Most men have a general idea of when “dressing sharp” means. However, what you may not know is how to put together a sharp outfit on your own. If you need assistance, view this guide to dressing sharp for men to look your best for any occasion.
There are two key errors you can make that instantly indicate that you are not dressed sharply:
- Poor choice in clothes for the occasion
- Poor fit
“Poor fit” sounds like an easy problem to solve. But how exactly do you define “poor” fit, especially when it comes to the trousers you pick for yourself?
There are a few things you’ll need to know:
- Inseam. This is the length from the crotch to the bottom hem of your pants—essentially, how long the leg is relative to the waist. To find your inseam, lay your pants flat on the ground and measure the distance from the bottom of the crotch to the end of the pants, sticking to one side of the leg. There’s your inseam.
- Waist. No one looks sharp in pants that are either too tight or too loose. If your pants are too big, you’ll notice an excess of fabric, billowing, and a lot of wrinkles. None of these elements are ideal. However, you can measure your waist (where the belt on your pants will go) by using a simple tape measure yourself.
- Rise. This is the length of the pants above the crotch. The higher the rise, the higher the “waist.” You’ll want a pant that sits naturally where your waist bends, giving you the ability to cinch up the pants with a belt.
If you’re ever struggling with any of these measurements, you can always head to a tailor and have them write down your measurements for you. This will give you a leg up—no pun intended—with the next step.
Purchase a Sharp Pair of Pants
What do we mean by a “sharp” pair of pants? We mean something that looks equally good in a casual setting as it does in a formal setting.
Your best bet is to go with flat front pants that are a step above what you might wear out with friends. Here are a few of our favorite options:
- Performance Dress Khakis. These are especially great for keeping your suit “sharp” because they’ll help resist stains.
- Prime Poplin Flat Front Pants. With a smooth, sleek texture, these pants are the definition of “looking sharp.”
- Seersucker Pants. These are great for summer weddings and dressing your best in hot climates, especially when you want to switch it up from your go-to khakis.
Shop Sharp Tailored Trousers from Berle
We hope this guide to dressing sharp for men assists you! If you’re looking for even more great pant options, shop all of our tailored trousers to get your proper fit.