This is a guest post by Ljubisa Trivic from Solosso. Solosso is a fashion label that lets you design your own premium, eco-friendly custom dress shirts online.
Choosing the right clothes could make all the difference on how people perceive you, but no matter how expensive or well-designed they are, if your clothes don’t fit you’ll never have that sharp and confident look we all strive for. This is why it’s so important to spend some time in front of your mirror, before going out, and pay attention to details most of us neglect. Here are some guidelines on how to make your clothes fit perfectly and look like they are designed and tailored especially for you.
First of all, you have to realize that your style can only do so much, and that one of the most important things, when it comes to always looking good, is a body that’s in shape. This doesn’t mean that you should spend hours in gym every day to make your pants fit right, but you should make sure that you eat healthy and exercise once in a while, and wearing the perfect clothes will become a lot easier. After you’ve taken care of your health and body shape, make sure that you always know your exact measurements. This will make shopping much easier, especially if you buy a lot of clothes online. Now that we’ve covered the basics, read on to find out how you can make everybody think that you have your own personal tailor.
How Shirts Should Fit
Number one mistake most men make when choosing a shirt is to have their collar too tight, which can make the whole outfit look a bit unnatural and too restricting. To avoid this, turn your head with the shirt buttoned up, and if the collar moves with it, it’s too tight. If you are looking for a comfortable collar fit, go with a shirt with unfused collar and cuffs. It will be softer and more casual. It will look more natural unbuttoned and it will be easier for you to roll your sleeves.
A mistake that is way too common is improper shoulder width. The seam that connects shirt body and the sleeve should be just at the corner of the shoulder bone. Anything less is restricting, anything above is too big. Make sure your armhole is comfortable enough to move, you don’t want to feel choked.
Your sleeves should reach the beginning of your thumbs, but keep in mind that most shirts tend to shrink a little after the first wash. To make sure you always look sharp be extra careful with shirt width and length. It should never billow or come out of your pants, even when you make moves like raising your hands above your head.
If your off-the-rack shirt doesn’t fit properly you can take it to your tailor and have it adjusted to your body size. It is a very cheap process many tailors are happy to do for free to win you over as their customer. Buying a tailor made shirt is definitely recommended. Once you experience a well-fitting shirt, chances are you’ll never go back to buying off-the-rack garments.
Tie length should always be measured while standing and it should just reach your belt, no more, no less. Common mistake people make is to think that a purpose of a tie is to tighten up your shirt collar, so they always make it too tight. Make sure it sits naturally under the shirt collar, and use a knot that will not change the shape of your tie.
How Suits and Coats Should Fit
When trying on a suit always do it with the shoes you normally wear with these types of clothing, and make sure you check all the lengths and widths while standing straight, with your arms at your side. This way you will get the best feel on how your suit actually fits in the so-called “natural stance”. Here are some key points you should be aware of:
- While standing in natural stance the sleeves should not be longer than just over your wrist bone. You want your shirt to show about half an inch.
- The seam that connects the sleeve should be just at the end of your shoulder bone, not before it or the suit will look too small, and not over it or it will look too big
- To make sure it’s the perfect fit, button it and make sure you don’t have folding in the shape of X across your shoulder
- No more than 2 cm of your shirt collar should be revealed
- The length should be just over your rear end
When it comes to coats, always keep in mind what you’ll be wearing under it before choosing the right size. For shoulder seam the same rule applies as for suits and the sleeves should be a little longer than both suits and shirts.
How Pants Should Fit
Not all types of pants have the same guidelines, and depending on the type you’re buying there are some differences. Chinos and conservative trousers have similar rules while jeans should be a bit wider and baggier. The one thing that they have in common is the rule that no pants should need a belt to stay on your hips. Belts are an important part of your clothing, and not a tool that keeps your pants from slipping down.
Number one rule for chinos and trousers is to avoid pleats because they make you look fat. Trousers should be a little tighter to the leg than chinos, but this doesn’t mean that chinos should billow. When it comes to breaks in the pants legs, trousers and chinos should never have more than one (some people prefer none), and with jeans the number of breaks is a matter of taste.
How Shoes Should Fit
Choosing shoes that fit should be the easier part since you basically buy the ones that are making you feel most comfortable. Your toes should barely touch the front and never press on it, and there shouldn’t be too much pressure on the sides. Always walk around when trying shoes, so you get the best feel on how comfortable they really are.