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The 18 Style Hacks That Every Dapper Man Must Know. Since the dawn of time, men have wrestled with one important, weighty question.

The 18 Style Hacks That Every Dapper Man Must Know

Even our caveman forebearers would roll off their sleeping rocks, stare at their collection of pelts, and wonder: “What me wear to work today?” While our grammar may be slightly better, the question remains. If you’re stumped by the sheer number of outfit choices, don’t worry, we’re here to help. Lucky for us all, we evolved past the all-formal days of yore, and entered a bold new age of cool casual. Move the Denim Upstairs As a general rule, it’s always appropriate to dress like Paul Newman. Although Justin Timberlake’s crime against fashion and/or humanity set back the denim top for years, we’re happy to report it’s back. Just, please, avoid jeans and shirts of the same shade. HACK IT: Washing your denim can ruin that perfect color. How Pants Should Fit – The Principles of Fit. Pants act as an anchor for your style, swapping one pair for another can completely change the image you convey.

How Pants Should Fit – The Principles of Fit

Make sure they fit their best. Pants are particularly important because they serve as a base, or an anchor, for the rest of your outfit. Pants will mostly be in the background of an outfit, serving as a foundation for the foreground of your shirt or outerwear. Pants are also important because they in large part determine whether your body appears tall or short. A high rise with a long, straight leg will make you appear taller while a leg broken up by boot tucks, lower rises, cuffs or other pant breaks will make you appear shorter. Before we delve into how pants should fit, let’s discuss the meaning of a pant break.

A full break is when the pant develops a deep crease–the leg breaks so much that any more length may cause a second break to develop. Image Credits: Full Break / Half Break / Quarter Break / No Break Suit Pants and Dress Trousers Chinos or Corduroys Polo Ralph Lauren. How Outerwear & Layers Should Fit – The Principles of Fit. Your outerwear keeps you warm, and comfortable, if it fits correctly.

How Outerwear & Layers Should Fit – The Principles of Fit

Outerwear and layering garments vary in fit more than any other type of clothing. The acceptable range for these garments may be short to long, and tight to loose. Many aspects of a coat will vary greatly from coat to coat, even for the same type of coat. Some coats will have a collar that is high enough that it hides your shirt collar, others will not. Some coats should have waist suppression, others should not. Importance The fit of outerwear is of great importance because, as the outermost garment, it emphasizes the shape of your body and in many way defines your outfit.

However, even if a sweater or jacket is used to layer under a coat, its fit is crucial so as to make a seamless transition from your shirt and pants to your coat. Outerwear Neck There should not be a significant gap between your coat and your suit or shirt collar. Torso The body should be slim but not tight. Front Shoulder Sleeves Sweaters Body Ending Notes. Pants Rise Explained (and Why Low Rise Isn’t Always Your Best Choice) One of the most important dimensions for fitting pants isn’t on the label.

Pants Rise Explained (and Why Low Rise Isn’t Always Your Best Choice)

When it comes to clothing, men have a fairly simple sizing system. Take pants, for example: We get to choose inseam length and waist size. Many women, whose logic-defying sizing system goes all the way down to size 0, would consider us lucky. The problem is, like women, men’s bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and our trusty length/waist measurements aren’t always the best way to determine if something fits properly.

For pants, one of the most important aspects of fit is rise. What is rise? Rise is the distance from the middle of the crotch seam (right between your legs) to the top of the waistband. Pant rise is important because it determines where your pants sit on your body, which in turn creates your perceived waistline. Rise can work for you or against you. For example, look at Michael Phelps. Women use this little trick all the time, and it works like a charm. Types of Rise Regular Rise Low Rise Short Rise. How a Shirt Should Fit – The Principles of Fit.

Covering almost a half of your body, the fit of your shirt is paramount for looking your best.

How a Shirt Should Fit – The Principles of Fit

We break it down from neck to waist. The fit of a shirt is of particular importance due to its centrality in the body and its proximity to the face. When a shirt is the foreground of an outfit, such as when a person isn’t wearing outerwear or layers, the fit in the torso is focal. A well-fitting shirt will emphasize the positives of a physique without drawing unnecessary attention to the negatives. The shirt will outline the body without telling too many secrets, offering a flattering figure without emphasizing every curve and crevice. When a shirt is in the background, such as with layers, the placket and the collar is of greater importance.

The collar is also of great importance because it frames the face. Button-up Shirts: Dress and Casual Collar The collar should lay about your neck without constricting it. Sleeves Shoulder Body Tshirts: Long sleeve and short sleeve Neck From Neiman Marcus.