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Pre-Party Season with Made to Measure Tuxedos

Made to measure tuxedo by San Francisco Tailor two-tone red black peaked lapel customized red button matches red black bowtie

A fully customized tuxedo inspired by this bow tie.

Like it or not, the end of 2015 will be here and a glut of holiday parties will begin soon! From corporate holiday soirees at the Top of the Mark (Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel in Nob Hill) to legendary New Year’s Eve celebrations at The Starlight Room in Union Square, dress to kill in a made to measure tuxedo for women or men.

Design your tuxedo properly and this icon of classic, affordable elegance
will be worn much more often than once in a blue moon.

Consider midnight blue instead of black tuxedo. You could look slightly taller and make a great first impression. Initially the blue color was never an off-the-rack option, so it was obviously a custom made tuxedo. White jackets with tails are mandatory for the most formal occasions.

A single-button jacket is more versatile especially with matching grosgrain- or satin-striped tuxedo trousers. (Matching jacket and trousers mean tuxedos are technically two-piece bespoke suits.) Grosgrain has a ribbed texture and dull appearance whereas satin has a rich, smooth and lustrous / shiny look. A shawl lapel is the most stereotypical. Shorter men however like peaked lapels. Lengthened lapels heighten their wearers by drawing more attention to their faces. Notched lapels are the least formal.

photo credit blacktieguide.com Ocean's 13 featured black tuxedos peaked lapel notched lapel shawl lapel black bowties

Ocean’s Thirteen, from left to right: peaked lapels, notched lapels, satin shawl lapels

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John Legend in a turndown collar, semi-butterfly with pointed ends.

A white evening shirt with a wing collar keeps your ensemble classic. Stiffly starched shirts and high standing wing collars were once conventional. Imagine the Victorian collar, or an air filter for your car. Today a wing collar is required for the strictest of White Tie affairs.

We prefer the contemporary turndown collar pleated shirt. The front features a pleated bib in addition to an open or hidden placket of buttons. Understated and more comfortable, it complies with the semi-formal dress code yet appears approachable. That’s a fantastic advantage when you want to network and/or make new acquaintances at such special occasions.

Our online styling tool allows you to order tailor made shirts as well.  Be sure French cuffs set apart your tux shirt from daily work shirts.

The (butterfly) bow tie is the most traditional, but we recommend a (semi-butterfly) thistle bow tie for a refreshing change. Never buy a pre-tied bow tie! If you didn’t adequately practice those YouTube bow tying videos, a necktie could save you … but choose a width proportional to your lapel and collar.

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L to R: black patent slippers, laced oxfords, opera pumps   

Finish off the bespoke formal wear with patent leather formal pumps — flat or heeled for women. Don’t happen to own those? Difficult to find them?

Well-polished Oxford dress shoes will get by. But if you prefer to get noticed, velvet will bring more luxury to your custom made suit regardless of grosgrain or satin lapels and trouser stripes.

Most typical accessories are a cummberbund to cover your waist (and any bunching or pooling of the shirt) and suspenders that button inside your trouser waist. Want others to notice your attention to detail? Pick out high contrast colors for a pocket square or a carefully chosen lapel pin to spark conversation.

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Justin Timberlake’s cummerbund creates a refined visual effect accentuating Carey Mulligan’s black satin neckline.

A Suit, A Second Chance at Life

‘We don’t know our own power. We don’t know how amazing we are,’ remarks Gabriel Bristol, a man who went from homelessness to head of a fast-growing customer service provider.

Know a diamond in the rough? Perhaps you overcame personal obstacles and want to give a somebody a second chance at life and a career. Rather than donate money this holiday season, sponsor a job applicant with a suit scholarship. The SF Tailor offers the lowest prices in fully custom suits online and delivers within a month. 

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Ted ‘Golden Voice’ Williams, from 2011 homeless radio announcer to 2016 presidential candidate

Smart people with troubled pasts need opportunity. They’re overlooked, so they forget their own value. They lose hope unless they’ve participated in workforce development programs and enterprises like Delancey Street Foundation and Swords to Plowshares, where graduates leave with marketable skills and a future. Charities like St. Anthony’s also try to provide interview and employment apparel — but choices can be limited, especially for clients of larger proportions.

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Dani Johnson’s past didn’t anchor her.

Tailor made professional wear continue to build confidence for these men and women who want to thrive at work and in their personal lives. Individuals like Dani Johnson have already overcome a significant amount of adversity, and have potential to earn money, truly thrive at their jobs and become self-sufficient.

Cold hard money is what it is.
On the other hand made to measure suits are worn
as we celebrate new beginnings and milestones
like jobs, promotions, and weddings.

Email us if you’re going to present a custom tailored suit to a well-deserving beneficiary. We’d love to read a brief summary of this individual’s triumph over difficulty and what s/he plans to tackle next.

Styles that Fit your Figure

In part 3 let’s consider what style of made to measure suit compliments your body type and personal taste. If you need to revisit earlier segments, here are part 1 (advantages to personally tailored clothes) and part 2 (accurate measurements).

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Debate: single vent (left) versus double vent (right)

Single- or Double-breasted Jacket
with Single or Double Vents  

Single-breasted jackets with 2 buttons are common but taller men may prefer 3 buttonsBTW never button the last button!  A double-breasted jacket with six buttons might help you appear slimmer… but it can make short men look stocky or husky. Classic American style often features single vents, while classic English style features two side vents (Tuxedos have no vents, but The SF Tailor can vent them if you specify in your order.) Double vents have become popular in fully customizable suits among our American clientele. 

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notched lapels (left) v peaked lapels (right)

Peaked or Notched Lapels
Peaked lapels are considered more elegant than notched lapels. They appear to have longer lines and thus create a visual effect that draws attention to your face. If you stand shorter than 6’0 adding height can subconsciously increase your power and influence.

Double-breasted suits should have peaked lapels. Want notched lapels? We can accommodate your request.

Two- or Three-piece Suits
Jacket and trousers comprise the common business suit. The two-piece suit is the unspoken uniform from entry-level professionals to C-suite execs in finance, law and white collar jobs. It’s versatile to suit up the diversity of body shapes. It’s even popular from less formal weddings to vow renewal ceremonies.

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almost right: back should be slightly longer than the front

The addition of a waistcoat or vest makes it a more formal three-piece suit. Museum curators or university deans seem more likely to wear them. No surprise this preppy look flatters the leaner body type of scholars.

Pants or Trousers
The ‘right length’ means the waistline rests at your natural waist and the hem breaks atop your shoes. See the photo on right.

We didn’t tailor these made to measure trousers. If we did, we prefer the back of the pants to sit slightly lower than this photo shows — and just above your heels.

classic vs cutaway collarShirt
You can find shirts with a traditional collar much more easily, while a more formal cutaway collar draws more attention to your necktie or larger bow tie. The more modern cutaway looks fabulous with a full- or half- Windsor knot. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart!

Vest or Waistcoat
This optional element fits perfectly when it sits at the waistband, and thus conceals the tucked in shirt. Like the single-breasted jacket, the single-breasted vest is simple and popular. Got bravado or swagger? The double-breasted waistcoat requires it. A matching three-piece suit suggests a more formal look.

The SF Tailor specializes in fully customizable business clothes. With precise measurements and styling details that compliment your body shape, present yourself and your work with pride.

5 Things Nobody Tells You About Wedding Suit Shopping

photo credit cloudfront.netTo celebrate National Bow Tie Day and National Dog Day, The SF Tailor explains 5 things nobody tells you about wedding suit shopping:

1. Comfort reveals confidence.
Custom made suits or personalized tuxedos are made to your measurements and they’re yours to keep, not return to a rental shop. You need to feel your natural self in it. Plus our tailors leave enough room so you can dance, especially if your  guest’s video goes viral!

2. Most suits and tuxedos look good on hangers.
Factory produced suits don’t take into consideration the asymmetry of the wearer’s body. Most men have one shoulder that’s higher than the other, or one leg that’s longer. Alterations are typically needed even if you buy off the rack.

3. The best time to order is anytime.
Ordering bespoke formal wear online ensures you have a more personalized experience — anytime you want and from anywhere. Weekends are the busiest times at grooms’ lounges and bespoke brick and mortars, so you either feel rushed or play foosball while you wait for your measurements to be taken. Life is short. Why are you worried about finding parking, or when the meter maid will ticket your vehicle?

4. You can negotiate prices.
A tailor-made suit and tuxedo doesn’t need to break the bank. We offer the lowest prices in fully customizable suits and tuxes online. From there, you can choose specific distinctions in regards to lining, button thread color, and stitching. We make elegance is affordable… so you can use the cost savings on other wedding expenses, your honeymoon, or your new home.

5. You deserve convenience.
If you have accurate measurements and place your order, we can deliver your bespoke suit or tux to your door in 3-4 weeks. (You can visit a local alterations service to get measurements in 10-15 minutes.) Other tailors schedule 2 or 3 one-hour fittings and then they expect you to pick-up your order in 8-10 weeks later. Again life is short. Focus on your fiance, family and man’s best friend instead of this project!

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3 Ways you Relate to our Customers

When some people first hear about The SF Tailor, they’re surprised: If you’re younger than age 35 and used to shopping at department stores, you’re used to trying on several jackets and pants. You pray to find two pieces that fit your body shape, are the same color, and don’t max out your credit card.

Before visiting TheSFtailor.com, our customers never imagined buying a suit could be so easy!

Young professionals frequently seek us out for the following reasons:

photo credit thesftailor.com(1) College students & recent grads want a solid color suit for first interviews and first jobs.

From economists to entry-level engineers, med students to mid-level managers, our tailor-made clothes are comfortable for infrequent suit wearers. Single-breasted, straight-waist jackets are common — but you can still express your personality through distinctions. Our turnaround time is roughly 3 weeks, pretty fast compared to machine-made, ill-fitting suits from department stores.

(2) Finance majors and salespeople usually suit up daily.
Until you earn C-level salaries and larger commissions, we specialize in bespoke suits for men and women at affordable prices. Online competitors typically charge $500-1000 per suit. That’s more than twice our price — since they’re opening permanent showrooms.

(3) Both infrequent and daily suit wearers attend special occasions as grooms, groomsmen or guests. Our blog explains a variety of formal wedding wear men and women may choose to celebrate milestones. Familiar with the comfort of our daily custom made suits, our clientele return to us for tuxedos. We are pleased to offer elegance at an accessible price.

photo credit businessinsider.comTake 5-10 minutes to get measured from a local alterations service. Then fully customize your suit from our wide range of colors, fabrics, and styles.

P.S. Send the SF Tailor your measurements and a photo to order one-of-a-kind suits. We recreated a red carpett James Bond film premiere look for a costume party. Recently we were contacted about a Heath Ledger Joker suit.

Top 3 Mistakes Groom, Groomsmen Must Avoid

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At one time or another, we all wanted to marry Superman… but we never thought he’d wear his superhero costume to the wedding ceremony.

To save your wedding day, the San Francisco Tailor comes to the rescue as we ask and answer:

What are the most common suit and tuxedo mistakes? How can I avoid them?

First, don’t rent your tux. Rental tuxedos are like bowling alley shoes and/or roller skates. They can look really worn out. For about the same price, order and own a custom made tuxedo. We deliver the bespoke clothing to your door for your convenience — in as fast as three weeks. By no means should you wait til the last minute, and then face the wrath of Bridezilla!

Second, know your size. It’s difficult to find a good fit in stores. That’s a major reason we founded our online tailoring firm. Visit a neighborhood alterations service — perhaps at your dry cleaner — and in minutes you’ll know your measurements. When you try on the jacket, shoulders should be close to the body but not constricting. When your arms are at your side, sleeves ought to be long enough to show a quarter-inch to a half-inch of shirt cuff. Moreover, the overall jacket length should end at the base of your thumbs, not fingertips.

Third, choose a stylish yet classic tuxedo or suit. Light or charcoal (dark) grey, midnight blue, navy or black always seem sophisticated. Avoid unique or crazy colors… that could take attention away from the bride on her day. (With her permission?) The groom and his entourage can spice up their look with shawl collar tuxes, suspenders, bow ties or accessories.

If you like fashion trends, ladies can’t have all the fun with mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Read up on mismatched suits for groomsmen. After the wedding, your best men can confidently and comfortably wear the suits to individual job interviews, work, power meetings or networking events — and certainly know your moral support is with them.

Since 2010 the SF Tailor has customized tuxedos and suits so you look your best… because you never know where you might meet your significant other or your next employer!

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Stripe or Solid Suits

We’re celebrating National Flag Day, 14 June, with a tribute to stripe or solid suits for men and women.

Wear solid suits to interviews for your earliest jobs or internships. Your go-to suit shouldn’t draw much attention. Your interviewer wants to focus on your answers, not attire. Navy, charcoal (medium grey) or light grey is suitable for daily office wear. These colors are essential to your wardrobe. Add variation with shirts, ties and especially shoes.

Just as soldiers earn their stripes, working professionals earn their pinstripe suits. The versatility of striped suits sets you apart from rank-and-file employees. Cosmopolitan city dwellers from New York to Boston to Chicago also love the confidence the stripes connote.

Certain professions associate with the power of pinstripes include the banking and finance industry… but it’s not exclusive. Anybody from business people, doctors, attorneys, real estate agents who collaborates with upscale clients can rely on pinstripes to make a memorable impression.

* If you attend a lot of networking events, don’t forget to wear your solid suits too. You don’t want people to think the pinstripe is the only suit in your closet!

What to wear with pinstripes Be careful about stripes in your tie or shirt. Bold personalities can rock multiple stripes — but too many stripes, especially with the same distance between the stripes, looks too calculated… You know what we mean?

Mixing and matching It’s harder to wear a pinstripe jacket and trousers separately, but you can show some flexibility in less formal settings. For some variation to your daily look, pair a navy jacket with pinstripe pants… make sure the hue (or color) match. We’ve experimented with a solid charcoal jacket and trousers with charcoal pinstripes.

A note about tuxedos Why would you want to have black tie? Technically, a tuxedo is a solid suit. If you wear suits every day (and own enough) — you’re most likely have the opportunity to wear a black tie at least once or twice a year. This past blog entry takes explains formal attire.

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.

Spring Engagements in the Air

As you plan for Memorial Day weekend, don’t forget to get a manicure. Your significant other may pop the question you’ve been waiting for…  photo credit brides.com

Congratulations to
all of you, newly engaged couples! 

So, you’ve put a dent in your bank account to buy that ring … and to propose at that swank white-linen restaurant.

Let The SF Tailor save you time & money. We answer the easiest wedding planning question: Will he wear a suit or tuxedo?

These 3 considerations will streamline your groomsmen’s look and style in minutes:

  • What time is your event? Evenings are more formal than afternoon affairs.
    Review our former entry ‘What do I wear to a wedding that is where?!’
  • Will the event feature Oscar-nominated costumes?
    If you have a unique theme, send us a sketch or photo with your measurements.
  • Dreaming of a rustic wedding in the country or modern loft wedding in the city?
    We suggest lighter colors and varied textures for the former.
  • How will the groom stand out from his groomsmen?
    Dress the groom in a 3-piece suit and accessories, the guys in 2-piece suits of the same color.

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Whatever your budget, our custom-tailored suits or tuxedos lessen the stress of the men most important to you — from the father of the bride to the groom, from groomsmen to the ring bearer — who will attend the weeding.

  • Rental tuxedos are like bowling shoes. Own your look for the price of a rental.
    These men get high-quality clothing they can wear to other special occasions.
  • No rushing around to pick up and return the tux days before and after the ceremony.
    We can conveniently deliver all bespoke clothing to your door.
  • Relaxed, confident and comfortable is how men feel in custom-made clothes.
    These clothes are tailored to personal measurements, presenting men at their personal best.

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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?

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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?