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post #1 of 34
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Ever since I started browsing this forum, I've been more and more critical of how my clothing fits my body. This forum is filled with awesome people who just understand their body so well and have their fits down to a T. Unfortunately, I'm not one of them. Especially when it comes to denim. I have a semblance of how I want things to fit, I'm just having a hard time getting there. I keep tricking myself into believing that my style has reached a certain level of fit and refinement when in actuality I'm far from there.

It's harder to get clothes (especially jeans!) that fit perfectly with my build. I'm 5 foot 7in with an athletic build. I'm 170lbs and have wide shoulder and (i think?) hips . I also have short legs (29" inseam for pants w/o break) and big feet for my height (sz11 shoes).

I've taken some pictures of what I wore today. If you don't mind, I'm not going to post the labels just so people aren't biased when viewing. I somehow feel like there's something not right with my style but can't figure out what I need to bring my style to the next level. Please critique and comment on any aspect of my style.

If you're feeling extra-generous, comment on every outfit!

And please be harsh. I want to improve.

Oh, and I've also thrown in my recent WAYWT photos in case anyone wants to add some comments to those.

Again, thanks for your help! This forum seems to be one of the better ones out there- the members seem to be genuinely nice, friendly, and funny people

Outfit 1
What I wore to my internship today: Looking at the pics, I realized that I need to hem the pants a little shorter to eliminate the break.




Outfit without the bag (to get a better idea of how my shirt fit)


Outfit 2
After work outfit:


Outfit 3 (from last week's WAYWT)
Chilling around town


Outfit 5 (from last week's WAYWT)



I've been struggling to get a good fit with jeans. I've been slowly shifting away from mall brands (my older pairs of denim were Earnest Sewns and Diesel). Currently I own a pair of APC NS and PBJ-004s. I like how the APCs fit me in the topblock, but I'm unsure about the bottom. Is there too much stacking or does this slightly tapered fit just not suit me at all? In any case, here are some photos:

[b]APCs[b]
Front

Back

Side

Stacking



PBJ-004s (bootcut)
Front

Back

Side


Any recommendations for my next pair of jeans? Again, thank you so much for the advise and help.
post #2 of 34
I think the APC NS fit really well in the top block but I think perhaps hemming them to have a little less break would be better. I'm not very fond of the fit of the PBJs in the top block, tbh. I think your shirt fits are really good.
post #3 of 34
I think you need to avoid bootcut anything. With such a short inseam, a straightleg would probably lend a far more flattering balance to your silhouette. And actually, I might even suggest some New Cures over those NS, they seem pretty loose from the knee down, so a little more taper probably wouldn't hurt. That would definitely come down to personal preference, though, as the NS look fairly good in comparison to the rest. Definitely replace those slacks from the first photo with something slimmer and straighter, they're looking kind of borderline Samurai Showdown right now. Edit: on second thought, drizzt is right, I bet if you hemmed those NS a bit more they wouldn't look as inflated below the knee.
post #4 of 34
i really like your pbj's. and in that 1st outfit...are you wearing a brown belt with black shoes or are those just really dark brown shoes? looks like you need slimmer pants in that picture too because they look a little bit too baggy. if you want less break you should also go for slimmer pants anyway. i especially like that black hoodie + shorts fit!
post #5 of 34
Disclaimer: I'm a relative newbie myself and am far from having developed a good personal style. So take my critiques with a tub of salt Outfit 1: Your clothes already fit you a lot better than most guys' clothes fit them, particularly the shirt, although I have my suspicions that you've pulled some of the extra fabric at the waist toward the back, away from camera's view . Otherwise -- congrats on an unusually well-fitting off-the-rack shirt! Assuming those pants are wool slacks, the belt is inappropriately casual, in my opinion, and its buckle more appropriate for jeans. I generally dislike loafers, especially on young guys, so I find those shoes ugly. Used Allen Edmonds off of eBay would be a big improvement, as would be a nice chelsea boot. If the pants were narrower below the knee, or a slightly higher rise (pulled higher on your waist), I think that would help you look taller. Outfit 2: You appear to have very well-developed calves. This might be a good reason to stick with pants, if you want to keep your upper body from looking puny. Or, at the least, I'd suggest avoiding tight tops, like that hoodie, when wearing your shorts. A relatively loose t-shirt might work better, judging from your denim fits at the bottom of your post. Or perhaps the whole problem could be avoided if your shorts were a narrower fit. Hard to say from that one picture. I don't care for the way the hoodie flares open at the bottom -- looks vaguely feminine to me. And your t-shirt seems to be riding up on your neck in the front. I have to pull my tees down during the day sometimes to avoid that problem when layering. Again the shoes aren't my style, but I'm not sure what would go with shorts. For such an ultra-casual outfit, I think flip-flops would work fine, though many here consider them the devil. Outfit 3: The silhouette, at least above the shoe-line, looks pretty good on this one -- well-proportioned and elongating. The hoodie over a button-up is a creative choice and appears to work decently, although this may only be because their shared color blurs them into a single top. Speaking of colors, my main concern here is too many similar-but-slightly-clashing colors in this picture, but it's hard to tell exactly what's going on from the picture quality. It looks like the two tops and the shoes are all some kind of dark green -- and maybe even the pants?? A better photo would be required to give suggestions. Again not a fan of the shoes (their color just looks dirty to me), though I think that style gets a lot of love in general on the forum. Outfit 5 (what happened to 4?): The shirt is a very nice fit, as are the jeans, but I think you look a little top-heavy here, the opposite problem of Outfit 2. I think that jeans with a less tight fit in the top block and thighs (and maybe a slightly higher rise/longer fly) would work better with a tucked-in button-up for you. The bootcut accentuates the tight fit in the upper half of the jeans. Also, this is pretty picky, but you might consider removing that shirt pocket. Quick and easy with a seam ripper and would improve the shirt's overall look in my opinion. Jeans: The APCs and PBJs both look good to me, just different fits.
post #6 of 34
I'm also far from an expert here, but I'll throw in my 2 cents. I like the fit of your tops a lot, but your pants generally look too long for me. That first outfit, apart from the shirt, is not looking too good. Change the belt for something slimmer and nicer (i.e., dressier), wear pants that are shorter and slimmer through the legs, and ditch the shoes.

Fit-wise, the other outfits are OK, although I agree that the relatively loose shorts don't work with the relatively tight top and your relatively large calves in outfit 2. And in outfit 5, I don't like the cut of the jeans with those shoes. In general, I'm not sure about bootcuts with guys your height/shape. And I think too much stacking breaks up the line of a short guy's leg too much. IMO, less break/less stacking adds height.

But the other thing that might be lacking is, for lack of a better word, a personal touch. All of your stuff in these photos is totally fine, colorwise and "style"wise. And I know you're more concerned with the fit. But apart from maybe outfit two or three, there's nothing really interesting going on here. That's fine, obviously, but if you really want to "bring your style to the next level" as you put it, you might want to find pieces that are a little more individualistic or play around with colors/patterns a little more. Again, I like the look, just not sure that what you're showing here could be said to signal a "personal style" beyond good fit. Just trying to help!
post #7 of 34
You would benefit from narrower pants on the first look. Those pants make your legs look short. If you have a full seat it may be hard to find slimer legged pants but if you switch to pleats you may be able to find a narrow pant with enough room for your seat. All and all you look pretty good.
post #8 of 34
I can't really find any 'faults' unless I nit-pick and I don't want to criticize just to feed your masochistic needs (just messing with you) Seriously, you look good so don't worry about a thing. If you want to do some fine tuning, I find the critique of Asch noteworthy. I don't mind the wide pants in the first picture, though. I think you can break this rule of short legs=no wide pants. Try wearing a darker shirt on top to make the sillhouette longer. The fit with the hoodie I like a lot. I meant to comment on this in the WAYWT thread but I forgot. Just keep posting fits regularly if you want more feedback.
post #9 of 34
I agree, overall your fits are fine and do look better than most guys on the street. The suggestion of adding items with a 'personal touch' is a good one, of course that'd be up to you to figure out what that might be.

The first fit is nice. I would hem the trousers just a tad so there's about a half break. No break would look odd with the wider legs so don't go too short. I think the wider leg looks good on you. It doesnt mean all of your trews need to look like that but this particular cut does suit you

Outfit 2 is (to me) pretty non-distinct so there's nothing that'd I criticize (or praise)

Re: denim....I like the APCs better, and Drizzt's suggestion of hemming them a bit is a good one. I think they'd look better being about 2" longer than your natural inseam rather than what appears to be about 4-5" right now. Too much stacking isn't flattering on you. The PBJs look fine, but look sloppy at the bottom so hemming those a tad might be a good idea too. You could always inverse cuff them to figure out how they might look shorter and adjust it until it looks good to you then you can see how much to shorten.
post #10 of 34
1. You definitely need slimmer pants, as others pointed out. Straight leg, slim fit (not to be confused with skinny), will do fine. You don't need to spend a lot of money for that, Uniqlo jeans will do just fine (might need to pony up more for pants). 2. I suggest looking into getting different footwear. I much prefer shoes with laces (I hate moccasins and such). Maybe a pair of nice boots instead of the sneakers would make a casual outfit more dressed up without being stuffy. 3. Give me that Cloak sweatshirt NOW!!! Not much to add otherwise, you look fine to me. Nice bag, too.
post #11 of 34
Hi pinoy,

When i first clicked on the post i figured i'd see a disaster but you look very well put together. I think you're worrying about things too much.

I like your dressier fits. The only thing i'd recommend is hemming the trousers a bit. The shirts fit very well.

As for your jeans, i think both are fine. I like the stacking of the apc's and dont see a problem with it. I know tapered jeans may make you feel your feet are bigger but i dont see that as an issue. To me your feet look the same size even with the bootcuts. I like the bottom block of the apc's best and top block of the pbj's. I'm not a fan of bootcuts. I think you should at least hem the pbj's to a better length. They look too sloppy around the bottom.

How about a good straight leg jean, not tapered or bootcut? Samurai S5000VX immediately comes to mind or even Eternal 811.

Bottom line is, i like the fits and so should you ;-)
post #12 of 34
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Originally Posted by braidkid View Post
Hi pinoy,

When i first clicked on the post i figured i'd see a disaster but you look very well put together. I think you're worrying about things too much.

I like your dressier fits. The only thing i'd recommend is hemming the trousers a bit. The shirts fit very well.

As for your jeans, i think both are fine. I like the stacking of the apc's and dont see a problem with it. I know tapered jeans may make you feel your feet are bigger but i dont see that as an issue. To me your feet look the same size even with the bootcuts. I like the bottom block of the apc's best and top block of the pbj's. I'm not a fan of bootcuts. I think you should at least hem the pbj's to a better length. They look too sloppy around the bottom.

How about a good straight leg jean, not tapered or bootcut? Samurai S5000VX immediately comes to mind or even Eternal 811.

Bottom line is, i like the fits and so should you ;-)

My main issue with the PBJs is that I don't feel they fit that great in the top block. The bootcut is unappealing to me, but not unusual looking. I agree with braid and think some 811s would be awesome, though.
post #13 of 34
Pinoy, If it wasn't clear from my first post, I agree with most of the other guys here that you look pretty terrific already (a lot better than I do typically). I was just answering your masochistic call.
post #14 of 34
what are those white slipons? i want them . . .
post #15 of 34
Can someone tell me where I can buy a pair of PBJ's at?
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