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I am always willing to lend a helping hand with fashion stuff!

This is a large a
nd complicated subject, so where to begin is not an easy thing to decide. First,
secondhand stores are your friend! If you can find stuff that fits you and is n
ot too stained, you can get some really cool and unique stuff for great value (I
actually found a full tuxedo in great condition for $40). H&M, TJ Maxx, and Mar
shall s are a few stores that have a lot of cool stuff for fairly low prices, alth
ough the caveat is that you often have to compromise some quality when shopping
at these places. Then stores like Express and the Gap have stuff a little pricie
r and higher quality, with stores like Banana Republic and Club Monaco about a l
evel above that, and Brooks Brothers and J. Crew a level above that, etc. One of
the absolute most important things to consider is how well things fit you. Some
key measurements to get (I ll include some samples of my own for scope; it s all do
ne in inches) would be your neck size (mine is 15.5), arm length (mine is 34-35)
, chest diameter (if you plan on binding, this might vary a little; this is not
my area of expertise) [mine is about 38-40], waist size (mine is about 32), leg
length/inseam (mine is about 34), etc. General shirt sizing (higher quality shir
ts won t be sized as just small medium large) is neck length followed by arm lengt
h, so my shirts are 15.5/34-35. Jackets are usually sized based on chest, and th
en a length regulator (short, regular, long), so my jackets are about 38 long or
40 regular usually. Pants are done in waist/length format, so I m a 32x34. There
are also different fits (normal, slim, etc.) so just try things on and see how t
hey feel. Generally for a shirt, you want to be able to button the top button wi
thout it feeling like it s choking you, you want the sleeve to go down to about ha
lfway through that part of the hand that the thumb comes from (about an inch pas
t the wrist), and the shirt should go down long enough to stay tucked into your
pants with a belt on. With pants, they should fit comfortably around your waist,
and shouldn t be too loose so that they spill out from beneath a belt or too tigh
t so that you have to squeeze tightly in. The length should, when you are standi
ng, just reach the top of a normal pair of dress shoes. It s better for pants to b
e too long than too short, but both are inideal. Jackets should be able to butto
n comfortably, not stretch too much around your shoulders when you move your arm
s (a general indicator is that there shouldn t be visible tight stretch folds arou
nd the lapel when you button it). The rear flaps of the jacket should cover-ish
your butt, and the sleeves should go down low enough to let about a quarter inch
of well-fitting shirt cuff show. Generally, pockets and vents will be sewn shut
when you buy a jacket, so you ll have to just cut the sews off to open the pocket
s. Another thing to note is that clothing made for men/women button up on opposi
te sides, and you should try, if possible, to avoid wearing different articles o
f clothing that button in opposite directions.
[3:39:11 PM] Kai Barclay: In the way of ties, they are usually made only in a s
tandard length, and you can tie them with different knots in order to make them
appear longer or shorter, but they should come down to reach the buckle of your
belt, or a little above. In terms of tie width, they should approximately match
the lapel of your jacket, and not be too wide. Another standard rule is just nev
er to button the bottom of your jacket, and unbutton it completely when you sit
down (this keeps the jacket in good condition). For suits, you should generally
not wear the individual parts of the suit separately; they should be worn togeth
er. It s good to have separate blazers and separate pants, and suits should just b
e worn as the combo of matching jacket and pants. (I m not sure how well I worded
that but there is stuff you can look up and videos you can watch.) If you re going
to wear neckties, I might invest in a tie bar to keep it attached to your shirt
. You can buy some for relatively low prices at thetiebar.com. Back to discussin
g the fit of things, not all sizes (ESPECIALLY jackets) are the same in every st
ore, so it is important to just look around and find brands that make things tha
t fit you well. Socks! Socks, as a default, should match your pants, but you can
also wear socks that match other articles like your shirt or tie, etc. When buy
ing sweaters, generally stick to v-necks if you have a lankier frame and crew ne
cks if you have a stockier frame. V-necks also show off a tie better. In the sco
pe of masculine fashion, it s easy to be overwhelmed by how many things you need to
have, but generally it s good to start small and work your way up. There are a few

essentials that are good to start with as wardrobe staples, or just versatile clo
set pieces. A good, dependable white dress shirt that fits you is an absolute mu
st. (Also there are things that go in your collar called collar stays, and be su
re to take them out before you wash the shirt.) A nice-looking pair of blue jean
s will also take you millions of places. For shoes, brown leather and black leat
her are important and go with almost everything. You should also have belts to a
pproximately match both colors. (Brown belts are great at adding contrast betwee
n a shirt and pants.) A gray sweater is really versatile and can be worn with ne
arly anything. Black slim tie is your standard necktie fare and is a really good
place to start with. For jackets (the kind that are not part of a suit), navy i
s a good color for a first jacket. If you want to shop for a full suit, stay awa
y from black unless you are a secret agent or need to go to a funeral or general
ly just look really, really formal. Navy/dark blue and gray are two colors that
I think are best for one s first suits. If you want to get a full suit, I might ad
vise you to try to get one that is of good-quality and fits you well, because if
you treat a suit right, it can save your ass in last-minute situations where yo
u need to look fly for years. It s also totally cool to wear sneakers with dressie
r things now, by the way, as long as they do not look overly athletic (stuff lik
e Converse and Vans work really well). White is a good color of sneaker to wear
with slightly nicer clothing, and you can take various articles of clothing (wit
h the exception of a suit) to various levels of casual/formal. This is all of th
e stuff that is immediately coming to mind, but if you have any more questions a
bout any specific thing, you can always feel free to ask me and I will go into a
s much detail as I can! There is a YouTube channel called Real Men, Real Style t
hat has a lot of really informative videos about how to wear stuff (although som
e of their rules are more bend-able than others). It s cool to have apps like Jack
Threads to tell you about sales and stuff, and it can be good to get on the mail
ing lists of stores for the same reasons. There are also apps like Necktie Delux
e that just have instructive lists of every tie knot imaginable and stuff like t
hat, so Google is always your friend, because there is no end of cool stuff to f
ind! I love masculine fashion because there are so many guidelines and matchable
things that it can feel a lot like a game that you can be taught and learn and
eventually win. Anyway, feel free to ask me about absolute anything, any minutia
of anything, whatever. I know a lot about this stuff and I love showing people
about it, so I would be more than happy to help you out with anything, [redacted
] Best of luck, and may the sales roll ever in your favor.
evelynconnery