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autumn winter trends 2019

For every man who likes to wear what’s in, there are ten who like to play it safe and repeat tried and tested looks. Therefore, trend reports always carry the risk of being totally ignored or being seen as amusing articles that needn’t be taken seriously. However, some of the most popular trends channelled through the Autumn/Winter collections from around the world for 2019 are extremely wearable. Here we give you six that any man can pull off:

1) Men in black

Celine

Tailored suits are appealing on their own but the complete Men In Black look that was channelled on the ramps of Saint Laurent, Celine, and Thom Browne is an easy trend to adopt. Think tailored black suit with a white shirt and a skinny black tie. So simple, and yet so easy to replicate. If you’re lean, then this ensemble will look especially flattering on you.

2) Oversized suits

Marni

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the oversized suit trend that was showcased on the ramps of Marni, Prada and Fendi. This is in keeping with the boxy/oversized trend that has been going strong for a while now. The best part is that you can layer oversized suit jackets over hoodies to take it to streetstyle territory.

3) Pink

Berluti

One of the most endearing trends this season is the embracing of pink with abandon as shown by designers like Berluti, Boss and Kenzo, to name a few. And it’s not a particular shade of pink, it’s all of it – light pink, blush, salmon, magenta, neon, watermelon, rose, etc. That being said, magenta is the hottest pink of the lot. When it comes to incorporating it into your looks, we’re not talking about using pink only as an accent color; instead it’s tip to toe pink for the boldest trendsetters. If that feels too loud for your taste, just add a dash of pink in the form of a pink tie, pink shirt, socks, or pocket square.

4) Monochrome

Fendi

Take a break from all those dark colors in your autumn/winter wardrobe, and go for a tip to toe neutral look. Fenid, Burberry, Ami and Louis Vuitton were some of the designers that put this look in their collections – think entire ensembles including accessories in a single shade, be it beige, off white or grey. Choose camel, a sophisticated grown-up color, that’ll suit most skin tones, especially Indian skin tones. Accessorise a camel suit and shirt combo with camel accessories, or accent it with dark brown leather shoes and bags.

5) Vintage florals

Gucci

Florals are guaranteed to come every season, though in different avatars. This season, it’s all about vintage florals, as showcased by Vetements, Loewe and Gucci menswear collections. Think retro florals in muted or bright colors. Add floral print shirts to your wardrobe this fall. Pair it with plaid trousers or layer it under chunky cardigans to really pay homage to this trend.

6) Parkas over suits

Dunhill

Take a page from Berluti, Givenchy and Dunhill, and layer your suit with a parka instead of an overcoat, when the weather gets cold. At once utilitarian and stylish, this looks especially striking if you pair a sombre suit with a vibrant parka. For those who want to play it safe, stick to a black or navy parkas.

Image Credits: Unsplash.com, businessoffashion.com, in.pinterest.com, star2.com, theskinnybeep.com, vogue.com, nowfashion.com

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dress code for entrepreneurs

“Dress like the entrepreneur everybody wants to invest in.”

The hoodie-black-T-shirt-jeans look that tech entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg made iconic has been the unofficial uniform for entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem for a while now. But many have come to realize that curating your look, dressing up and expressing yourself, and by extension your brand, speaks volumes.

The power dressing code today is much like an unspoken language. You want to stand out but also keep in mind that potential clientele are still looking for an ambitious, visionary, goal-oriented professional and not just a finely dressed dandy.

As an entrepreneur and founder of your company, you have the power to shape your dress code and make a strong first impression.  Since you are an extension of your brand and what it stands for, what you choose to wear becomes a representation of your brand too.

Start with corporate wardrobe basics

Getting your essentials right is the first step. Power isn’t just showcased in wearing something sombre, but rather defining the look that provides maximum self-expression, a feeling of confidence and competence.

A classic navy blue or charcoal grey suit is the backbone of every man’s wardrobe. Two piece options make you look sharp and classy. Glen plaids and pin stripe patterned suits can give you a break from the solids, while still being conventional enough for office wear. Let’s not forget a classic black suit for formal evening events either.

A pair of chinos or wool-flannel trousers are must-haves, along with classic dress pants. Aside from your crisp white dress shirts, try light blues, greys, pink and lilac shirts too. For patterned shirt options, go for pinstripes, graph checks and small (think tiny) repeat patterns.

These safe, time tested wardrobe staples can be relied on to take you through meetings with clients and investors.

Add semi-casual and casual elements

Now that you have your basics covered, it’s time to introduce high-lo styling, with an emphasis on comfort. Running a company is hard enough, don’t add to the stress by being uncomfortable. Mix things up with plain t-shirts and turtlenecks, preferably in neutral shades, dark wash denims, chinos, casual shirts, and versatile blazers.

Good quality T-shirts and turtlenecks are good throw-on items which will match anything you own in your workwear wardrobe, from suits to blazer and denim looks.

Dark wash denims and chinos can be your go-to option for Friday dressing. Stick to regular fits and dark washes when it comes to denims instead of opting for something in a trendy skinny fit with a strong fade.

Casual shirts worn to work should ideally be in neutral tones, but with bolder details like plaids, ginghams or conversation prints. These will still look like part of your workwear while holding their own.

Knit blazers are a wardrobe staple that will help you navigate transitional weather, and a better work wear alternative to casual jackets. Navy blue blazers are one of those pieces that every man should own and they can be effortlessly styled to go from boardrooms to pubs.

You can wear looks interspersed with casual elements for your day to day operations and weekend outings.

Don’t forget accessories

Your formal corporate wardrobe should have a collection of complementary ties, pocket squares and socks. Think neutral colors, and tiny repeat patterns. Similarly, don’t forget to keep a pair or two of formal Oxford shoes in black and burgundy brown and matching leather belts. You can still show off your unique sense of style with statement ties, pocket squares, watches, tie pins and cufflinks.

Show off your playful side on Fridays and weekends by accessorising smart with a powerful man bag, funky coloured pair of socks, and white sneakers. If you want to break out your expensive digital watch, this is your chance. They add extra pizzazz to your look. Add leather boots and monk strap shoes for semi-formal occasions too.

Tailored clothes and subtle design elements

The new power dress code is a refined take on the uber masculine style from previous decades. Think less bold shoulders and more fine tailoring – a look that is at once modern, sharp and sensuous. Subtle design elements like your choice in buttons, fabrics and lining, can amplify your appearance and show off your eye for detail.

Ultimately what matters is to be the best version of yourself.  When you look good, you feel great and you perform better. The key to dressing as a startup founder is to dress yourself in a way that expresses your true self, while adhering to the expectation of others. And allow it to change, and evolve with you as your company grows.

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black tie optional dress code

‘Black-tie optional’ is one of those formal dress codes that creates more doubt than clarity. What was once invented to make party-goers feel more liberated with flexible choices in their formal dressing, has become the cause of a slew of panicked questions at the sight of the phrase on an invite;”What color suit to choose?””Do I need to wear a tux?””What does optional mean?” “Do I need a cummerbund?” What IS a cummerbund?”

Ironically in the Art Deco period of 1920’s famously known as the ‘The Roaring Twenties’ or ‘The Jazz Age’, King Edward VII had passed on, and the far more conservative George V was making his mark in an attempt to reintroduce the formality his father had let slide in the courts. Edward VII had swapped his tailcoat for a blue silk smoking jacket with matching trousers, made by Henry Poole & Co. of Savile Row. It provided the monarch with a more comfortable alternative to the formality of evening tails.

It was Edward VII’s inspired loosening that eventually morphed into the birth of black-tie in 1885 among the well-to-do. This black-tie suit style was then adopted by members of the Tuxedo Club in New York.

Back then it was easy to decipher what black or white tie meant. Today, with when we enjoy a more relaxed  dress codes, it’s a tangled mess left upto the majority of men trying to decode what exactly the invite means. Therefore, we have compiled an informative guide from experts from around the world regarding everything you need to know about black-tie optional.

What does black-tie optional mean?

A simple definition of black-tie optional is that the host of an event is planning on wearing standard black-tie and hopes that their guests try to adhere to that as well, though it isn’t necessarily required.

The “Optional” is for men who don’t own traditional black-tie ensembles. It’s a judgment-free acceptance that not all men certainly own or can afford one. If you wish to wear a standard black-tie outfit for a black-tie optional event, you’re perfectly welcome to do so. The fact is that these black-tie optional events are a good opportunity to wear your occasion wear in accordance with all the traditional rules of proper black-tie. Although it’s safe to note that the “optional” part in the dress code shouldn’t be an excuse to dress down parts of a conventional tuxedo or incorporate other less formal elements.

What to wear to a black-tie optional event?

In a broad sense the dress code calls for a dark suit, a white shirt, a dark conservative tie, dark over the calf socks, black leather shoes, and maybe a few conservative accessories.

Suit: The dark suit should be very dark to stay on par with the black tuxedos and to maintain the decorum of the black tie event. Charcoal and midnight blue are also great alternatives. Solid coloured suits are your best choice, though faint patterns such as a light and broad windowpane could be acceptable. Two piece or three piece, single or double-breasted would work.

Shirts: For a significant contrast with a dark suit a white shirt is ideal for black-tie optional events. It’s best to avoid any other colours as it would be too informal for such an event.

Neckwear: The neckwear worn should be dark and solid instead of patterned. A black necktie could be worn but black bow ties should be avoided with dark suits. Keep that for tuxedos. To choose wisely instead of a black necktie you could go with burgundy, navy, a very dark forest green, or dark plum.

Footwear: Simple and classic black Oxfords are your best bet. Black derby shoes, if conservatively styled, could also work. The part that gives you most range in choice and flexibility would be in your accessories. Cufflinks can be silver, gold or any other solid coloured metal and they could feature designs and subtle embellishments.

What to avoid at a black-tie optional event

  • Light-coloured suits: Black-tie optional events take place in the evening and a suit in light grey or khaki would definitely not cut it.
  • Going without a tie: It’s simple, a black-tie event requires you to wear a tie. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bow tie or a neck tie, but you need to wear one.
  • Odd jackets and trousers: If you choose to be creative by wearing khakis or lighter hues with a mix and match blazer, they are simply too casual for an affair involving tuxedos.
  • Crazy socks: Socks in bright bold colours, funky patterns can be saved for a more casual event. For black tie-optional events, keep your socks the same colour as your trousers.

Understanding different invitation requirements

  • White tie or full dress: Wear a white wing-collar pique shirt, crisp white pique vest, white tie, classic black trousers with formal satin stripe, black tailcoat and black patent shoes.
  • Black tie: Wear a classic tuxedo with white shirt, dark vest or cummerbund and black tie. Accessorise with black patent shoes.
  • Black tie preferred: This generally means formal evening attire. Black tuxedo, white dinner jacket or dark tuxedo (no tailcoats). Non-formal dress suits are acceptable but not preferred.
  • Black tie optional: Not as rigid about formal attire as “black tie” or “black tie preferred.” Still, formal dress is appropriate and acceptable, including black tuxedo and dark contemporary-style tuxedos.
  • Black tie invited: This means that you are welcome to dress in formal attire if you like, but it is not required.
  • Semi-formal: Allows tuxedo or dinner jacket.

Finally it comes down to this. For someone who doesn’t own a tuxedo and chooses not to rent one, a black tie-optional event is your best friend. You can utilise your existing wardrobe, minimise your expense and still look like a million bucks when you’re at an event amongst the tuxedo-wearing masses. Just make sure that your suit’s well-fitted(ideally made to measure), brushed and dry-cleaned and that your whole look comes together to create a memorable impression. 

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slim fit vs regular fit shirts

There’s no debate to the fact that the two most popular types of shirts for men are the regular and slim fit shirts. That being said, most men do face a dilemma when choosing between the two. Let’s find out why.

Slim fit shirts are in trend nowadays, and with more men taking care of their bodies in an effort to show it off, slim fit shirts are becoming a go-to option. But just because it’s in trend does not mean it’s perfect for everyone, even those with toned physiques. And if you want a fitted shirt, slim fit isn’t your only option.

Most men confuse regular fit shirts for relaxed fit shirts. And therefore, when they require a shirt that needs to be tucked in (dress shirts for office wear, for example), they opt for slim fits, thinking it won’t look billowy. But the truth is that regular fit shirts can be tapered to skim your body. This still leaves plenty of room to breathe without big.

So let’s look at the difference at the construction level.

Construction:

Slim fit shirts are usually tapered, with darts in the back (and sometimes the front too) to conform to narrow waist. Some even come with a curved fit along the sides. Most slim fit shirts often have tighter sleeves than other shirt fits too. Though slim fit shirts are made with 100% cotton, the most comfortable ones usually have lycra for added stretch.

Regular fit shirts have an airy feel without being boxy. They don’t have darts, though a tapered finish can be given by taking in the side seams. They’re more generously cut over the chest and waistlines too. Regular fit shirts can be made of 100% cotton with no added stretch.

Despite the difference in construction, both shirt fits should feel comfortable to wear and move in, or else the tailoring is off. Plus, both these fits look good tucked in with no excess material draping over the belt.

Body types:

To make things easier, let’s look at the kind of body types these shirts are best suited for.

If you’re lean or “skinny”, then slim fits are perfect for you. People with this body type have a tendency to find tucked-in shirts spilling out, giving a muffin-like appearance, and slim fits are a smart alternative. Similarly, if you’re short and lean, a slim fit shirt will look great on you.

On the other hand, if you have a regular toned physique, then a slim fit shirt can fit you less like a glove and more like sausage casing. For everyone who falls in the slightly overweight to average to toned physique spectrum, the regular fit shirt will do nicely.

We can’t stress how important it is to get great fitting shirts; they look great, feel comfortable without all the stretching or bunching and they last longer too. Therefore, when going for ready made shirts, you’ll have to choose the shirt brand that gives you the right fit via trial and error. Therefore, we recommend you giver made to measure shirts a try, especially if you’re very particular about fit and comfort.

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mens suit patterns

If the phrase “patterned suits” made you think of Austin Powers, we forgive you. Most men find patterned suits too risky an option, and instead stick to safe bets like black, navy blue and grey suits. But patterned suits can be everything from fun to sombre. Here we take a look at six of the most popular suit patterns in the market.

1) Glen plaid suits

Reminiscent of European aristocracy, the Glen plaid enjoys a rich and distinguished history. It’s essentially a woollen fabric with a woven twill design of small and large checks. Owing to the check design, the making of a Glen plaid suit calls for a tailor with expertise since the checks have to align harmoniously at the seams. Glen plaid suits can easily be worn in formal work environments.

2) Windowpane

Unlike regular plaids, the windowpane checks give a more checkered effect owing to the wide spacement of the checks. The look can be sombre or bold based on the color or the check stripe. If the stripes of the check are close to the tone of the body, then it can be worn to formal settings, but if the check stripes are bold and contrasting to the body, then it’d be more suited for parties.

3) Pinstripe suits

Pinstripes or bankers stripes started out in the 19th century, when they were used in banker uniforms, with each bank having their own stripe. Even today, it’s associated with banking and financial institutions. The pinstripe, looks exactly like what the name suggests – stripes made by a pin. Pinstripe suits are ideal for corporate settings, thanks to the subtlety of the stripes, and the closer it matches the body, the more sombre it looks. Pinstripe suits are traditionally worn to jobs in the finance field, but they can easily be worked into every man’s formal wear repertoire.

4) Chalk stripe suits

Chalk stripes are closely related to pinstripes, the only difference being the width of the stripe. The name is derived from the fact that they look like stripes made by a tailor’s chalk on fabric. Chalk stripe suits are flashier than pinstripe suits and are ideal if you want the stripes to be predominant. Wear chalk stripe suits for boardroom meetings, when you need to draw attention and convey a powerful image.

5) Herringbone

The herringbone suit pattern comes from the repeated inverted V’s created by the twill weave. It’s a versatile pattern, and can be found on everything from semi-casual olive or brown blazers to neutral toned business suits.

6) Houndstooth

The houndstooth pattern can trace its roots back to Scotland in the 1800’s. The fabric got its name because it looks like a repeated hound’s tooth pattern. As such, houndstooth fabric is mostly used in suit jackets and blazers rather than full suits. It’s a very bold look, even when employed only on suit jackets or blazers, so wear them to casual events and parties.

We hope this helped you familiarise yourself with the six most popular men’s suit patterns. There are a few things to remember though – a patterned suit is memorable and therefore should not be part of your core suit collection. They can ideally be your fourth or fifth purchase. And high quality fabrics and beautiful tailoring are very important here since patterns make mistakes show more easily compared to a solid dark suit. And finally, don’t forget the importance of pairing your patterned suits with the right shirts and ties. Thankfully we’ve done a post on the subject that you’ll find helpful.

Image Credits: Herringbones – sprucelondon.com, Houndstooth – stylemakerfabrics.com

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style black suit

Black suits constitute one of the three fundamental suits in every man’s wardrobe, the other two being the grey and navy blue suits respectively. Most men think of the black suit as the go-to suit for all occasions, but that’s not the case. However, since black is symbolic of power, sex appeal and mystery, not to mention the slimming effect it creates, we recommend having it on hand. Here we give you the low-down on when to wear a black suit and how to style it for every occasion.

How formal is the black suit?

First of all, the black suit is the most formal suit you can have in your wardrobe. It’s strong, stark and quite memorable and therefore not as versatile as grey or navy blue suits. Plus it looks best away from daylight or fluorescent lighting. These qualities make it more suited for evening wear than for the day. That being said, it can still be styled imaginatively to suit various occasions. Here are a few:

How to style a black suit for work

Black suits are considered too formal for daily office wear, but you can wear them all the same with a bit of imaginative styling.

The classic white shirt and black tie combo works for most conservative offices. You can soften the look with pastel or neutral color shirts. Almost all color ties can be worn with black suits, but opt for low contrast colors so that your ensemble doesn’t look colorblocked. Black Oxford or monk strap shoes will easily complement these office looks. Since black suits are memorable, we suggest you rotate them with other suits.

The one rule of thumb is to not wear a black suit to an interview, since it’s more serious that the occasion warrants.

How to style a black suit for a night out

Black suits look sexy when worn with fitted black, charcoal grey and navy blue shirts. Ties are optional, but try a black tie or one in the same shade as the shirt. Add tie pins, signature watches and cufflinks to glam it up. Complete the look with black dress shoes like Oxfords.

Similarly, you can layer your black suit over pastel or printed shirts and leave the top two buttons unbuttoned for an effortlessly sophisticated look that’s perfect for clubbing and parties. Alternatively, wear your black suit with T-shirts. If you’re going with T-shirt, we suggest completing the look with white sneakers or dark brown leather Chelsea boots.

How to style a black suit for formal or black tie events

Black suits come into their own during formal events, especially those held in the evenings. Though not considered occasion wear, a well-fitted black suit can be a beautiful alternative to a tuxedo.

Pull off another popular black tie look with a crisp white dress shirt, black bowtie and white pocket square. Accessorise with black Oxfords or derby shoes and you’ll fit right in.

As you can see, there’s a reason why the black suit is a wardrobe staple. And just because it’s formal doesn’t mean that it has to be rigid and boring. However, we recommend you buy a made to measure suit in a fabric made of natural fibres so that it lasts for years. We’ve elaborated on the plus points of owning custom clothing in another post, and quality and longevity are two of the many plus points. After all, if you’re going to own only one black suit, make sure it’s one hell of a sexy, well-fitted one, that’ll last for years!

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purchase custom clothing

Over the years, custom made clothing have gained popularity as more companies offering made to measure menswear have come online. That being said, it’s not as popular as it should be, owing to the misconception that purchasing custom made clothes online is expensive and tedious. We’re here to put those myths to rest. Let’s begin.

What are custom made clothes?

Simply put, custom made or made to measure clothes are made to the specifications of the customer. This includes great attention to fit and also additional personalized features like fabrics, buttons, linings, collar and cuff styles, etc, chosen as per the customer’s preferences.

Benefits of custom clothing versus ready made clothes

Most people expect custom menswear to be exorbitantly expensive, but it’s marginally more expensive than something off the rack. But in so many ways, it’s a superior product. Let’s compare:

Fit: Custom made clothes are tailored to fit perfectly, whereas readymade clothes come in predefined sizes. The human body needn’t always conform to the readymade clothing sizes. Therefore, many times readymade clothes call for extensive alterations, whereas custom made clothes elude that issue in the very initial session when the tailor takes all the personal measurements.

Comfort: This is closely tied in to the point above. Some menswear staples like suits call for complicated construction with various materials and layering. Therefore, all elements have to drape the body well so that there is no bunching or pulling, even on parts that aren’t visible, like the lining. This part is hard to nail for off the rack clothes.

Longevity: Some of the factors leading to quick wear and tear in clothing are incorrect fit, low quality fabrics, and bad production practices. Custom clothing skirts this issue by paying close attention to fit before tailoring, and correct processes while tailoring. For example, did you know that a certain number of stitches per inch have to be maintained while tailoring, or that there are different types of seams, etc.? A good tailor would be aware of these and implement them too.

Choices: Unlike ready to wear clothes, custom clothing is made to suit your personal style and lifestyle, therefore everything from fabrics to trims to design elements are chosen by you. This especially pertains to fabric choices. Ready made clothes can come in low quality fabrics and threads to meet production price points, whereas custom clothing can maintain the highest standards. The tailor, and in some cases, in-house personal stylist (as seen in Tailorman stores) can assist you in making the right choices from a wide selection.

Customizations: When something is custom made for you, there’s literally no second piece like it. Therefore, a wardrobe filled with custom clothing is akin to your own designer label where the only client is you. Companies like Tailorman even offer monogram services, which act like your personal logo!

Repeat buys: One of the best things about custom clothing is that, once you’ve nailed the fit the first time around, you can have your other clothes customized easily every single time. In Tailorman, for example, the measurements of each customer is stored for future use.

But, are all ready made clothes bad?

No, custom made clothing require some time and effort on the customer’s end. Ready made clothes on the other hand are convenient to buy if you’re in a hurry. If your body matches the available sizes, then too, you’re in luck.

We hope that you’re feeling more confident about buying customized clothing. We suggest you walk into one of the Tailorman stores, or book an appointment online to ease yourself into the made to measure experience.

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Style Navy blue suits

Blue suits are one of the three fundamental suits that every man should possess in his wardrobe, the other two being the black and charcoal grey suits respectively. That being said, there are variations on the blue too. Let’s quickly go through the four popular blues:

  • Midnight blue – This is the most formal of all blues. It’s a great alternative to black for black tie events. For example, tuxedos often come in midnight blue.
  • Navy blue – The most popular blue of the lot. If you’re going to own only one blue suit, let it be the navy blue suit.
  • True blue – We suggest you get a true blue suit only after you get a navy blue suit. This is because it’s a memorable color and repeated wears will be noticed.
  • Light blue – A summery color for the hot months. Just like true blues, it’ll be noticed, and therefore should not form the foundation of your suit collection.

From the quick analysis above, it’s obvious that the most versatile blue of the lot is the navy blue. Therefore, definitely consider buying a made to measure navy blue suit. Below, we’ll give you tips on how to style the navy blue suit.

How can you style a navy blue suit?

Whether you wear suits to work daily depends a lot on your company’s dress code. Suits are a good investment for those who work in traditional careers like banking, investment, law, etc. However, a navy suit can work across the board and look just as good in more casual work environments.

Styling corporate looks using the navy blue suit:

Be it an important interview or a business meeting, navy suits won’t let you down. You can style navy blue suits for work in myriad ways with different shirts and ties. Here are some of the most popular combinations:

Style your navy blue suit with classic white, light blue and pink shirts. Ties that usually go with these shirts are black, navy, red, burgundy and pink. If you want to add pattern to the mix, we suggest thin stripes, micro prints or polka dots.

Another popular formal look is the blue on blue combo where you layer your navy blue suit over a light blue shirt. You can keep it formal with a textured navy blue tie.

Complete the look with dark brown or black shoes. Oxfords, brogues and monk straps are classic choices. Make sure that your belt matches your shoes.

We’ve discussed the rules of mixing patterns in a different post, but the main rule is to ensure that you don’t load your look with too many distracting details. E.g., if your shirt is loud, tone down the suit; if your tie and pocket square is patterned, then don’t wear heavy cufflinks and watches, etc.

Styling formal looks using the navy blue suit:

The navy blue suit, when styled correctly, can serve you well in formal occasions like black tie or black tie optional events. The rule of thumb is to stick to darker color shirts such as black, navy blue(for that blue on blue look) or charcoal grey. If you do opt for a white shirt, then tone it down with a charcoal grey tie and a complimentary pocket square. Complete the look with black shoes and belt, and a statement watch.

If you’re planning to wear your navy suit to a wedding, we suggest you wear a bowtie instead of a regular tie. If you do want to wear a tie, then opt for one in a pastel shade in keeping with the frivolity of the situation.

Styling casual looks using the navy blue suit:

Putting the words casual and suit in the same sentence may look like an oxymoron, but in this situation, it means business casual. And it can get even more relaxed based on the dress code. For shirts, you can experiment with gingham checks and florals, along with solid neutrals. If you’re wearing the shirts on their own, then leave the top two buttons unbuttoned. For the business casual look, ties and pocket squares are optional. There are those who take it to the next level and wear T-shirts instead of shirts. For shoes, you can wear leather shoes in Oxblood or burgundy, or opt for loafers or sneakers.

Now that you have all the tips needed, it’s time to invest in a good quality suit. We can’t stress enough on the importance of owning a tailor-made suit in a high quality fabric. We suggest you buy one in wool in a classic cut or head to Tailorman for a made to measure suit that’s perfect for you and your lifestyle.

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take care of your suit

Suits are one of the most most expensive clothing items a man can own. If you’ve purchased your basic suits, added patterned jackets and blazers, and a tuxedo, then you’re now the proud owner of an enviable wardrobe.

But once you have all the right suits, how are you going to maintain them?

Your first instinct may be to get your suits dry cleaned. But the truth is that most men are dry cleaning their suits too often. You could just as well keep suits fresh by brushing them, airing them out and spot cleaning them regularly.

Let’s talk about how long your suit can last.

As a general rule, if you buy a well-fitting suit in a classic style, crafted from good quality fabric, it can easily last your at least ten years. Steer clear of trendy elements and patterns and no one would be able to tell that it wasn’t a current purchase.

Next, how many wears can you get out of a suit?

As a general rule, you can get at least 130 wears out of a suit. This is a conservative estimate, because things like how often you wear your suits, how long you wear them each time, how much dust and stains your suits are exposed to during each wear – all can affect the longevity of your suit.

And finally, how to take care of your suit.

Storage

First of all, hang your suits on a wide wooden hanger in your closet. Make sure that the hanger is wide enough to reach the shoulders so that the shoulder padding stays intact. When you have to store your suits away for a season, it’s best to dry clean them first and store them in a breathable garment bag.

Brushing

Buy a suit brush specifically for brushing your suits. All you need is fifteen seconds to brush the dust and food particles off your suits. This buildup if left unchecked can lead to fiber decay, which in turn can lead to a dusty appearance and tearing. Therefore, regular suit brushing can add to the longevity of your suit.

Airing

Don’t pack your suits in like sardines. Give them an inch or two on either side so that they air out naturally between wears. This can get rid of light odors.

Steam cleaning

Use a steam cleaner to get the wrinkles out. It also gives the additional benefit of freshening your suit.

Spot cleaning

Spot cleaning comes in handy when your otherwise clean suit is marred by a stain. This way, your suit does not have to undergo drycleaning just to get rid of a tiny stain.

Washing suits

Though people wash their suits at home, we suggest you look at the care instructions that come with the suit first. Otherwise, we suggest maintaining it using the methods given above and dry cleaning it occasionally.

Dry cleaning

It’s best to take your suits to the dry cleaners every six months or when it starts to smell funky or look visibly dirty or when it gets a stain. This is because dry cleaning uses chemical solvents and regular dry cleaning can be bad for suits made from natural fibers.

Now that you have all the requisite information on keeping your suits clean, we suggest you buy made to measure suits with confidence – after all, they’ll keep for years to come and make you look amazing every time.

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how to style a tuxedo

If all the clothing items in a man’s wardrobe were assigned feudal hierarchies, the tuxedo would probably be king. And this makes perfect sense since the very first tux ever designed was for Prince Edward VII in 1865.

Tuxedos have always been seen as the sexy cousins of suits. Thanks to James Bond and Hollywood, tuxedos spell uppercrust in a way that’s unmatched by any other menswear garment. And with more men opening up to the idea of owning one, we’re faced with the common query – how does one style a tuxedo? We’ll get to that in a moment, but first let’s start with the basics:

When do you wear tuxedos?

Tuxedos are more formal than suits and can be worn to all black tie events. They’re evening wear meant for special occasions like formal weddings and high profile parties. Infact, follow the rule that says it should come out only after 6:00 pm.

We especially like the idea of men wearing tuxedos for their weddings. This is because, there’s a good chance most guests would be dressed up in their best suits, and a sharp tuxedo is a good way to stand apart from the crowd.

What constitutes a tuxedo?

The occassion wear has three important elements:

Tuxedo jacket – These jackets usually a notched, peak or shawl lapel (the classic option) with satin facing, along with satin covered buttons and trims.

Tuxedo shirt – Tuxedo shirts often have pleated or bibbed fronts. The collars are almost always spread or wingtip since a bowtie is often the accessory of choice. Sleeves end in French cuffs. The shirt placket may be concealed or have visible studs.

Tuxedo trousers – Tuxedo trousers often have a satin stripe running down the outer leg, and are designed to be worn with the tuxedo jacket. Most tuxedo pants don’t have belt loops, in keeping with the streamlined look, therefore we suggest having it custom made. Similarly, they don’t usually come with cuffs and pleats.

Though many men think that vests are required to complete the tuxedo look, the truth is that vests, like cummerbunds, are optional.

Finally, how does one style a tuxedo?

A tuxedo isn’t complete without the right styling elements. Here’s your tuxedo styling checklist.

Colors

The most popular colors for tuxedos are black and midnight blue since these colors look distinguished. There are those who experiment with jewel tones like garnet and sapphire blue, but we recommend black and midnight blue. The satin facing on the lapels though will always be black. And the shirt should always be white.

Accessories

  • Bow ties – Though trendy folk love to challenge the system by wearing ties with their tuxes, the ideal way to accessorise the shirt is by wearing a black silk bow tie to show off the shirt bib and placket.
  • Pocket squares – Like suits, pocket squares are optional. Unlike suits, pocket squares, if opted for while wearing a tuxedo, should be white.
  • Cummerbunds – This, like the pocket square is optional. The main purpose of the cummerbund is to conceal the waist. It should be worn with the pleats facing up, and the color should ideally match the bow tie.
  • Studs and cufflinks – Tuxedo shirt plackets usually have studs, and therefore your cufflinks should ideally complement them.
  • Shoes – Wear tuxedos with solid black socks. And for shoes, wear patent leather lace-ups. You don’t need any bells and whistles to distract from the overall sleek appearance.
Let’s know in detail about the Suit parts with our blog ‘Do you know the parts of Suit‘ and design your own suit.

Our parting words

It’s easy to go over the tips above and choose to buy a tuxedo off the rack. But the biggest contributing factor to a tuxedo’s sleek appearance is fit – the sleeves should end at the wrist, the trousers should hold up without belts, the shirt shouldn’t strain over the body nor bunch up, there should be two finger space between neck and collar. Therefore, we can’t stress enough on why it’s important to have a made to measure tuxedo.

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