’m willing to bet you also have some bad verbal habits. Watch out for ‘filler words’. Words like:

  • Uh
  • So
  • Well
  • You know
  • Like
  • I mean
  • Anyway
  • As I was saying

These weaken the impact of what you’re saying and make you come off as unsure, unprepared, and nervous.

How to break yourself of the habit? Try making a game of it. Create a ‘filler word jar’ and drop a quarter in there every time you use a filler word. Speaking without filler words will feel odd, but you can go a long way towards breaking this habit in just one day.

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Spring 2024 Men’s Style Trends: What to Wear This Season

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As the world goes in circles, so do the styles we adopt. The fashion world goes in cycles, and each brings with it a brand-new set of trends. For every decorative sock that lasts a decade, there is a big red boot that thankfully dies out quickly.

The Spring of 2024 brings with it a particular theme for the new season. It is a season of throwbacks.

Grab your vinyl, rewind your tapes, and turn on the clapper; this season is all about reviving past decades. 

Dressing Old Is New This Spring

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In the last few years, we have seen fashion progress further and further. Every once in a while, providing new takes on something from the olden days. Most of the time, it is driven by the movies and TV shows we watch.

  • “Peaky Blinders” reminded us how incredible and intimidating the undercut was before we started wearing it again.
  • “Stranger Things” gave us all fits of nostalgia with the 80s awesomeness and caused the return of the denim jacket with a vengeance.
  • “Yellowstone” shines a bright light on just how manly workwear is, causing us to begin wearing Carhartt coats and vests like we’re driving cattle.

This Spring, all of that continues as the 90s are going to be particularly pillaged. You’ll see a collection of throwbacks your grandfather and father rocked. If you’re lucky, you can raid their closets for some gems.

The 70s Knit And Crocheted Polos Are Back

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One of the first things you will see this season is the throwback look of the vintage polos.

Of course, it all started last year when the British brand Percival became the talk of the town for Hollywood celebs. Everyone from Ryan Reynolds and Chris Evans to Dwayne Johnson and Kit Harrington sported the brand’s throwback button-down knit polos.

It takes a while for trends to reach the New World sometimes, and this season, America will blow the trend up even further with button-down polos that will make you feel like a superhero. 

80s Love Of Denim Is On The Rebound

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In the days of hair bands and cheezy action movies, jean jackets were the rage.

Bon Jovi, AC/DC, and others sported them all over the stage and screen. Action heroes like Mel Gibson used them to show off their masculinity in apocalyptic worlds or on the streets of LA.

They were a sign of the time’s rebellion, and it looks as though we as a society are ready for the uprising again as the denim jacket is back with a vengeance. Expect to see people wearing them in casual and elevated situations. 

The Return Of The Pleat Strengthens This Spring

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Pleats were all the rage in the mid-20th century. Even the Army uniform included pleated pants. They then became the things of older adults and nerds in the nineties and all but disappeared.

The only people that wore them were the guys with big thighs and tiny waists. A function more than a fashion. Thanks to the year of the throwback, pleats are coming back. 

Tailor and brand owner Sid Mashburn addressed the resurgence of the pleat with a bit of rebellious psychology. “Back then, pleated pants were pretty prevalent, and most of what was worn I would consider ‘your father’s plated pants’ – big and billowy,” he said.

“In the decade since, plain-front pants have become the norm, so now it almost feels punk rock to wear pleats.”

Expect to see your favorite celebrities and fashion models rocking the pleats like it is 1957 all over again. We should put on the Beatles while we’re at it.

Bring Back The Oxford Button-Down Shirt

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Speaking of bringing back something from your ancestors, the Oxford shirt is back.

From the Ivy League campuses to the 80s Wall Street, the button-down collar has a long history of elevated status. It continued its popularity throughout the 90s. Only to fall on hard times at the turn of the century.

Sometime after Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears broke up, the Oxford became exclusive to older men and sports shirts. They became remnants of a time long forgotten.

Lucky for us, this year will see a resurgence of another 80s and 90s staple, the button-down. JT and Britney are probably hopeless. 

Brad Pitt May Be Your Style Inspiration With The Bucket Hat

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Remember what we said earlier? That movies dictate the fashion comebacks.

Well, sometimes it is the actor who can’t let go of the fashion item they sport in the film. In this case, the bucket hat is about to burst onto the scene.

Brad Pitt wore a bucket hat in his hit from last summer, “Bullet Train.” It was a part of his character, making him appear more disarming. Now, you see him everywhere wearing that hat.

And the populace is nothing if not in tune with what the world’s biggest names are wearing. So get ready to pick up a bucket hat because every store in the world will be ready to capitalize on the power of Brad Pitt. 

Spring 2024 Is Bringing Baggy Back

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At some point, following Y2K, clothes began to shrink. Gone were the days of the baggy sweaters (Dawson and Pacey taught us all how cool those were).

We waved goodbye to the wide-leg pants (even the skaters reluctantly parted ways). And we embraced the slimmer, more put-together-looking silhouettes of the 2000s.

Of course, fashion is a process, and once something gets started, it has to keep going. Jeans, shirts, suits, everything got slimmer and slimmer. It began to get so bad that we had to start wrapping ourselves in our clothes like plastic wrap as opposed to wearing them.

Thankfully, we have come to our senses as a society, and the world is getting more relaxed. Jeans are wider, sweaters are more oversized, and suits are roomier. James Van Der Beek is jumping for joy. 

Square-Toes Are Back

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The square-toed shoes. These were some of the most celebrated dismissals from our closets when the tides of fashion turned with the century.

Whether you were selling Kias or serving breadsticks at Olive Garden, it seemed the squared-toe slip-ons were the go-to shoe.

We then moved to the extreme opposite pointed toe that looked perfect for the Wicked Witch. Then spent a decade rounding them off little by little until the square is the logical next step, which happened last year. 

Avidan Grossman of GQ predicts 2024 is the time to see them again. “In 2023, luxury powerhouses like Prada and Marni, along with zeitgeisty labels like Martine Rose and Our Legacy, transformed the once-hapless silhouette into a just-left-field-enough flex. Expect to see a lot more of it this year.”

Colors Are Getting More Muted And Old-School

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Colors have always been a way to express ourselves. Whether blue brings out our eyes or teal makes us feel more playful, it has always been a fun way to show who we are.

Of course, we can go overboard, and we always seem to. As colors got more outlandish, the fashion world began preparing for the inevitable reset. And it is here in 2024 that the reset button is primed to push us back to the 60s and 70s. 

Leading color of the year authority, Pantone, says the color for Spring 2024 is 13-1023. That is Peach Fuzz if you don’t have it memorized. It is a softer color, harkening back to Marsha Brady and the walls and floors of our grandmother’s home.

Combine that with the burnt orange and avocado greens we’re seeing from retailers, and we might have to watch “Smokey and the Bandit” again. 

Length Will Be Crucial

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Length has always been a funny thing. Back in the 90s, you got made fun of if your pants were too short. You wouldn’t be caught dead wearing high waters.

Then, it became cool to wear shorter pants. Either to show off your vibrant and crazy socks or to show you’re too cool for them altogether.

Now, length is a conversation again. Only in multiple places and heading in different directions. 

  • Men’s shorts keep the same trend as last season, and we’re ditching the long shorts for the 5″ or the 7″ options.
  • We’re seeing more and more men crop their shirts. You worked hard on those abs this off-season. Show them off the way rockers did in the 80s.
  • Suit jackets are getting longer again. Be ready for length to return to the middle of the fingers again, abandoning the shorter look.
  • The same goes for the coats. We’re not saying everyone will be in trench coats again like it’s the 1940s. But it wouldn’t be a stretch.

Workwear Is Clocking Out For Spring

workwear style jacket

Finally, “Yellowstone” did it. It solidified the return of workwear.

Carhartt coats.

Canvas vests.

And even the good ol’ 90s carpenter jeans are on the way back.

If you are a fan of the rugged aesthetic and have been missing your blue-collar glory, now’s the time. 

Spring 2024 is a season for nostalgia and remembering the things we loved in the past. It is also about taking the past and bringing it to today with a better look and feel.

Adopt any of these looks without looking outdated, and you will be the stylish man in your group.

Read next: Old Money Aesthetic: How To Dress Rich And Look Stylish

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