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Style & Error

By Jamie Carson, Digital Editorial Assistant | June 2015

There are some things in life you should never wear: socks with sandals, bootcut jeans, t-shirts with band names on you don’t have a clue about. But there are style taboos that are allowed to be broken if done right, such as wearing Hawaiian shirts when you’re not an overweight comic book shop owner and bucket hats when you’re not fishing for cod with your granddad.


Here’s how to and how not to pull them off…

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Ripped Jeans

David Beckham’s look was in such a state that he had to consult a doctor. Luckily, he made a full recovery, proving that miracles do indeed happen. Save yourself a trip to the clinic and go for Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw’s ripped denim look. Keep them tight and don’t be afraid to contrast black with brown.

  • Ripped Jeans
  • Sunglasses
  • Shirt
  • Tan Shoes
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Bucket Hats 

A ‘90s staple kicked off by the Manchester scene, with the likes of the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays and Oasis’s Liam Gallagher all sporting one. But with such icons as these wearing them, the masses also got their heads into them, and soon every shady dealer and angry football fan was wearing one. Reclaim them now by wearing yours with vintage sportswear and NOT starting riots on match days.

  • Stripe Bucket Hat
  • sweatshirt
  • T-shirt
  • Sweatpants
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Hawaiian Shirts

Hawaiian shirts are back with a bang, but you must try to not look like a tourist. Steer clear of wearing yours with socks and sandals teamed with chino shorts, you’ll look like a dad from the ‘70s. Instead, wear yours with black skinny jeans and a leather jacket for a Strokes inspired outfit.

  • Print shirt
  • Black Bomber
  • Black Sunglasses
  • black jeans
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White Bottoms

Guys like Johnny Borell and various nightclub extras from the Only Way Is Essex nearly ruined white jeans and trousers for the 21st century, but we believe they can be taken back from the clutches of evil. Guitarist Laurie from Kent punk duo Slaves pulls off his white bottoms by teaming his with Converse and a denim jacket.

  • White Jeans
  • Sunglasses
  • Denim Jacket
  • Shoes
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Denim Gilet

I mean, for a man that made a living out of taking the piss out of everyone, this is pretty rich. A denim gilet with nothing underneath and cloud leggings? See kids, this is why you shouldn’t do drugs. Go down the path of Kings Of Leon’s Caleb Followill and wear a denim vest with a plain tee and washed black jeans.

  • Denim Gilets
  • Sunglasses
  • White T-Shirt
  • necklace
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Just when you thought Justin Bieber couldn’t offend you more. You’re not robbing a bank or dropping the hottest hip hop album of 2015, so please keep the bandanas away from your face and tie them round your neck. Pharell shows how to execute it perfectly in a high summer style.

  • Printed Bandana
  • White Shirt
  • Hat
  • jeans