They say shoes make the outfit. But would you dare show up at work wearing a shirt that's too long and pants that are obviously too short, only to point out that your shiny leather shoes follow both the company's dress code and the latest trends?
We think not.
Call us obsessed, but we believe it's details that make or break your outfit. So, every once in a while, we choose a piece of men's clothing and give you three basic, easy-to-remember tips on how to wear them properly.
Let's kick off with what we all have in our wardrobes: shirts.
Wearing a shirt that's too long is a major fashion faux pas (as is the so-called “muffin top” when you tuck it in). A shirt that's too short won't end up well for you either. (There're better ways to spend your time than to re-tuck the shirt every time you lift your arms.)
Here are two simple rules. Follow them, and you should have no problem getting a shirt that fits just fine.
When the shirt's hem ends below your crotch, then it's definitely too long. If it just slightly covers it, you found the one!
Shirts that are meant to be tucked in obviously need to be a bit longer. However, there's a limit to it: the hem should come to the bottom of your butt or slightly below. This will ensure a secure tuck while not leaving too much spare fabric in your pants.
One can easily get confused by the selection. There are dozens of different collars out there (see the eight most popular collars below), so how can you narrow down the number of options?
Here's what might help you: choose a collar that fits your body type, more precisely your neck and head.
For those with large heads and/or high necks, opt for higher collars to balance your look (like Tom Wolfe, the writer, for example).
For those with small heads and/or short necks, a short collar will fit you best.
“The worst thing you can do is match a short sleeve shirt with a suit jacket, dress shirts with shorts sleeves are simply something I'd prohibit” says our stylist Gabrielle.
So, let's assume that short-sleeved shirts don't exist -- although Gabrielle adds that it's totally fine to wear one with shorts, if the shirt is a proper summer one. Choosing the right sleeve length is highly individual, and while some prefer the cuffs to end at their wrist, others may opt for a few more inches.
However, there's also one simple tip that will help you determine whether the sleeve is too long, too short or fits just fine: when you're trying on a shirt, raise your arms above your head. If you can see more of your arms than your wrists, the sleeves are too short. If it slightly covers the wrists, the length is OK.
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