The Best and Worst Dressed NFL Players

Here at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we have a bit of an obsession with football. We can’t wait for the season to hurry up and get here! Our love for football has even landed us a few big name clients. Former NFL Star and Current TV Anyalyst, Michael Strahan wears our suits! St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Jake Long also ordered his wedding wear from us. NFL superstars Darrelle Revis and Adrian Peterson also got their custom suits from Joseph. We love combining our passion for the NFL with our love of creating great-fitting suits.

Kerry Rhodes

There is a huge movement in sports for athletes to look professional both on and off the field. Players that used to wear ill-fitting clothing for press events, are now ordering custom three piece suits. We love seeing these athletes in perfectly fitted suits, especially ours!

Larry Fitzgerald

Now that so many athletes are expected to wear fashionable clothing, there is a growing trend of creating their own look. Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals has been known to rock three piece suits. He also adds a bit of flair with bright shirts and pocket squares. Fitzgerald’s teammate Kerry Rhodes is also known for his off the field style.

Terrell Suggs in a not so formal, black tie outfit

Although there are many NFL stars making fashion statements off the field, many are not hitting the mark. Terrell Suggs made an impression at a black tie event, though not a favorable one. His white blazer choice puzzled many. Who wears a white blazer with dark black stripes? He also didn’t bother tying his bow tie. Michael Vick didn’t bother wearing a full suit for this event. Luckily nobody in the crowd could see his legs or those sandals! We hope he has a full suit for events where he’s not standing behind a podium.

It’s important for NFL players to present themselves well off the field. Many NFL franchises are paying for their star power. Being well dressed is an important part of this persona. Any athletes out there reading this should definitely come to Jospeh’s for their custom suit needs! Just ask any of our former clients how much they love their outfits.

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Rent Vs. Buy a Custom Suit

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When to rent vs. buy a custom suit

Your wedding day is a few months away, but you have yet to purchase your suit, let alone even look at one. Then you think, “Why not just rent one? I’ll only wear it once.” This is a common thought among many grooms. Buying a custom suit may seem expensive, especially if you only plan to wear it on your wedding day. So why not just rent one? You aren’t picky about your clothes, you just want something that fits pretty well. But what about the next time you need a suit last minute and have to rush out and pick one that is ill-fitting? You will wish you had purchased a custom suit. Below we will go through some of the pros and cons of whether to buy a custom suit or rent one, so you can see which option is right for you.

Rent a Suit

The major argument for rental suits is cost. If you know you will only wear it once, and there is no way you will need a suit again, then it makes sense to rent. There may be fit issues, as rental suits are not custom tailored. And the options may not include exactly what you wanted. So you will be forced to compromise on fit and look. Another issue is knowing someone else wore that suit before you, and another person, and another person. But if you don’t mind these issues, then head to the rental shop!

Buy a Custom Suit

Every guy should have a custom tailored suit. Yes, they may seem expensive, but the value you get from a custom suit outweighs the costs. If you work in an office, own a business, plan to have a wedding, or go to any special events, then a custom suit will work for you. Getting your suit customized means a perfect fit, as well as exactly the color, fabric, and shape you envision. Don’t think about the one time cost of the suit, think about it’s value over time. Going to meet a new client with your custom suit will leave a lasting impression that you care about how you present yourself, and your client will take notice.

 

So the decision is really up to you! If you plan to buy a custom suit, you will want to get a consultation with Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers. We are the premier custom clothing business in southwest Florida. We have provided outfits for hundreds of clients including big names like Michael Strahan. If you want to look and feel your best, trust Joseph Wendt to make it happen. 239.530.0070 400 fifth Avenue South, Suite 100, Naples, Florida 34102

The History of Bespoke

imagesYou may have heard of the term bespoke to refer to men’s suits, but do you know its origin? The term bespoke comes from the word bespeak which means “to speak for something”. It now has a special meaning “to give order for it to be made”. Bespoke clothing is the opposite of off-the-rack clothing which you purchase in a store. The term first popped up on Savile Row, which is the epicenter of bespoke clothing.

Savile Row is a street in London often called the “Golden mile of tailoring”. This street was built around 1731. During the late 18th century tailors started taking up shop on the road. Tailors still occupy these streets today charging from 2000 to over 3000 British pounds. The street has started to feature ready-to-wear clothes to appeal to those unable or unwilling to pay for expensive, custom suits. By the 1990s, many of the tailors were struggling to find clients in a world where fashion was easy to buy from a store shelf. Three tailors revitalized the bespoke style for these modern shoppers. The three tailors were featured in Vanity Fair and publicity around bespoke grew.Unknown

There is a gray area between ready-to-wear and bespoke: made-to-measure. These types of outfits are made when the tailor alters the standard-sized pattern to better fit the customer. Fittings are needed for both bespoke and made-to-measure. Handmade was often the distinctive factor of bespoke but now many made-to-measure garments feature a personal touch.

If you ever happen to travel to London, put Savile Row on your list of must sees. The history of bespoke started there and continues on after centuries.

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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‘Tis the Season for Weddings: What you need to know to look your best

weddingsThe summertime doesn’t just welcome warm climate, beautiful scenery and relaxing times. It also welcomes the start of wedding season. Summer weddings are gorgeous and heart warming. Unfortunately, your heart isn’t the only thing getting warm. Summer weddings are notoriously hot and can make any guest uncomfortable, especially the men. Men have always been expected to wear penguin suits on formal occasions such as, weddings. However, at Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we have the right tips for every man as they suit up for a lively night of celebrating.

Here are some of the tips and guidelines to follow when attending a summer wedding. Keep in mind though, this isn’t your day so don’t be to over the top to where you over throw the bride and groom. Be comfortable and stylish with your outfit and enjoy it!

THE SUIT 

The suit is the most important part of any mans ensemble. Nowadays, men aren’t expected to wear heavy, black tuxedos to any wedding. Our most important rule is to have fun with what you’re wearing. Wear a khaki suit or patterned jacket. As long, as the dress shirt matches and your confidence shows in what you’re wearing, GO FOR IT. Look for a slim, nice fitting suit or jacket when browsing for outfits. With the warm temperatures, stick to linens or cottons to avoid the embarrassing sweat marks at the reception.

THE TIE 

This is usually the detail of the outfit that men get most creative with. We agree that getting creative with a tie can brighten up any old suit. It also lets others see what your personality is really like if you get quirky with these details. Always go for a windsor knot, whether you do a half or full windsor depends on your head size. If you have a bigger head, go for a full windsor, and if you have a smaller head go for a half windsor.

THE SHOES 

Get a white buck skin shoe. TheY go with everything and they add a point of interest to any look. They may get dirty depending on if its an outdoor occasion or not but you will look better with it anyway.

THE DRESS SHIRT 

Its the summertime so that means you should go for more relaxed colors, like a light pink or lavender. Depending on how crazy you are planning on going with the suit jacket and tie maybe go for a light gray. Either way, a nice light lavender or pink can add a pop of color to any outfit, especially if you’re not planning on going over the top.

The Anatomy of the Shirt

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we believe that it is essential that your clothes fit you perfectly. This shirt guide from Neat Blog gives tips on how to pick the right dress shirt for your body.

THE YOKES: the entire shirt hangs from here, so if it doesn’t fit right here, you’re in trouble!

THE COLLAR: collar shape should be proportional to the tie you intend to wear and the size of the lapels on your jacket: have a productive discussion about this whilst being measured. to check if it fits, you should be able to a) breathe without your eyes feeling like they are going to pop-out of your head, and b) fit three fingers under your collar at the side of your neck.

Screen Shot 2014-07-18 at 3.21.17 PMTHE ARMHOLES: big enough to fit your manly arms: ensure that they’re not too high so as to bunch and create discomfort under your arms.

SLEEVES: it’s cool for exactly one time, but make sure your sleeves don’t rip when you flex. You want the shirt to be tight enough to look good, and loose enough to allow for movement. Ensure that your sleeves are long enough to show at the end of your suit jacket (which means you should probably have the jacket you’ll be wearing when getting fitted), but not so long that your shirt bunches and makes you look like a French revolutionist.

THE FRONT: unless you have a large stomach, the front should be close-fitting and flat. You should be able to breathe and stretch without the risk of your buttons popping-off.

THE BACK: for a slim-fitting shirt, have your shirt made with a centre-pleat or darts (both of which can be adjusted for a looser fit or a slimmer profile. A baggy shirt looks floofy and horrible and makes you look like an upside-down pear.

THE CUFF: generally, the cuff should end four and a half inches from the end of your thumb. Cuff lining can add flair and structure to your cuff. If you wear cuff-links, bring them to your fitting.

TAILS: your shirt should be long enough so as to NEVER pop out of your waistband unintentionally. Take advice from those who know what they’re doing on the appropriate length.

 

5 Clothing Tricks to Make Sure Your Clothing Fits

Custom tailoring is almost a lost art, but there’s nothing like having a suit designed to your exact specifications and body or wowing your friends and colleagues with a one-of-a-kind Joseph Wendt suit that no other man in the ballroom – let alone the world – could be wearing.

Joseph Wendt has earned a loyal following among business leaders, executives and major NFL players whose sheer size can create additional measurement challenges. All of them realize the benefits of having their clothes custom made.

At Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers, we take great pride in finding the right fit and style for every man. This info graphic shows exactly what men need to do to make sure their wardrobe fits perfectly. Image

 

To make an appointment for a custom fitting, please call Joseph Wendt at 239.530.0070.