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mikel

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I've always struggled to find casual OTR clothing that fits me well.

The clothing is either too tight in some areas, or way too loose & baggy.

For this reason, I've never asked nor wanted my wife to shop for clothing on my behalf. On the occasions that she thoughtfully did, I inevitably wind up having to return or exchange the items.

The only exception to this has been shoes, but I'm finding myself wanting to pick-out my own shoes more and more in recent years.

While buying MTM or Bespoke clothing can help, there are still not that many options for MTM or Bespoke casual clothing (i.e. denim jeans, button-up short sleeve shirts). Tailoring is an option as well, but it can be rather expensive, especially for casual clothing.

Thank goodness for spandex/lycra/elastane, because at least now I can find clothes that not only fit me better, but are exponentially more comfortable to wear.

I was talking to my friend Ben (who is Youtuber in the UK) about this recently while at the Menfulential Conference in Atlanta, and we thought it would be fun to have Ben put together a video about this very topic.


Here's the companion article:
https://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/clothing/style-tips/5-reasons-to-choose-your-own-clothes/

Do you pick out your own clothes? Or do you have your wife/partner/S.O. pick them out for you?
 
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mrkleen

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The way sizing is these days, it is hard enough for me to pick my own clothes out. Used to have a nice system, but with HSM and Hickey Freeman harder to find, Brooks Brothers making inferior products, and everyone else going slim fit - getting harder even if you know what you like.
 
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mikel

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The way sizing is these days, it is hard enough for me to pick my own clothes out.
@mrkleen I couldn't agree with you more.

@Dcr5468 do you have any guidelines that you follow as it pertains to picking out timeless pieces? Or is that a bit more subjective?
 

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I allowed my then girlfriend (now wife) to pick out some new additions to the wardrobe for me when we first started dating. That was a mistake as it was almost 2k blown at Nordstrom. I think I only have 2 pairs of jeans. The rest of the stuff is sitting in the closet or I “secretly” donated. That was the first and LAST time I make that mistake. I have always done my own thing and other than that one experience will continue to pick my own. :)
 

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There is nothing more annoying or cringeworthy than watching a grown man be led around and dressed by his GF/wife.

I once heard a comedian say something about a woman dressing the man in her life in such a way that other women won’t be attracted to him.