August 22, 2011  ·  style

Foppish Fads You Can Safely Skip

Trendiness isn't all bad. Sometimes the wind of fashion breathes new life into something great that had fallen out of favour. Other times it dusts off something better left in the attic. Here are three fussy fads you can safely skip.

Monk Straps — There's nothing inherently wrong with these shoes. OK, they're kind of ugly, but setting aside the subjective, the problem is that anyone buying them now is jumping on a trend that is well and truly post-peak. Unless you order with express shipping, it'll be over by the time they arrive.

Belts from the women's department — Thinner belts are supposedly dressier, but there's a limit, for chrissakes. Try not to make it look like you're holding up your belt loops with dental floss. Shown: two of the three examples found in a single issue of GQ.

Elaborate Pocket Square Folds — Wearing a daintily assembled mountain range in your pocket is the epitome of tryhard. A good rule of thumb is that if you spend more than 3 seconds preparing your pocket square, or if it involves more than 3 folds, you aren't doing it right.

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