The Importance of Good Fit in Men's Fashion
No matter your size, when it comes to style, the right fit is everything. This is why in this blog, Mega Men gives you the importance of good fit in men’s clothing. To reiterate, the importance of a good fit is the most crucial element of casual clothes.
How to Nail the Ideal Fit
No matter how inventive and elegantly coordinated your ensemble is, if the fit is poor all your work and money is for nothing. This style guide will take you through the top tips to make sure your clothes fit well.
1. Measure Your Body
It's important to understand your body shape and your body size. Find clothes that meet your measurements and don't forget you can always get clothes altered. It's better to have clothes too big that you can alter than too small.
2. T-shirt Essentials
A well-fitted T-shirt means that when your arms are lifted, there is little skin showing. The tee is an essential piece that you can wear with so many outfits, all year round. The best rule of thumb for judging length is to raise your hands straight above your head – if more than an inch of your midriff is exposed the shirt is too small. If no midriff is exposed it’s too long. Again look for tightness or bunching.
3. Jeans & Chino Basics
The key to well-fitted jeans is ensuring the waist is the correct size. So get your tape measure out before you order. What you're looking for is a waistline that sits comfortably on the hips without a belt. You can oversize jeans in order to give you that looser effect, but it should never be up more than one waist size up to avoid bunching at the belt. A straight leg or slim fit pair of jeans are very versatile and can be worn with any footwear. Your jeans hem should always sit on top of your trainers or shoes with a slight break at the bottom. Slim fit trousers are great, whether it's chinos, jeans or even suit trousers. Consider going for crop length trousers and pin rolling them for a better, more stylish fit.
4. Long Sleeve Shirts
When choosing your fit, try to avoid tightness across the chest and billowing fabrics at the sides or waist. The cuffs of the shirt should end just over the wrist. Casual shirts will be slightly looser than dress shirts but still shouldn’t descend below the crotch.
5. Jackets & Blazers
When wearing a blazer make sure it's not too big and not too small. The sleeve cuffs need to sit comfortably on the wrist. Standing square, you should have around ½ inch excess in the front of the jacket, making sure it isn’t pulling across the chest. The lapel should lie flat and the shoulder should have roughly ¼ inch excess, otherwise, it will start to collapse when wearing. In terms of length, with your arms by your side, the end of the jacket should meet the base of the thumb.
Nailing the fit is the best way of getting value for money. The quality of the fabric matters little compared to the fit of your clothes; a good fit can conceal low-quality fabrics, not the other way round. Remember though, all clothes and style preferences vary, so make sure you are comfortable with what you are dressed in.