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What Does Smart Casual Even Mean?

Ever wonder what the term “Smart Casual” really means in the workplace? The fact that the ambiguous word “casual” is thrown in there often causes a lot of confusion. You may want to roll into the office in jeans, a nice t-shirt and sandals but we highly discourage this.

What it means in your workplace truly depends on the work environment and office itself and remember the definition is ever evolving. In most cases smart casual in the office is somewhere between business casual and boardroom attire. Let’s start from the top and work our way down so you don’t show up on Day 1 in the office under-dressed.

In most cases, a jacket is expected. That being said you are open to go with a sport coat with or without a tie. The shirt should be a long sleeve dress shirt and we prefer it without the button down collar. A nice crisp brightly colored shirt works well and can bring some fun to your smart casual wardrobe.

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When it comes to the pant, smart casual means you should choose a darker colored slack. We would recommend a lined wool pant or wool blend rather than a cotton slack. A matching dark leather belt and shoe will always be the right choice.

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Things to avoid include anything denim, shorts and short sleeved shirts, open toed shoes of any kind, sneakers and tees. As stated previously, your office may have a bit of a different mindset of what smart casual means. It is safe, however to show up without any of the above. On the second day of that new job, feel free to make different choices based on what others are wearing in the office.

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

 

 

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 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

 

How To Wear The Three Piece Suit

So you decided to venture into the world of the three piece suit. Great! Now, let’s add some details.

Choose a shirt with a contrasting collar and cuff and add a matching pocket square. You can design your own white collar dress shirt here.

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Show some belt. Add a contrasting belt and leave the coat unbuttoned.

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Why not pull out your grandfather’s pocket watch? What’s the point of it sitting in your valet box?

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Haven’t bought your three piece yet? Why not try this season’s new color: Wine? It looks great with the rounded collar. We can make your custom dress shirt in this style. Start your new club collar shirt here.

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Or perhaps buy one with a scoop front vest?

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Smoke in your three piece. Just kidding. Don’t smoke. But Daniel Craig is cool.

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Let me know how you wear yours. Dress well! Be well!

-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

 

 

 

 

 

Getting a Promotion – Dressing the Part

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It is important that you dress to impress

When you are ready to go to the next level and get the promotion that you have always wanted, you need to be sure that you are dressing like an executive. As a member of an executive team, you need to be able to blend in with your co-workers. You do not want to appear to be shabbily dressed when they are dressed in custom shirts. It is important that you dress to impress.

Executive custom shirts can give you the style that you need to help you get that promotion. When others view you as a person who can be in a position of authority, they are more likely to consider you for the job.

Remember, most executives want to hire a person who they can picture as a valuable co-worker. They want someone who does not need to be coached. They want a potential executive who already looks as though he or she is an executive.

Custom dress shirts can help you get the promotion

Custom dress shirts can help you fit in with others at the office. You will also have the confidence of knowing that you are dressed appropriately – an important factor for a corporate job. Your co-workers and executives will feel that you have good judgment and great taste, necessary qualifications for their next hire.

Match your custom dress shirts with your suits

As soon as you feel that you are ready to go for a promotion, you should consider visiting a professional stylist and having custom shirts designed to match your suits.

Clothing speaks volume about you

The elegant designs of the shirts will indicate that you are preparing for something more. You are also showing that you are in the position to handle additional challenges and that you can meet expectations.

How many shirts do you need to have in your wardrobe?

Be sure that you have enough shirts to wear every day at work, because consistency is important. Although some people feel that attire is secondary to performance, attire can be viewed as a component of performance at work, especially if your position will require that you work with clients or work with the public.

Why to have a well polished look?

Custom shirts help to set the tone for executives who know that they deserve a promotion, and with a well-polished look, you may be well on your way to landing that promotion.

What to Ask For Father’s Day – Custom Dress Shirts Show the world you dress for success

 

A well fitted white custom dress shirt is a great Father’s Day Gift

Are you a father who is tired of receiving neck ties for father’s day that will likely never be taken out of your tie drawer?

Dressing For Success

This year take the time to talk to your children about getting you custom dress shirts to help you look your best by dressing for success on a daily basis. Your children will learn to put a little more thought into the gifts they buy you for father’s day. You’ll also teach your children a valuable life lesson that could help them become more successful in their life and career that they can pass onto their own children in the years ahead.

Teach Your Kids A Valuable Lesson

Take the first step to a better looking you today by sitting your children down to talk about them giving you executive custom dress shirts for your next father’s day. Once you receive your new dress shirts, you’ll be able to dress for success, and you can use this moment to teach your kids that looking good on and off the job can lead to more job opportunities and possibly a better salary once they begin their careers.

The New Look

Your new look will be the talk around the office and neighborhood and you could find your children putting a lot more thought into the gifts they purchase for people in the future.

Best Father’s Day Gift

Make the choice to talk to your children about giving you custom dress shirts for your next father’s day and we bet you’ll reap the benefits. Before you know it, you’ll be dressing for success on a daily basis, and your kids will be impressed by your new appearance.

Benefits Of Wearing Custom Dress Shirts

A few years down the road, you’ll look at the never worn neck ties in your drawer, and remember this decision and moment as a time to remember. By this time your children will be adults who have learned the value of being attired in executive custom dress all times and you can teach your grandchildren the valuable life lesson you taught your kids so many years ago.

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.

What to Wear on Your Child’s Graduation Ceremony?

Are you a concerned parent who will be attending the graduation ceremony of your child in the months ahead? 

 

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Make The Right Choice

 

Making the choice to tell the world and your child that you’re proud of their educational accomplishments by dressing for success in executive custom dress shirts is a choice being made by more and more concerned parents. 

 

Benefits Of Dressing For Success

 

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This decision tells your child that the clothes they decide to wear in both life and business can often be the difference between an average career and the life they dream of living. It also enhances the way other parents and teachers view the parents of the children they teach and could help make the future school career of your younger children easier in the years ahead.

 

Make A Good Impression On Teachers & Other Parents

Do you remember what your parents were wearing when they attended your graduation? Parents deciding to attend their child’s graduation attired in great looking executive custom dress shirts will often be viewed differently than parents in normal street clothes. Deciding to dress for success in a great looking dress shirt could be the difference that makes your child’s graduation one to remember in the years ahead. 

 

Creat Memorable Moments For Life

By making this choice parents both enhance the way teachers and students view them and make any graduation pictures something to be proud to show the world.

 

Personal Appearance Matters

 

Do a little test by investing in a few custom dress shirts to wear to the graduation ceremony of your children. We think you’ll find the way both teachers and students view your personal appearance will improve and your kids could benefit from this appraisal in the years ahead. 

 

Set The Stage For Your Children’s Future Success 

 

By dressing for success in this way for the next graduation ceremony you attend you could be setting the stage for your children to  emulate your choice with their own children.

 

Help Your Children Succeed In Life

 

Dress for success for every graduation ceremony you attend in the years ahead and we think you’ll find the benefits could enhance the future years for your children in many ways. A few years down the road you could look back on this decision as one that really helped your children succeed in life and put them on the road to personal and professional success.