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Tailor Yourself to Job Interviews

The bottom line is to feel confident from a smart-fitting suit and its first impression,
to your interview responses and your performance on the job.

A well-cut suit should flatter your frame by broadening your shoulders and minding your midsection. This signals great job-seeking traits like attention to detail and self-confidence. For any job interview, be sure you are prepared and look polished.

photo credit primermagazine.com How should my suit jacket fit? Avoid shoulder divots.

How should my suit jacket fit? Avoid shoulder divots.

Check the fit. Does the top button of your jacket sit just above your naval? Do sleeves end where your thumb and wrist meet? Does the shoulder seam sit smoothly at the corner of your shoulder? Or is  a weird divot created because the shoulder width is incorrect? Finally does the jacket completely cover your butt, and no more?

 

Custom tailored medium grey suit jacket by San Francisco Tailor paired with versatile blue paisley necktie

A medium grey bespoke suit is extremely versatile.

Color consistent with industry? A tailor made medium or dark grey suit looks more youthful than a stark black suit. In fact it’s much more versatile and a great candidate for all of those important appointments — from job interviews to daily office wear to networking events after work. Most of all, it’s still industry appropriate.

For a contemporary take on the navy suit, consider a bespoke jacket that’s single-breasted with notched lapels. It’s sure to consistently look good even with a white dress shirt, a textured tie and brown brogue dress shoes. Complement its ordinary color with warm tones of yellow, orange and red or stay cool during winter months with grey and other shades of blue as well as purple.

 

photo credit adamlamberttv.blogspot.ca Printed blue shirt under navy suit jacket great for artistic type job interviews

Vocalist Adam Lambert in a printed shirt with various blue shades on The Talk with host Sharon Osbourne.

Wearing a standard issue suit to an interview for a creative job could mute your personality and je ne sais quoi. Hiding what makes your unique can hurt your chances at landing that job.

Color blocking separate top and bottoms is oft chosen by media, advertising, and fashion professionals. Printed shirts are also an alternative to displaying your style. Geometric or subtle floral prints can exhibit range of thinking from hard and analytical to soft and expressive.

We make elegance affordable & job promotion accessible as you pay off loans or mortgages.

Made to measure suits can be pricey. Don’t worry! Without the overhead of a brick and mortar shop or webcam body measurements, we offer the lowest prices in fully personalized suits online. You’ll even have money left to splurge. Book yourself an appointment with the hairdresser, or purchase a tie clip — a small but noticeable accessory to set you apart.

Mixing Patterns & Prints

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Try strong, bold stripes not fat stripes f you have a small frame in particular.

Winning if you’ve reached this level in our Basics for Newly Bespoke series! In this sixth and final section, pattern-mixing will be the most ambitious to master. More risky than matching colors, the rewards add a rich new dimension to your personal style — further elevating your elegance, confidence and influence.

The first rule of pattern and print mixing is express yourself.
Vary the size of the pattern but unify with color.

Keep the Same Pattern
Wear checks with checks, or stripes on stripes BUT vary the size or width of the pattern. Mind your stature when choosing a stripe. Beginners test waters with a navy pinstripe suit and a fine striped shirt. A solid or diagonal striped tie pulls such a powerful look together. Birdseye & nailhead offer equally conservative aesthetics as stripes, yet introduce texture. Pair them with flat textures like solid shirts and ties.

Herringbone‘s distinctive V-shaped weave makes for a far more eye-catching suit as the zigzag pattern picks up light. Made to measure suits in this fabric appear to be a solid color from a distance. Upon closer look, the pattern is readily recognizable and reveals sophistication.

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The gray color unifies this checkered jacket and striped shirt.

Choose a Recurring Color
The same rules regarding color still apply. Go ahead and check your notes since this isn’t a closed-book quiz!

Remember any monochromatic combination is a safe bet. Pair two colorful prints or patterns with a common color. We’ve chosen a gray checkered jacket and striped shirt to illustrate our point. It’s moderate… yet pushes the envelope for those who work in legal as well as banking and finance.

If you’ve mastered this and your style slightly stagnates, dare to pair stripes and checks in complementary colors. We strongly recommend this ensemble for summer wedding guests: glen check or plaid suit, blue gingham shirt, even the woven orange tie has a checkered texture.

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Advanced pattern & color mixing: gingham shirt plus tie & pocket square accentuate blue & orange in suit.

photo credit suitupdressup.wordpress.comTry Mixing Three Patterns: All patterns or prints should be relatively close in size. Proportions matter. Attempt the above look but pair with a silk striped necktie instead of a solid textured one. Alternatively select two elements like a violet & white polka dot tie and a lilac gingham shirt, and wed them with a brown pinstripe suit. The patterns achieve fashion zen based on a split-complementary color code.

Fine Fashion Pairings: Shirts & Ties

Following Part 1 (intro) 2 (measurements) and 3 (styles) we pair shirts and ties in Part 4 of what you need to know if you’re new to bespoke suits online: Every professional wardrobe ought to have a classic white dress shirt and a blue oxford shirt. Beyond that, take calculated risks and let your confidence shine through your unique pairing of shirts and ties. For instance CHUNKY ties, not skinny ties, now suggest a more youthful look. Meanwhile knit ties, slightly retro and becoming popular again, are casual.

When you walk into a room, your shirt and tie are a powerful focal point.
So how do you ante up? Got a license to kill in your shirt & tie?

Photo credit lookastic.comWe chose single-breasted jackets because they’re versatile, so you can focus on color combos. Use a color wheel if you’re a maverick at matching solid colors. The tie should be richer in color than the shirt. When it effectively creates a nice contrast, it draws positive attention to your face. Good eye contact leads to better communication.

Next, experiment with a polka dot tie against a standard blue shirt — or vice versa as Joseph Gordon-Levitt sports this marine blue satin tie against a sea of white and burgundy. Blue and red make a classic (complementary) color combo especially in winter, when everybody else wears gray and black.

Should you choose a stripped or patterned tie, the key is to match the color of your shirt with a color in that pattern. We like this particular example for its versatility with a blue or white shirt.

photo credit pinterest.comAccent your fashion with striped and checkered shirts. These patterns aren’t classics per se, but most have one or two of these shirts in their closet. Blue stripes are the most common.

Right photo: We’ve chosen a lilac stripped shirt to highlight the same light purple color in the necktie. Keep patterns minimal till you’ve mastered patterns. We’ll talk more about prints in part 5. Note how the brushed steel tie clip brings the tie and light gray suit together. The length of the clip should be 3/4 the width of the tie.

Close up, a micro polka dot printed tie may seem busy against a slate gray striped shirt. Standing at a respectful distance of personal space, the tie seems black and the combo pays off well for bankers and lawyers with a moderate flare for fashion.

Looking to better understand what your dress shirt implicitly says about your ambition and character? Learn how a custom made shirt can make a positive impression and impact your future.

Fall 2015: Runway Couture to Office Corridor

Fall 2015 is here, so let’s review our notes from February and the front row of New York Fashion Week. As always look polished and put together — even if you don’t have a team of personal stylists following you.

photo credit fashionedits.comBedazzled, Bejeweled Blazers
A well-fit suit jacket (especially in a deep charcoal grey) remains an office staple, i.e. classic. Designers introduced slits, jewels and floral patterns to put off thoughts of winter’s drab dark colors. Just beware how bedazzled your blazer looks in the office. Work in a more under-stated, minimalist environment? Add bling via accessories from rings and clutches to lapel pins and pocket squares.

Vive la France! Skinny (Pants) Banned
In April, France banned ultra thin, super skinny models to discourage anorexia. We support this revolution. Designers united to emphasize relaxed-fitting women’s trousers besides wide-legged, free-flowing pants (but not quite bell-bottoms). In spite of taking inspiration from menswear, bold feminine colors like brown, red and cream dominated more than a handful of collections.

Trench Coat Still Vogue, Now in Chic Colors
Like suit jackets, the trench coat never seems to go out of style. It’s light weight is appropriate for mild autumn temperatures from San Francisco to New York City. Taking a cue from Mother Nature, look for falling folliage / leafy tones like brown, orange and tan… or dare to wear chalk, a derivative of white.

A ‘truly unisex color palette’ has emerged, but your friends at The SF Tailor maintain a tradition of high quality clothes made to your measurements. Leave boxy, mass produced suits hanging on racks at the department stores. Personalize your professional wear as your preview our catalog of light-weight fabrics.

Tradition vs 2015 Trends for Men’s Suits

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We love our hometown of San Francisco, especially because it attracts people from around the world. The SF Tailor has a wide range of clients who prefer timeless traditions as well as the latest suit trends. Identify your style. Consider breaking out of your comfort zone. Personalize your custom made suit. And suit up after your order arrives in three weeks.

photo credit thesftailor.comBigger, Bolder, Brighter in Blue
A classic navy suit is still in — and it always will be. However high blue or pure blue, in addition to lighter shades are in vogue this year. Suits in brighter blue hues (or shades) make a sharp statement with crisp white shirts, in particular.

Fitness is Fashionable
Slim cut jackets to fit svelte, muscular shoulders, chests and waists are in demand as clients work out. Flat-front, narrow leg trousers are also popular.

Slim or regular cut, a single-breasted suit jacket is formal enough for most occasions. The number of buttons suggests how trendy or conservative your style: a single-button is fashion-forward whereas three-buttons proper business attire.

If narrow leg trousers are your thing, reserve them for evening events. Straight-leg trousers with a soft break (where the hem hits the tongue of the shoes) are more traditional and comfortable for a full-day at work. Get more tips for tall men and short men

Dare to Detail with Accessories

Spring is here, Summer ’round the corner. Infuse color in to darker, classic looking suits with pocket squares. Patterned squares can make a trendy suit pop. Today business isn’t simply transactions. Partners and customers expect to engage with your personality. So enhance your custom made suits from the SF Tailor with accessories.

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.

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* 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.

Grey Skies, Grey Suits, and Silver Foxes

Photo credit MenStyleFashion.comAs James Bond fans, the dark winter grey skies of Scotland seen in the SkyFall film popularized grey suits for men of all ages.

Previously we had some clients with greying hair — even salt and pepper beards — shy away from the color. However these distinguished silver foxes look most handsome in custom made suits.

We may not be waiting for snow to melt, but we’re ready for spring… yet holding onto this grey suit trend. The color symbolizes power. It’s particularly effective during business meetings and negotiations. If you feel the same way, we’re share these 3 simple suggestions with you.

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Layer

Once you arrive at the office, shed your overcoat. Your 2-piece or 3-piece suit will keep you warm, stylish and ever confident to collaborate with clients or colleagues.

Color

Don’t be afraid to mix colors like this brown coat and grey suit. The blend’s a nice reminder of brisk autumn days turning into winter at Thanksgiving. Blue and grey look smart together too.

As noted, your bespoke grey suit can be a go-to for appointments. (Reserve that Darth Vader black power suit for the toughest business battles.) Soften your tone for a networking event or social occasion by adding color via a shirt, tie or bowtie, or vest. From January through early March, a navy necktie and a burgundy checkered shirt make a bold statement. In the spring, grey pairs well with pastels like light blue, lavender, even pink for a Mothers’ Day brunch… setting a youthful tone, not yawn.

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Vest

Last but not least, the vest is an often overlooked accessory. Here, David Gandy models a classic monochrome look. (Note how the brown hue of his hat, tie, pocket scarf and shoes pair rather well with his grey jacket and vest.)

We’ve rung in 2015. TheSFtailor.com site allows you to fully customize your vest. So why not choose colors or a pattern that complements your grey suit? It’s a new year, redefine your boundaries in personal style and professional success.

Now is an opportune time to be bigger, brighter and bolder.

Women who prefer grey suits can follow the same tips. Visit this page to begin personalizing your suit today. If you’re a woman who prefers a men’s cut coat, suit, or vest, email us with your request. We’ll be happy to respectfully fulfill your order.

We’re prepared to help men and women — of any proportions — who deserve our personal attention and tailoring services.

Messenger Bag or Backpack?

As far as the boxers or briefs debate goes, we just want men to be comfortable. If you can’t feel secure in your skivvies or pants, we can’t make you feel confident in a bespoke suit or tuxedo.

On the other hand, The SF Tailor team can help you answer the ‘briefcase or backpack’ question. Our studio discussions can get heated about pairing our high-quality work with a thoughtless choice in accessories. You already saved yourself time and money by suiting up with us — instead of running around to the department stores, trying on ill-fitting suits, and ordering alterations.

Deal or No Deal? Do you want Howie Mandel’s briefcase?

Let us save you even more time and money by sharing insights regarding work-appropriate bags.

It’s inexcusable for any professional to carry papers, tablets a/o laptops, wallet, etc. in a clumsy manner. We know you don’t want your father’s bulky briefcase … unless it promises to bring you thousands of dollars. Here are the facts on professional, practical and stylish work bags:

Boconi - Tyler slim leather briefcase

Boconi

A briefcase or commuter portfolio remains the most popular. It’s classic, sturdy, and a leather one gives you a sophisticated appearance. It needn’t be boxy or resemble an antique doctor’s bag unless you want it to. Everybody can personalize accessories.

The messenger bag / tech bag has risen in popularity. It’s hip with its single shoulder strap to hold your documents and electronic devices. It’s a trendy briefcase. We’re a bit old school and prefer cowhide, but tech and sport fans like a padded, quality nylon laptop attaché. We advise against canvas, which looks collegiate. 

Ben Minkoff - Core Bondi leather backpack

Ben Minkoff

The backpack does not necessarily suggest immaturity. If you carry a heavier load, divide that weary burden over two strong shoulders. Again leather (or suede) will give you a more polished look, instead of those nylon Jansport bags from high school. Whatever you choose, do not use your college or continent-trekking backpack.

Don’t forget the duffel or sports bag if you prefer to hit the gym and workout after work. You may have wonderful memories with your old (smelly) Nike bag… but it’s time to move up with those job promotions.

Note: be careful when you accept freebies at trade shows. There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Do you really want to advertise and affiliate yourself with that brand and logo, especially when you’re wearing your go-to suit of confidence?

Messenger bag or backpack? You’ve got more than two options — and remember that the SF Tailor offers you fully-customizable bespoke suits or tuxedos at the most affordable prices.

Custom Holiday Fashion for Women

green custom made women's suit jacket peaked lapels by San Francisco Tailor

Tailor made fashion for women is gaining momentum worldwide. Prepping now for what you should wear to all the holiday parties will save you time. Down the road you’ll have one less thing  to worry about during all the rush.

Holiday fashion is expected to be awash in glittering gold and pink hues.  While an all black ensemble is still expected, lighter colors such as camel and sand are breaking through the monotony.

For the party season, we suggest 5 holiday looks that can be created and handmade for you by The San Francisco Tailor studio for the modern woman:

 

1.  Stand out in a custom vest. What makes this stylish is the element of surprise. It’s unconventional at holiday parties, where women resort to dresses. Make a chic statement in a classic silk ivory or black vest paired with dark trousers or slim fitting blue jeans.

 

2. Wear a tailored tuxedo. Party the night away as you rock a tuxedo jacket. For a true party vibe, opt for a midnight blue tux with a satin shawl collar. Pair with a tube top, silk blouse or shell underneath. Bold enough to mimic celebrities? Get tape & watch this video tutorial to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions.

 

3. Dare to shine and sparkle. If you’re getting a tuxedo jacket, take it up a notch. Opt for one with tails. Shine in that social spotlight. Or sparkle in a sequined dress matched with a black tuxedo jacket with tails. Wallflowers might shy away from this style adventure.

 

4. LBD. A party is never complete without a phenomenal LBD, or little black dress. It’s pretty predictable. So stylists recommend a tuxedo jacket over your favorite little black dress. Other women will cover up with typical shawls, scarves or cardigan sweaters.

 

5. Short suits are a popular trend now. The patterned fabric looks chic and provacative at any given occasion. Matching shorts and tailor made suit jackets seem a bit cheeky whereas skirt suits and trouser suits are more conventional.