Before we begin, ingrain in your head that a better appearance will provide more opportunities in life for you.
Most of my readers have normal 9-5 jobs or are trying to land jobs where appearance matters. People have an uncontrollable, natural instinct to judge situations based off of their senses; one includes the sense of eyesight. Thus, people will subconsciously judge you based on what they see first. One way to stand out and look sharp is to get your clothing tailored!
The importance of tailoring applies to both males and females, but since I am a man, I can only tell one perspective. This post will go through my experience in investing in a lifelong, friendly tailor.
One of the best decisions I’ve made since moving to Houston was finding a good tailor. Tailoring is definitely a unique art form. If you have the time and interest I encourage you to try to learn how to tailor on your own. Benefits include: a.) saving money and b.) being a bad-ass. My go-to-tailor in Houston is Guillo’s Tailor, so if you live in the area, check him out! He’s a great guy with fair prices and excellent work. His life story and work ethic are truly remarkable. I encourage you to look at your tailor as a friend more than a business relationship, and get to know him/her on a first name basis.
What’s So Important
Clothing should fit the silhouette of the body and off the rack items tend to fit larger people. This explains why fits are so boxy and baggy and the need for “slim-fit” options are available. If you work extremely hard on your physique, why not look the best that you can. A key-note to always remember is that:
You are responsible of how you present yourself to the world.
If you think you aren’t being judged by your appearance in the corporate and real world, then you are kidding yourself. Within seconds of your interaction with a new individual, they have created a perception of you based on what they see. This is especially important in interviews or jobs that involve numerous interactions with people. Many studies have shown that better appearance results in higher rates of promotions, raises, and job opportunities. The issue is that some people don’t care in their appearance (and obviously don’t believe facts).
Let’s say that you’ve worked your ass off to drop some pounds, and now you want to reap the benefits by looking as sharp as possible! I wouldn’t recommend paying for altering clothes if you are still losing weight or your body weight fluctuates plus or minus five pounds. No use in spending the money on tailoring if it’s too tight or lose in weeks to come. However, tailoring can help you save money. If you’ve lost weight, tailoring your clothes to your new body will be less expensive than buying new items.
So Should I Tailor Everything?
Should I tailor every piece of clothing? And won’t that be expensive?
You CAN tailor everything and, YES it will be expensive. If you feel the need to do this, then go right ahead. I only get the essentials tailored (i.e. my suits, slacks, and button-down shirts for work). Suits will run around $130 depending on what’s being altered, slacks $20, and shirts $10 (all material and tailor difficulty pending). Now these prices will all change depending on where you live and the market in that area also.
Improving your appearance via tailoring is a tool most people do not use to their advantage. Thus, the ones who do generally stand out for the better. I truly believe that tailored clothing items (i.e. suits, slacks, and button downs) can last a lifetime if taken care of. If this is the case, I promise you will get your money’s worth!
I’m sure you have more questions on fit, accessories, and so fourth, so stay tuned for more posts to come on the tailoring basics for men! Don’t forget to like, comment, share, and subscribe.
“Be yourself. Know your proportions. And have a good tailor.”
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