The Ultimate Formal Style Guide For Men
A comprehensive list of rules and tips for dressing better. Plus much more.
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Sure, you can dress yourself, but here is everything you need to know about making sure your clothes actually fit you properly. Let’s get started with the suit basics:
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SHIRT SLEEVE: The end of the sleeve should fall in the space between the base of your wrist (or that bone that sticks out) and the bottom knuckle of your thumb.
Stop lifting your arms up when trying on shirts. You're just going to convince yourself that every shirt is too small and then get frustrated.
What you need to do is drop your arms to your side and relax. With your arms in this position, the sleeve should fall into that sweet spot without draping over your thumb. If it does, it's too big. And if it doesn't cover your wrist, it's too small.
SHOULDERS: The shoulder seams of the shirt should line up with the ends of your shoulders – where the horizontal plane of your shoulder meets your bicep.
If you can't tell if the seam lines up with the end of your shoulder, ask someone. If there's no one to ask, stand up straight with your shoulder against a wall. If the seam is hidden, it's probably too big. If there's a decent space between the seam and the wall, it's too small. (It'll make sense when you do it).
This is the same for the jacket shoulder. Your jacket can go a little beyond your shoulder, but really try to line it up.