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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.

I Don’t Have Anything to Wear!

“I don’t have anything to wear!” a new client confessed to The SF Tailor. We custom tailored a navy suit for him a year ago, so we understood what he meant: He didn’t have anything he wanted to wear, and he was in a fashion slump. Here are 6 suit combinations to get you out of a streak of stale style:

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Khaki Jacket and Navy Chinos
If the navy sport coat and khaki chinos combo is your go-to look, flip it on its head. A chambray or pastel colored shirt is an office essential… whereas a light blue polo shirt softens the look for a semi-casual weekend brunch.

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Gray Jacket and Gray Trousers
This powerful look has potential to bore. So experiment with texture and color. A white dress shirt and a bold colored tie can set off a dark gray monochrome suit. Select a subtly patterned shirt like a pink herringbone and/or tie to insert extra visual interest.

Patterned Jacket and Gray Trousers
If 2. is too understated, mix up your style with a little pattern and print. Use a blue oxford shirt to ground such a bold and electric look.

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Gray Jacket and Black Chinos
This is a fantastic go-to look. For work, pair with a solid or striped shirt. Got a date? We prefer a black polo shirt, but sometimes choose a breton stripe tee for a whimsical youthful weekend.

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Khaki Suit and Chambray Shirt
Hot temps make the khaki suit a staple in any wardrobe. Don’t forget to wear it to the office, not only on Saturdays and Sundays. For increased formality, employ darker shirts like a dark green one to bridge you from summer to fall. For more frivolity, we like the geary checks pattern and a tie of a complementary color.

photo credit thesftailor.comPlaid Suit
plaid suit allows you to be subtle or refuse to be ignored. It’s a good alternative to a pinstripe suit, especially if you frequently attend networking events. A single-breasted jacket is versatile. Dress down with a T-shirt or black hoodie for a modern take. Similar designers suits have a $2000 price tag.

Pictured right, a double-breasted jacket means business. The cut is formal, and looks smart with a black shirt rather than a white oxford shirt. A solid color tie minimizes your statement, while a diagonal stripe pattern emboldens it.

Summer Dress Shirt Style

photo credit suitupdressup.wordpress.comWith clients and business partners on well-deserved vacations, your schedules are relatively relaxed. Don’t forget to keep your suit jackets hanging around. In the meantime, custom made shirts that are tailored to your individual measurements keep you impressive.

Today you deserve and can easily afford custom made garments.

Choose from a wide assortment of colors and patterns. Clothes crafted exclusively to fit you correctly and look your best. The SF Tailor creates each garment with skill, care and pride so shirts retain good appearance and shape. Moreover our online service means your bespoke shirts are no more expensive than mass-produced, store bought shirts.

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  • Pastel colored dress shirts (solid or patterned) pair well with dark ties, or no tie for happy hour.
  • Rock multiple stripes. Bold people can match striped dress shirts with striped ties. We like this light-colored checkered (gingham) shirt and diagonal striped necktie. Note: complementary patterns should have different distances between stripes.
  • Slim cut shirts show off muscular shoulders, chests & waists of clients who take workouts & work seriously.  

Remember The SF Tailor when you want to wear confidence and affordable elegance.

Answers to Most Googled Fashion Questions

No surprise Google tracks all fashion and beauty queries. As an online custom tailor, your friends here at The SF Tailor have answers to prevent headaches PLUS save you time and money.

photo credit etsy.comWhat to wear to a wedding? It depends.

Remember these puzzles and wearing these glasses to decode the mystery message?
Our entry ‘What to wear to a wedding that’s where?’ explains which suits are acceptable for city, country or beach events
. If the event is more formal, skim ‘Decoded: Formal Wedding Attire’ for a quick understanding of tuxedos and phrases like black tie, black tie optional and cocktail attire

What to wear to an interview? A suit that compliments your physique and personality.

Start with a well-tailored two-piece suit for men or women, remembering these 7 essential details. Got special requests? Let us know. We’ve helped suit up job candidates who are differently abled, besides men who are taller or shorter than average. We haven’t overlooked the styling needs of petite women in suits either. Win BIG in the interviews, and then let a casual or formal workplace determine your daily look.

photo credit pinimg.comWhat to wear on a first date?
Put some thought into your selection. Impress but don’t intimidate. Confidence equally attracts women and men.

On women, a suit jacket or blazer implies power — not pushover — but your casual look says playful. Complete your statement with thoughtfully chosen shoes, handbag and accessories.

On men, a jacket is a hint of how well you clean up when you must wear a full suit. You can pair it with (1) a dress shirt, but no tie (2) a t-shirt with a crew neck or V-neck (3) even a polo shirt. We prefer to wear jeans, but khaki-colored trousers hit the beach too. Before you leave the house, ask a good, honest friend if you fail the douchebag test.


What color matches brown?
 Everything even navy and black.

For Spring / Summer months, we like a lighter monochromatic palate. In other words, choose different shades of brown. The jacket on the right is made from a light-weight fabric as well. Come Autumn / Winter seasons, the heavy tweed fabric made from wool will return. We especially love the rich, complex patterns that feature darker and lighter shades of brown.

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We love San Francisco because our neighbors hail from around the world. Since 2010 The SF Tailor has served a wide range of clients who never tire of traditions, prefer the latest suit trends, or contact us with personalized requests. Preview our gallery for inspiring ideas to design your own custom-made clothes for women or men.

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.

Groomsmen Superheroes

Summertime Sadness, Wedding Season Ends

Lana del Rey isn’t alone as she sings of summertime sadness. What a memorable season it’s been. We at The SF Tailor want to thank all of you — our friends and family, not clients — for sharing your lives and milestones with us.

As green leaves turn into beautiful red, gold and brown colors, we feel the breeze getting a bit cooler. Time to bring out the coats … and eagerly anticipate engagements during year-end holidays!

Enjoy these photos from your special events and our travels as much as we indulged in
making you look good and feel confident in our custom-tailored, bespoke suits and tuxedoes.

Superhero Groomsmen less formal wedding: custom fit khaki trousers, bespoke shirts reveal secret identities groom saves the day in personalized suit

superheroes (groomsmen) save the day

amasra

a day in Amasra as we sought new textiles & trends

Brunch with a Belgian custom made linen suit for summer vacation along Mediterranean Sea Coastbrunch with a Physics / Astronomy lecturer

Breathe Easy in Summer Linen Suits

custom tailored linen wedding suits for summer wedding ceremonies receptions and parties groomsmen in comfortable fashionable suits

Linen suits are a great way to beat the heat during summer. The main reason is linen breathes so well. It provides exceptional coolness and freshness while you look dapper.

Linen suits are no longer just the mark of vacationing gentlemen from the American South or Mediterranean. Your dad might wear Tommy Bahama, ironically based in Seattle! but you don’t have to. The new generation of linen suits come in more colors and is cut to be dressier.

Bear in mind linen suits wrinkle rather easily. Don’t get scared or frustrated though. This gives linen suits their character. Think of it like the creases, lines or wear marks in your favorite pair of jeans.

The bottom line: linen suits in summer are the best way to travel, celebrate semi-formal birthdays or attend weddings.