Monthly Archives: March 2015

March Madness: Athletic Fashion

bold bespoke suits, custom tailored shirts, ties for basketball players off-court; avoid fashion police photo credit newsok.biz

Faux pas! Never pair a necktie and short sleeve shirt, Russell Westbrook, left. Fashion pro Kevin Durant, right, solid with gingham (checkered) shirt and bold tie.

We’re celebrating March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament because fashion and health aren’t mutually exclusive… nor are suits exclusively for men.

bespoke suit should enhance what women and men sculpt in the gym and on the hardwood courts. #equality

Our finely tailored clothes are like trophies, rewards for dedication to training, competition, and good sportsmanship. Muscular bodies require special attention to back and shoulder measurements that department store designers don’t understand. We know you need customized coats that don’t strain at the biceps. Got gorgeous calves? We can make room for them too.

Do you dress as wildly and passionately as you play? or are you classic — you hussle but stay within the bounds?
Sexy athletic fashion is bringing your A-game to practice, game time, and your life.
Is your character the same on and off the court?
Great style is a seamless reflection of your personality.
Lady Vols Pat Summitt suit tailored for taller women Duke Blue Devil Mike Krzyzewski personalized pinstripe suit for power plays on basketball court photo credit supersomebody.com

From the Tennessee Lady Vols Pat Summitt, left, playbook: color blocking and textured fabric. Faint pinstripes and diagonal striped tie from Duke Blue Devil Mike Krzyzewski, right.

Integrity is 85 percent of your look, so here are a few tips for the final 15 percent:

Don’t lengthen your profile, especially if you’re slim.
Avoid vertical stripes as the pattern of your suit and shirts. It can be one or the other. A pinstripe suit with a light-colored checkered (gingham) shirt or solid shirt pairs best. Not wearing a jacket? Tall people can still wear vertical stripe dress shirts sans jacket. (Read how a bespoke dress shirt can impact your future and then customize one in 5 minutes.)

Typically solid suits look good, but don’t avoid patterns or textures.
For some, the same color jacket and trousers can look like too much fabric. Color block, or try textured or patterned fabric like faint pinstripes. Weaves like a subtle herringbone add distinction. We have a large selection of fabric for you to fully customize your suit.

Athlete Tyson Chandler double-breasted navy suit displays confidence, muscle contours off basketball court photo credit herpinkjersey.com

Tyson Chandler dapper in a double-breasted navy blue suit.

Double-breasted jackets are A-OK!
Thinner people find this particular style adds a healthy amount of width to the torso. Why not exercise the option to wear vests? Layers add ‘visual’ weight to lean frames. Women shouldn’t overlook vests.

Tall with a fuller / more muscular chest? You may pass on the double-breasted look, vests, and layering. 

Know your true measurements.
You want a shirt and waist fit well to your torso. Prevent extra fabric from bunching up when you tuck in your shirt. Size matters. Expose less shirt cuff, so arms appear slightly shorter. Order your bespoke shirt in minutes.

Cuff your trouser hems.
An appropriate break — the length where your trousers / pants meet your shoes — will reveal your true height, not an melodramatic one.

Graduated Uni, College to Get Lucky

photo credit ipsnews.netAs more and more students graduate university and enter the workforce, they don’t need a pot of gold to afford tailor made work wear. The SF Tailor can make faster, less expensive, better–fitting bespoke suits for women and men than you can find in department stores.

Suit shopping doesn’t need to be frustrating and time consuming.

Before using our website to fully customize your suit from a wide range of colors, fabrics, and styles — take a few minutes to get accurate measurements. You can store your information for future purchases. Simply visit an alterations service. (Note: These individuals cannot necessarily sew a bespoke suit. They do minor changes.)

Our online only presence lets us price personalized suits as low as $254 USD.

Custom tailoring can start at four-figures with the overhead of a brick-and-mortar store, even pop-up shops, new body scanning technology, excessive inventory of fabrics, sales reps and more. We share our cost savings with you, our clients and friends.

The fastest turnaround time we offer is 2-3 weeks.

 With a two-week deadline, we’re focusing on your suit in our atelier studio. We aren’t distracted by walk-ins who debate or doubt if bespoke is for them. We maintain a tradition of hand tailoring and detailing. We enjoy our work — and won’t under-sell staff and their craft.

Did you know top Google-ranked competitors charge at least $450 USD for digital cutting & machine construction, commanding higher profit margins for their investors?

photo credit realmenstyle.com

The SF Tailor presents custom-made, high-quality elegance at an affordable price point for university graduates, weddings on a budget, or new and small business-owners. Our clients feel confident and look good while they accrue success. You might be on the lower rung of the corporate ladder — but you can still look dashing and dapper like Don Draper. After all, you work will them daily.

Til you make your millions, why settle for ill-fitting, poorly-made, disposable suits off-the-rack?

What to Wear to a Wedding that’s Where?

As specialists in bespoke suits, we at the San Francisco Tailor welcome the opportunity to customize a suit to help you look smart at the next wedding you attend. Hey, you never know where you might meet your significant other… or your next employer!

Attending a City Wedding? Darker colored suits are more cosmopolitan.  

photo credit ties-necktie.comIn short, city weddings mean sophisticated, elegant and on point. Consider navy blue, pinstripe charcoal grey, or black to dress for the occasion. Got a formal affair? We’ve sorted out the details for you, here.

If your suit is somewhat standard, add a punch of color with your dress shirt, tie, or other accessories like cuff links, tie pins or a watch. Typically wear a blue or white shirt? Choose a pinstriped or plaid shirt if you aren’t taller and leaner than average.

Note: While we encourage bold color contrasts like an orange tie against a more conservative suit, THINK TWICE so you don’t upstage the groom. You may incur the fury of the bride on her special day.


photo credit hitched.co.ukGoing to a Country Wedding? Relax and go rural.

Beyond shadows of skyscrapers, country weddings are less formal and more casual. Lighter colors like cream, khaki, pale grey, or pale blue are more acceptable. Dark suits stand out starkly against the greens of a country club, golf course or farm.

Indulge in the flexibility of suit colors, pastel color ties and fabrics like linen or cotton. Experiment with semi-formal footwear like cowboy boots or loafers.

Bouncin’ to a Beach Wedding? Bring boat shoes! 

There’s nothing short of fashion rules flying out of a soft-top convertible. Don’t go in your birthday suit!

Beach weddings and summer sun almost require seersucker or linen suits. Ultra light fabrics allow you to enjoy feeling the sea breeze in a way cotton suits won’t.

Pair with pastel colored ties to keep the ambiance casual and whimsical. If the bride hasn’t an issued a memo to go barefoot, bring your boat shoes (aka deck shoes), sandals or loafers.

photo credit belleandchic.com

* If you are tallershorter or more muscular than average, skim past entries for more tips to suit up. Vertical lines of a seersucker suit can help a shorter guy look taller. The same pattern can cause an adverse effect on a man who’s remarkably tall.

Decoded: Formal Wedding Attire


Photo credit amazonaws.comDear SF Tailor,

I’m invited to a big city wedding but I don’t get the wedding attire jargon. After the University of Oregon, my buddy moved to San Francisco and I stayed in Eugene. I don’t like suiting up … but I sure don’t want to look dumb.

Make me a Dapper Duck

Dear Dapper Duck,

tuxedo2Thanks for asking. You’re not alone when it comes to decoding formal wedding attire rules. We’ll break down black tieblack tie optional, and cocktail attire code:

  • Black Tie means tuxedo, or dinner jacket in Britain.
    A single breasted tuxedo with a notched lapel (see photo) looks good on most guys. Lean and lanky guys should consider a shawl lapel.

    A formal tuxedo shirt has a pleated front to the waist, so the shirt doesn’t buckle or bunch up when you’re sitting. Cover your waist with (1) a cummerbund, (2) a vest or waistcoat, or (3) a double breasted dinner jacket which should be buttoned in public at all times.

    Typically the outside leg of tuxedo trousers have a stripe of satin, silk, or grosgrain (a ribbed fabric). Match the stripe and the lapel. Why not choose Thunder Green satin lapels and bow tie? Tuxedo pants can be pleated for a fitted look. However flat front pants are more common. NEVER cuff tuxedo trousers. The look lengthens one’s height and adds elegance.

  • Black Tie Optional
    The wedding party will wear tuxes but other guests can dress slightly more relaxed in dark suits of black, dark grey, or navy. Preview our gallery for a few looks that can double for future special occasions and career events.
  • Cocktail Attire
    Technically, this is slightly less formal than a black tie affair. Cocktail party attendees wear suits with ties. Darker suits are standard. (If you are taller, shorter or more muscular than average, we suggest skimming past blog entries for some style hacks to enhance your look.) Shirts are usually white or a light color. Choose a solid colored tie… perhaps a Lightning Yellow or Thunder Green to celebrate that Oregon spirit.

We’re ready to make a you dashing Duck for your friend’s wedding. Simply visit an alterations shop to get accurate measurements in a few minutes, or follow our instructions on theSFtailor.com where you can easily customize your own tuxedo or suit.