With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, you’ll want to find something nice for the men in your life. Whether you are shopping for your boyfriend or husband, father or son, or even your best friend, it’s a good time to start looking for something they can both use and appreciate. You don’t want to give a tie or a set of handkerchiefs because you gave those last year – and besides, that’s what everyone else is giving! It’s high time that you gave a real gift, one that’s practical, memorable and fashionable all at once.
Buying him clothing
Not all pieces are made equal, at least when you’re shopping for someone else. It’s easy enough to shop for you; after all, you know your size and what you like. Shopping for your man, however, is another story.
The simplest rule of thumb to remember is that the fewer measurements to consider the easier it is to choose the piece. That’s why something like a necktie or a belt, which only come in different widths, would be easier to get than something like a suit, where many different measurements come into the equation.
In the same line of thinking, the clothing you end up buying will say something about your relationship with that person. A set of handkerchiefs, for example, is a generic gift, suggesting that you’re not very close to the guy. A pack of undershirts, however, require a very exact fit, which means that you know some pretty intimate details about the him.
A premium, high-quality shirt or tee is the ideal middle ground. It’s easy to estimate how a top would fit on a guy, and a man can never have too many t-shirts! Additionally, it doesn’t make suggestions about intimate relationships, making it a great gift for practically everyone on your list!
The factors to consider
If you’re shopping online for a man’s shirt, there are three crucial elements that you must consider. The first thing to consider is the size of the chest – this dictates how the shirt would fit and drape around his body. The most ideal situation would be to ask for his shirt size explicitly. If you don’t have access to that kind of information, though, you could try measuring a shirt he already owns and then compare that to the size chart online.
Second in important is the length. This is important because if it’s too short, he won’t wear it in the first place. Again, a specific size would be the most useful information to have when buying online. If that’s not available, you could make your own estimates based on how tall your guy is relative to you.
Last but not the least is the color of the shirt, which will most likely dictate how often he will wear your gift. More classic colors like white, black and blue are the likeliest to be worn frequently. That’s part of the reason why you’ll want to invest in quality when you’re buying for someone else; the recipient will want to wear your gift not because it’s flashy, but because it’s a timeless, durable piece that he really wants to keep.
If you buy him something that looks good and feels great, he will show his appreciation by making it a wardrobe staple. Better yet, every time he puts it on, he will remember that it came from you!