- Aug 13, 2020
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It all makes sense but I have to say you're not making it easy for me.If it sways you:
If you can count on anything, it's that most men grow bigger in size as they age. Food is tasty and metabolism quickly slows. Add 10 pounds and then suddenly size 48 is no longer on the cusp of being "a little trim" but just too tight.
Fashion is also veering away from slimmer fits. Lots of stuff is pushing towards more comfortable silhouettes -- Raf, Lemaire, renewed appreciation for '80s Armani, etc. Classic menswear will soon follow, as it did with the slim-fit trend in the late '90s/ early aughts.
Personally, I think the 50 looks both more classic and more fashionable, as we're in this very weird intersection where classic and fashionable silhouettes are starting to overlap more. With some outfits, I like even fuller-looking sweaters, as I think it lends a cool vibe.
I was leaning towards the 48 as I somehow felt less self-conscious in it - it is similar in size to other knits I own and in my mind didn't highlight my very average height (1.79m / 5'10) as it was shorter than the 50 and didn't bunch up on the waist as much. My point of worry was the mid-section where I have some bulk - but I thought it still did a good job, with the knowledge that it is likely to expand a bit in size with regular wear.
However, I have to admit that what you're saying also makes a lot of sense which is why I am in a bit of a muddle at the moment. I am usually very averse towards fashion trends and most of the time I like clothes to fit just right. In this case however, I think both sizes can work - the smaller for a more "put together" look (as long as I stay the same weight of course) and the larger for a more relaxed, weekend vibe. I guess I need to figure out which one is more 'me' and go from there.