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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

 

 

 

 

 

Interviewing For New Job What You-Wear Matters

How to impress job interviewers

Custom dress shirts can give men a polished, sophisticated look, which is important when they seek to impress interviewers during a job interview. 

First Impression Counts

First impressions count significantly when meeting during a job interview, and that means that a person’s appearance is important. An outward appearance is the first thing that someone sees when they meet a job candidate. Job qualifications, the ability to work as a team member and a willingness to work hard on the job are of top importance. When an interviewer must choose between candidates with similar qualifications and work ethics, they may judge you based on your style.

Feeling Confident on A Job Interview

Wearing custom dress shirts may help give you an edge during an interview. You are also likely to feel more confident when you know that you look well put together. You will feel good knowing that you are wearing a shirt that was designed especially for you, using the material of your choice.

Custom Shirt Options For Job Interview

When you decide to wear a custom dress shirt for your job interview, you can decide on a color that will look best with your best suit. The shirt will also be more comfortable than the shirts you select off of the rack.

How to Look Professional on A Job Interview

Tailored shirts give you a crisp look that is undeniable stylish and professional. You also do not have to worry about your collar looking awry when you select a custom tailored shirt.

Benefits of Wearing Custom Dress  Shirts

Business professionals in any field can benefit from wearing custom tailored shirts that are designed and constructed by tailors. When selecting a shirt for a business meeting, choose dress shirts with long sleeves, and select a coordinating tie that will enhance your look. These shirts are also more comfortable when they are made with good quality cotton.
Details, such as the length of the sleeves and the color of your buttons can be chosen when you select your own custom made shirts. When you arrive to your interview looking and feeling great, you are more likely to have an impressive interview, and you may even end up landing the job.

Look your very best by choosing custom made shirts.