Are you making these suit mistakes?

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A perfect off-the-rack suit is tough to come by. You know what I’m talking about, one that hits all the sweet spots: fits you to a T, the color and pattern are just what you want, you don’t look boxy. They’re tough to find, so often you end up making sacrifices. You really want a certain pattern, so you will allow yourself to have a blazer that is a little too long.

Stop! Stop the madness. You shouldn’t have to compromise when you’re buying a suit. If you have suits that display these common issues, it may be time to find a tailor and get the suit of your dreams.

Too Big

Guys, it’s okay to get a suit that fits well. No longer should you relegate yourself to looking bulky or boxy, especially if you are not a bulky guy. You will end up looking sloppy or heavier than you actually are.

If the sleeves are too long or too short, the suit looks unfinished and can make you come off as careless. The jacket sleeve should end 1/2 inches above the shirt sleeve.

Well-fitting suits are in, because they actually look good. Trust us on this one.

Too Small

In addition to going too big, don’t go too small either. It will look like you grew out of your suit, or that it’s about to burst at the seams. You’ve seen it before, those guys with sleeves that seem 2 inches too short. Or their pants are showing their ankles unintentionally.

You need to hit that sweet spot of not too big and not too small. Which is why we recommend seeing a tailor for a custom suit, or alterations to your current suits.

Jacket is too long

Just don’t let it happen. A blazer that is too long just throws off all of your proportions. Nobody looks flattering in a long jacket.

The Lapels are too big

Big lapels are no longer a thing, thank heavens. If you watch reruns of shows like Seinfeld, you will notice Jerry’s lapels during his monologues. They are huge!

Make sure your lapels are under 3 inches, if they even get that big.

Pants are too long

The break in your pants (the part all the way at the bottom) should tall right at the shoe. If they fall above, they are much too short, and if they start bagging up at the bottoms then they’re much too long. Get those things hemmed!

Also, ensure that your pants are not baggy to begin with. You don’t want to be sporting an awesome looking blazer, tie, and shirt, only to have the whole outfit thrown off by a big pair of pants. It just doesn’t look well put together and will make you look heavier than you actually are.

Buttoning Up

If you have a two button jacket, do you know the proper buttoning procedure? Only button the top, that’s it, easy enough to remember. But tons of guys go around buttoning both or buttoning just the bottom.

If you have three buttons, just use the middle, or the top and middle if you must.

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How to clean stains out of your nicest outfits

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You’re out to eat, wearing your favorite suit with the gray pinstripes and the pattern you took forever to pick out. You feel great, enjoying yourself with friends, relaxing after work, eating delicious food and drinking good wine.

But then it happens.

Your worst nightmare comes true.

A passing customer bumps into a waiter and knocks your wine glass onto your lap.

It’s ruined, you think to yourself. There’s no coming back from a red wine stain. Why couldn’t you have just had water?

Don’t panic!

The best time to get the stain out is right as it happens. Letting it set will only further the problem.

Here are some common stains you may encounter and how to get them out of your nicest clothes.

Disclaimer: These are not foolproof and each technique is different based on the type of fabric and the severity of the stain. If you are not completely certain how to treat the stain,

Wine Stain

Treat the spot immediately with warm water, salt it, and let it stand. Rinse away the salt and dab at the stain with detergent. Rinse and launder as you normally would but avoid putting soap flakes into the washer.

Mud or Dirt

Get a bucket of lukewarm water. Soak the item and shake it around, then apply detergent to the rest of the stain and allow it to soak for 20-30 minutes. Rinse and repeat then put it in the laundry.

Sweat Stains

This is a common problem for t shirts and dress shirts. First, wash the item with hot water and detergent. If the stain isn’t too bad yet, this should clear it up. If the stain is still there, soak the item in warm water with a little salt and let it stand. You can also use bleach if the item is white.

Cooking Oil

If you plan to do some cooking in the kitchen, make sure to use an apron to protect yourself and your clothes. If you do happen to get a stain, treat it right away with lukewarm water. Take the item and soak it in warm water with detergent. Dab the stain with detergent, place it down on a paper towel, and let it sit. Repeat this process if the stain persists.

Coffee

Sipping Starbucks while driving in the car can be a dangerous game to play. If you haven’t spilled yet, it’s just a matter of time. If it does happen, soak the spot with lukewarm water as soon as you can. Then dab the stain with detergent or some vinegar diluted in water. Take the item and wash it at the warmest temperature the fabric can handle.

Need more stain cleaning tips?

Check out this article from How to Clean Stuff 

How to pack a suit for travel

You’re going on a business trip, or maybe a vacation and you just want to have something a bit formal. If you’re traveling and packing a suit, you need to know how to fold and care for it properly. You can’t just throw it in your bag like the rest of your clothes.

Lucky for you, there are tons of guides out there on how to pack a suit.

Here’s one from Brooks Brothers that shows you just how to fold everything and put it in a carry on.

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There’s also this one from Real Men Real Style on 3 ways to fold a suit jacket.

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Then there’s this full outfit packing guide from Suit Upp which shoes you how to pack everything including your shirts, sweaters, ties, belts, socks, shoes, and jacket.

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Then there’s the guide just on how to pack shirts from Garment Care.

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Dress Socks or No Socks?

When is it appropriate to sport the “no sock” look? You know the one I’m talking about, the guys wearing loafers, suits, and pants that are a little higher up so you can see their ankles….and the fact that they’re not wearing socks.

 

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You commonly see this around fashion shows, but when else is it appropriate to be forgoing socks when wearing a suit?

The “Stop wearing dress shoes with no socks” argument

Over at Made Man, Joshua Fruhlinger remarks his disdain for men “rolling up their trousers, slipping on leather dress shoes, and leaving their socks at home.” He equates the look to when people decided that wearing a blazer with jeans was ok.

Here’s his argument:

“When you wear dress shoes without socks, you look unfinished. You look like a man-boy in a short suit. You look like a guy named ‘Blake’ who wants to tell you about his yacht that never leaves the slip.”

– Joshua, Made Man

I totally get it. It’s someone wearing a very formal outfit but still attempting to appear casual and fun. Suits were made to be formal. They’re meant for business meetings, weddings, and other important events.

Another argument against the “no socks” look is the fact that it can bread bacteria. When your feet sweat into your shoes it turns them into a sauna. This is a breeding ground for bacteria that thrive in moisture. It can make your shoes start to smell as well.

The “No socks” look is cool argument

Over at He Spoke Style, Brian mentions that there are 3 divisive things in the entire world: politics, sports, and the age-old socks or no socks debate. He says the issues is “so incredibly polarizing”.

He argues for and against the no socks debate.

His “no socks” pro argument is that it makes you stay cool on warm days. Another point is that for some shoes, like boat shoes, you aren’t supposed to wear socks with them.

Over at The Shoe Snob Blog, the author Justin argues that it’s really based on the outfit. He says an outfit like tan shoes, loafers, khaki jeans, a casual button up, and a sportcoat can allow for the no socks look.

“For me, the lighter your clothes (in color and it cloth weight) the easier it is to go sockless, as the contrast between skin and clothing is not so strong (hence why it is considered sartorial blasphemy to wear white socks with dress clothes).”

– Justin, The Shoe Snob Blog

 

Will this question ever have a clear answer?

No, I don’t see one. From what I’ve heard and read, there are people who embrace the no-socks look, and those that despise it. There are also many people in the middle who don’t care much either way.

If you do plan to try out a no socks look, get a second opinion from a trusted friend who will give you honest feedback. Also, try not to forgo socks if you plan to be wearing the outfit for more than a few hours. The last thing you need is to come home with shoes that stink.

Wet Shaving Guide

Wet shaving is experiencing a renaissance of sorts. If you’re not one of the guys jumping on the beard bandwagon, you’re likely shaving. Have you thought of trying wet shaving? Do you know what it is? Think of the type of shaving you see men getting at barbershops in movies or TV shows. The kind where the barber uses the big brush to lather on foam, then uses a straight razor to artfully make the facial hair disappear.

Wet shaving isn’t something just meant for barbershops and special occasions. It can be done right at home! All you need are a few tools of the trade and a little advice to help get you started. This helpful infographic from Reddit user Wicked_Edge will get you started. It goes through the products you need, as well as the benefits of wet shaving. Do your face a favor and try it out!

Source: Reddit User Wicked_Edge

Fashion Forward Movies

Who doesn’t love to relax on the couch with a snack, and watch a good movie? Some of us who are very fashion conscious will pay close attention to the sartorial choices of the characters in the movie. We may even pick up some inspiration from their outfits. What are some good movies that showcase great style? Well let’s find out!

source: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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This is a classic! If you have yet to see this Audrey Hepburn flick, what are you doing reading this? Young girls today still love to quote and dress up as Hepburn’s character from the movie. And those sunglasses, who could forget?

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Quantum of Solace
This Bond flick stars the newest Bond actor, Daniel Craig. It seems that he can make any suit look good. This is a film for guys obsessed with suits, and action.

The Devil Wears Prada
This is a great movie for guys and girls alike. It’s witty, and Meryl Streep is always a great actress to watch. The film is all about the fashion industry, so you are sure to see some fashion-forward looks.

What Happens to Your Suit at the Dry Cleaners?

AskMen posted a fascinating article about the dos and don’ts of dry cleaning.  You can read the whole thing right here.  In short, whenever you get your suits dry cleaned, you’re ruining your clothes.

Machine wash and hang your dress shirts yourself.  If you have to use the dry cleaners, ask for hand ironing instead of machine pressing.  Don’t forget to put the kibosh on any starch, that shortens the lifespan of the shirts.

With your suits, only dry clean them once a season, or four times a year.  Any more than that, and you’re putting undue strain on the fibers of the suit.  Clean any minor spots and stains by hand in-between cleanings.  And steam your suits to get the wrinkles out.  You can do that with a clothes steamer, which you can find at any bath and kitchen store.  If you’re feeling really, really rushed, we’ve known some people who will hang their suit in the bathroom, turn the shower on at maximum heat and close the door for a couple of hours!  Don’t do that.  Just buy a steamer.

If you did get something cleaned, look out for three signs of a bad cleaner: your clothes fit differently, your clothes look shiny and your clothes have mysterious, brand new indents.  The shiny thing is the tricky part.  We’ve all probably seen that and thought, “wow, it’s so clean, it’s shining!”  No…  The fabric’s been CRUSHED.

All of this got us thinking, of course, about the suits we make.  Another wonderful benefit of a custom suit over an off-the-rack one is the sheer quality of the materials involved.  The more “fine” the product, the more we tend to treat it with kid gloves.  But in reality, that better product is hardier, made of sterner stuff and better designed.  We should all take the advice of that AskMen column seriously, but if you’ve invested in a suit of a higher-caliber, that suit just might need less cleaning and last far, far longer.  Which is why whenever we’re asked, “why custom?” we say, “It’s the difference between good and great!”