If you’re not sure what to look for when buying shirts, pants, or other types of apparel, here are some tips about what to pay special attention to when shopping and trying on clothes:

DRESS SHIRTS
Collar

  • It shouldn’t constrict your neck
  • If you turn your head, your collar shouldn’t turn with it

Shoulder:

  • Seam of your shirt should be at your shoulder bone

Sleeves:

  • When bending arms, cuff shouldn’t move up more than an inch
  • Cuffs should end where your palm begins
  • Cuffs should not be higher up than a watch would be
  • Cuffs should be looser on the wrist than a watch

BLAZER AND SUIT

Length:

  • Second button from the button should rest above your belly button

Collar:

  • Blazer collar should allow around 2 cm of your shirt collar to show

Shoulder:

  • The seam should be at the edge of your shoulder
  • Watch out for bends between the sleeve and the shoulder

Sleeves:

  • When your arms are at your sides, sleeves should cover wrist but go no farther
  • Sleeve shouldn’t drastically restrict your movement

PANTS
Chinos:

  • Chinos are usually close to legs but not enough to cause resistance
  • Generally, there should be one break in the pant leg. If you’re not wearing socks, there should be no breaks
  • Avoid pleats

Dress Trousers:

  • Dress trousers should drape a little more than chinos
  • There should be a small break in the pant leg
  • Avoid pleats

Jeans:

  • The number of breaks varies according to preference and the style of jeans
  • They should have a slim fit in the thigh but be straight/tapered below the knee
  • On original jeans cut, buy according to your waist size. Slim down a size for a tighter fit or choose "slim fit” cut

TIE
Length:

  • The bottom of your tie should reach the middle of your belt

Knot:

  • It shouldn’t tighten the collar, but only sit under it
  • Choice of the knot depends on the collar. Wide collar use larger knot, narrow collar use four-in-hand

SHOES
Heel:

  • You shouldn’t be able to fit a finger behind your heel

Toes:

  • The front of the shoe shouldn’t press on your toes

Sides:

  • Little to no pressure should be put on the sides of your feet