10 things a guy should never wear

Donna Hussey-Whyte

Monday, November 12, 2012

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THERE are some things we think a man should never be caught dead wearing - think gold teeth, bikini beach wear and low rise skinny jeans.

And when the topic trended on Twitter recently, many other no-nos were added to the list from Twitter users all over the world.

What do Jamaican women think? Below is a list readers provided of no-nos for local guys.

Take note.

1. Flavor Flav neckwear.

There comes a time when accessories can be too many. The era when wearing six broad gold (or wash-over) chains around the neck is long gone.

"If you have so much bling going on that you'd drown if you fell into a swimming pool, then that's too much," said 32-year-old Dawn Swaby.

A ring, a small necklace if you insist, and a sensible watch, should do.

2. Skinny low rise jeans, animal print jeggins or tights.

The skinny jeans trend kicked off in Jamaica a while back and we're not sure if it's still the rage, but women don't want their men wearing them. And leave the tights and jeggins to women, won't you.

"Sure we like to see men in well-fitted jeans but when he is unable to bend or his buttocks and manhood are screaming for release, or when the jeans look like spandex, this does not work," said 29-year-old Stephanie Francis.

3. Socks with slippers.

You may be itching to be in that Marlon Brando cigar by the fireside state of mind, but there's nothing cute or fancy about pairing these two pieces of footwear together. Worse, if you're pairing Crocs with socks.

"Socks and slippers?" Spanish Town resident Michelle Green said. "That is my all time biggest turn-off. You would never catch me dead with a man wearing these, as I don't want people to think that I'm a claffy too."

4. Loop earrings.

"Can you imagine having a date with a man, you put on your best outfit and cherished loop earrings, only to find him wearing a similar pair?" Nadine Parker asked. "This borders more on the feminine side to me."

And no, large diamond studs are no better either, which takes us to number five.

5. Wearing any kind of earring.

Many women will shy away from men who wear earrings at all, even if it's just in one ear. The situation is even worse if you are over the age of twenty-five because after that your days of trying out various styles in an effort to find yourself should be over.

"It just looks goofy on men of a certain age," one woman said. "If I was his woman I would remove it and flush it down the toilet while he slept. Me and no man should not be dressing alike."

6. Gold teeth.

Recently Chris Brown followed in the footsteps of rappers like Flavor Flav, Nelly, Lil' Wayne and Lil' Jon in sporting gold teeth. This trend came on the scene in the 1980s and was probably considered a sign of wealth back then. However, unless you are an award-winning rapper these days, gold should be reserved for your woman's engagement ring and not for your mouth. If you are not Chris Brown it surely won't get you anywhere in the workplace or anywhere with the ladies.

7. Scarf.

A man wearing a scarf in tropical Jamaica? Hmmm. Let's just say if you want to come off as a real man, or unless it is snowing cats and dogs, give the scarf to your girl as a gift, Patrice Bell said. Enough said.

8. Nail polish.

Believe it or not, more and more men have been seen sporting nail polish, much to the horror of women.

"Which man could come put argument to me and him have on nail polish? Obviously he has not found his identity so what would I be doing with him?" 40-year-old Novelette McFarlane said. "From you see him you know what him stand for. Big turn off!

9. Tank tops.

"You call them wifebeaters, I call them tank tops. These are somewhat fine if you are working around the house, but don't go on the road with your bushy armpit hair in your tank top," Beth Fennel, 20 said. "It just screams no class."

10. Baggy pants.

"Who could take a guy seriously in this?" Susan Plummer, 26 asked. "You think of prison, you think crawny, you think thug, you think uneducated, you think follower, you think scrub. I don't want any of the above. I see you with your pants falling down, and all I'll think is that you'll be hitting me up for cash, or expecting me to take care of your broke behind."




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