Choose Fit Over Fashion: Men’s Professional Style Tips

Tip #26: Fit trumps fashion, every, single, time. 

When it comes to fashion and style, many people believe that the latest and most expensive pieces will immediately make them look their best. However, the truth is that fit trumps fashion every single time. Regardless of the price tag or designer label, if a garment doesn't fit properly, it will not look good. 

This is especially true for men's fashion, where the fit of a suit, shirt, or pants can make or break an entire outfit. Even if you've spent a fortune on a designer suit from Milan, if it doesn't fit your body, it will only detract from your overall look. On the other hand, a well-fitted $500 suit will always look better than an ill-fitting $35,000 suit. 

The key to looking sharp in any outfit is to focus on the fit. This means investing in alterations, if necessary, and finding pieces that not only match your personal style but also flatter your body type. A properly fitted suit should hug your body without being too tight or too loose, while a well-fitted shirt should have sleeves that fall just above the wrist and a collar that doesn't bunch or wrinkle. 

Another important factor to consider when buying a suit is the quality of the fabric. A $35,000 suit made from high-quality materials may last for years, while a $500 suit may only last a year or two with consistent wear. However, the investment in a well-fitted $500 suit is still worth it, as the better fit will always look better than an expensive suit that doesn't fit properly. 

When it comes to putting together an outfit, it's essential to remember that fit should always be the top priority. Whether you're wearing a suit to a business meeting or dressing up for a special event, taking the time to ensure that your clothes fit properly will make all the difference in how you look and feel. Don't be afraid to invest in alterations or to try on multiple sizes to find the perfect fit. Your wardrobe, and your confidence, will thank you for it. 


It's essential to remember that the fit of your clothing is more important than the fashion or the price tag. When shopping for a suit or any other piece of clothing, always prioritize finding the right fit over the latest trends or most expensive labels. With the right fit, you'll look and feel your best every time. 


Derek Burbidge - Owner/Founder of Cardero Clothing

In 2014, Derek rented a suit for his wedding only to later discover the advice he received was terrible and the fit of the rentals was way off. After travelling to Thailand and Europe soon after his wedding he was introduced to bespoke clothing and various timeless styles. As a lover of all things men's fashion, he started Cardero Clothing to keep men from making the same mistakes he did.

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