A good fit of a garment is very important. A good fit enhances the fabric, texture and style of the garment. The fit of an outfit can reshape the look of your body making you appear fatter, thinner, taller or shorter. While keeping all other factors in consideration, a proper fitting should be given the most importance.
It does not matter what your body type is. If you are overweight, a correct fitting becomes even more essential. Baggy clothes do little to hide your fat and only add layers of fabric mass making you look sloppy. While fabric can be layered and styled in a way to add some contours and mass if you fall in the underweight category. Clothing can be fitted to enhance long legs or bring out a well-toned V shaped torso.
A good fit ensures
The garment should stay close to your body ensuring a slim fit. Slim does not mean tight or skinny. It refers to clothes that are in close proximity to your figure. A slim fit ensures that not every curve and bump of the body is emphasized and yet the garment does not appear too loose and baggy.
Each detail of the garment should be placed correctly. From the length, weight and height of the garment to placement of details such as cuffs, buttons, pockets, etc., all need to be at the proper place. Improper fitting of the minutest of detail can ruin the look of even a snug fitting garment.
Most important aspect of a good fit is comfort in wearing the garment. A proper measurement in addition to a slim and properly placed garment can not only add to the appearance of the outfit, but also make it comfortable to wear. Ease of movement and a comfortable snug fit while sitting and performing normal activities should be adjusted in the measurements.
Shirts are the foundation of a man’s wardrobe. Office or business formals or informal weekend casuals, shirts are always a part of man’s essential clothing.
Collar – The collar is the most prominent feature of your shirt and can make or break the look of a carefully crafted shirt. Two fingers should fit in between your neck and collar when the shirt is buttoned to the top.
Shoulders – The seams should fit your shoulder bone. The armhole should be slightly raised for easy movement.
Sleeves – Sleeves should sit at the
tip of the wrist, neither to tight nor loose. The arm should not show.
Cuffs – Should not move up more than an inch while bending your arms.
Chest Fitting – Fitting at the chest should not be too loose to leave excess fabric hanging nor to tight to cause pulling at the buttons.
Torso Fitting – The fabric should taper down the torso giving a snug fit without being too tight. It should not be loose either as hanging fabric will bunch up to a muffin top.
Length – The length should be perfect so that you can move about naturally without the shirt untucking.
Pants form the base for the rest of the outfit. The fitting and styling of pants can determine whether you look tall or short. A high rise with long straight legs will make you appear taller, while low rise, cuffed pants and other pant break styles can make you appear shorter.
Waist – Waistband should sit at the natural waist with enough room to sit, bend and breathe with ease. A perfectly fitted pant will not pull or gather around the hips or pockets.
Rise – Rise should not be too high that it leaves fabric around the crotch. Too low a rise is not only uncomfortable, but should also be avoided when dressing professionally.
Drape – Drape should be free fall without interruptions. It should not be too tight at the thighs nor have protruding pockets.
Length – Formal pants should cover the top of your shoe and probably some laces too. When dressing casually, however, the pants can sit at the top of the shoe.