As a man that has lived on his own for 13 years and worked in several industries, I have learned a lot of helpful things from everything ranging between fashion to food. Thinking about the person I was even 5 years ago, there were so many things I wish I had known.
That made me think to myself just now: “Why don’t I condense the helpful tips and tricks I have learned into blog posts? That might help the guys who were like me a few years ago.” So here we are!
Today, we are going to talk about clothes. I worked in retail for quite a long time. I was the top selling sales person on the men’s side of Express during my time there. I absolutely loved it! I saved quite a few guys from fashion blunders! Believe me when I say I know what I am talking about.
We are going to focus on fit and care.
Fit: Simply put, your clothes need to fit correctly! Wearing the right size clothing instantly makes you like 10 lbs lighter. It also makes your physique look better whether you are a larger guy or smaller guy. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Dress shirts and t-shirts: When you are wearing a dress shirt, the collar should be loose enough to slide two fingers between the neck and collar comfortably. Anything more or less is not the right fit.
Moving on to shoulders: A proper fitting shirt has will also sit correctly on your shoulders. What does that mean? Your shoulder seam should land right where your shoulder ends and your arm starts. Anything past the shoulder looks sloppy and loose. Anything before the should makes the shirt look tight (and douchey).
Torso: Any shirt should comfortably fit on the body if you have the correct size. You should be able to still move. If you are wearing a dress shirt and your nipples are popping through and your buttons are stretching, your shirt is way too tight. If you have a lot of fabric when you tuck in your shirt, then it is way too big.
Sleeves: This is a big one. Your dress shirt sleeve should sit just a little past your wrist and the sleeves should not be baggy or folding up. For guys, it is very common for us to have long arms. Do NOT buy dress or casual shirts based on the arm length! You should always buy a shirt based on the items listed above. If you have long arms, you may have to get custom shirts or just learn to roll up the sleeves.
Pants: Because pants come in so many size (regular fit, slim fit, extra slim fit) I am going to hit on things to keep an eye out for.
Waist: The waist of your pants should sit on your hips (low-rise) or right around your waist (regular rise) comfortable. If they feel tight when you move or you cannot tuck a shirt in, they are too small. Conversely, if you put on a belt and the pant waist starts to fold or scrunch, they are too big.
Pockets: Pockets should always sit flat. If they pop out, that is a sign your pants are too tight.
Pant length: How your pants sit on your shoes is a big deal. Your pants should only have one “break” at the bottom of the leg. If we can see your ankles, that means your pants are way too short. If the bottom of your pants are scrunched together, they are too long.
Dress shirts and pants: If the tag says dry clean, then dry clean. I know that can be a bit pricey at times, but taking good care of your clothes will lengthen their lifespan and make you look good.
A good plan B is to dry clean your shirts and pants at home. I used the Dryel Dry Cleaning system and it works wonders. It may require some ironing, but that is the punishment for being lazy.
Casual shirts: Warm water wash and delicate dry cycle
Denim: Don’t wash them. Jeans can go for an incredibly long time without having to be washed. You can even put them in the freezer over night if they start to smell. If you have to wash them, cold water wash only and air dry.
There you go! Follow these little tidbits and you will be setting yourself up for success!
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to comment below!