Chose Fit and Fabric Over Brand Image: Men’s Professional Style Tips


Tip #11: Buying a brand instead of choosing a proper fit and fabric. 

The world of fashion is filled with numerous high-end brands that have gained a loyal following, this translates to customers feeling like they are getting quality and style by purchasing their clothing. However, the truth is that not all these brands live up to the perceived promise. One of the biggest mistakes that many people make when it comes to fashion is buying for the name instead of the quality or fit. Many high-end brands have no loyalty to their followers and the focus is often on boosting their own profits, rather than providing customers with products that are of high quality that last. 

Over Paying for a Name 

One example of this is the $2,000 100% polyester tuxedo that can be found in popular brand-name stores. Despite its high price tag, the cost of producing this tuxedo is likely less than $100 and it may only last for a year. The problem with purchasing this tuxedo is that no one will know the brand you are wearing, mainly because you are supposed to rip the tags off the sleeves after purchase, not to mention the quality and fit of the garments don’t fit your shape. 

If you are loyal to high-end brands such as Versace, Gucci, and LV, it is important to look beyond the name and examine the materials that are used in their products. Make sure that you are investing in garments that are made of high-quality materials and that are designed to last.  

Choose TImeless 

When it comes to building a professional wardrobe, it is always better to invest in timeless styles and pieces that are made from high-quality materials. Instead of opting for a statement piece that may only be fashionable for a short time like skinny fits, wild patterns, or bold colours, try a classic navy suit paired with a solid white dress shirt. This combination will never go out of style and can be worn in any situation, making it a wise investment for your wardrobe. 


Do not be lured in by high-end brand names and expensive price tags. Instead, focus on purchasing garments that are made from high-quality materials, that fit well, and that are designed to last. By doing this, you will not only look great but also save money in the long run by not having to replace cheap and poorly made garments. I made the mistake of purchasing cheap materials for years when I was trying to build my wardrobe. That $10 white t-shirt and $75 pair of shoes would last me a month or max a year and I would have to keep spending my budget on replacing it. Don’t get caught in this endless loop. Take care of your clothing and purchase high-quality garments. 


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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