Short Pants & Baggy Jackets

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I love the tailored fit of your clothes, but the length of your sweater and pants are way too short. It looks like you’ve outgrown your clothes!

My Critique

  • Right now, the length of your sweater is making your torso look small compared to the rest of your body. The key with clothing is to make sure everything looks proportional – you want the upper half of your body to look balanced to your lower half. 
  • Your pant’s inseam is way too short and is making everything look “shrunken.”

How To Fix

  • Pull down your sweater so that it hits mid-crotch (about 1.5-2” longer than where it’s currently at).
  • There’s no way to lengthen pants that much. Donate them to charity or pass them onto a friend who’s shorter than you.

 

The color palette of your outfit – grays, blues, burgundy, browns are great Fall colors that complement each other perfectly. The fit and break of your jeans are spot on! With just one minor adjustment, this outfit would look great. 

My Critique

  • The bagginess of your jacket is disproportionate to the rest of your outfit/body.

How To Fix

  • Definitely size down your jacket to a Medium instead of the large you’re currently wearing. The fit in the body and the shoulders will fit your frame much. much better. 

Clunky Boots, Sweater Game & Long Pants

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This is a great fall outfit. The colors and fit of everything are spot on! You mixed textures perfectly -the key is mixing textures with similar fabric weights. Normally, I always recommend sticking with 3 colors max, but think of gray as a neutral (like black and white) so it doesn’t count here. Gray, green, navy and brown make a great color palette.

My Critique

  • The boots are definitely not clunky with your slim pants.
  • Mixing textures is a good thing – it wouldn’t look as great if you had a super chunky thick sweater with this outfit.
  • Overall amazing outfit and great job!

 

Great sweater choice! I love the first outfit in terms of the color palette and what you paired your gray sweater with. Overall, great job with the fit of both shirts – they are the perfect length and amount of exposed shirt cuff. Jeans fit great and have the perfect hem!

My Critique

  • Black sweater is too big.
  • Jeans and shoes in the second outfit are too light for what’s going on with the upper half.

How To Fix

  • Exchange the black sweater for a size small.
  • Switch the pants in the second outfit for a dark wash or black jean.
  • Try a dark pair of sneakers or boots for the second outfit.

 

Love the black and white color scheme. In terms of your jeans, this is a great fit in the legs. Overall, with a few minor adjustments this can be a great outfit.

My Critique

  • The fit of your shirt is a bit too long in the torso and sleeves – it makes you look like you have a long torso and short legs.
  • Jeans are too long – they’re making your legs look short right now.

How To Fix

  • Try sizing down or switching to a shirt that is a bit shorter.
  • Jeans need to be hemmed to a slight or full break.

 

Love the brown boots and sneakers here. Great leather jacket as well – I would keep it unzipped because it breaks up your body vertically, allowing you to look sharper. The most important thing with clothing is to make sure that you understand what the right fit is for your body type. With that being said, here are my critiques and solutions:

My Critique

  • Pants are too slim.
  • Zipping up your jacket will create a swath of fabric which makes you look larger than you may be.

How To Fix

  • Switch your pants to a straight fit instead of a tapered fit.
  • Leave your jacket unzipped.

The fit of your sweater and shirt are great – specifically the length. The sweater should hit the belt area and the shirt should hit mid-crotch, which they do here. I love the color of the pants, but this outfit could also look great with a nice pair of dark wash jeans. Lastly, I love the clean low profile of the sneakers.

My Critique

  • Pant’s are too baggy and long – you should only be able to pinch, at the most, 1 inch of fabric on either side of your thighs.

How To Fix

  • Buy slimmer fitting pants.
  • Get your pants slimmed and hemmed to a slight break.

Do these patterns clash?

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The age old question… For this outfit, yes, it does. When wearing a bold pattern, like the one on this cardigan, you want to let the pattern stand out and shine. So the rest of your outfit should be more solid or muted colors to compliment this pattern, otherwise there’s just way too much going on.

How’s The Fit of My Cardigan & What do I pair it with?

The fit looks spot on, actually! The sleeves are a tiny, tiny bit too short, but my experience with these cable-knit sweaters is they’ll actually stretch a little with wear and those sleeves will be perfect afterwards. As far as what to pair it with, see below.

What to pair it with

Should I keep this new M65 jacket?

He wanted to know whether he should keep the jacket or not. I say HELL YES! The fit is perfect, and it breaks up the black color pallet he’s wearing, as well. I really like the small band of gray shirt at his waistline. He did a great job of breaking up a huge swath of black under the jacket.

I’m not the biggest fan of his printed t-shirt, but I’m not a fan of logos or artwork on clothing in general, so it’s just my preference.

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APC Jacket, CDG Shirt, Uniqlo Pants, Erik Schedin Sneakers

I love the bomber jacket, t-shirt, and chinos look and every so often get a chance to do this with my clients. The sleeve length of the jacket is spot on – hitting at the bend of the wrist. I love the simplicity of the brown, black, and white color palette.

My Critique

Pants are a little too big in the thigh and crotch area. It seems as though they’ve probably been worn-in, hence the bagginess due to stretching. In addition, a super knitpicky thing that always bothers me is floppy, long shoelaces.

How Chinos Should Fit

  • They should fit normally around your waist with no need for a belt to hold it up.
  • The seat, which is the butt area, should lightly hug your butt and not be saggy or very tight.
  • They should be worn at normal length or possibly shorter, but never, ever longer.

How To Fix

Shoelaces – tuck them into your shoes or if you prefer to have them out buy a shorter pair of shoelaces. Shoelaces should be between 40-45” long for most low top sneakers. As for the chinos, my solution is:

  • Throw them in the washer or wet the area if you don’t want to wash them, and then put in the dryer. This should shrink them just enough.
  • If these are new, and not stretched out, then you probably should look for slimmer pants or get the thighs taken in by your tailor.

 

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H&M Sweater & Seersucker Shorts, Next Oxford Shirt, Sperry Boat Shoes

Overall, with minor adjustments, this is a great summertime outfit. The shirt looks like it’s an excellent fit in terms of collar and cuff. The seersucker shorts are awesome with the white oxford button-down shirt. Pair the outfit with some navy or tan Sperry Topsiders and you’ve got the perfect “keep it simple” summer outfit.

My Critique

Wearing a sweater with shorts looks odd. If it’s cold enough to wear a sweater, it should be paired with trousers; but, if it’s hot enough to wear shorts, you shouldn’t be wearing a sweater. I would never put a client in something like this because it’s just… weird. Like wearing a scarf with a bathing suit.

How The Outfit Should Look

This outfit can be worn with the shirt tucked or untucked, I prefer it tucked, but it’s up to you.

How To Fix

My suggestion would be to take off the sweater and roll up the sleeves on the oxford shirt. Bring the sweater along with you and wear it if you’ll be out all day without the ability to change, but pairing the sweater with the shorts for an all day outfit is a big no-no.

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