Size and Fit: Prologue
In order to portray a perfect silhouette, one that projects elegance, confidence and overall perfection, fit is essential: I can’t stress it enough.
A slim figure will flatter your body shape, making you look your absolute best. The truth is that most men don’t know their measures or correct size: some don’t even have a clue when it comes to fit. Sure, they are able to wander the stores and grab a somewhat fitting item, but more often than not it will be on the looser side of the spectrum.
Ever noticed a bulge on your shirt, right above the belt? That is usually the result of an oversized shirt: the extra fabric accumulates over the pants causing the bulge (pants may also be responsible for this).
A simple, yet effective way to enhance your look is to size down: you might think your size is a Medium but please try on a Small, it may work wonders for you. Obviously, this doesn’t apply to every item and I’m not supporting the idea of skin-tight clothes, but I recommend you try it. Next time you’re out shopping, just pick both sizes of the item you want and take them to the dressing room, it only takes you an extra 2 minutes and can make a huge difference.
If sizing down isn’t an option and you’ve got your size right, try experimenting with different models and cuts. Nowadays, most brands have a “slim” or “fitted” label which will adjust better to your body shape. Give them a try!
A common misconception is that fitted or tailored clothing equals discomfort: this “urban myth” couldn’t be further from the truth. Looking smart and fabulous can be easily accomplished while feeling great, bear this in mind.
(Perfection with a relaxed and comfortable feel. Photo by The Sartorialist)
Over the course of the following weeks I will write about essential menswear pieces, focusing on the contrast between fitting and ill-fitting garments.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming posts!