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Friday, May 31, 2013


The central hues are the visible color spectrum in their most basic form.  They read very brightly to our eyes.
You won’t often see these colors in the base pieces of men’s wardrobes (the “canvas” clothes we talked about in A Man’s Guide to Combining Colors).  They’re too bright and eye-catching for most situations.  Where you will see them is in the accent pieces of a man who wants to stand out without being ostentatious about it.  A vivid red pocket square or boutonniere on a muted gray suit is a classic way to use a splash of bright hue.

Related article:
http://mansuits-suits.blogspot.com/2013/05/bespoke-suits-in -wild-has-become-habit.html
 http://bespokesuits123.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-fold- suits-and-shirts-in-suitcase.html
 http://matthewaperry.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-effects-of- clothing-on-cognitive.html
 http://ausuit.blogspot.com/2013/05/mini-white-pinstripe-black-three -piece.html

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cotton Fiber Properties

Absorbency and Cotton Fabric
Moisture absorbency is what makes cotton so comfortable in hot weather.
It absorbs the moisture from your skin allowing it to evaporate by passing through the fabric, thus allowing your body to regulate your temperature. This combined with the spun yarns ability to hold the fabric slightly off the skin allows greater comfort than other fabrics in hot conditions.
Heat Conduction and Cotton Fabric
Heat passes freely through cotton; combining this property along with the absorbency characteristic above, you have an unbeatable fiber for making hot weather wearing fabric. However, in cold weather, this strength is a weakness; typicallycotton jackets are not good at retaining the body’s heat.
Resiliency and Cotton Fabric
Fabrics made from cotton tend to wrinkle and do not hold their shape well. This problem can be addressed by specially treating the fabric or blending it with a man made fiber, but you lose a bit of its other properties such as durability and heat conduction by doing so.
Durability and Cotton Fabric
Cotton is very durable, especially when compared with other clothing fibers such as wool or mohair.
In fact, when wet it increases in strength by 30%; thus throwing 100% cotton shirts in the washing machine may mean a lot of ironing, but you can be sure the fabric will remain intact. It can be washed with strong detergents, and the only thing you may want to watch out for is it losing some of its color (thus the case for hand washing).
Cotton’s molecular structure resists heat damage, so ironing is a great way to get the fabric looking crisp; a quick tip – shirts respond best to ironing when they come immediately out of the dryer still a bit damp and warm.
Cotton does have some durability issues though, especially when exposed to acids and bases. Use bleach sparingly as that it weakens the cellulosic fibers of cotton. Cotton fabric should be stored clean and dry to protect from mildew, which digests cellulose and can cause holes if too much time elapses. Cotton fabric is also sensitive to acids, thus a fruit juice stain on your dress shirt should be treated immediately and not left to sit for days.
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Custom Made Tailcoats for Weddings and Events

We make custom tailcoats.
Classic 1930s, Edwardian, Steampunk, a bit retro, a bit modern.
Tophat and tailcoat
Just let us know what you are looking for and we will start sketching and putting fabrics together.
Our complete suits are muslin fit.  Pale Grey Wedding Tailcoat This means that we mail you a mock-up of the pieces sewn in cotton so that you can try them on before we make the final garments.
You send us a pic of yourself wearing the muslins and we alter the patterns to get just the right fit and look.Tailcoat Wedding Picture
The pics show some of our most recent outfits.
Wedding in Gray TailsThe pictures of the elephant grey tailcoat show a complete outfit that we made.  White Tie Attire
The tailcoat is a classic open front style with silk shantung lapels that add a beautiful sheen to the look.
Classic Retro Wedding TailsThe vest is double-breasted and made from a silk brocade to coordinate with the wedding dress and the hat is a completely handsewn wool and silk buckram and wire frame piece that we made.
Classic White Tie TailcoatEach piece is uniquely designed and individually made-to-measure.
This means that we can design something exactly in your style with all of the right details to match the look you are going for.
Pique Vest TailcoatThe pants are made without a front crease for a slim Victorian look.
Edwardian Tailcoat
The black tailcoats show two different versions of our classic open front tailcoats.
Vintage WeddingOne was made for a 1930s style wedding.
This tailcoat has a pointed hem and wide lapels made from gorgeous silk grosgrain.
It is shown with a handmade backless white cotton pique vest, a bibbed detachable collar white pique shirt, and bowtie.
Chocolate Brown TailcoatThe other black tailcoat has smaller peak lapels, also made from silk grosgrain, and a straight cut hem for a look that is both Edwardian and very modern.
The chocolate brown tailcoat is cut from a wool gabardine with wide grosgrain lapels, also in chocolate, brass buttons, and a silk duppioni lining.Fishtail Pants
The pants are in a Victorian style with a fishtail and back belt.
The grey pinstripe military tailcoat was made for a steampunk wedding.
1790s Military TailcoatIt is cut from a gorgeous wool flannel and shown with a matching Wellington style top hat.
We also made the boy’s vests and pants that are shown in the wedding pictures.Military tails
The navy blue tailcoat (shown with a seersucker vest) shows another version of our popular military tails.
We can do many types of military tailcoats.
So just contact us if you would like to see more ideas in this vein.
The final pics show a black lambskin tailcoat with embossed cuffs and side laces.
Leather TailcoatIf you are thinking about ordering a tailcoat or complete ensemble, just contact us (aj@denverbespoke.com) so that we can talk about your project and start getting together fabrics to mail to you.
If you aren’t sure quite which details you like, just tell us a bit about yourself and the events that you will attend and we will start sketching.

Steampunk Tailcoats

Monday, May 20, 2013

How Sharp to Dress?

Not every industry is a suit-and-tie industry!  Trying to look like a top exec when you’re a skilled programmer is likely to cause people looking for programmers to pass you by — thinking that you’re a hiring manager rather than a worker!
So as you prepare for your conference or trade show, be thinking about your goals and the situation you’re going to be going into.  Focus on four basic fundamentals:
  • Industry and Type of Conference
  • City and Country
  • Climate and Activity Schedule
  • Your Position and Goals

Industry and Type of Conference
Think of your industry in broad strokes:  is it conservative?  Trendy?  Way out on the exotic fringe?
You want to fit into at least the broadest possible characterization you can think of.  No matter how sharply turned-out it makes you look, a suit and tie is going to look out of place at most gardening and landscaping seminars or dog training exhibitions.  Give a nod to reality before pulling out all the stops on your wardrobe.
The type of conference you’re attending is also relevant — a half-day seminar followed by a dinner event means social dress, while several full days of panels and talks would call for a more formal business standard of dress.  Neckties up until dinner is a good rule of thumb in most business climates, while evening outfits should be a little more relaxed.
City and Country
While the conference guests set much of the tone, it’s worth remembering that every hotel or convention center is a product of its environment.  The staff and the other guests will play a part in how you look as part of the crowd.
American settings are, generally speaking, less formal than equivalent events in Western European or South Asian countries, although large cities are an exception.  Within America you can safely expect New York and the east coast in general to be the most fashion-conscious sites.  Since everyone there will be well-dressed, it behooves you to wear your business attire plus a touch or two of fashion — a pocket square or an interesting cut of coat, say.
Large convention centers in other American cities tend to be by and large indistinguishable, in terms of fashion environment.  Dress neatly and well within the boundaries of your profession and try to avoid seeming too much of a dandy.  Good style is already eye-catching — you don’t need to be ostentatious on top of it, particularly in Middle America (I love you Iowa).
Be prepared to meet outside - even if you're deciding the fate of the free world.
Climate and Activity Schedule
Your basic hotel setting is climate-controlled — sort of a no-brainer.  Long sleeves and a jacket will usually be fine, though the jacket may need to be light, particularly in the winter when indoor temperatures are raised.
If the conference moves beyond the hotel, however, or takes place at a compound of multiple buildings, be sure to take exterior temperatures into account.  A good suit loses its appeal very quickly when the wearer is sweating and flushed.  Even if 98% of your time is spent in a hotel you’ll need to prepare differently for Las Vegas in June than you would for Boston in February.
How active you plan on being is also extremely relevant — some clothes are comfortable to sit in for hours and others are very definitely not.  Your conference clothes should always fit well enough that you can both move from place to place briskly in them and sit for several hours if needed.
If the schedule includes multiple events over a long day, a change of underclothes or even shirt and jacket may be worth bringing.  A quick change of undershirt at a convenient lunch break doesn’t seem like it would make any visible difference, but you’d be surprised how much better a man who can sit comfortably looks that someone who’s fidgeting with his clothes.
Can you spot the lost tourist? What about the busy business exec?
Your Position and Goals
The key question in all of this:  what are you trying to accomplish at the conference?
Most people will usually fall into one of two basic categories:  shopping for people or selling themselves.  Broad terms, but they’re basically applicable whether you’re interested in hiring workers, landing a job, or just building useful contacts that can help you achieve long-term goals.
Dress to represent yourself as what you need:  an employer, a potential employee, or just a savvy figure in your industry.  Hiring managers may want more of a “power” look with navy blazers and bright ties, job-seekers will need to look traditional and respectable in conservative colors and patterns, and self-promoting experts can always use a few original touches in their outfit.
The key to remember here is that all of these people are always, always, always selling themselves.  Even a well-placed man who likes where he is in life can always benefit from looking like the right guy to talk to.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

My Personal Style

Like anything worth doing, dressing well takes some effort and time. I didn’t build my wardrobe by buying a bunch of expensive clothes all at once; I did it by being very selective and watching sales.
I’ve built my business/formal wardrobe up slowly over the last few years. Before that I mainly wore the t-shirts, hoodies and sweat pants that a lot of younger people favor. I still like hoodies and sweat pants for their convenience, but they are rarely seen outside my house.
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Spending my day in a wheelchair has created some obstacles in my pursuit to dressing well. These obstacles include my neck size, the braces I wear on my feet, dressing difficulties, and the whole issue of look vs. functionality.
Proper Shirt Fit – Neck
Like some men my neck size does not fit my body type. For the top button on a dress shirt to fit the shirt measurement needs to be at least 17.5-18 inches, but most of these shirts are extra-large or extra-tall.
Even with a couple extra pounds I have a smaller body type and there’s no getting around the fact that I’m pretty short. Some of these extra-large shirts go down to my knees and almost look like a dress. When I tuck them into my pants I end up sitting on half of the shirt — not the most comfortable fit in the world.
I also found that these extra-large shirts were way too wide. I could gain 50 pounds and they would still fit my chest. I’ve since switched to “Slim Fit” (also sometimes just called “Fitted” shirts), and I recommend them for anyone that doesn’t have a broad chest. Even if you’re just a normal, athletic build most dress shirts are cut loose enough that you’d benefit from a slimmer fit.
Dress Shoe Fit
Another obstacle that I face is most dress shoes don’t fit with the braces that I wear on my feet and ankles. These braces are made of hard plastic and increase my shoe size by about 2 sizes. Because of the shape of the braces the only type of shoes that work are soft skateboarding shoes. Day to day I can look pretty good around the time in skateboarding shoes, but they don’t go over well in a boardroom.
My solution was to purchase a high-quality pair of skateboarding shoes that were entirely black with black laces. I keep them set aside for business occasions and make sure they stay dark and clean so that they can fit in with everyone else’s black leather oxfords.
If you’re someone else that has trouble finding shoes that fit and prefers to wear soft cloth shoes most of the time, my advice is: spend the money for one pair of comfortable dress shoes and set them aside for business and formal occasions only. If you can’t wear leather because it’s too stiff look for an all-black or all-brown cloth shoe with matching laces, sole, and stitching so you’re not drawing attention to your shoes.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Understand Denim Cut & Style

Jean Styles: What All Those Words Mean
The numbers are the easy part. Most men can measure their waist and inseam (or try on pants until they find the measurements that work for them). It’s figuring out the difference between all the styles and cuts offered by retailers that gets confusing.
Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Slim/Regular/Relaxed Fits
“Fit,” in jeans, refers to the seat and thigh. It’s easy to confuse “slim fit” with “skinny leg,” but they’re not the same thing at all. Fit is talking about your butt and your thighs.
The breakdown is about what you’d expect:
A Loose Cut – Fine for larger men but can swallow anyone else.
Slim Fit jeans have the least fabric in the rear panels, and the thigh openings are narrower than the regular fit. They’re designed to hug your body. These are good for guys with tight butts who want to show their figure off, and uncomfortable and unsightly on most everyone else.
Regular Fit jeans are what most of us wear. The exact measurement varies a bit from brand to brand, but they’re made to fit like traditional blue jeans: resting lightly against the buttocks in the back, with a bit of wiggle room in the crotch. Unless you’re packing some extra weight in the butt or thighs, this is probably the fit you want.
Relaxed Fit adds fabric in the back and extends the rise a little, as well as expanding the leg openings. We tend to associate them with overweight men, but they’re just as useful for men with “footballer butt” — strong glutes and thighs paired with narrower waists and calves. A lot of athletes end up needing relaxed-fit jeans.
Understand that these aren’t very scientific terms. Each brand has their own in-house stylists, with their own idea of what a “normal” person’s butt and thighs look like.
But you can generally use some common sense and self-awareness to figure out what you need. If you’ve got a great butt and you don’t mind a little restricted movement, go for the slim fit. If you’re packing some extra weight in the rear and thighs, go relaxed. And everyone else will probably be comfortable in regular fits.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Caring for Waxed Cotton

The treatment that gives waxed cotton its breathable waterproofing is a natural one — it will decay over time. Fortunately, it’s also one that’s easy to restore, unlike a synthetic shell with a chemical treatment.
Re-waxing a cotton jacket can be done at home, or most manufacturers offer a restoring service in-house. The process is fairly simple — softly-heated wax is rubbed into the jacket with a cloth, then allowed to sink in for several hours. The jacket is than gently warmed itself, which lets the wax spread evenly throughout its fibers.
In day-to-day use, the fabric is tough and relatively low-maintenance. If left damp and wadded it can mildew, but hung to dry it largely takes care of itself, apart from the occasional re-waxing.
Important – DO NOT dry clean these jackets.  Use cool water and clean with a wet rag.  Again – do not use harsh chemical cleaners.
One jacket can last a lifetime or more, properly treated — and, unlike a synthetic shell, a rip can be patched, waxed, and incorporated into the jacket like new.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How to Buy a Manly Cardigan

Since both sexes wear them, how do you tell a man’s cardigan from a woman’s or a featureless “unisex” garment?

Your first tip will be the fit:  anything too tight against the skin is probably meant for ladies.
They look a lot better than we do when they’re stretching the limits of their sweaters; guys just look overstuffed and uncomfortable.  A good cardigan should have a little bit of a soft drape at the shoulders and hang low enough that it covers your belt when it’s buttoned up.
Big round or decorated buttons are also a feminine feature.  A man’s cardigan should have modest buttons, wooden “toggles,” or a zipper.  The latter is the least formal and downgrades the cardigan into something more like a sweatshirt, so be cautious.
Zipped cardigans are fine as casual outer layers, but they look a little goofy under a nice blazer or paired with good slacks.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Touch on a Sharp Suit

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Pocket Squares are a feature of a game of speed and some unfamiliar men. Take, for example, the story of the handkerchief. Did you know that the ancient Greeks used tissues to the year 500 BC? Or that the British and French used the handkerchief for personal hygiene? Or the French word "Couvrechef" (hence the word "cravat" is derived) means "head"? The word refers to pieces of cloth that French watched Chinese pollsters place to protect the head during the long hours in the sun. Uses hygiene tissues can be traced throughout history. wealthy Europeans would go so far as to cover the mouth and nose with scented handkerchiefs to block the stench of losing in public.

These scarves transition into a costume accessory in the 1920s. Men still wore scarves or for your own personal hygiene or his beautiful lady, but started putting the "handkerchiefs" not used in the first suit breast pocket to keep them out of their dirty pockets. Once that has been used, the tissue is then placed out of sight in the man's pocket. This practice began to fade in the second half of the twentieth century, however, with the introduction of "tissues" (with Kleenex). Kleenex tissues may be surprised for a while, but soon returned to its modern incarnation handkerchiefs style. well prepared Some men still wear a scarf for personal hygiene, and most altruistic of these men used more by the protagonist of his life.

Today, pocket squares are worn for mainly aesthetic purposes.  A pocket square can help complement a dapper tuxedo or suit, or it might simply be added to a casual sports coat and provide a hint of color.  Just like with ties, there are pocket squares made of every color and pattern imaginable.  The choice one makes often comes down to personal style.

Related articles:
http://www.topmensuit.com/index.php/grey-satin-formal-dress-suit/ http://www.topmensuit.com/index.php/collocate-black-pinstripe-suit/ http://matthewaperry.blogspot.com/2013/05/how-to-manage- striped-custom-tailored.html

Thursday, May 9, 2013

How To Fold Suits And Shirts In A Suitcase

Just recently, ten days of intense travelling during which I had to pack and unpack my suitcase almost every day brought the constant difficulty of folding my suits and my shirts. Long after giving up on the very cumbersome and constricting suit carriers, as none of them had ever convinced me, I have joined the ranks of those who fold their suits in their suitcases.
Of course, there are as many techniques on the matter as there are manners (most completely ineffective) ways of stopping hiccups.
Nevertheless, the following clip demonstrates a very simple and efficient way of folding shirts and suits that can be used by all (especially those, like yours truly, who seem to have two left hands). For having tried the method, I can tell you that it works better than the others.
Of course, no suit will ever come out unscathed after spending several hours confined to a suitcase carried from the cargo to the baggage carousel by careless hands… Still, the method has, so far, yielded the best speed and ease/results ratio, which is a deciding factor for those who, like me, often have only a very short time to pack before hopping in the shuttle or a cab.
I feel that the best thing about the method is how the trousers are fitted into the vest at the shoulder. I tried it and found it works to perfection
As far as the small plastic bags are concerned, they are a must, because they create, of particular importance for the suits, the creation of a small air cushion around your darling bespoke jacket.

 Related articles:
 http://fashionmansuits.blogspot.com/2013/05/vengeance-of- elegant-gentlemens-shirts.html
 http://mansuits-suits.blogspot.com/2013/05/bespoke-suits-in -wild-has-become-habit.html

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


After a few generations of aiming towards exaggerated convenience in most every area of life, recently we have witnessed a hunger for handcrafted items. We have grown fatigued with all of the computer and machine generated merchandise. Herbs and natural remedies often are favored in place of chemically produced drugs. Handwritten notes are more valued than the common email.  And, a taste for meticulous custom-clothing has caused a case of amnesia when trying to remember the need for a shopping trip to the mall.
Today, the celebrated necktie has seen a specific revival in the house of Passaggio Cravatte, founded in 2010 by Gianni Cerutti and Marta Passaggio. The shop is located in Robbio, Italy (near Milan and the Malpensa airport) and uses the rare practice of hand cutting the entire necktie from a single piece of fabric, followed by carefully hand stitching  and meticulously hand-folding the tie using a seven-fold method from the early 1900s to produce a newly made vintage piece.  Even the fabric is taken from 90 percent real vintage cloth and is hand printed with patterns that are virtually unobtainable.

The result?  Nothing short of magnificent.  While a Sulka tie can be an amazing find, Passagio now provides a way of experiencing firsthand the traditional necktie’s original construction-simply because of a dream transposed into reality by two determined Italians to return to the tried and true method of producing a work of art that can be selected, cut and sewn on demand.

And so, whether you resent having to dress for an occasion or find pleasure in doing so, we must admit that the necktie is a wondrous opportunity for a man to express himself in a way that makes people take notice.  The necktie can give a man the chance to portray power or humility, seriousness or humor, status or convention.  If more men looked at the tie as a tool for self-expression (and we know how the male species loves tools), then maybe we can accelerate even further this era of a return to style.

http://fashionmansuits.blogspot.com/2013/05/an-unlikely-beginning -about-tie.html http://matthewaperrysuits.blogspot.com/2013/05/thank-you-croatia.html http://ausuit.blogspot.com/2013/05/white-pinstripe-dark-grey-suit.html

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Shirt Has Three Standard Designs

Plackets are almost always made of more than one layer of fabric with interfacing between the fabric layers to give support and strength to the fabric area. The placket not only is a style statement, but is also functional, as if it is sewn well, it lessens the stress on the button area of the shirt when the garment is worn. The placket may overlap to make the shirt more tactile friendly–keeping fasteners from rubbing against the skin and even hiding undergarments. Of the style choices, the plain front gives a simple streamlined look, a front placket adds dimension to the shirt, and a fly front gives the most formal result.

Plain front.

Placket front.

More article: http://matthewaperry.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-cuff-styles.html

Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Classic British Suit – The Shoulder

1. The shoulders should neither be too narrow or to wide, but slightly hug the shoulder
2. Shoulders should be padded to add structure, rather than bulk
3. There should be a sharp 90 degree right angle between the shoulder and the sleeve of the suit
British tailors have historically used just enough padding to follow the natural shoulder line, with a precision fit that could be suited for the military. Some tailors will barely extend the natural shoulder line so that the sleeve will hang straighter.

AMERICAN TAILORING — No Strange Shoulders, Please

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Iconic tailor Martin Greenfield. A great man.
Neapolitan tailors are known for their unpadded shoulders, and traditional American tailoring is known for the same. This can be a confusing point when trying to differentiate the two international styles.
The 1980s left pictures in our heads of Americans dressed like MC Hammer in oversized coats that gave the appearance that men everywhere had borrowed an oversized Marlon Brando jacket for the evening. With this image difficult to shake, many American men are finally discovering the elation that a properly fitted suit brings. Fine tailors like Nino Corvato and Leonard Logsdail of NYC are getting the look right. And American men seem to trust Anderson & Sheppard in London to make a well-tailored suit that they don’t feel strange wearing.
And also, not everyone wants to emphasize their shoulders. Some shoulders are so broad, that broadening them out more with a wide shoulder design would result in looking like a carnival Strongman. Others just want a balanced shoulder that doesn’t draw attention to itself. Instead, a more sporty or toned-down look is wanted with soft shoulders that have a natural and continuous line running from the top of the shoulder towards the arm. Hence, the sloping shoulder construction comes to the rescue.

http://mansuits-suits.blogspot.com/2013/05/british-tailoring- straight-to-point.html

Friday, May 3, 2013

How To EFFECTIVELY Buy Clothing Online

Just over a decade ago most of us had never bought clothing online.
Today – much of the world does a fair amount of their shopping via the web.  In fact, I estimate that I buy the majority of all my needs online (not counting groceries….yet).
However – despite all these advances with online shopping – buying clothing via the web is still tricky for most men. 
The hundreds I’ve spoken with speak of frustrations such as:
“Everything I buy online is the wrong size”
“It looks nothing like what I thought it would”
“When I tried to return it, I was charged a shipping fee to send it back AND I was hit with the original shipping fee as well.  I’m out $20 and lost 2 weeks of time.”
The reality is buying clothing online is not as simple as ordering most other products.  Retailers rarely give all the information you need to make a smart decision, and expect most of us will settle for something that is “close” or worse know many of us are too lazy to return an item if the company has created a few “barriers”.
Well I don’t want you to have to settle – instead I want you to learn the tricks I use to shop effectively online for menswear.
In this video I give you  9 shopping tips I use when buying men’s clothing online.

The 9 tips are:
  1. Know What You Are You Are Looking For
  2. Budget
  3. Identify Quality
  4. Focusing On Fit
  5. Comparing Price
  6. The Return Policy
  7. Shipping Costs
  8. Sales & Discount Codes
  9. Buyer Protection
 related post:
http://mansuits123.blogspot.com/2013/05/why-are-flannel- trousers-so-hard-to-buy.html

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A Man’s Physical Characteristics

Style starts with what you were born with.  To try to fight this is an exercise in frustration.  If you look terrible in tight, hip-high jeans, wearing them isn’t going to make you stylish no matter how “in” they are this year.  You have to wear what’s right for your body type and complexion.
Now having said this, you might feel that we are limiting your choices.   Nothing could be further from the truth – rather by knowing what looks good on your frame you save time by only looking at options that properly suit.  A short and stout man, especially if he is employing the services of a custom clothier, will find that because he knows he should steer away from windowpane fabrics he now finds he is more open to striped garments and clothing that allows the eyes to seamlessly move up and down.  He doesn’t have less choice – he simply knows which direction to go.
Height and Weight are going to guide the fit you want for your clothes.  Heavyset men will do best with clothes that fit closely but don’t hug their shape, while skinnier men may want a looser fit that adds a bit of breadth to their frame.  Tall men can help look less looming by adding details like cuffs and pockets that break up their visual impression; shorter men can add a feeling of height by keeping everything streamlined and vertically-oriented.  Height and weight will affect how much tailoring a man’s clothing needs as well — some men can walk out of any store wearing something from the racks comfortably, while others can shop for an entire day without finding something that can be worn unadjusted.  Know which one you are, and don’t buy clothing that fits poorly!
Complexion determines a man’s color choices.  Men with light hair, skin, and eye colors should be careful of clothing with too many contrasting colors which can overwhelm their appearance.  Higher-contrast men with dark hair and light skin, or light hair and dark skin need contrast in their clothing to balance the starkness of their natural features.  Also certain color shades will not always complement particular skin colors; a man learns by experience (or a color wheel) what flatters him best.

Related article:
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Suit Pockets

Have you ever thought about the pockets on your men suits?  The style and shape of pockets is likely rarely thought about (if at all) when men purchase suits.  We here at The Sharp Suit though have done all the thinking about suit pockets for you!  This brief article will introduce you to the main types of suit pockets and offer some style tips as to which ones work best with certain suit styles.
Suits typically have three sets of pockets: the inside pockets, the breast pocket, and the side pockets.

 The inside pocket is set into the lining of the jacket and is usually found on the wearer’s left side.  The breast pocket is frequently used by men who want to add a dash of color to their outfit by using a pocket square.  The side pockets, as the name suggests, are sewn into the side of the custom suit jacket around the wearer’s hips.  The inside pocket should be used to carry belongings like a wallet or cell phone, never the breast or side pockets.  If anything of significant weight is carried in those pockets it can over time cause the shape of the jacket to change, and it can eventually be weighed down and stretched out if this goes on for too long.  Plus, items in the breast pocket (other than pocket squares) and side pockets can make a suit appear bulky, which ruins the narrow silhouette most men prefer when wearing a suit.

http://matthewaperry.blogspot.com/2013/05/black-satin-shawl- lapel-wedding-suit.html