Keeping It Proportional

I prattle on a lot about proportion and fit. I think you’ve got fit down. So here’s a bit more about proportion. Two sweaters, two pairs of trousers, four radically different looks.

A fuller, shawl collar sweater worn with full cut, double forward pleated trousers.

Do not attempt this in public.

Do not attempt this in public.

The same trouser worn with a trimmer cut sweater in the style of Armani (he loves the sweater tuck.)

Tuck and nip.

Tuck and nip.

The same sweater worn with flat front, Donegal tweed trousers.

Flat front trousers with a trimmer sweater.

Flat front trousers with a trimmer sweater.

And finally, a return to the shawl collar sweater worn over a trimmer cut trouser.

Another way to get it right.

Another way to get it right.

If I take anything from this little experiment, it is a simple rule: fuller articles of clothing above the belt need trimmer articles of clothing below. Fuller trousers require slimmer cut coats, sweaters and shirts.

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