Style Guide

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.

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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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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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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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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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mix patterns menswear

Playing with patterns is a great way to create a signature look. Men who mix patterns with élan seem to know something that other men don’t. Though some have an eye for detail and a knack for layering complicated prints, the rest of us can easily level up our style by following a few rules.

First up, let’s begin with the popular patterns found in menswear:

Stripes Striped shirts using Bengal, candy, pencil, and fancy stripes, etc. are familiar to most men. Suits that sport stripes are usually pinstripe or chalk stripe suits. Stripes can be found on suits, trousers, shirts and accessories like ties and pocket squares.

Checks – Similar to stripes, checks are a popular option for men. The most popular checks are Glen plaid, windowpane, tartan, checkered, gingham and graph checks. Again, checks can be found on suits, trousers, shirts and accessories.

Geometric patterns – Most fabrics with dotted or geometric patterns used in menswear have a subtle design. Think of a navy blue shirt with tiny light blue dots. If the dotted fabric is bright or has high contrast, it’s usually a tie or a pocket square.

Florals and paisleys – Floral and paisleys are often favored for men’s ties and pocket squares because they offer a lovely pop of color to an otherwise subdued look. Yes, floral shirts with huge tropical floral prints are popular in casual wear, but for formals, florals are kept subtle and small, or used as accents.

Conversation printsConversation prints, despite their casual nature, are slowly making their way into looks that are not strictly formal. This is because they look like harmless repeat prints from a distance, and only show off their quirkiness on closer inspection.

Let’s not forget twill weaves and solids. Solids form the foundation of most looks by easily balancing patterns. The most popular twill weave, the herringbone, looks like a pattern and is very popular in men’s clothing.

Now that you know the major patterns in menswear, it’s time to look through the rules of matching them:

Rule 1 – Have a harmonious color story

This rule may seem simple to grasp but takes finesse to execute. Ideally, the colors of your clothes should fall into a complementary or contrasting color story. It should never be clashing. For, e.g., a charcoal grey suit, white shirt, and navy blue tie are all neutrals. However, a charcoal grey suit, white shirt and deep purple tie play with contrasts.

Rule 2 – Think proportion

Suits cover your body, whereas shirts and ties don’t. Therefore, stick to patterns on your shirts and ties instead of your suits, or trousers. The other thing about patterned suits and trousers is that they are memorable, therefore they should not form the foundation of your wardrobe like pieces in black, navy or grey.

Rule 3 – Have only one prominent pattern

The safest bet is to use one print in the form of a tie and pocket square or shirt and then layer it with the right suit or jacket and trousers. But if you’re going to have a patterned suit, shirt and tie, then it’s best to ensure that all pieces don’t have loud patterns. For example, a charcoal grey plaid suit paired with a white and grey graph check shirt accessorised with a red dot print tie.

Rule 4 – Play with complementary patterns

This may take a bit of time to master, but keeping rules of proportion and color harmony in mind, you can play with complementary patterns. Here are a few:

  • Checks and stripes – Check suit, solid shirt and striped tie
  • Stripes and dots – Solid suit, striped shirt and dotted tie
  • Stripes and paisleys – Pinstripe suit, solid shirt and paisley tie
  • Florals and solids – Solid suit, floral shirt and solid tie.

Rule 5 – Don’t clash pattern and color

This bears repeating, but don’t mix a loud pattern and a
vibrant shade. Your look should have a single point of focus. If the viewer is distracted by too many elements, then you’re doing it wrong.

Apart from the above rules, think of your accessories like shoes, cufflinks, watches, belts, etc. as points of visual interest. This means that if you’re going to wear a look that’s heavy on patterns, stick with basic accessories that don’t distract the eye.

If you don’t own any patterned pieces of clothing yet, start out with smaller pieces like ties, pocket squares, and shirts and build it up from there. You can also consult with the Tailorman stylists at Tailorman stores to help you choose the right prints for your wardrobe.

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pinstripe suit

Blame it on movies from the 80’s, but pinstripe suits automatically conjure images of sharply dressed finance guys talking numbers or toasting each other over closing million dollar deals. During the hipster era, the pinstripe suit trend lay dormant, but it’s making a comeback.

Traditionally, pinstripes or bankers stripes came into style in the 19th century. They started out as banker uniforms, with each bank having their own stripe, shade and weight. Later they became the uniform of choice among gangsters, whose style was later copped by Hollywood stars. And this is how it gained its bad boy reputation.

So, what is it about the pinstripe suit that makes it appealing?

On a subconscious level, pinstripe suits symbolize money, status and power. It’s conservative, yet powerful and dynamic. It represents the alpha male. Even today, it’s favored by men who work in finance, and it means business.

From a design point of view, vertical stripes create visual interest. Plus, they give a slimming and lengthening effect to the wearer. Above all, they’re a classic, and therefore not reliant on trends to stay relevant.

When should you buy a pinstripe suit?

The rule is that your pinstripe suit should come in after you’ve purchased the basic suits, namely the ones in black, grey and navy. Why is that? Pinstripe suits are memorable, and therefore repeated wears will be noted, unlike suits in solid neutrals.

How do you style it?

The color of the suit and the stripe dictates the shirts and ties you choose. Ideally, the shirts you choose should match the stripes of the suit. But you have more freedom when the stripes almost match the background, because then you can treat it like a solid. That being said, the stripes will show up the closer someone gets to you, so here are a few important rules to dressing in pinstripe suits:

  • Make sure your suit fits well. Pinstripe suits, like all suits, look best when it fits well. But, unlike other suits, say a black, navy or charcoal grey suit, pinstripe suit will show the bunching and stretching caused by bad fit because of the visible lines. The Tailorman made to measure service ensures that your suits are tailored to perfection.
  • Wear solid color shirts, preferably neutrals. If you want to play with patterns, choose micro checks and subtle stripes, but always go with neutrals as a first choice.
  • Accent the suit with ties and pocket squares with contrasting shades, e.g. navy blue, maroon, black, etc. Alternatively choose ties in light colors like gold or lilac. When it comes to patterns, it’s best to stick to paisleys, stripes, plaids, polka dots, provided they’re not loud.
  • Tone down the accessories. In other words, reduce the points of focus on your ensemble – cufflinks, tie pins, big watches, etc. This allows for a clutter free look.
  • Wear formal shoes like derbys, Oxfords or monkstraps.

Now that you have all the encouragement you need to buy a pinstripe suit, please head to the Tailorman store and make an appointment for a made to measure suit.

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Tailorman blazers for men

Changing seasons call for smart layering. You may already own a plethora of casual jackets in your wardrobe, namely leather, denim and khaki jackets. But as we slowly move into fall and winter, it’s time to add a few blazers to the mix.

Now, if you thought blazers were too formal for everyday looks, you’re probably confusing them with suit jackets. Truth is that blazers and suit jackets are just not the same. Blazers made for fall/winter are more rugged and heavier and can be worn with denims. Suit jackets, on the other hand, are usually more finer and will look out of place in a casual ensemble. Here we give you the top three blazers every stylish man should own in his wardrobe, along with tips on how to style them:

Tailorman knit blazer

A great alternative to the casual jacket, the knit blazer gives a sophisticated edge to your casual looks. We like it so much that we did an interesting blog on men’s knit blazer earlier, have a look at it. We suggest you pair the knit blazer with patterned shirts and solid trousers, or with solid T-shirts and denims. Accessorize with sneakers, loafers or Oxfords. There really is no going wrong with the Tailorman knit flex blazer, and as one of the hottest selling products this season, you should definitely head to a Tailorman store now and get one for yourself.

The classic navy blazer

This classic blazer is the ideal dressy casual piece. What does this mean? It means that it can be paired with your casual and dressy looks and won’t look out of place. You can also choose the depth of the navy blue shade you want. Pair it with light color dress shirts or one with a small repeating pattern. For the bottoms, wear khakis, chinos, jeans or dress slacks in a neutral palette. Tie the look with derby shoes. Accessorise with ties and pocket squares in pops of color since navy blue easily balances them out.

A patterned blazer

Once you have the other two essentials, it’s time to show off your personality. We suggest you buy a patterned blazer that displays your signature style. You can choose a herringbone, plaid or houndstooth blazer in tweed for this purpose. The classic color choices are browns, navy and grey. Pair it with solid color shirts or subtle checks or stripes, since the pattern on the jacket will stand out on its own. For bottoms, wear it with tailored trousers or dark wash denims. Complete the look with monk straps, boots, or wingtips.

Now that we’ve given you a few compelling reasons to buy blazers, we suggest you call for an appointment at a Tailorman store now and have these custom made for you.

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monogram for men

It’s always a pleasure to see old-school things make a comeback, especially in fashion. And monograms are right up there with finely tailored, made to measure clothing. There was a time when it was just a nice way to differentiate your clothing in the laundry pile at the boarding school. However, today its making a comeback as a tasteful addition to a man’s clothing.

So what is it with the monogram that makes it so appealing?

Most stylish men today have made space in their wardrobes to accommodate designer wear dotted with logos. Designer logos are nothing but the designer’s monogram, and though they are attractive, they’re not personalized to the wearer.

Monograms, on the other hand, are made to represent the owner of a particular piece of clothing, be it a shirt, a robe or a suit jacket. They add a subtle layer of detailing to your clothing that differentiates it from that of others. Plus, they carry an old world charm that can’t be replicated in fast fashion clothing.

What should you monogram?

The most popular monogram choice is that of the name initials, but you could also ask for a special date to be monogrammed on your clothes. An example of this is the wedding date embroidered into the suit lining. Now isn’t that a sweet touch or what?

Should it be loud or subtle?

Since this is an embellishment on your chosen piece of clothing, you do have the freedom to embroider your shirt with your initials in a bright color. But you don’t want it to be the focal point of the shirt. Therefore, its best to stick to a color that complements the shirt or suit you’ve purchased so that the monogram does not look ostentatious. Go with toned down colors or tonal shades. The subtler it is, the classier it is. And yes, only one monogram per piece of clothing.

Tailorman provides monogramming services when they create custom shirts for men. This is the perfect finishing touch to a made to measure shirt – the last step towards making it truly your own. They give you the option to have your shirt monogrammed on either of the cuffs, near the button hole, or on the left chest pocket. Similarly, Tailorman encourages you to monogram important dates (like a wedding or graduation date) onto the lining of your suit jacket.

If you’re looking to move away from the world of fast fashion, and embrace a new way of dressing yourself, then custom made clothing with your initials just might give you the necessary nudge. Over time, people will come to associate your tailor made shirts and monograms as representations of your personal style.

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Tailorman Knit Flex Blazer and ways to style it

Fluctuating weather can act like kryptonite to your most well-planned looks. What do you do when it’s too warm for a jacket, but too chilly for just a shirt or a T-shirt? Enter the Tailorman knit blazer for men.

Don’t let the word “blazer” intimidate you. The Tailorman knit blazer, also known as the Flex blazer, is the perfect layering option for the stylish man during transitional weather. The structured knit blazer straddles that tricky area between formal and casual dressing, making it a versatile piece of outerwear. That being said, the construction isn’t sloppy either.

The tailoring provides form stability, while the pockets, notch lapel, two button closures, etc., conform to classic styling. The fun elements are displayed in the lining, which can be customized.

Four ways to style the knit blazer

So how do you style this piece, because throwing it on without a second thought (though that’s exactly what it’s made for) won’t do it justice. Instead, here are three ways you can style it to get maximum mileage out of it.

Mix it with prints

Take a cue from the printed lining and wear it over a print shirt. Go for colors that complement the blazer, therefore think of your shirt as an accent since only a bit of it would be visible once the blazer is on. Dark denims in blue, black or grey complete the look.

Colorblock it

No, we’re not talking about the combination of bright separates that’s often used as an example to represent this trend. Instead, wear it over a neutral color T-shirt and trousers combo. Want to take the look up a notch? Replace the T-shirt with a turtleneck. Easy to nail and 100% on trend.

Add formal elements

If you like to experiment, then use this blazer over a denim shirt and chinos. But here’s the twist – add a tie and a pocket square!

Sexy basics

If you’re a lover of clean basics, then just consider wearing this blazer with your T-shirts, polo shirts, jeans, shirts, and trousers. It’ll automatically take the look from zero to a hundred in no time. When we said this blazer was versatile, we weren’t kidding.

Now that you’ve read till here, all we need to know is this – have you booked your blazer? Visit any of our store locations today and get your Flex blazer now!

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