Hi all. Â I am 5'10'', 230lbs., slightly pear-shaped. Â blonde hair cut pretty short, blue-green eyes. Â I am a teacher in a private school (so NO jeans...!
. Â I have a lot of dockers (black, tan, navy) along with a couple of dress pants (black and grey). Â I wear mostly dress shirts (a lot of solid blue/black, and some vertical stripes too). Â I have at least 3 pairs of brown and black shoes. Â My problem is that I don't know if the clothes I am wearing are the right fit for me. Â I know enough to not buy pleats (I have a bigger waist), and not to wear horizontal striped shirts. Â HOwever, that's where my knowledge ends... Â Should I opt for cuffed finished pants? Â Should I avoid tan coloured pants and stick to dark pants? (IMHO, my tan dockers don't look as good as my black dockers). Â Also, I want to buy a couple more pairs of pants that are NOT DOCKERS... haha... any advice? Â Also, does anyone have any advice for fashion for this fall for a larger guy? Â what type of sweaters? colour/fit. Â Thanks so much... MIKE
Mike, Cuffs on pants is a matter of personal preference. I'm a younger guy, and to me cuffs seem 'older' so I stay away from them. Also, one of the generally-accepted fashion rules is: pleats = cuffs flat-front = no cuffs Personally, I wouldn't wear cuffed pants if you're just going to be wearing the shirt/slacks combo. Save the cuffs for suits. As far as colors, specifically your question regarding tan, I think that's also personal preference. Tan and black each have their place - tan is a bit more casual and black more dressy. However, the rest of your outfit should dictate the color of your pants. The tan ones are fine, especially if you are trying to create a casual look. As far as saying you want to buy pants other than dockers, do you mean brand or style? If you mean brand, I'll suggest Incotex, Zanella, and Mabitex for good-quality slacks. They are more expensive than dockers, but you can find them through ebay sellers (several excellent ones on this forum) and at sales. I'm not too knowledgable about the specific brands, so hopefully another member can help me out here, or provide other suggestions. Also, I see that for colors, you have tan, black, navy, and gray. Perhaps you could try some other colors, or materials? Stone, dark olive green, charcoal, light gray, white; and then maybe a linen/cotton blend for spring and summer.