The Cheat Code: Men's Guide to Buying Clothes
First impressions are everything. The way you dress and present yourself says a lot about you. Optimizing your wardrobe to fit your personality is important. Be careful when picking out what to wear as too many men choose ill-fitting clothes that are meant to look stylish, but really come across as sloppy.
It's okay to be picky about what you wear as clothes are an investment that should last a long time. Items that are too tight, baggy, or unflattering are a waste of your hard earned money. Let's look at the right way to buy common clothing items and avoid common men's fashion mistakes!
Button-up dress shirts are great for work and other professional environments. Choosing the right shirt will make you look sharp. The collar shouldn't be uncomfortably tight or too loose. You should be able to stick two fingers inside it to make sure you have enough space to breathe. The corners should align perfectly with your shoulders and the sleeve’s cuff should end right at your wrist. Stand up and walk around a little to make sure that the shirt and sleeves aren't too baggy or too tight.
The length and width of your tie depends on how tall you are. You want your tie to match your body's proportions. Men under 5'9" should opt for ties that are 54-57 inches long and 2.5-3.75 inches wide. Men between 5'10" and 6'2" should wear tied that are 57-59 inches long and 3-3.75 inches wide. If you are 6'3" and above then you need ties that are at least 61 inches long and 3-3.75 inches wide.
Blazers and suit jackets
The collar should rest approximately 2 centimeters under your shirt’s collar. Seams should align with your shoulders and sleeves should end at your wrist without confining movement. The second button from the bottom should be a little over your belly button.
Jeans, chinos, and trousers are all very different, but retain some similar rules. They should end just past your ankles, so they do not expose your socks when standing. However, you don’t want your pants to be so low that they bunch or are able to be stepped on.
They should fit snug, but not tight, around the waist without a belt and shouldn't expose your underwear. Make sure to sit and squat in them to find out how flexible they are. Also, test the pockets if you plan on carrying things in them. You don't want pants that tighten up around the waist when you sit down because your phone and wallet are too bulky!
Formal belts should always match your shoes, especially in color. The most common belt colors are black, brown, and tan. You achieve an even better look if your belt also matches your jewelry. Buckles should be minimalist and small. When you wear the belt, there should be a tiny bit of it left to stick under the belt loop. Belts that are too long can look quite awkward.
Your eyewear should fit your face shape. The best way to determine this is to push your hair back and use a dry erase marker to draw an outline of your face on a mirror. Heart-shaped faces should wear glasses that are wide on the top. Oval-shaped faces work best with square and round frames. Round faces should get oversized or rectangular glasses to balance the face's roundness. Square faces should wear round glasses without rims or bold lines.
Who knew that men's fashion could be so difficult? Hopefully, this guide gave you some insight into proper shopping. Taking the time to carefully pick your wardrobe will pay off in the end when you impress your friends with your incredible taste and style.