Colors 101

We don’t know exactly what is stooping you from wearing colors.  Maybe it’s safe to keep your closet locked firmly onto the holy trinity of black, blue and grey (c’mon, we all know it’s a bit boring), or you just don’t want to be bothered.  Colors can be just as classic and formal as neutrals.  Not just in summer, but all year-round.  Maybe adding some color to your closet will be a stylish new year resolution you can actually keep to.

Here is what we know.  There are many shades of a color.  You may not like (or look good in) sky blue, for instance, but you might look fantastic in royal blue or navy.  Just like in a crayola box, there are so many choices, you will most likely find one that you like, and, most importantly, flatter your complexion.  Colors that are flattering to one’s complexion will make the face and eyes look brighter while the wrong shade of the same color can make skin look washed out and muddy.

So, with that said, if you can get a color analysis done, which of course would be optimal, a professional will be able to tell you exactly what colors are best for you.  A simpler alternative is to place a clothing item of color close to your face and watch for yourself the difference a great shade can do.  Or, just keep an eye out for colors you’re wearing that you get the most compliments on.  Easy enough, right?

When you figure out some colors that are right for you, go all out.  Don’t be afraid, and by all means, copy from contemporaries around you. There are no bad colors, you just have to find your right shade.

We suggest you start with basic items and then move on to matching and playing 100%.  These are some great ways to start: adding a brighter color tie to a somber suit,
a yellow wind breaker, a V-neck cashmere sweater in a forest of bright green, a purple sport coat, bright-colored t-shirts for summer (make sure they are fitted so you don’t look like a toddler).  There are a great array of colored corduroys.  Start with blue, and see how far you can go.  And stop thinking of labeling, colors are all about aesthetics.  Most importantly, have fun and make sure that whatever you buy always coordinates with what you already have!

Red: power and energy.  Great for a presentation or people who work in sales.  Psychologically, color has an impact on the person viewing it.  Here are some fun facts about how our dear brain perceives certain colors.

Yellow: conveys youthfulness, alertness and optimism.  A yellow tie can illuminate a dull suit.

Green: radiates harmony and calmness and demonstrates credibility.  Olive green is good for men in meetings.

Blue: expresses serenity and calmness in a variety of shades.  Navy blue, in particular, denotes power and authority, thus it’s the color choice for most police forces.  Looks great on TV, too.

Purple: power, creativity.  Great to add as an
accent color for business meetings and presentations.  It could be a lavender dress shirt or tie.

Orange: conveys a confident and outgoing nature.  Remember, there are many shades!

Brown: creates a comfortable and practical feeling in the onlooker and wearer.  Always make sure they are well-maintained.

Black: elegant, fashionable.  Just be aware that it can create a washed-out look, so you may want to add a brightly colored tie or bowtie.

White: a sign of virtue.  Indeed, the easiest and fastest way to look preppy.  Just make sure it’s always spotless.  A fitted white suit is always a winner for formal summer events!

Wardrobe Color Guide

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This ultra-helpful wardrobe color guide will easily help you figure out what matches what. So when you grab a purple shirt, don’t match it with yellow, go for white, tan, even brown. There are even some “Foolproof” combinations just in case you don’t feel like learning all these matches.

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Bespoke Vs. Made-to-Measure

This infographic from Executive Image Consulting provides a great cheat sheet about the differences of bespoke and made-to-measure outfits. Bespoke refers to custom men’s suits, often handmade, and generally quite expensive. Made-to-measure is not quite bespoke but also not ready-to-wear (outfits you buy pre-made, such as in a store).

Made-to-measure garments feature some amount of tailoring and personalization, though not nearly the amount of bespoke. Bespoke offers almost limitless options for customization, which is why the prices can get very high. If you are looking for something custom, but a little less pricey, then made-to-measure offers customization up to a point. Learn more about the differences and similarities to these two tailoring methods from the infographic.

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FALL Men’s Style Guide Infographic

It’s that time of year again! The cool (kinda), crisp breeze has replaced the humid summer air, football stadiums are filled with cheering fans, and the leaves outside are beginning to change colors (at least for our friends up north). While those of us in Southwest Florida don’t get the full fall effect, we can at least take on many of the fall fashions. This infographic by Famous Outfits encourages men to choose texture-rich clothing with an earth toned palette that can be easily layered for warmth.

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas at Joseph Wendt

jwednt-2112Dad’s can be hard to shop for. The scramble for a good men’s gift around Father’s Day can often leave a gift giver stumped, and a gift receiver disappointed. At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we can advise on any and all gift-buying dilemmas! Joseph Wendt has one-of-a-kind men’s clothing and accessories. From wine glasses to clothing, belts, shoes, cufflinks and ties, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers can dress you dad from head to toe.

Business Suits: Choose from a variety of solid colors, subtle patterns, elegant pinstripes, flawless details and classic designs for your day and evening business attire. Every garment is customized to each gentleman’s needs, using only the finest fabrics that are meticulously tailored. Each suit is double stitched with quality detailing. Add a custom tailored shirt, shoes and tie to complete your look. Let Joseph help you build a power suit that will create confidence and poise each time you walk into that key business meeting or important company function. Image

Sport Coats: When it comes to business and attire for more casual settings, no one understands the subtleties of sport coat styles better than Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers. We pride ourselves in providing the discerning gentleman with a perfectly fitted jacket made of the most luxurious fabrics. We want you to show up looking and feeling your best, no matter where you’re headed, so we’ve broken down sport coats into three distinct categories to help you fine-tune your look.

Dress Business: This smart, professional look is for the gentleman wishing to attend his social events looking clean cut and pulled together when a full suit is not required. The detailing on each coat is unique and the end product embodies effortless style.

Dress Casual: Pair this sport coat with a more laid back pant design for the perfect combination of casual and trendy. Approach your schedule with a relaxed and classy appearance that will have you feeling confident and comfortable all day long.

Dress Social: Attend dinners, company events and social gatherings with complete confidence in a suit that is uniquely tailored, yet not overly formal. We add just the right amount of personal detail and design to help you stand out, while at the same time maintaining a polished and self-confident appearance.

Sportswear: For the ultimate in relaxation, comfort and casual sophistication, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers offers an array of fashions including sport vests, jeans and golf shirts.

shoes_500px_05Shoes: Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers is proud to offer Fratelli Rosetti and Michael Toschi shoes, the highest quality Italian footwear that are the epitome of comfort and style. These luxurious shoes are made from the finest hides hand crafted by skilled artisans. Joseph’s offers both classic and casual styles.

Ties and Accessories: Add a splash of color and style with Joseph Wendt exclusive line of Italian ties by Tino Cosma. Each tie is a work of art meticulously designed in bold or subtle patterns. Joseph Wendt also carries a wide selection of belts, wallets, cufflinks and pocket squares. Image

Glassware: If the wine matters, so does the glass. It’s that simple. Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers sells a beautiful line of wine glasses from Bottega del Vino Crystal not available through mass merchants. Each crystal glass is handmade. Tasting after tasting, test after test, time after time, wine enthusiasts are made by the difference the glass makes. Inspired by a life in wine and created by Severino Barzan, Bottega del Vino Crystal wine glasses are first and foremost, wine-driven in design and creation. Each piece in painstakingly mouth blown and hand finished to the highest of world standards for balance, weight, shape and the tactile pleasure of holding the stem and drinking from it. Each piece features a superbly crafted bowl with single pull stem for the best possible feel in hand and mouth. Image

Custom Golf and Hunting Wear: Look stylish whether you’re golfing or hunting with a custom sports wardrobe created by Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers. Joseph can create a look from head to toe that is classic and functional no matter which sport you choose to enjoy.

 

What’s Your Color?

StdAthleticColorsGIFOne of the best ways to fashionably stand out is through color. A bold flash of color catches the eye and can pull a whole look together. The right color can also take an outfit from common to classy.  Since everything we do at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers is all about doing it “custom,” it is all about you!

Most men don’t want to think too much about the colors that look best on them, or try on a rainbow of shirts to see which matches their skin tone. They want to be in and out of the store.  But just like wearing the wrong size, the wrong color for the situation can make you look awkward and uncomfortable, and completely ruin your look. So try on all those colors, you’ll be glad that you did!

Now, while different occasions do indeed call for different colors, you can find different shades of the required color to make you look your best. You can also choose a textured fabric to give your look even more depth.

Remember, different colors can give off different vibes. For instance, black, navy, and red are “power” colors, while paler blues, greens, and yellows give off a more relaxed feel. We can help you pick and choose how you want to style your look based on the occasion, and your personality.

Some colors are pretty universally flattering, such as eggplant, teal, navy, emerald green, and blush. Our stores are stocked with tons and tons of fabric books, which make finding a unique match just for you easy. Coloring is just another perk of custom clothing! We create your whole outfit to make you look your very best with color and cut, individually tailored to you (pun intended).

Also, all coloring guidelines are just that, guidelines! If you want to rock a certain popular color, go for it! Fashion is all about trying new things, because, as always, if you look good, you feel good.

From Sheep to Suit

A great suit cannot be made without great fabric. And a lot of great fabrics start as far from great suits as possible:

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To fully understand how we get from a sheep to a custom suit, we need to follow a day in the life of a merino sheep (or at least their wool).  A merino sheep has some of the most sought-after wool for the making of clothes due to their softness and white color, which allows for a more lively hue when dyed.  Wool in general is an optimal fabric for suits, because it insulates well, resistant to damage, wrinkle and flame-resistant, and absorbs liquids well.  An average of two suits can be made from one sheep fleece.

3The whole process begins with the sheep being shorn.  Expert shearers can get an entire sheep’s wool coat off in one cut.  The rest of this process is called “worsting,” which involves many steps.  First is topmaking, where the wool is blended together for optimal quality. The wool is then washed, dried and brushed out.  Next up is drafting and combing the wool, which straightens and separates the fibers, allowing them to be aligned as orderly as possible. The final product of worsting is wooltop.  It is critical to the spinner for wooltop to be very uniform and clear of any clumps to ensure quality and efficiency in the following steps.

Most of the wool for clothing production is gathered in Australia, where conditions in certain areas are ideal for sheep.  The wool is cleaned there, and then sent out to various clothing workshops.  There is still a large industry in Europe for cloth production.  The carding and blending process is done by the masters who are responsible for the unvarying quality of their fabric.  The spinning and dying is generally done by the same company, to ensure consistency and excellence.  To get the best color, it is best to dye the cloth before spinning the fibers.  Spinning is an extremely important part of the whole process, because any variations in the fibers will result in a lower-quality fabric.  Next, the yarn is twisted and folded.  This process can be manipulated to bring about lighter weight fabrics.

SONY DSCAs you can see, there is a lot of work before the weaving process can even begin!  Weaving determines the weight and look of the fabric, and is done on a loom.  Pre- industrial revolution weaving was all done manually, until inventions gradually sped up the process.  “Finishing” the cloth results in the wide options of fabric looks and feels that we love to choose from!  While it seems like the process is over, the best fabrics are looked over again, and any imperfections will be removed through washing, pressing and mending.  This meticulous procedure will result in longer lasting and better feeling fabric.

Corners can easily be cut when making fabric, resulting in lower quality.  Here at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we only invest in the very best fabric coming from companies in Italy that pay as much attention to detail as we do.

Once we have fabric choices, the custom process can begin!  Each client is measured, and is given a choice of fabric and style, all to their personal taste.  From buttons to the color of the thread, we work with the customer so they get everything they want in a suit, along with the confidence of wearing an item of clothing made just for them.  No custom suit is ever the same!

Some info on the process is taken from “Suitable Sheep: From Sheep to Suit in Pictures