Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Proper Fit

I've said it before and I'll say it again. The average American man continues to wear his clothes one or two sizes too large. Ill-fitting or baggy clothing will make you look younger, skinnier, and sloppier, while proper-fitting clothing allows you to look leaner, more mature and yes, even a little tougher. After all, if you work hard in the gym and are in good shape, you might as well look the part. Right?

Having said that, here are a couple of rules I live by:

1) When finding the right size be aware that:  Every brand, every design for that matter fits differently. The trick is to make sure you try an item on before buying it. In the fitting room, dowsize until it gets too tight, then buy one size up. Don't assume that because you bought a large in one shirt that you're automotically a large in another. TRY IT ON.

2) When shopping online, I recommend only doing so if you know the brand and the fit of the specific style (Lacoste polo shirts, for example). If you must, buy more than one size, try them on and return the ones that don’t fit, this will keep you from “settling” with a bad fit.

3) Also, if you’re in the process of updating your wardrobe/image keep in mind that wearing fitted clothing for the first time is a transition that can take some getting used to. Some are a little weary when first trying more sharply tailored clothing. There is a BIG difference between clothing that you can “feel on your body” and clothing that is “uncomfortable”.

4) Lastly, NEVER buy something that is not your size only because it’s on sale. You will eventually regret it.

Thanks for reading.



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