How to Choose the Right Topcoat

A quality topcoat is needed in any gentleman’s wardrobe. Typically topcoats are made from the heavier natural fabric cashmere wool. A heavier cashmere piece may weigh up to or slightly more than 4 lbs. Some say the heavier the better. You can be the judge of that.

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When looking for a good topcoat, remember to take into consideration that you will need room for three layers beneath it in the coldest of months. Likely you will need space for movement over a dress shirt, sweater, and some sort of coat. If you don’t often wear three layers, perhaps fitting it over your normal two will suffice.

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Although you want room, you also want to be careful that the coat isn’t too bulky in the shoulders, chest, and waist. It should fit squarely on the shoulders over your suit coat.

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The length of a topcoat is usually either a full length or 3/4 length. For a more traditional look, opt for the full length. If a youthful and modern look is what you are going for, choose the 3/4 topcoat. The “new full length” tail should arrive just below the knee while the 3/4 will land below the knee. Tip: A longer tail can make you appear a bit shorter so take your height into consideration when choosing length.

 


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-Meghan Henley

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New Ways to Wear Flannel this Fall

We all know that flannel shirts are very popular during the cool months. The most recent flannel buzz is on the more neutral tones while the past few years the focus was on the brightly colored flannels. I personally prefer the softer side flannels in neutrals and subdued shades of blue and green.

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Chambray blazers and flannel shirts are popular this season.

Don’t think for a minute that flannel fabrics are only for shirts. Flannel outerwear has been around for years. Have you ever considered trying a flannel sport coat or cap? How about both?

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Matching flannel newsboy cap and sport coat

There are some truly stunning flannel suits out there and we think now is the time to invest in a good one.

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Gorgeous flannel windowpane suit

They are gaining popularity again and most custom tailors offer several nice flannel suiting fabrics.

Not ready to take the suit plunge? Take some time to review our Luxury flannel shirting fabrics here.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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When Should You Wear French Cuffs?

Ever wonder if those cuff links are a bit showy for the party or meeting? There are times the French cuff shirt is totally acceptable and times you may get an eye roll.  So how do you know when to wear them? It is usually based on the formality of the event.

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Here are 3 times you are welcome to wear them.

1. When the bride says so. If it is a formal wedding and you are a groomsman. If this is the case, luckily this choice is usually made for you.

2. Are you going to a formal event? If it is a black tie event with the more “privileged” class, then yes. Go for it.

3. Are you wearing a very nice and more importantly traditional suit to an important meeting or interview?  If you are interviewing for a top position in the company, it is likely safe. However, If you are headed to a meeting where you feel a slimmer cut and more modern suit is appropriate, most likely you should opt for a barrel cuff.

What about times that you should avoid them?

1. Funerals. Just don’t do it. Not the time to get flashy.

2. With a sweater. It never seems to work out well.

3. To work everyday or to happy hour. Unless you are the CEO.

Ready to order a French cuff custom made shirt? Start here.

Remember Gents, this is just my opinion. Be creative in your dress and leave me your comments!

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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How to Dress for that Promotion at Work

Ever feel like you put forth so much effort at work and the boss just doesn’t seem to notice?  What if you grab his or her attention in a new way? Let the powers that be know you, in fact, see yourself moving up the corporate ladder but you also never seem to lose sight of the finer details. Here are some wardrobe tips to show your boss you mean business.

1. Don’t be afraid to sport a French cuff dress shirt. Adding this element of class to your wardrobe will show you are looking to move up.

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2. So now you need some great cuff links. Save the trendy links for date night and go with something traditional for the office.

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3. Add a tie bar.

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4. Order a custom dress shirt with eyelet holes for a collar pin.

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5. Wear a pocket square.

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Stay tuned for a blog post on the latest trends in pocket square folding, gents.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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How to Up your Fall Style Game

Feeling bored with your wardrobe? Got the “basics” down but lacking direction after pulling out the navy suit and white button down? Check out these tips to dress a little more stylish this season without starting over.

1. Invest in an interesting yet nice topcoat.

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2. Choose a quality wool sweater or cardigan.

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3. Add a pop of color to each outfit or try an interesting color combination like Navy and Orange.

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4. Grab some new kicks.

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5. Accessorize with a great scarf, a new umbrella, or a fine pair of leather gloves. Or all three!

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-Meghan Henley

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How Your Dress Shirt SHOULD Fit

So you think you have a pretty good fitting dress shirt? Maybe it’s great or maybe you are beginning to wonder if it could be better. Let’s take a look at how your dress shirt should fit.

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The collar should lightly touch the neck all the way around with enough room to fit one finger in the front. If there is any pressure of the fabric into the skin, it is too tight.

 

The shoulder seam should rest on the very outer edge of the shoulder top. The seam should not fall over the shoulder toward the tricep. The armhole should not cut into the underarm area.

The chest and waist should have a comfortable button closure with room for movement of the rib cage as well as the roundest part of your midsection. There should not be excess or bulging fabric at the pant waist when the shirt is tucked in.

The cuff should land just at the protruding bone on the outside of the wrist if the sleeve length is long enough. There should be enough cuff width to allow for a watch if you wear one.

The shirt tail should completely hide the waistband and beltline and have enough room at all sides to stay tucked when you’ve loosened it by reaching your arms overhead.

If you are thinking your fit could improve, start by clicking here.

Questions? Leave a comment here or follow me on Twitter @BestCustomShirt

-Meghan Henley

 

 

 

Olive Green Menswear Style Inspiration

Tired of navy suits, brown tweed sport coats, and camel topcoats? Let’s give Olive Green a shot why don’t we? It can be paired with almost every color as it is now considered a neutral. It looks great with blues of all shades and can be paired with black OR brown.

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A light shade of green goes beautifully with denim.
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A dapper green blazer would be a great fall addition.
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Ever considered an olive suit? Perhaps you should.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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How to Create a Dapper Street Style

Street style doesn’t mean you have to be sporting joggers and sneakers. Men with style know that you can create a well put-together and dapper casual look if you follow a few simple rules.

1. Keep one piece dressy. Whether it be a sport coat or a custom dress shirt, as long as one piece is a bit dressier you are on the right track.

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2. Layer. Adding different textures and elements can really up your street style game.

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3. Play with one trend at a time. Don’t try a shearling coat and a wide leg pant. Pick one and keep the rest neutral. (Although this guy forgot his, you should remember to wear a shirt.)

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4. Monochrome. Try to go with shades and colors that are close. This instantly modernizes and dresses things up a bit.

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5. Detail it.  Add a detailed belt or topcoat with jeans and a blue button down. Instant swagger.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Style your Own Custom Dress Shirt

Wanting to order a custom dress shirt that will stand out from the rest? Not only do we offer a custom pattern for each of our customers but we can also let you custom design your shirt style. You can even send in a picture by email and ask if a style you see is something we are able to do for you. Here are a few cool shirt designs we found online to get your ideas rolling.

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Inner placket detail and white collar band. Notice the collar itself is the same as the shirt.
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White placket, collar, band, and cuff. The contrasting black buttons really make this shirt stand out.
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Double up on the buttons and increase the space between. Also a button pocket with piping may be an option depending on the color.
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I would avoid the white belt and gold necklace but the sport front placket and cuff trim in red is a nice touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Contrasting the buttons and button hole stitching is a fine touch.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Ready to Wear Tuxedo Shirt Options

Not only do we make custom tuxedo shirts, but were you aware we offer a variety of stock tuxedo shirts as well?  Whether it is custom made or a stock Giorgenti shirt you can have faith in our shirts.

Here are a few of the ready to wear tuxedo shirts we offer.

The Hallmarks of Giorgenti shirts include pucker free seams, 20 stitches per inch, removable collar stays with implacable and crisps collars and cuffs details. Each Giorgenti ready to wear dress shirt is made with the same custom quality features found in high quality custom dress shirts. Giorgenti has set the goal standards in men’s dress shirts since 1993.

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Black Tuxedo Shirt 1/4″ Pleats $39.95 Product Code: 12970 Availability: In Stock -
Fabric: 100% Cotton 80′s Thread CountWeave: BroadclothCollar: Lay Down Collar Cuff: French Cuff
Pocket: No PocketFront Placket: Sport FrontPleats: 1/4 Inch

GIORGENTI  shirts are one of a kind. They are hand crafted with 100% cotton, 80’s thread count shirting fabric from Europe. The Hallmarks of Giorgenti Dress shirts include pucker free seams, 20 stitches per inch, removable collar stays with implacable and crisps collars and cuffs details. Each Giorgenti ready to wear dress shirt is made with the same custom quality features found in high quality custom dress shirts. Giorgenti has set the goal standards in men’s dress shirts since 1993.

Interested? Start shopping this shirt here.

Looking for White?

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White Tuxedo Shirt $39.95 Product Code: 19730 Availability: In Stock

Fabric: 100% Cotton 80′s Thread CountWeave: Broadcloth Collar: Lay Down Collar Cuff: French Cuff Pocket: No Pocket Front Placket: Tab Front Pleats: 1/4 Inch GIORGENTI shirts are one of a kind. They are hand crafted with 100% cotton, 80’s thread count shirting fabric from Europe.

Find this shirt here.

Another option in Black, you say?

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Black Tuxedo Shirt $39.95 Product Code: 13594 Availability: In Stock

Fabric: 100% Cotton 80′s Thread CountWeave: Broadcloth Collar: Wing Collar Cuff: French Cuff Pocket: No Pocket Front Placket: Tab Front Pleats: 3/8 Inch GIORGENTI shirts are one of a kind. They are hand crafted with 100% cotton, 80’s thread count shirting fabric from Europe. Shop for this shirt here.

None of these interest you? Design your own custom tuxedo shirt by clicking here.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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