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essential dress shirts

If you work in a company that has a formal dress code, you may own a few dress shirts. But dress shirts can often end up looking monotonous if you don’t explore your options. That’s why we created a list of six dress shirts which can create the foundation for your dress shirt collection,

1.Classic white shirt

A solid white dress shirt with a classic collar and regular cuffs can lay the foundation on which you build your dress shirt collection. This is probably the most versatile shirt you’ll own since it can easily be worn with jeans, chinos, formal trousers and suits. Plus it goes with separates in all colors too. We suggest you for one in a medium weight fabric so that it can be worn year-round. Also, opt for one without pockets since the pockets don’t get used and a plain shirt front sits better under a suit.

2. White solid shirt with French cuffs

A white shirt with French cuffs can easily give you a break from the classic white shirt. They are especially appealing when you want to shine in a suit since the French cuffs (with cufflinks) and regular collar helps to frame the suit.

3. White shirt in fancy weave

Fancy weave shirts look solid from afar but display its subtle style element in close quarters. A herringbone pattern is a good place to start. Similarly, you can go for a dobby weave too. These look particularly good for evening wear, paired under a black suit.

4. Light blue dress shirt

We’re slowly moving into colors now. Traditionally dress shirts were typically available only in white. Therefore, colored dress shirts usually come in a limited range, namely light blue, light pink and lilac. And of these, a light blue dress shirt is the most versatile since it can easily be worn with all your suits. Once you have this, you can get one in light pink too.

5. A striped dress shirt

A blue and white dress shirt is an intrinsic part of the corporate dress code. Opt for one in thin blue stripes over a white background since it can be worn without you having to worry about the right tie or suit to match it. You can add a striped pink shirt too. Don’t go for contrast collars and cuffs in white just yet, since this is your dress shirt starter wardrobe, and therefore you want versatile pieces.

6. A checked dress shirt

Before you think this has anything to do with plaids, do understand that dress shirts always play it quietly. Therefore, a checked dress shirt can be in grey graph checks, light blue micro checks or a small red gingham check. You can opt for a check shirt with a button-down collar since check shirts usually spend more time in the smart casual wardrobe than the formal one.

And there you have it – the six dress shirts you can use to build your dress shirt collection. Do check out the Tailorman Foundation Shirt collection – 49 classic options for every occasion, custom made for you! But if you want to make your dress shirts really special, then go for a made to measure session at Tailorman and have your shirts tailored to your preferences.

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dress for interview

No event creates as much stress in a man’s life as an impending interview. We understand the importance of turning up dressed just right so as to make a positive impression on the interviewer. But in a sea of vast sartorial choices, where do you even begin?

Start with research

A bit of research will tell you exactly what works best at the company you are interviewing for. Go through the Linkedin or Facebook pages and check out the pictures of company events to get a general idea. If you live near the office, you can wait around to see how the employees come into work every day. And finally, if you know someone who works at the office, you can drill them for all the details.

Here we have curated three looks for three popular dress codes:

Formal

There are traditional companies that follow the formal dress code. This is more so when their employees directly interact with customers and therefore represent the company on a day to day basis, e.g. banking, finance, law, and government. Exude authority and professionalism by pairing a solid navy or dark grey single-breasted suit with a classic dress shirt in white or light blue. Accessorise with a complementing skinny or regular tie and black or brown leather Oxfords.

Business Casual

Owing to the relaxed dress codes followed by most companies, you can no longer go with the trusted formal suit and tie. In fact, unless the company belongs to a conventional field like banking, finance, law or government, you might end up looking out of place with the other applicants. That being said, don’t wear chinos and unstructured blazers for your interview. Make a positive impression with a button-up dress shirt worn with dark grey or navy dress pants. Layer it with a blazer. Alternatively, wear a navy suit with a dress shirt. Accessorise with black leather Oxfords or Derbys.

Informal

Nowadays interviewers have started preferring the informal interview, where they try to get a feel of the candidate before asking them to come for a formal interview at the organization. These usually take place over coffee or lunch. Despite the informality of the situation, it’s best to come dressed well. Therefore, no casuals. Instead, stand out from the casually dressed crowd in a button-down Oxford shirt worn tucked in with slim-fit chinos, and accessorize with brown or black Derby shoes.

Don’t forget:

Apart from the above style tips, there are a few crucial rules to remember. They are:

  • Don’t wear shirts in dark colors like black, indigo, etc. Instead, stick to office-friendly colors like white and blue. If you do want to add an element of design, then let it be in the form of ties and socks.
  • Wear close-toed shoes, and ideally no sneakers or loafers without socks.
  • Dress a level above the interviewer.
  • Even if the company you are applying to has a casual dress code, and the position you intend to work for is young and hep, do not wear denim, sneakers or hoodies.
  • Be well-groomed and sport stubble or long hair, no matter how good you look in it.
  • Don’t wear overpowering perfume, even if it is your signature scent and expensive.

There you have it, clothes to help you nail important interviews without worrying about dress codes. Head to Tailorman stores to have shirts, trousers, jackets and suits custom made for you.

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classic blue color of the year 2020

If you’ve watched the news over the past few months, you may have come to feel alarmed at the tumultuous state of world affairs. And you’re not alone when it comes to yearning for more stability and peace in general. The Pantone Color Of The Year 2020, Classic Blue, was chosen for these very reassuring qualities.

What is Color Of The Year?

Before we elaborate on the qualities of Classic Blue, let’s talk a bit about the concept of Pantone Color Of The Year. The selection process involves a heavy amount of trend analysis; Pantone’s trendspotters keep an eye out for new color influences in different fields, from art to fashion to tech, throughout the year. This is serious business, since color plays an important part in contributing to the visual identity of everything from product to brand. And therefore, Classic Blue being chosen as THE color of 2020 was not a flippant decision, but one reflecting the collective consciousness of the moment.

Why Classic Blue?

Classic Blue looks almost old fashioned when compared to the colors from the recent past, namely Ultra Violet of 2018, Rose Quartz of 2016 and Serenity of 2016. But therein lies the beauty of it. It’s conservative, dependable vibe is exactly why it was chosen. To quote Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute: “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

Classic blue in menswear

Blue has always been one of menswear’s favorite colors. In fact, it’s one of the safest colors; it looks good on everyone no matter their age or skin tone. It’s the color of style staples rather than trendy buys (we’re not talking to you turquoise blue). And it’s versatile enough to be worn day and night. Just think of all the men you know who’ve paired blue shirts with blue jeans over the past twelve months. Therefore, with the spotlight on Classic Blue this year, you have the freedom to revel in this color and style it accordingly.

How to style classic blue?

Off-White using Classic Blue for the Paris Fashion Week Menswear Runway F/W 2019-2020

Classic blue suits – Take a break from navy blue suits and opt for a classic blue suit instead. It’s a bit more vibrant than the dark navy blues, therefore keep it for special occasions, parties and weddings, where it can really shine.

Classic blue shirts – For those of you who don’t like to draw much attention to yourself, but still want to shop the trends, opt for a classic blue solid shirt which can be easily worn under a black or grey suit.

Classic blue printed shirt – What better way to add the color to your wardrobe, than with prints? Go for stripes, graph or gingham checks, plaids, florals, minute repeat prints, and bold placement prints in this color. Opt for the classic white and blue combination to really show off the shade.

Classic blue trousers – Now this is going to catch everyone’s attention, so play down the shirt. Just wear a plain white shirt and let the trousers do all the talking.

Ties and pocket squares – For those who want only the barest minimum of classic blue in their wardrobes, opt for solid or printed ties and pocket squares in this shade.

And there you have it – imaginative ways to add and style this shade for 2020. Let us know in the comments which of these looks you intend to try first. Head to Tailorman stores to stock up on the latest styles.

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three piece suit for men

Now that we’ve officially entered winter, it’s time to get a three piece suit. Though not a winter staple per se, December festivities give you a chance to dress up in your best, and a well tailored three piece suit delivers.

What is a three piece suit?

A three piece suit is composed of three pieces – the suit jacket, matching trousers and a waistcoat. The waistcoat can either match the rest of your suit, or be in a striking contrast to it. There are a few things to keep in mind though. The last button on your waistcoat should be left undone. Your waistcoat should cover your trouser belt line, without going too far below it. And finally, don’t pair a three piece suit with a belt.

How to wear three piece suits

Three piece suits are usually perceived as formal, but that doesn’t mean they have to be stuffy and boring. Fashion lovers regularly add playful elements like bold suit patterns, colored shirts, bold ties, etc to adapt it to semi formal occasions. But if you’re new to three piece suit territory, then we suggest you start safe and explore with fun styling as you get more comfortable in it.

Navy blue three piece suit

If you could own only one three piece suit, let it be the navy blue suit. The color is ideal for day or night and suits all age groups and skin tones. You can either dress it up with a light blue or white shirt, tonal tie and derby shoes, or keep it fashion forward with a floral shirt and loafers. A pinstripe three piece suit would be ideal for work situations where you want all eyes on you.

Grey three piece suit

Grey three piece suits, like navy suits are ideal for conservative work environments. A charcoal grey three piece will look just fine at work, but a light grey three piece suit looks more summery and ideal for daytime weddings. For the latter event, wear a patterned tie and matching pocket square to give the look a jaunty vibe. Add dark brown derbies to complete the look.

Black three piece suit

A black three piece suit worn with a grey shirt and black tie is a sleek way to slip into a party. Wear monk strap shoes and a chrome watch and you’re in rockstar territory. Swap out a solid black waistcoat for one in jacquard fabric to make it look more ornamental. The color palette makes it ideal for evening wear. But if the event is more formal, then swap out the monk straps for Oxford shoes.

How to wear patterned three piece suits

Three piece suits in dark colors and minimalist styling are ideal for formal and even corporate wear. Three piece Glen checks and pinstripe suits too are great for work. Patterned three piece suits in earthy tones with houndstooth and plaid patterns like windowpane checks or tweed are ideal for semi formal situations like holiday parties, dine dining, weddings, etc. Those who want to break up the seriousness of the look can add a waistcoat in a complementary color instead of matching it with the suit. To know how to mix patterns like a pro, check out our post on the subject.

The thing to remember while wearing a three piece suit is that it has to be tailored well. This is because this look involves four layers – shirt, waist coat, suit jacket and trouser. Therefore it can’t be too bulky. Apart from that, the waistcoat has to skim the body so that it lies flat over the shirt. Finally, since no belts are worn in a three piece suit so as to not break the lines, the trouser has to fit well. Therefore consider taking advantage of the Tailorman made to measure service. Feel free to Whatsapp us on +91 9551112222 for a personal styling session.

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tweeds for men

Despite the abundance of new fabrics in the market, there are some fabrics we return to over and over again. Come winter, and you may see yourself reaching for your trusty tweeds. If you don’t already own a tweed jacket or two, this would be an ideal time to consider buying one. But, if you’re unsure as to why you need one, this article is for you!

What is tweed?

You may be forgiven for thinking that tweed is a pattern. It’s actually a fabric – a rough, closely woven woolen fabric with a soft open and flexible texture. Tweed fabrics are usually composed of a plain weave or some variation of the twill weave. But long before the weaving stage, the wool used for tweeds have to go through a rigorous process of drying, heating, straightening and spilling. This makes it extremely durable, warm, light-weight and moisture-resistant, making it ideal for the outdoors.

Another distinctive features of the tweed fabric is the appearance, especially the colors(usually chosen to blend in with the scenery). The colored yarns are created by blending multiple colors or shades of dyed fibres. Sometimes, multiple colored yarns are twisted together to create more depth.

The tweed origin story

You just can’t talk about tweed without taking a closer look at its historical roots. Long associated with Scottish nobility, British aristocracy and landed gentry, tweed is decidedly posh despite its rugged appearance and humble roots (since it was first worn by the peasantry).

Thanks to its fabric composition and earthy color schemes, tweeds were ideal for pursuits like riding, shooting, and hunting game. It provided excellent insulation along with camouflage, making them the first performance fabrics. Since it was worn by the rich, it had a trickle-down effect and pieces like tweed jackets, hats and vests became popular among the masses. Even today, tweeds conjure images of old estates and country living, and designer collaborations have only added to its appeal over the decades.

How to style tweeds for different occasions

Despite the hunting and outdoorsy connotations carried by tweed, it is a versatile fabric that can just as easily be worn to work. But this has a lot to do with the tweed patterns and colors you choose. You can find tweeds in solid shades or houndstooth, herringbone, windowpane and Glen checks, etc.

Wear tweeds while traveling

Thanks to its sturdy nature, light and water-proof nature, tweeds are ideal for the outdoors, especially during transitional weather. Therefore get a tweed blazer in grey, brown or olive. Wear it over denim or melange shirts. Add a gilet or sweater vest for added insulation. For bottoms, you can wear anything from denims to corduroys to chinos. Just keep the fabric weights in mind since a heavy tweed jacket would call for an equally heavy trouser fabric. Complete the look with knitted stoles and leather boots.

Wear tweeds to work

A tweed suit jacket can add some texture and depth to your work wardrobe. Some work environments, like those related to academia, are more open to tweed jackets than others. Relaxed work environments and start-up communities too will find the tweed fabric appealing for its utility and style. If you’re going to introduce it to your corporate wear though, stick to solid brown or olive tones, or Glen checks. Use a tweed waistcoat to break up the formality of a grey or navy suit. Similarly, use tweed blazers in place of your knit blazers on Friday. A tweed overcoat though would be a practical thing to own and will complement most of your suits. Complete the look with brown or burgundy leather boots or monk straps.

Wear tweeds casually

Thanks to their rugged nature, tweeds can be worked into your casual wardrobe. You can go for a herringbone pattern or even a boisterous houndstooth with an over check. Just ensure you match the tones with other separates. To play down the seriousness of the tweed, add floral shirts and denims. To play up the country estate owner vibe, add turtlenecks. Complete the look with brown leather boots or monk straps.

We hope this has put you in good stead to buy your first tweed jacket or add to your existing collection. We can’t stress the importance of getting a tailored tweed jacket, especially if it’s patterned since checks or herringbones matching on the side seams show the quality of craftsmanship. We suggest you get a made to measure tweed jacket. Start with a utilitarian travel jacket and build from there!

Do you have any style queries? If so, do drop in a question in the comment section and we’ll answer it.

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tailorman made to measure

Over the years, Tailorman has made a name for itself in the made to measure menswear niche. That being said, there’s still a lot of ambiguity regarding the phrase made to measure. Therefore, we believe this is a good time to dive into the technical aspects of what defines a made to measure product in contrast to a ready to wear design.

What is the major differentiating factor between made to measure, bespoke and ready made clothes?

Where sartorialists don bespoke pieces, meticulously tailored by some of the finest artisans, the masses are usually left with cheaper, off-the-peg ready made options, often produced in large quantities in local manufacturing units.

While ready to wear offers inexpensive, mass-produced, and low quality products, bespoke marks the creme de la creme of the tailoring industry. Such clothes are constructed specifically for the individual, from scratch, using the finest fabrics and materials. Needless to say, it offers an unparalleled experience and delivers an exceptionally tailored fit. But all this comes at a price that will definitely burn a hole in your pocket. 

This is where made to measure steps in and bridges the requisite gap that the market demands, by providing complete personalization and exemplary fit at an affordable price point.

While made to measure does not offer the complete bespoke experience, it meets you midway with numerous customization and fit options that ready to wear fails to extend.

Customization options provided at Tailorman 

As one of the premier design establishments in India, we pride ourselves in owning over 4000 fabrics, upto 50 button options, over 75 linings, and 15 personalization options across our eight major product categories – suits, jackets, shirts, trousers, bundys, waistcoats, bandhgalas, tuxedos.

This wide pool of customizations offers numerous design options across various occasions, skin types, and body shapes for a truly personalized shopping experience.

The Tailorman made to measure process 

The process begins with an appointment or a walk-in for  a made to measure session. The session begins with a one-on-one consultation with a Tailorman Stylist. The stylist will help you pick out the suit or shirt style, fabrics, and trims based on your occasion, personal preference, skin tone, and body shape.

Post the finalization of your design, the Tailorman Master Tailor will help you get measured for the perfect fit. This process ideally takes an hour or two, on average, owing to the many individual measurements that are taken into consideration.

The various personalization options at Tailorman

  1. Personalization options for your jackets – Fit, lapels, piping, buttons, lining, canvas, shoulder pads, sleeve length, jacket length, jacket front, pockets, sleeve buttons, and pick stitch.
  2. Personalization options for your trousers – Fit, waistbands, hem, pockets, buttons, internal lining, and length.
  3. Personalization options for your shirts – Fit, collars, plackets, piping, sleeve length, shirt length, pockets, cuffs, yoke, back pleats, darts, and buttons.
  4. Personalization options for your bundys and waistcoats – Fit, lapel, piping, buttons, lining, length, pockets, buttons, front opening, and pick stitch.

The cherry on top is the monogram, which is added as per the customer’s requirement. Tailorman made to measure session ends with the customer making a purchase. This means that the actual production can begin before the final product is delivered. 

The final fit-on session

The fit-on session will help you understand your final fit and help the master tailor make the necessary alterations to your final look. This ideally differs from brand to brand. At Tailorman, the fit-on session is scheduled 8-12 days from the purchase date. 

The final notes are filed away for further use too. 

Is made to measure menswear worth it?

While ready to wear might be easily accessible and affordable, made to measure promises excellent fit, high quality fabrics and finish. The level of detail in design and precision in tailoring offers an exclusive sartorial experience. Made to measure is for those men who value craftsmanship and long lasting clothes that can be worn for decades to come. No matter how much of a fast fashion fanatic you are, there’s room in your wardrobe for a lovely made to measure piece from Tailorman

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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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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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