When in doubt, try men's clothes

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PHOTO BY ANDREA LOPEZ / FEATURES EDITOR

Written by Muleskinner Staff

By SHELBY BILBRUCK
Columnist
(WARRENSBURG, Mo., digitalBURG) — As fall weather approaches, our eyes are peeled for cute sweaters, cardigans, coats and warm accessories such as hats, scarves and gloves. The obvious place to look for these types of clothing would be in the women’s section of our favorite store, but this season it’s time to expand our reach into another area.

PHOTO BY ANDREA LOPEZ / FEATURES EDITOR
PHOTO BY ANDREA LOPEZ / FEATURES EDITOR

Shopping in the men’s section has many advantages – one being that not many other women will be wearing it.
By looking around in the men’s section for a while, you can discover hidden treasures you wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere. Button ups, jackets and even the coziest of sweaters are sitting and waiting to be discovered just a section across from the women’s.
Besides, men’s clothing is typically more comfy than women’s.
Most women’s clothing is made to hug and form fit every curve. Plus the material isn’t always made from the softest fabric. For example, men’s sweaters are easier to wear because most of them won’t make you itch all day long and they flow instead of cling to your body.
Even lounge clothing is more comfortable in the fall than women’s. Hoodies, sweatpants and joggers always seemed to be lined with soft material and, since they aren’t meant to fit a woman, they stay baggy instead of gripping to curves.
Next let’s talk about the clothing quality. Men’s clothing comes in the lead for the win again.
One example to show the quality difference would be button ups. Women’s button up shirts are usually made with lighter material and flimsy collars.
Men’s on the other hand, are made with thicker material with collars that stay in place. Even the structure of the garment is better.
Although there are many advantages of shopping for men’s clothing, there are a couple of disadvantages to look out for. The first is fitting.
With clothing like sweaters and coats, the fit doesn’t always have to perfect. However, with more structured and sophisticated pieces like button ups, you should have a piece that fits – especially on the shoulders. Look for slim fit styles at places like Express to get your pieces on point.
Lastly is sizing. Smaller sizes in men tend to disappear quickly in stores, so online shopping may be the best chance at snagging certain types of clothes if that’s what you wear.
This fall, break out into a different realm of clothing and head to the men’s section next time you shop.