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Classic Coats in Bold Colors, Prints, Patterns

custom tailored camel color men's wool coat by San Francisco TailorBespoke tailoring for men and women is stylish year-round, especially with coat season. We’ve got 5 stylish coats people are excitedly talking about this autumn.

Peacoat
A made to measure classic wool peacoat is as reliable as your best friend. With long lines, it quickly adds sophistication to any wardrobe. Black is always fashionable. This fall don’t leave home without a beige/camel or winter white peacoat. Enjoy those double takes as you make heads turn with the combination of a refreshing color and classic style. Keep warm during your commute — and do it in style! Great over your bespoke pant suits.

Double­ Breasted
The double­-breasted coat with its iconic two-columns of buttons remains trendy with the addition of bright colors as well as traditional cut or style. This season — if attention is what  you’re after — stop traffic in red, pumpkin or gold like the color of the falling leaves. Prefer dark basic colors but still want to WOW the public? We like the black and white Alabama houndstooth print. Women enjoy this coat with tailored suits and tall boots. Average and shorter-than-average individuals usually have four buttons; taller people can accommodate six buttons.

Military Style
Military style coats are not exclusively for men any longer. Women have adopted the military  coat much like the biker jacket. No surprise this outerwear trend is here to stay. It’s coveted for both its form and function. Again darker colors are more common, but The SF Tailor would love the opportunity to fulfill your order for a personalized military coat in a lighter color.

Women's Trench Coat fits perfectly when it's made to measure to your sizeTrench
Pictured left, a classic trench coat NEVER goes out of style. It’s light weight lets you easily transition from fall to winter… and again as winter thaws into spring. Instead of the predictable all ­black ensemble, liven things up. Choose colors that pop such as emerald green. This dandelion gold trench lifts our spirits when the weather is overcast or gloomy. Petite ladies like long black sweaters, leggings and ballet flats.

Duffle Coat
A street-­style staple, the duffle coat can be worn with almost anything during the fall/winter seasons. Women conveniently pair this outerwear item with cream colored custom suits or a casual look with jeans.

Bespoke tailoring isn’t restricted to suits and tuxedos. The cold season keeps up fairly busy with returning clients ordering these classic coats in unique fabrics and colors including lining.

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.

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.

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.

Dear SF Tailor

Graduate seeks custom fit clothes, entering workforce with confidence

Dear SF Tailor,

I’m graduating college soon, so I’m on the lookout for two main items:

(1) dark brown sportcoat with soft shoulders, a lapel of approximately 3 inches, and a relatively modern cut. I like ____ but it’ll cost me $700. Also ____ had only brown plaids. I’ve looked at a large number of retailers… but my budget is $400. I’m willing to compromise a bit if its something perfect.

(2) office appropriate trousers. I’ve tried _____’s essential cut, but it was too baggy on me, and the next cut down was too slim in the thigh and seat. I’m in limbo since I prefer a slimmer leg opening, which rules out brands like _____ with its 9-inch design.

Eager Eagle at Auburn

Dear Eager Eagle at Auburn,

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! Best wishes with the job hunt after the celebrations and holidays are done.

We’re glad you know exactly what you want. How soon do you want the sportcoat and trousers? We could fulfill your order in 15 days.

Take time to see how much you can customize your jacket on our site. The price costs under $180. We also provide tailor-made pants for less than $90. A two-piece bespoke suit starts at $260, which is a much better deal than buying the blazer and trousers separately.

If you know your measurements, you’re even closer to that perfect fit you mentioned. Let us know how we can further assist you.

Young Doctor Now Engaged

young doctor medical student and school teacher celebrate engagement now shop for custom tailored suits for groom, groomsmen, father of bride, father of groomFirst, congratulations are in order for our friend who is a young doctor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who proposed to his extremely patient girlfriend of 6 years.

The medical student and his fiancee are concerned about their student loans. Even with some financial aid from their parents, they want a high-quality wedding for their limited budget.

So they contacted The SF Tailor on Facebook to ask if suits or tuxedos are the way to go. We posed a few questions; they decided.

  • What time is your event? Evenings are typically more formal than afternoon affairs.
  • What kind of feel will the event have?
    Will your guests confuse your groom with James Bond, or an Oscar-nominated actor at the Academy Awards ceremony?
  • Is it going to be a rustic wedding in the country or a modern loft wedding in the city?
    The romantic music teacher / bride-to-be chose a mountain-top winery in Saratoga. Her face lit up, as she expressed her love for Northern California since she was from the East Coast. 

With all this in mind, they know custom suits for their Sunday afternoon celebration is the answer. The look would reflect the youthful energy and relaxed personalities of the groomsmen.

Most of all, the couple is excited to help their relatives and childhood friends with their career prospects. (Their gift registry even lists their preferred charities!) Soon the young physician will interview with hospitals along the West Coast, while his friends also gain more work experience. However all of them can feel confident and share memories from a special wedding day.

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.

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.