Five questions to ask yourself when buying menswear

men\s fashion, kettle mag
Written by Nigel Simpkins

Looking good is important. We live in a world that is far more image conscious than it used to be. Fortunately, almost regardless of the look you want to create, you can easily find the items of men’s clothing you need to do so. Especially now you can buy so much online.

Is the garment fit for purpose?

However, when shopping for clothes, it is important not to go by looks alone. There is no point in buying a stylish coat that looks great if it does not actually protect you from the cold. Nobody looks good when they are standing there shivering with a red and dripping nose.

When shopping for clothes try to think about how you are planning to wear each item. This enables you to work out if it will be practical as well as look good on you. For example, if you need a coat to wear while watching football it is worth making sure that it is windproof as well as waterproof.

Can you wear it with other clothes you already own?

Doing this also gives you a chance to consider whether it will fit in well with the rest of your wardrobe. Ideally, you do not want to buy a jacket or other expensive item, only to realise that it is not a good match for the shirts and trousers you already own.

What is the quality really like?

When you buy something it is always worth checking the quality of the garment. Unfortunately, not all modern clothes are well made. Sometimes items of clothing look great the first few times you wear them, but soon look shabby.

It is always worth taking a critical look at the quality of the material used. Very thin fabrics are likely to wear out quickly and they are not as likely to hang well once you have worn them a few times.

Is it easy to wash and care for?

Most people do not mind having to have their suits dry cleaned, but do not want to have to do the same with their shirts or casual trousers. Therefore, it is always worth checking the care instructions before you actually buy.

Does the retailer offer a fair returns policy?

It is always worth taking the time to check the retailer´s returns policy, especially when buying online. Some stores are more generous, in this regard, than others are. If something does not fit properly you really do not want to have to pay for a courier when you send it back. Consumer rights vary, but you can easily find out about the rules that apply to you via the web. For example, this page explains UK residents’ rights when they buy an item online and want to return it.

Following the above tips will help to ensure that you end up buying clothes that will look good on you and continue to do so for years to come. The above advice will also help you to avoid wasting money by buying items that are not really suitable.