Halloween Customer Appreciation: Josh Sundquist

He’s a Paralympic Skier. He’s a motivational speaker. He’s an author.

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He’s a Best Custom Shirt customer…

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Wearing his Giorgenti custom made shirt.

and he has one heck of a sense of humor.

You may have seen one or two of his past Halloween costumes.

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And he finally released his costume for this year! We were elated to finally find out.

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You gotta love this guy! We love you Josh! Find out more about Josh here.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

@BestCustomShirt

Custom Shirt Fabrics Explained

If you are like many, you either don’t know the difference between a Broadcloth or an Oxford fabric or cannot recall when it is time to order your custom dress shirt. Or perhaps you know what you like, but don’t know what it is called. Let’s de-mystify the shirting fabric choices.

Broadcloth can be described as a smooth-finish fabric that is lightweight and breathable. It is considered dressier than an Oxford fabric but due to it’s smoothness, may require more ironing. It has a matte finish to it and works well for dress shirt, casual shirts and tuxedo shirts.

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Broadcloth has no texture.

Pinpoint Oxford can be identified by it’s “pinpoint” texture. It has a tiny dotted texture to it and is thicker than a broadcloth. It is very durable and wrinkle resistant and often referred to as a “workhorse” shirting fabric. It is considered less dressy than a broadcloth and is most often worn with a button down collar.

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Notice the tiny “Pinpoint” dotted texture.

 Royal Oxford is heavier than both the Pinpoint and Broadcloth fabrics. It is both durable and dressy. It can be identified by it’s “basket-weave” or “boxy” texture. It has a slight sheen or luster to it and works with most any collar style. It is a great fall and winter weight fabric.

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Royal oxford has a basket-weave look to it.

Twill is another thick Fall and Winter weight fabric choice. It has a distinct diagonal line pattern to it. It also works well with most all collar styles but will not necessarily work for a tuxedo shirt.

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Twills have a diagonal line pattern.

Herringbone fabrics have a fishbone pattern to them or an “arrow” look. They are generally thicker but can be found in a lightweight option as well. They give a solid white shirt some character and are best worn without a button down collar.

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Herringbones have a “fish-bone” texture.

 Have other questions about your favorite shirting fabrics? Comment here!

Dress Well! Be Well!

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-Meghan Henley

 

Menswear Halloween Costume Part 3: Clark Kent

Last minute Halloween Ideas can be quite easy and stylish. Here are 3 quick ways to dress up in stellar Clark Kent style this weekend.

1. Grab a fedora of sorts, a trench coat, and a pair of black round glasses for the classic newsroom look.

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2. Grab a Superman tee, glasses, shirt and a tie for this easy go-to costume.

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3. Looking for a bit more style? Suit up with a solid black pair of specs. Done!

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Happy Halloween! Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Fall Style 2015: Colorblock Coats

Men’s colorblock coats are being seen everywhere this Fall. What we love about this trend is the versatility. Men’s color-blocking can be found on topcoats, sport coats and blazers, and casual wear.

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Top Coat in Olive and Camel Color-Blocking
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Navy and Light Gray Color-Blocked Blazer
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Light Brown and Charcoal Color-Blocked Casual Coat

Which is your favorite look?

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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@BestCustomShirt

Casual Friday: Denim Blazers

Whether you love them or hate them, denim blazers are gaining popularity. They can make for a nice casual Fall look if you do it right. Here is how.

Do: Stick with classic pairings.

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Paired with a white shirt, open collar and navy slacks. Clean.

Don’t: Get all cowboy on us.

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I just can’t.

Do: Pair with lighter shades of shirts and pants.

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The pale blue shirt and white chinos make for a crisp modern look.

Don’t: Go double-breasted.

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It’s too much. The acid wash, big buttons and wide lapel.

Unless you are this guy.

Do: Take advantage of a great price on a summer weight denim for next year.

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Remember real fabrics wrinkle.

Dress Well! Be Well and Happy Casual Friday!

-Meghan Henley

Menswear Halloween Costume Part 2: James Bond

If you saw my first post on an easy menswear inspired Halloween costume but aren’t much of a Dr. Who fan, this one may be the one for you. I mean, who doesn’t like Bond movies? The Bond Look is an easy “throw-together” look for the dapper dude with a tux or nice suit already in the closet. There are numerous ways to do this.

Your first option is a deep side part and a little gel of the hair, a large black bowtie, a set of suspenders, black tux pants and a thrift store ruffled tuxedo shirt.

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Tip: Fashion some sort of black felt (found at any craft store) onto one side of the suspenders as if it is a gun holster and ditch the coat for the night.

For a more modern Bond look, thrown on the tux coat. Now you may not have time to order a custom tuxedo shirt, but what about a stock tuxedo shirt?

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Haven’t a tux? Why not use that spiffy suit with a side sweep (add a bit of hairspray perhaps) and find a subtle polka dotted tie as he wore in Octopussy.

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Now I won’t encourage you carrying around a toy gun with all the current controversies  but why not just dress to kill this Halloween?

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Henley…Meghan Henley

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Colorblock Ties

This week’s Wardrobe Wednesday is dedicated to a quick easy way to update your closet. A color block tie will look great with your Fall/Winter suit and show the modern side of your style personality.

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Color blocking doesn’t have to be done with bright bold colors. There are many options in neutral shades as well. One great thing about a color block tie is if you choose the shades right, they can go with most everything.  Another great thing is that you can find many  that are actually hand made.

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The color blocking can even be super subtle if you choose a tie with one shade just a hint darker than the other. Very classy.

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Thoughts on the  color blocking tie trend? Leave me a comment or follow me on Twitter for more fashion and style tips @BestCustomShirt

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

 

Menswear Halloween Costume Idea Part 1

We are only a week and a half from Halloween but there is still time to piece together a great menswear inspired costume. We will feature a few this week starting with this cool British dude.

Dr. Who

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What you need:

1. A tweed sport coat

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2. A custom dress shirt in a check or plaid.

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3. A burgundy or green bow tie.

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4: Suspenders (optional)

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Convince a significant other to dress up like this and get to that party! Click here for the Tardis idea

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Custom Dress Shirt Styling Option Spotlight: The Angled Cuff

Whether you prefer a button or French cuff custom dress shirt, were you aware that you have even more style options than the cuff closure? Today we would like to feature the Angled Cuff option.

This small  notched detail shows class and will definitely get your friend’s and coworker’s attention.

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An Angled Cuff is stylish and dapper with a gray suit.

You may hear it referred to as a “mitred” cuff.

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An Angled French Cuff adds a little something different to the traditional style.

You can even double up on the angles.

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Another option is the Double Angled Button Cuff.

Here are our custom angled cuff options.

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Angled One Button Cuff
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Angled Two Button Cuff
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Double Angled One Button Cuff
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Double Angled Two Button Cuff

 

Ready to get your custom dress shirt started?

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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