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Friday, June 14, 2013

After a Few Flops, We've Found the Right Fit

A shot from the movie Clueless

Throwback to the early 2000s: I was in high school, and all the boys donned oversize shirts and jeans so baggy everybody could see their underwear. I was puzzled by this trend that was carried over from the nineties. 

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It was as if the pendulum had to swing to the extreme opposite in my college years, as I witnessed guys trade in their bottoms for skinny jeans and tiny tees that could rival their girlfriends' wardrobes.

"Be better than the Gap."
A shot from the movie Crazy Stupid Love

These days it seems young menswear is back to "normal," with no single trend dominating the male sartorial psyche. Never mind that Pinoy men seem to have embraced the high street brand craze (hello, Topman, Zara, Uniqlo, Cotton On regulars). At least their clothes are actually starting to fit them properly. (Ryan Gosling's character in Crazy Stupid Love probably had a hand in it.)

I realized this as I was reading an article on bespoke clothier Ascot Chang in this month's Esquire Philippines, which guided me through the process of creating the perfect shirt--from carefully choosing quality fabrics, handpicking the appropriate trimmings, and most importantly, sticking to the company's tried-and-tested traditional tailoring techniques. I was amused to discover that in terms of custom-made clothing, one's weight gain is not the only thing that could ruin a shirt's fit; posture change could, too.

My boyfriend is a T-shirt-and-jeans kind of guy, but he knows fit. There may be days that call for loose clothing for a comfier feel--among both men and women--but it's nice to know that the era of peek-a-boo boxers and too-tight pants is over. At least for now.

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