Lighten Up: Wearing the Linen Suit for Warmer Months
Quick: imagine the classic linen suit. What comes to mind? Miami? 1986? Uncle Fred in his signature leisure suit?
While older iterations of this suiting staple were certainly questionable, today's gentleman has some decidedly more stylish options when it comes to warmer weather wear. Linen, along with spring and summer suiting in general, is having a bit of a renaissance: no longer does summer professional garb necessitate choosing between sweating it out in a dark gray getup or braving the crowds in seersucker.
The Power of the Suit
The Power of the Suit: Danny Keefe Teaches Us about Standing Out and Standing Up
We’re firm believers in the power of the suit to make a guy feel more like a gentleman – more self-assured, conscientious, and capable. And when we see our fellow suit-wearers, we feel a sense of camaraderie.
Gentleman-in-training Danny “Danimal” Keefe wears a suit to school every day – but even though he was the sharpest-dressed kid in a sea of stain-resistant fabric, he was getting picked on by his kindergarten classmates for a speech impediment he’d had since birth.
Best Tie for a Job Interview
We've all heard the phrase,"You only get one chance to make a good first impression", and that couldn't be more true than for a job interview.
There are a few things that distinguish a well-dressed man from a man with style – and among them is an eye for detail.
Aside from the fit of your suit, your tie is arguably the first thing people notice about your ensemble. A truly great tie will marry disparate pieces and make your shirt, shoes, and jacket a bona fide ensemble.
Some style tips to think about when selecting a tie for your next important job interview:
Tailored TLC: How to Extend the Life of Your Best Clothes with Proper Storage
Part 1: How to store your suits
You've just purchased a fantastic suit. The tailoring is perfect. Or, you've just brought your freshly laundered items home from the dry cleaner. How do you keep these items in perfect condition at home?
There are plenty of mistakes to be made – leaving things on the hanger and stashed in the plastic they came back with is a major one. But if you invest in a high-quality piece of clothing – and its routine cleanings – you should expect to also invest some extra time and attention to keep it in good condition for years to come. A few extra steps are all it takes.
Storing Leather and Suede Pieces
Welcome to our blog!
With our site’s recent redesign, we figured it was time to step it up and bring our clients something more, well, customized. And so here it is – our very own blog. The Tailored Man is all about meeting your needs and our blog will provide answers to your questions, helpful info, and interesting tidbits collected from different threads across the web.
In the next few months, we’ll explain the difference between bespoke and made to measure (MTM) suits. We’ll discuss the suiting options you have for various events and occasions. And, hopefully, we’ll surprise and inspire you.
But today, for the first-ever Tailored Man blog post, let’s talk about something rather basic: how to find a great suit in the first place.
Finding a great suit is an endeavor – and it’s worth your while.
An expertly tailored suit is the ultimate confidence-booster for men. If you already have one, you’ll know what we mean – and if you don’t, come schedule an appointment with us to experience that invaluable “I can do anything” feeling.
Time It Right.
- We at the Tailored Man will be the first to tell you: no matter how well-made the suit, the fit will make or break it for the wearer. If you’re not at least 6’, you’ll probably want to go for one or two buttons. If you’re stocky rather than slim, a single-breasted coat will flatter your frame.
- Just as important as the cut of the suit is that it reflects your sensibilities. If you’re an international man of mystery, you’ll want your pants and jacket to move with you – fabrics with some give and strategically placed vents will let you take care of business. If you spend a lot of time giving presentations or attending business meetings, choose details—a customized collar lining, for example—that will make you memorable.
Right now, most clothing stores are dropping prices on cold-weather apparel to make room for spring and summer wares. It’s a great time to buy those high quality staples that are less affordable at full price – think wool and flannel numbers you can wear immediately and then stock away in a few months.
*When in doubt, buy the suit too large rather than too small – our tailors can get a too-large OTR option to fit exactly how you want it to, but a too-snug fit can’t be helped as much.
Have an Eye for Details.
Without even looking at the price tag, you’ll be able to pick out a quality suit by looking for these features.
- A hand-stitched flower loop under the left lapel, though very rarely used these days, means a good tailor is behind the piece.
- A hand-sewn interior pocket on the inside left breast pocket should be set off by sections of the external fabric.
- Hand-stitched sleeve linings will be difficult to stop – if you can clearly see where the arm lining meets the body lining, it’s not a great suit.
- Hidden pockets are a bit like nice underwear: they make you feel more prepared, confident…and they can hold your credit card in a pinch. Look for a hidden pocket on the interior, behind the conventional front pocket.
- Vented pleats almost guarantee a great fit, and they keep your tucked-in shirt from bunching up or slipping out.
Here’s the key with a great suit: it should make you feel comfortable and confident. It should feel like your best version of you – not like something you’re not (see: your dad, 30 years ago; a retired accountant). Know what you like, and follow your instincts: you’re the best designer you know.