When it comes to how people dress themselves, there are three kinds of people. The first group wears whatever they first grab from their wardrobe. They don’t bother with matching colors, quality of fabric or, often, even to iron their clothes. The second group is the biggest. These people need to have their clothes they are wearing ironed and will adhere to some basic rules of clothing, like never wear black leather shoes and white socks. The third group is probably the smallest. They not only care if their clothes are matching, but they always seem to know how to get dressed.
When someone dresses well, it doesn’t only mean that they picked their colors well for the occasion. Now, it means how their clothes fit them, how it looks on them. For instance, there are few things worse when it comes to clothes than a suit which doesn’t hang well on your shoulders. No matter how hard you tried to get a decent suit, if it doesn’t fit you well, especially around the shoulders, you will only look silly in it.
There is a huge difference between clothes that you can buy in your local low-end store and high quality stuff that you can order from a good tailor. I used to buy clothes at a bunch of different places and always had the same problem. I could never buy anything that really matched me. If I wanted to buy a pair of pants, they often ended up either too tight or too loose.
If you want to look sharp for the occasion, you will need to wear some high quality fabrics. The problem is, a lot of people don’t know how to recognize them and then buy just on instinct or go for a well known brand. But in fact, it’s really easy to recognize a quality fabric. Here’s how:
You need to thoroughly examine the fabric of the suit when you are buying it. Whether it is twill, cotton, polyester, wool or something else it should be sewn and cut on the grain. Believe me, you don’t want pants that are “off-grain”. Also, are the patterns and stripes matching all over it, or are they off-patterned somewhere? The pattens and stripes shouldn’t run against each other.
Another test you can make is to grab a handful of fabric and bunch it together. When you let it go does it hold its shape well or does it come all wrinkled? Of course, you should expect it to be a little wrinkled, but not too much.
One of the final tests you can make in order to determine the quality of the fabric is to grab it with both hands at the seams and than pull it gently. If the thread has pulled apart even a little bit, than they are not sewn well.
So, the next time you go out looking for a new suit, spend a few minutes examining the fabric and you’ll finally get something that you can really wear well.