Are you making these suit mistakes?


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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Learn to Tie a Proper Scarf

It’s starting to get chilly, even some nights here in Florida it has been hitting the 40s. For those of us living in the northern region of the US, snow has already started falling. It’s time to pull out those winter clothes and bundle up. You want to keep warm as best as possible, but do you know the best way to wear that scarf? There are many ways to tie a scarf, you should learn a few that you can use to keep yourself warm and looking good. This infographic from Real Men Real Style has eleven ways to tie a scarf, and even tells you what temperatures and scarf types each style works best for.tiescarf

Why Tailoring?

Good-Fit-vs-Bad-Fit-400-AOMAll of us have likely bought a piece of clothing only to find out it doesn’t fit exactly how we wanted. Ill-fitting clothing is a problem for many people. Ready-to-wear clothing was made to fit general sizes, not specific body types. We end up having to compromise, whether getting something a little too tight or too loose, too long or too short. Nothing seems to fit just hw we want. Tailoring offers the chance to get a piece of clothing that is made just for your body type and just to your specifications. For important pieces of clothing like a suit or wedding dress, it is ideal to get it tailored.

Ill-Fitting Suits

Many men are wearing suits that do not fit their body type. Generally, they opt for a suit that is much too big for them. This causes the wearer to look more bulky than they actually are. A properly fitting suit from a tailor will accentuate the wearer’s best assets like shoulders or waist. An ill-fitting suit adds imaginary pounds to the wearer, and does not look very professional. Investing in one tailored suit will make you realize just how good you can look in the right clothes.

Parts of the Suit to Alter

There are a few parts of a suit that you want to pay careful attention to. Making sure the lengths of these sections will ensure a proper fit. These include jacket length, the shoulder, trouser bottom, sleeve length, and collar. Your tailor will know exactly what these issues are and will make sure your suit fits you exactly how you want.

What Can’t Be Tailored

Most items can be tailored such as pants, dress shirts, suit jackets. But items like sweaters and knit items are much more stubborn. Sometimes it is better to just get a new, better fitting sweater then spend a lot to get it tailored.

Check out the comprehensive article from the Art of Manliness website about how a good fitting suit should look.

Don’t Clash or Crash: Cycling to Work in Style


Sometimes getting out of bed in the morning and groggily making your way to work is enough energy for your morning routine. However, a new craze has come along! Biking to work is now becoming increasingly more popular. People have always biked to work, whether its your environmentally conscious friends or your freakishly fit acquaintances, and others just like to avoid the rush of traffic in the morning hours. For whatever reason you bike to work, there has always been one complaint, “I always have to change my clothes after.” This age old problem has kept people from slipping on their spandex and packing their work clothes for the day.

With the popularity of biking to work at an all time high, a new industry has been created. Suits designed to bike to work and take meetings in. Companies like Parker Dusseau have developed a suit you can bike to work in using Marino Wool-Spandex Blend, a stretchy material. The crtoch has a diamond design instead of a four way seam, providing flexibility and comfort.

Although these suits are pricey, $495 for the jacket and $295 for the pants, it still provides a gateway to new designs and new ways to get into this niche market. So, next time you think about grabbing your bike rather than your keys, don’t hesitate!

‘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 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.


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.


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.


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.


Wardrobe Essentials for Men

From suits to accessories, Joseph Wendt Custom Clothiers offers everything for men to dress in style from head to toe. This is a great infographic on men’s wardrobe essentials and how to build your wardrobe from the ground up.