All posts by Janine Giorgenti

Should You Starch Your Dress Shirts?

Many customers ask us which of our shirting fabrics “hold starch the most”. I tend to answer this question with a question. “Why exactly do you want or need to starch your dress shirt?” The most important thing to remember is that the regular use of starch drastically reduces the lifespan of your shirts.  So, is it worth it?

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If you feel you must starch the body and sleeves of the shirt for wrinkling, chances are the fabric quality and thread count is quite low. If you feel that the cuff and collar are in need of being pressed, perhaps the interfacing (also known as fusing) is the culprit. A higher quality fusing can quickly resolve this. Read here about our high quality German interfacing.

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My advice to these customers is to buy a high thread count quality dress shirt and insist in having a reinforced collar and cuff. We have some great options in our Deluxe and Luxury fabric lines. The higher the thread count, the less wrinkling.  If you do, however choose to continue with starching your shirts, try a light starch or do it less often.

Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

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Men’s Aisle Style: Wedding Time

Planning a wedding? The bride usually gets most of the attention and let me be clear, we shall NOT take away from her for even a moment. However, if you want to stay up to date in your Spring or Summer formalwear, I can recommend one specific thing: color.

Whether it is the tux itself or the tuxedo shirt, try a touch of color. This Spring you may want to shoot for a pastel colored suit or tuxedo.

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If the brides dress is off the rails stunning you can afford to get a little crazy with a custom tuxedo shirt in a wild print (only with her approval, of course).

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Too much, too soon? Keep the color simple go with a custom tuxedo shirt in lavender, sky blue, or blush pink with a navy or black tux.

Still out of your comfort zone? What about a brightly colored tie and pocket square?

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

The Essential Chambray Shirt

If you are a man, nothing says Spring like a chambray shirt on your back. Women dig them and luckily, the fabric feels great on your skin. It is light, breathable, and the casual wrinkling makes the natural fibers obvious.

Contrary to popular belief, it can be dressed up a notch. Add a light colored suit and pocket square but leave off the tie.

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Chambray pairs well with a linen coat or suit.

Create a different look by ordering custom with us and specifying white stitching along the collar, cuff, and or placket.

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White collar stitching accented by a white pocket square makes this chambray shirt stand out.

Tired of the denim hue in Chambray? Try a brighter color like pink or a brighter blue. We have both colors in stock in our Deluxe line.

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A fresh pink chambray will certainly lighten your Spring.

Create a chambray shirt of your own today. Dress well! Be well!

-Meghan Henley

Follow me on Twitter for more style tips @BestCustomShirt

 

The 3 Best Spring Transition Pieces

Gearing up for Spring in Menswear this year should be quite easy. The transition from Winter to Spring to Summer can be quite dapper with a few new transition pieces added to your closet.

Start with a  Small print shirt

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A small print shirt will keep you looking hot until September

 

Add a Polka Dot Tie and Cardigan

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A navy cardigan and matching polka dot tie keep things classy.

Top it off with an Unstructured Blazer

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White Pants for Men

Spring and Summer 2016 calls for a crisp pair of white chinos. They were all over the runways for SS16 Menswear. We found the three best ways to wear them.

Get Nautical: A navy striped shirt sends a nautical message and works great in a casual cool environment. Perfect date night wardrobe.

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With Denim: Brunello Cucinelli scores big pairing a denim shirt and navy blazer. The canvas sneaker sans socks create a cool casual look.

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With your favorite Tee: Pair the white chinos with a thick, crisp white tee and seafoam blazer. Any blue or green hue works well with white.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

 

Spring Menswear Trend: Polka Dots

A classic print that never goes out of style, the polka dot is back with a vengeance this Spring and Summer 2016 in menswear. We have all noticed that the patterned suit is currently a big hit which means there are so many great ways to wear this style.

Let’s start with the least investment: The pocket square. With something so small, you can add a bolder print like this. Don’t overload the eye with lots of bold prints. This good fellow kept the rest of the look solid.

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Or try a small scarf this Spring. Men can wear scarves year round. Going into the warmer months, choose a smaller one like this that just adds a hint of style.

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Of course there is the polka dot tie. Perhaps you already own this wardrobe staple.

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Looking for more of a statement than the accessories? Try a bold polka dot shirt. We love this burgundy toned variation.

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Feeling like going all in? Try your printed suit in the dapper dot.

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A great reason to invest a little or a lot in this small print trend is that you can wear it from not until eternity. Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

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Has Casual Friday Become Too Casual?

Let’s be honest, we have all gotten a tad lazy when it comes to dressing for “Casual Friday”. I think we should revisit some rules in the office. After much thought on the subject, these are my 3 updated ideas on Casual Friday.

1. Let’s just not wear jeans.

Unless you work in a “Creative” field, I don’t think jeans are meant for the office. Just throw on a pair of chinos instead. They are pretty casual.

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2. Perhaps ONLY lose the tie.

Wear your favorite suit and a crisp white dress shirt. It’s pretty nice to not have to deal with that knot in the a.m. Enjoy that.

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3. Use layers in a creative way. A nice pair of slacks, a collared shirt and wool sweater will do. If going this route, add the tie back in the mix.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

Follow me on Twitter for more style tips @BestCustomShirt

 

What Collar Styles to Avoid

We often hear that a man with a round face should avoid an extreme wide spread collar but were you aware that every face shape has a style it should avoid like the plague? Here are a list by collar style of those who should run in the other direction.

Button Down Collar

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Who should just “not even”? Any guy looking to climb the corporate ladder. If you want to move up at the office, choose a stiff collar and avoid the button down… And dress like a grown man.

 

Traditional Point Collar

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Is there someone who shouldn’t wear a traditional collar? Well, not exactly. I would say if you are a more fashion forward minded man, you should opt for a wide spread collar instead. Otherwise, it’s pretty much a go for everyone.

Narrow Point Collar

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Who should avoid it? Anyone who doesn’t like the Goodfellas look. If you are man interested in looking like Ray Liotta make sure you don’t have a long and or lean face. It will accentuate the length of the face and even shorten the beholders view of your neck.

Round or Club Collar

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Who shall not? A man with a round or full face or anyone with a barrel chest. This will make either seem even wider. I also think very tall men with a tiny club collar seems odd. Make sure that the collar length fits your height.

Whatever this is called, EVERYONE should avoid it.

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Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley