It is well-drilled into everyone these days that you should wear fitting clothes. We have even covered the topic a couple of times – from discussing how to get properly fitted for a dress shirt to a discussion on the right fit and style for your body type. The science and subtle arts of fit are sufficient for men of action, who are convinced of wearing fitting clothes. How about the rest of the guys out there though? Why SHOULD you wear fitting clothes? And what is meant by the term “fitting”?
What “Fitting” Means
To keep things simple, we’ll generalize into 3 broad categories-
This is when all you see are a pile of clothes walking on their own and you need to send out a search party to find the person within. Ok, that’s extreme – but essentially, we’re talking about A LOT of unnecessary room in your clothes, like a billowy shirt and oversized pants.
You can envision being able to see every rise and fall of a person’s breath because he is literally trying to get himself a second skin. You may also notice he may have trouble bending over or is one flex away from ripping his shirt.
This is where the clothes conform to your shape with just the right amount of room to let you breathe, while glossing over the unshapely parts if required without adding bulk to your frame.
Why “Fitting Clothes” is Important?
From an external perspective, what your wear affects what people think of you. Impressions are formed in the first few moments of meeting someone – and it isn’t your wits or charm that creates the first impression but your appearance. What you wear is a big part of it.
If you see a man wearing tight fitting clothes on the street, chances are you peg him immediately as ‘gay’ or a self-involved metrosexual. If you see someone wearing baggy or loose clothes, you think of them as sloppy and not someone you would trust to get things done (if they’re at the office). You also tend to attract people based on your dressing style. If you want the right woman to find you attractive, for example, being sloppy or too self-absorbed definitely isn’t the way to go! Take a look at the image below of the same person in different fitting clothes. See the difference? (image courtesy of RestartYourStyle)
From a personal perspective, what you wear affects how you present yourself and how you feel about yourself. You tend to act more ‘relaxed’, exhibiting a poor posture, when you wear baggy clothes since the bagginess tends to hide your form. This translates into your confidence level, making people think of you as less confident and over time, your confidence will get affected by this.
This in itself is a great reason to ensure that you wear properly fitted clothes. Fitting clothes does not mean suffocating in a slim fit if you are oversized. It simply means wearing what works for you that allows you to breathe without you getting lost in what you wear.
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