Bad Fit Disease, Why Cool Guys Look Better Than You In The Same Clothes

Bad Fit Disease

Most guys are walking around in ill-fitting clothing, and this article is for starting an awareness campaign. Awareness of what? The “Bad Fit Disease,” or “BFD” for short. This is a disease that we need to fight against before it turns into a full-fledged epidemic in Zimbabwe.

We must be ruthless about fit because of how much it’s a difference to a man’s image. A great fit that molds to your body can make inexpensive pieces look like designer pieces, and take you from looking like a slob to the well-groomed man.

If it’s too big, then you will look like a little boy!

This is why fit is such an important aspect of style. You keep wondering why clothes don’t look as good on you as they do on others, and it’s likely because of this one basic error. Fixing this mistake is the most important change to your style. Leave it unfixed, and all your efforts to dress well will be fruitless.

5 Types of Guys Who Wear Ill-Fitting Clothes

Men wear ill-fitting clothes for a number of reasons, but there are 5 main types of guys that show up the most:

  1. The Body Hider is unsatisfied with the body he has and tries to hide it from the world. They wear clothes that are too large, to try and cover up their problem areas, but in doing so, they’re only drawing attention to them. Large men will only add bulk to their frame. Skinny guys that do this will only be perceived as unable to fill out their own clothes.
  2. The Body Smoother thinks he can smooth out his belly bulges by wearing tight clothes. He doesn’t realize this will only make them more prominent.
  3. The Oblivious doesn’t realize he’s doing anything wrong at all. He thinks everything is okay. He’s simply clueless on how clothes should fit properly.
  4. The Indifferent doesn’t think fit matters that much. If he sees something he likes he just buys no matter what. If an item looks cool on a mannequin, it will also look cool on him. Who cares that it’s a bit oversized?
  5. The Show-Off is the opposite of the first 2 types, and is actually so proud of his muscles that he wants to show them off. He wears a shirt that’s so tight it nearly cuts off his circulation. The only thing he shows off though is that he is a douch.

Some men are a mix of 2 of these types. Most guys are the oblivious-indifferent combination. Which type do you think you are?

How Clothes Should Fit

Most guys buy ill-fitting clothes with the assumption they will fit in them as they grow. However, the opposite is true. Clothes should fit the body you have now; not the one you aspire to have. You should never base your wardrobe on a future projection of yourself then you fail to look good in the present for a future that may never happen.

Here’s a quick checklist you can use to evaluate different How clothes should fit you.


Baggy arms, sagging sides, ballooning back – just too much excess fabric. Most guys wear their shirts like this and think it’s a pretty good fit. Just because a shirt may fit your neck doesn’t mean it fits the rest of your body.

  1. Shoulder seams should rest on the edge of your shoulders; not on top of them and not over them.
  2. The cuffs of your shirt should end at the dimple of your wrist.
  3. There’s no stretching of fabric around the chest or the buttons.
  4. When you tuck the shirt in, there is no excessive billowing around the waist.
  5. You can fit two fingers between the collar and your neck; no more and no less.
  6. The collar should just graze your neck without constricting it. If turning your head causes the collar to turn with it, the collar is too tight. You should be able to comfortably fit two fingers inside of your buttoned collar without it tightening against your skin.


  1. Your pants should feel comfortable around the waist. Always try pants on without a belt. You should be able to keep them up on your own and they should not fall down when wearing them without a belt, but they shouldn’t be pinching your waist either.
  2. The front of your pants leg should have a slight break, where it meets your shoes.
  3. The back of your pant leg should just reach the top of your shoe’s sole.
  4. The fabric at the end of the legs shouldn’t puddle.
  5. Most trousers will need adjustments after you buy them to get the necessary fit.


Any oversize jacket is going to feel like it was handed down from your grandfather. A great jacket fit should slightly hug you in the arms, and shoulders without restricting your movement.

  1. Check the shoulders and chest. The jacket needs to fit in these places, as they’re the hardest to alter.
  2. Your lapel jacket collar should lie flat against the front panels and the buttons should hang close to your stomach.
  3. The shoulder seams should rest at the corner of your shoulder, and the sleeves shouldn’t have indents below the seam.
  4. Cuffs of your shirt should protrude about a quarter to half an inch from the jacket’s sleeves, when you’re standing with arms hanging by your side.
  5. When your top button is closed, the jacket should show no X-shaped stretching.
  6. The back of the jacket should just about cover your butt.


Shoulder seams should be on the edge of your shoulders

  1. Shoulder seams should rest on the edge of your shoulders; not on top of them and not over them.
  2. T-shirts shouldn’t pass your trousers zipper.
  3. When you raise your arms sideways, no more than an inch of your belly is exposed.


  1. While on your feet, you should not be able to easily fit a finger behind your heel (this varies a bit, but your shoes shouldn’t have too much room).
  2. You should be able to barely graze the front of the shoe with your toes. The front of the shoe should not be pressing on your toes.
  3. The shoe should exert little to no pressure on the sides of your feet. This should be obvious, but walking should be comfortable and take no effort.

Action Step 1: Evaluate Your Current Wardrobe

What you need to do next is to take all the clothes and use the above checklist to evaluate each on how clothes will fit.

Try everything in front of a full body mirror, and go over each checkpoint to see if it meets the criteria. Also be sure to check whether the clothes follow your frame or have too much fabric.

There’s a good chance some of your clothes will have the wrong fit. This doesn’t mean the end of the world. They can be easily adjusted by any good tailor and  we can easily refer you to the best tailor a perfect fit when you buy. See you on the other side fashion

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