Ask The Tailor: Cuffed Jeans and Tie Clips
Hello again my fashion-conscious friends. This month I discuss cuffed jeans, the tie clip, and make a return to the topic of pocket squares just briefly. Enjoy and keep the questions coming!
What should I know about tie clips?
— Pete in Alexandria, VA
Just like in real estate, when it comes to tie clips it’s all about location, location, location. The clip should never be too high and never too low. Please don’t ever wear your tie clip on an angle (don’t be that fella), and don’t wear it if it’s not necessary. If you’re wearing a vest or waist coat, leave the tie clip in the drawer. We have a more detailed look at tie clips on our blog.
Dress Like a King and Stay Warm with Corduroy
Corduroy comes from the French phrase corde du roi --- which literally means “The cord of the King.”
Corduroy keeps you warm and it also never goes out of style. Since it consists of several twisted fibers, corduroy is both warm and durable. But it’s not just utilitarian, it can also be stylish.
Many men choose corduroy because it’s comfortable. For example it’s softer than denim but can be worn both in casual and semi-formal situations. A dark corduroy trouser can be paired with almost anything: a dress shirt, sweater, layered look, or shirt and jacket.
Corduroy comes in many widths. It’s made by weaving extra sets of fiber over the base fabric. As a result you get textured vertical ridges known as wales. There are three types of standard corduroy: standard wale; pincord or pinwhale; and printed corduroy. Standard wale is available in many colors, pincord is finer and has a higher count (16 wales per inch as opposed to 11 per inch for standard), and printed cord is the process of dying the corduroy with pigment dyes. See Wikipedia for more on corduroy.
At The Tailored Man we carry several corduroy fabrics from Holland & Sherry that will dress up your wardrobe this fall and winter. Here are some examples of current corduroy fashions.
Ask The Tailor: Wool Suits and Shoe Trees
It’s time again for Ask The Tailor, and this month he’s working overtime, answering 20% more questions at no extra charge. You’re welcome.
When is it too early to wear a wool suit?
— Wooly Willie in Dale City, VA
You got it backwards, Willie. Cotton suits have a season, but you can and should wear your wool suits at any time of year. A wool suit is the staple of a man’s wardrobe, along with brown loafers, a denim shirt, a corduroy jacket, and a derby hat. At least that’s what The Tailor reaches for in his closet. Get a cotton suit for more casual events in the warm months, but wear your trusty wool suit for everything else in any month.
The Tailored Man Receives Honor as Washington D.C.
What do you get when you combine great customer service with quality fabric and clothing lines and add a dash of gentlemanly pizazz?
You get noticed.
Earlier this month, The Tailored Man was voted Best Local Men’s Clothing Shop by Express magazine, a publication of the Washington Post. The selection was based on readers’ votes.
Ask The Tailor: The One-Suit Man, Growing a Beard, and Watches
After laying the foundation last month with his first batch of advice, The Tailor is back and ready to be challenged with your questions. Come forth, ye needing wisdom, and huddle at the finely-shined shoes of The Tailor.
I have the resources for one suit and I want to be able to wear it year round for all occasions. What should I be looking for?
— One-Suit Charley in Culpeper, VA
You can’t go wrong with a blue suit – it’s appropriate for all seasons and versatile enough to wear for any occasion. Whether it’s a wedding, special occasion, funeral, or a night out, a well-tailored blue suit is a must in any gentleman’s collection. Start with the blue suit and grow your wardrobe from there.
The Tailor has a few secrets he can share --- purchase a colored shirt or a pinstriped shirt to spice up the solid suit when needed. Also, don’t buy a pinstripe blue suit if that’s all you’ll have. It stands out more and people will easily notice that you’re a one-suit man.