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How the Clothes Make the Man



American humorist Mark Twain said, "Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society." Twain's wit aside, he has a point. Often, before others know anything else about you, they judge your outward appearance. Make that first impression a good one by wearing men's clothing that fits your personality, your body, and the occasion.

Clothes Make the Man:

  1. Personal style: You want to look and feel like yourself, and that's what makes finding your own personal style so important, whether you're sporty, trendy, or preppy. This doesn't mean that you need to wear one look all the time, but you need to know what works for you and what doesn't. Follow current trends in a certain style to keep up with popular looks, but don't buy something you don't like just because it's trendy. Feeling comfortable in your clothes gives you the confidence to look great in them.

  2. Fit and tailoring: The way your clothes fit is the key to how they look. An expensive suit won't make an impression if it is too tight or too loose, and even a T-shirt-and-jeans combo looks better when the clothing fits correctly. For shirts and jackets, the shoulder seam should sit squarely at the edge of your shoulder, not above or beyond. Pants should sit comfortably at the hips and not bunch when you sit or stand. The bottoms of your pant legs should rest on top of your shoes without bunching. Use our men's measurement guide to determine your appropriate size.

  3. Every occasion: You've determined your personal style, but that doesn't mean you can wear cargo shorts and flip-flops everywhere you go. Having the right clothes for the right occasion is essential. Every man should have a nice suit to wear for job interviews, business meetings, weddings, and other events that warrant dressing up. There are even various degrees of casual clothes. You wouldn't wear the same thing to the beach as you would a date in the city. Make sure your wardrobe is well-rounded and that you have plenty of outfits for every occasion.

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