Yearly Archives: 2012

Newsletter – April

Choosing A Belt: Four Classic Styles

Pairing a belt with clothing can be a tricky business: you want it to look perfect with today’s outfit, and yet coordinate with several outfits. Each type of belt has its own built-in style. Here are five classics for different looks.

Canvas – With its relaxed look, the canvas belt works well with casual-wear such as chinos or corduroys. Tans and browns work best with khaki slacks, while darker belts look best over darker trousers.
Plaited –While dressier than a canvas belt, plaited leather belts are still on the relaxed end. Wear them with a sport jacket and trousers, or with your more casual suits.
Black leather –A black belt with a brass or silver buckle is a perennial favorite for good reason: it can be worn any time you’re wearing black shoes, whether you’re wearing a fine suit or trousers without a coat.
Brown leather –Brown leather belts with brass or silver buckles are classic. Simple buckles are more elegant than detailed ones. Match your belt to the appropriate brown shoe color in shades from tan and cognac to deep, espresso brown.

Whether your occasion is formal or casual, choosing an appropriate belt for your outfit ensures that the details work together smoothly for a stylish look.

Choose Your Own Details

Ready-to-wear clothing is full of details that attempt to offer interesting focal points to the eye. But those details are decided by far-off fashion designers, and change with the season. If you find a detail you like, it may be gone the next time you shop. If you don’t like the current offerings, it can be hard to find clothing that looks great on you.

That’s what makes custom clothing so valuable: you choose the details that work for you, and you can have them every time you make a new custom clothing selection. You’re never limited by the whims of fashion, because you can pick and choose your favorite features, from pockets and buttons to fabrics and cuts.

 

The difference between style and fashion is quality. 

– Giorgio Armani

Ask Jesse: Dress Shirts

Question: How many dress shirts do I need?

Answer: First of all, you can never have enough shirts in your closet. Secondly, at a minimum you need to have at least 18 custom shirts. You need to have six in the laundry bag, six at the cleaners to be picked up or delivered, and six pressed and ready for action.

Newsletter – March 2012

Combining Patterns

Patterned fabrics add wonderful variety to the wardrobe. Nothing says panache like a successful joining of patterns. However, when patterns clash, they can easily create a jarring look. Three easy tips will keep you on the right side of the coordinated pattern path.

Consider the scale of the patterns. Avoid wearing two tight patterns or two large, spacious patterns next to each other. Instead, pair a large pattern, such as a windowpane suit coat, with a small pattern, like a checked shirt. The differences of scale will create balance.
Check your color palette. Keep the day’s wardrobe in either warm or cool color families. An item from a different color family will look out of place when worn with several items from another palette. Hold to one color family to give your outfits a cohesive look.
Third, feel the texture. A smooth finish, dressy shirt will look out of place when paired with a rough tweed sport coat, even if the scale of the patterns and the colors agree. Make sure fabric types and textures are compatible. Pair heavier, coarser textured shirtings with bulkier jackets and trousers.

Patterned elements, from suits and sport jackets to shirts and ties, give your wardrobe visual interest and keep clothing from becoming monotonous. The next time you’re selecting custom clothes, try out a few new interesting patterns in various scale and size to spice up your wardrobe.

We have a wide range of patterned fabrics to choose from. Call today for a complementary viewing.

“Elegance is good taste plus a dash of daring.”

 – Carmel Snow