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Which Shade of Blue Looks Best on You?

We all love a blue dress shirt but did you know that there are better shades of blue for each type of complexion?

Many men actually don’t even know what type of complexion they have.  An easy way to decide is by using those cuff links. Find one piece of yellow gold and one piece of silver or white gold. Perhaps you already know which of the two look better on you. If you tend to wear yellow gold, chances are it is because your warm skin tone is complemented by the warmth of the gold tones. If you look better in silver tones or white metals, most likely you are in the cooler complexion category. If you look great in both, perhaps you have a medium skin tone.

Men with warm skin tones or darker complexions should give vibrant shades of blue such as teal and royal blues a try. No need to throw out those medium blue shirts or suits either. They will also look great on you but try a pop of color with the tie.

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Royal Blue M1055
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Teal Blue M11564

Those with medium skin tones and less contrast between their hair color and skin tone should aim for styling with cooler shades of blue. A blue shirt with a silver undertone such as our dusty blue or french blue will look perfect on you. A sky blue will be complimented by a tie with touches of sapphire.

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French Blue M1073
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Dusty Blue M1560

If your complexion is light and cool (high contrast between your hair and skin tone) chances are you will look best in a soft to medium blue with warm undertones. Try a dress blue and pair it with a tie featuring hints of warm orange or wine tones.

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Dress Blue M1274

Ready to order a custom dress shirt? Click here to redeem our offer of $20 off of your first custom shirt with us. New customers only, please.

Dress Well! Be Well!

-Meghan Henley

 

How Suspenders Can Improve Your Appearance

I’m sure by now you dapper dudes know that suspenders can be a great alternative to wearing a belt. Did you know however that suspenders can actually improve your appearance over the staple of a belt? For one thing, when the shirt is tucked and fits correctly, it creates a nice streamlined waist. Shirt not fitting all that well? Click here to order a custom dress shirt with us.

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If you can check a great fitting shirt off the list, how about the pant waist? Often, we cinch the belt in to decrease the waist of the pant causing the pant waist fabric to bunch in some areas. If suspenders are worn correctly, it can keep a great fit at the waist and not double any fabric over. Thirdly, suspenders can help in getting the perfect pant “break” at the shoe. Cool, huh?

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Now, let’s talk about the suspenders themselves and how they should be worn. First and foremost, never wear both a belt and suspenders. It’s one or the other, gents. If you have the option of suspenders with buttons or snaps, we say you should choose the buttons.  Did I mention we also make custom pants? Click here to check them out. Thirdly, choose whether you are going full elastic or not. Most all suspenders come in either full elastic or partial. We prefer either a nice durable suspender fabric in full or leather suspender with partial elastic bottoms.

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Dress well! Be well!

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-Meghan Henley

 

 

Quality is Never an Accident…

“Quality is never an accident; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” -William A. Foster

Merriam Webster defines choice as “the opportunity or power to choose between two or more possibilities”.  Power, huh? Admit it. You like that word.

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So you have the power to choose who makes your custom shirts. Well, your custom shirt maker also has some choices and alternatives they could make. Today, I want to let you know about those fine details some shirt makers may skip and hope you don’t notice.

Stitchy Business: SPI, or “stitches per inch” is extremely important when it comes to the quality of a custom dress shirt.  A quality shirt maker should choose a high SPI to enhance not only the seam performance and elasticity but the strength and the appearance of the stitch itself. In case you are wondering our custom dress shirts are made with an SPI of 20.  NOT too shabby, huh?

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 High stitches per inch is a hallmark of a quality custom shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Blow it on the Fusing: Let’s face it, or shall I say “interface” it? (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.) You’ve probably had to toss out your favorite dress shirt because of a bubbling issue on the collar or cuff at some point. This is so disappointing because the rest of the shirt still looked great on you, right? When a company chooses to use a lesser quality interfacing or the compatibility between the fabric and fusing don’t match up, the bubbles begin. And they won’t iron out. Ever. We use the highest quality German fusing to make our custom shirts.

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   Low quality fusing can create this pesky bubbling problem

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hate to Thread Our Own Needle But…  When purchasing thread, just hope your shirt tailor doesn’t go the cheap route. First of all strength truly matters to create gorgeous stitching. Also the strength of said thread (sounding like a Dr. Suess book now) must be compatible with the fabric quality. At Best Custom Shirt we choose a superb thread to accompany our fine fabrics. We actually specifically pick the thread based on the fabric that you choose when we create your shirt.

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    Fine thread can make all the difference in stitching

 

 

 

 

 

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Don’t Yoke it Up: Some custom shirt makers may skimp and avoid the split yoke. We understand the shoulder blade and upper back area is where a lot of your ninja moves originate from so we offer the split-yoke.  You need some movement at work as well but feel free to karate chop away!

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                       Custom Dress Shirt with a Split Yoke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We choose the 12 Step Program: Our Quality Control department offers 12 steps to ensure the product meets your specs before it ships. I won’t list them all here or you may snooze out on me but know that we focus these efforts on fabric, measurements, thread, stitching, and your styling details.

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    Looks like even Sleepy could use a custom dress shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Does it Matter if My Collar is Bias or Straight? If your collar is cut “straight”, the shirt maker saves money. How, you ask? When the fabric is properly cut for a collar, “on the bias”, it uses more fabric as the fabric is cut in a more circular pattern to fit, well…your neck. It needs to hug your neck which creates a little more fabric waste. Our CHOICE is the bias cut. We are not afraid to lose a little fabric in order to increase the quality of fit of your collar.

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    Make sure the collar is cut on the bias to get the proper fit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proper Alignment Takes Time: Currently stripes and check shirts are what the ladies like to see you in. We choose to take a little more time to properly align those handsome stripes and the windowpanes of yours to match up. This detail is important to get that crisp looking design you are after.

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       The Beauty of Aligned Stripes in a Quality Dress Shirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collar Stays and Buttons That Stay: Our high quality Giorgenti buttons are always a hit. If you want a specific color to match that Midnight Blue shirt you created online with us, just let us know. We also offer Mother Of Pearl for those who want a little something more.  We use removable collar stays on most orders and are always willing to send you extras if you ask. If you prefer the permanent stays, just let us know when you place the order.

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                 Extra Buttons & Collar Stays Just in Case…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retro-fitting is Out: Again, we could choose the easy way to do this. But we don’t. We DO NOT modify an existing shirt or even an existing shirt pattern. We choose to create a unique pattern for each of our customers. It is true we use a CAD system but there must be a pattern making team there to input the information into the system for the pattern to be created. Inside tip: How do we make sure we don’t mix your pattern up with someone who has the same name? We link your unique pattern to your email address. There are no doppelganger email addresses out there, after all.

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CAD system and pattern making help make a custom shirt just that, custom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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-Meghan Henley

 

 

 

 

 

The Weekend Trip – The Power of Comfortable Work Attire

A pocket square adds a nice touch to the business casual outfit
A pocket square adds a nice touch to the business casual outfit

Custom dress shirts are both comfortable and great looking attire

Looking for a way to make the weekend business trip your boss has planned more successful and comfortable?

The Art Of Closing The Deal

Making the choice to invest in a few new executive custom dress shirts to wear during the business trip could be the difference between sealing the business deal and heading home empty-handed.

Impress Your Boss

By dressing for success during your weekend business trip you’ll be telling the boss you’re serious about making this trip a success. You’ll also be setting an example for other employees to follow during future weekend road trips that could set a trend the boss will love.

How To Make Your Weekend Business Trip Successful?

Do an undercover survey to find out what employees on weekend business trips for your firm have worn during past road trips. You’ll likely find that the most successful employees during past weekend business trips decided to dress for success attired in executive custom dress shirts during business meetings. This choice has helped to make well dressed employees taking part in these past weekend road trips a success and this decision can help make your future weekend business trips just or even more successful.

Benefits Of Dressing For Success

Make the decision to begin dressing for success in custom dress shirts for every weekend business trip the boss sends you on in the future. We’re sure this choice will both enhance the way the boss feels about your professional ability to get the job done on time and budget.

Invest In Your Future

We’re also confident you’ll one day agree that this choice was one reason your professional career started to take-off, and the boss started to think about promoting you up the corporate ladder. Just by making the decision to invest in your future by purchasing great looking dress shirts to wear during weekend business trips.

How To Get Promoted

Dress for success in this way for both future weekend road trips and around the office and one day you’ll look back on this moment and decision as the one that turned their business career around. The other employees will start looking to you for advice and guidance and you could find you are the boss in a few years time.