Shoe Style Inspiration: Mid Rise Lace Ups

Hopefully you will get to kick off your shoes this weekend and get some R&R but in the meantime, let’s look at a few pair of mid rise leather and suede lace ups you may want to add to your closet. Each pair offers a minimal heel so you can look more 6 feet tall than 5″11… I love ending the week with a little style inspiration so let’s kick it. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Starting in the middle, I feel this pair can be worn with dress slacks, khakis, or jeans.

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You may opt to go for the same look but in a more casual suede style. I would save these for a little street style.

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Or you may opt for this classy and dressy version by Bontoni.

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Any of the three will give your wardrobe an update. Send me thoughts!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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How to Dress to Appear Thinner Today

Whether there has been a recent weight gain or you are just attempting to appear thinner, follow these simple tips to create the illusion you have lost 10 lbs today.

1. Accessorize: Don’t be afraid to add some shades, a tie,  or a scarf but keep the frames of the glasses small and the stripes or pattern on the scarf and tie vertical.

2. Posture and Height: Choose a boot or dress shoe with a bit of a heel and stand up straight! By just rolling your shoulders back and lifting your chest as you sit or walk, you can appear 2 inches taller (and thinner).

3. Color Theory: In general, darker colors create the illusion that one is thinner. Choose top layers in shades of gray, charcoal, navy and black.

4. Tee shirts: A high V neck tee creates a thinner look than that of a normal round neck tee.  Key word is “high” V neck. Let’s not show too much chest, okay?

5. Jeans and Chinos: Darker colored jeans and chinos are the best choice for you. Try a chino in this season’s army or olive green.

6. Dress Shirts: Keep stripes vertical and make sure they fit like a glove. A shirt that is too bulky at the waist will make you appear larger than you are as will a shirt that is too tight in the chest and waist. Try a custom dress shirt.

7.  Sweater: Layering a light weight knit V neck sweater over a button down dress shirt is the best choice to appear more trim. The bulkier the sweater, the larger you will appear. Try a nice merino wool or cashmere v neck sweater.

8. Dress slacks: Again, the lighter the shade, the larger you may appear so choose a darker shade for your suit or dress slack. Avoid a cuff if possible and the less pleats you can go with, the better. Flat front is my recommendation.

9. Suit Coats and Sports Coats: Choose a 3 button single breasted suit. A one button coat may appear to pull a bit if you are heavier in the mid-section so the 3 button will give you more room. The two places your coat must fit well is the waist and the shoulder. If it is too large or small, it will add an additional 5 lbs. to your appearance.

10. Topcoats: When buying a topcoat, make sure you have that sport coat on to ensure there is room for it. Choose an overcoat that hits no more than 4 inches above your knee.

Now, get out there!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

Layering for Men

If you are anything like my husband, the thought of layering is a bit scary. With a few good tips layering over and under your custom dress shirt may become a little less daunting.

1. Keep the shirt tail of the bottom layer shorter than that of the top layer. If wearing a sweater or vest, make sure the tail of the under-layer doesn’t peek out.


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2. Keep it comfortable and allow movement. Each piece should have a comfortable fit on it’s own but allow enough room once it is layered for free movement. Don’t purchase a sweater without making sure you can comfortably wearing that button down beneath it.

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3. Make sure it is easy to remove a layer or two. In case your day heats up make sure the under layer looks crisp and can go solo.


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4. When playing with color, try to go from one extreme to the other. Try lightest to darkest. A light colored shirt, medium sweater, and dark colored coat is a great start or try going the other direction altogether.


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5. Don’t try too many bold colors. Two at the most is my recommendation.

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Trendy Tip: Try a skinny tie under a sweater for a modern and youthful look.

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Layering questions? Leave me a comment!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Fall Accessories to Grab Now

You don’t have to spend a fortune updating your Fall Wardrobe this year. Adding a few currently trending accessories can update your closet for 2015/2016. Here are 5 great things to add to your wardrobe.

1. Polka Dotted Ties: Pair these with a solid color dress shirt with or without a coat. Go for a slimmer tie for a modernized look.

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2. Fedoras: Whether on the way to the office or on the weekend outing, Fedoras are hanging in there this Fall.

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3. Tie Magnets: Add a little cool factor to your tie with a tie magnet.

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4. Bracelets: This trend of bracelets paired with a killer suit seems like it is sticking around. I recommend skipping your watch on the other wrist if you give it a try.


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5. Masculine Cowl Scarves: Pairs well with a suit or sport coat and keeps the chill off the back of the neck.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Custom Dress Shirt Reminders

A few reminders for our long time customers in case you have forgotten or never knew:

1-We have been around much longer than some of these new online tailors.

Generations of fine and craftsmanship and custom tailoring know-how have helped us hone our craft. The Giorgenti family can trace back its roots in quality garment-making as far back as five generations.

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2-Your shirt will shrink to fit you so don’t just the shirt right out of the package.

We allow for an average shrinkage of about 3% into the shirt when we make it. We know the shrinkage allowance for each fabric bolt and must factor this is to your custom shirt pattern before it is made. This is why we insist you launder and dry the shirts before we begin adjusting your pattern for the next order.

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3-We want to hear what fabrics you want to see in our three stellar fabric categories!

Are you wishing for more end on end fabrics? Plaids? Please let us know. Email us at info@bestcustomshirt.com

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4-We recommend laundering and drying your shirts once a perspiration odor or stain has appeared.

The more they are laundered, the shorter the life of the shirt. You can double the life of your shirt just by wearing it twice before washing.

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5-Remember to dress for success.

Within the first 30 seconds of meeting you, ten value judgments are being made about you including: your educational level, socio-economic level, success level, position, organizational skills, trustworthiness, likeability, competence, and integrity.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Casual Friday Style

Casual Friday doesn’t have to be boring. You can even follow the latest menswear trends like neutral shades, checks and plaids, and doubling up on the patterns. Here are some great ideas to inspire your next Casual Friday.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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How to Dress Like George Clooney

George Clooney has been a style icon since the 90′s. This man has it, whatever it is. Let’s take a moment to figure out what it is that he does so well.

1. Groom Well.  George keeps either a nice clean shave or properly groomed stubble. Make sure to keep up with your five o’clock shadow if you decide to give it a try.

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2. Monochrome your casual wear. Head to toe shades of charcoal is a nice go-to for this guy.

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3. Invest in great fitting clothing. Buy a custom suit and/or custom dress shirt. Women and men alike notice when the fit is good.

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4. Stick to basic color combos. Clooney often chooses shades of black, white, gray and neutrals. It really makes matching easier.

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5. Let your hair gray naturally. I mean, why not give it a shot?

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Top 3 Dress Shirt Misconceptions

You may think you know what fabric you like, what “fit” you like and who you want cleaning your custom dress shirts. That may be about to change.

1-There is a difference between Trim fit and Athletic Cut. While the waist may taper in a similar way in the two fitting types, the chest and sleeve fullness are quite different. When you choose to buy a trim fit, you are given less room in the bicep, forearm, and chest areas. If you pick an athletic cut, the pattern was set for someone with larger biceps and chest muscles. Often the back shoulder area also has more room.

2-Those Non-Iron fabrics are treated with harmful chemicals. Resist the urge to avoid the ironing by buying chemically treated “wrinkle-free” and “Non-iron” clothing. Those fabrics are usually treated with formaldehyde, which has been linked to both lymph node and testicular cancers.  All those nasty chemicals are used to keep the cotton from doing what cotton sometimes does; wrinkle.

3-When you send your shirts to the cleaners, they do NOT dry clean them.  Generally speaking, they launder and dry your cotton shirts just like you do in a machine. They just press them and make them nice and crisp for you, not that there is anything wrong with that. You just don’t have to do it at home.  I am not saying they don’t dry clean that “dry clean only ” wool suit of yours, that they do. :)

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Why You Shouldn’t Buy an Off the Rack Shirt Ever Again

Never bought a custom made dress shirt before? Think it isn’t worth the time or the effort to get that perfect fit? Off the rack shirt makers have one simple goal: to fit as many people into as few sizes as possible. This is the reason you may buy a 17/33-34 stock shirt for the sleeve length but have to leave the collar unbuttoned. You may even find you have 5 or 6 inches of sloppiness at the shirt waist. The reason you have to deal with the excess fabric is because it isn’t excess for the next guy but very necessary. So wait, why are you trying to fit in the other guy’s shirt again?

In recent years shirt makers began to offer different “cuts” to give you the feeling that you have more options. You can now find store bought shirts in a “trim fit” or “athletic cut”. Although many don’t know this, the two options are actually quite different. A man choosing a trim fit should have thinner arms and a slender chest while a man who needs an athletic cut will often have large biceps and a muscular chest. There is more allowance for the arm and chest muscles in an athletic cut. Sometimes only one or the other is offered from an off the rack shirt maker and they just hope you think they are one and the same.

I suggest giving a custom made shirt a chance. Wouldn’t you prefer a shirt that is made to your body measurements? You can even choose how many inches of allowance are added in for your comfort. Now if you missed our post on making sure you find a quality shirt maker, take a peek here.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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How Your Suit SHOULD Fit

We’ve all worn an ill-fitting suit at one time or another.  Whether it was from packing on a few extra pounds in the cold months or the fact that your uncle gave you his old suit for your first interview, it probably wasn’t pretty. We have a few tips to share in case you are wondering how your suit should be fitting that fine physique of yours.

The Coat: A coat can quickly be noticed as too small if you refuse to button it when you stand up or too large if you suddenly show up at work looking like a linebacker.

Shoulder: The top shoulder seam that connects the sleeve to the yoke should rest on the ball-top of your shoulder. If it hangs over more than 1/4 inch it appears much too large. Alterations to the shoulder of a coat can get pricey so it may be wise to invest in a custom suit if you have narrow or broad shoulders.

Armhole: Ever worn a suit that created the “bat-wing” effect when you reached your arms out to the side? Ugh. It’s the worst. Choose a suit with a high or raised armhole to avoid this weird suit phenomenon.

Chest: Usually knowing if your coat fits in the chest isn’t a problem but the shirt beneath is worth a mention. If your shirt is ill-fitting or bulky in any way, it can create an odd problem at the chest line. Jump back to our post on trimming your shirt fat if you haven’t already read this one.

Waist: The coat should taper in at the waistline and be the thinnest just between the lower ribs and the naval line.

Cuff: The sleeve length should allow 1/2 inch of the shirt sleeve cuff to show. The coat cuff should end just at the edge of the protruding wrist bone on the outer edge of your wrist.

Coat Tail: Your seat should be completely covered by your tail length in the back and no longer than the zipper length in front.

The Pant: Wearing a pair of dress slacks that are too blousy can make you appear larger than you are.  A pair that is tight in the crotch can create not only discomfort in your work day but can be quite embarrassing.

Rise: You want a rise that is comfortable both sitting and standing. If you are buying an off the rack suit, make sure to try on the pants in both positions. Tip: Try crossing your legs as well.

Seat: If there is ANY question in your mind if the seat is too tight, it is. Don’t be the tight pants guy.

Cuff “Break”:  Although there is a current trend of a shorter pant length, if you are investing in a suit for years to come, go for a medium break. It should create a soft ripple on the shoe top and go halfway down the back of the shoe.

There is nothing better than a great fitting suit!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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