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Esquire Has A Few Great Points For Shopping Like A Pro

September 1, 2009

This Esquire article really gives some good points on how to spot high quality shoes, cashmere, trousers, sport jackets and shirts. It also has some important points about proper fit, color mixes in your wardrobe, and other great points.  They have also posted this guide to shopping, but in my opinion, the photos and points in the first article are worth viewing before anything else. It’s certainly worth a perusal and the points are all worth keeping in mind next time you go shopping. Here are a few highlights:

Overcoats: Check the interior lining to make sure there are no gaps or snares.

Shirts: If the shirt is patterned, double check that the patterns connect seamlessly at the shoulder, on the back, and on the sides.

Pants: Turn the pants inside out and check for stress points at the knees, the crotch, and the seat. If the material looks thin or the stitching loose, find another pair.

Cashmere Sweaters: Rub the sweater and then rub your fingers together. If they feel greasy, that’s usually residue from chemicals that are used to dress up bad cashmere.

Shoes: Bend the shoe a little to simulate walking; if the leather is still wrinkled when the shoe returns to its flat position, that’s a sign of not-great leather.

Suits and Jackets: Grab the cloth and bunch it into a ball — the quicker it bounces back, the sturdier the material.

Esquires Proposed Clothing Budget Breakdown

Esquire's Proposed Clothing Budget Breakdown

Esquires view of how clothing should fit

Esquire's view of how clothing should fit


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