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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Chambray Shirt, Sport Coat, Chinos, and Dress Shoes

The casualness of a chambray combined with the sharpness of a sport coat is a guaranteed to turn heads in the office or at any wedding. Wear an indigo button-down chambray shirt, a grey wool sportcoat, blue chinos, and black oxford dress shoes. Spice things up with a lively pocket square and a simple plaque buckle belt.

 

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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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Gap Striped T-Shirt, AllSaints Jeans, Nike for J.Crew Killshot 2 Sneakers

Overall, this outfit is simple and great. I love the color pairings. The red and gray striped t-shirt looks great with his olive complexion. If he were paler, the red tones would bring out the pinkness in his skin. Jeans are great – length shows the right amount of ankle, slim fit, and perfect looking cuff. Sneakers are nice and clean with shoelaces that aren’t too long and floppy.

My Critique

  • The T-shirt is too big:
    • Shoulder seams are past his natural shoulders.
    • Sleeves are too long.
    • Baggy through the torso and it looks a little long.

How A T-Shirt Should Fit

Check out my t-shirt fit guide for the proper fit, but briefly, a t-shirt should fit like this:

  • Shoulder seams should follow your natural shoulders.
  • Sleeves should just cover your bicep and hug your arm and not flare out.
  • The body of the shirt should lightly hug your torso and end just past your belt buckle.

How To Fix

Try sizing the t-shirt down one size, but if the Gap shirt doesn’t fit correctly try the below brands:

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