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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.

Menswear for Women

photo credit fmaurer.netAny recruiter advises job candidates to be themselves during an interview. After all you only get one chance to make a first impression. What does this mean for women who prefer menswear?

Men and women who have bought off-the-rack suits from the men’s section of a department store know how uncomfortable and pricey they are.

Whether or not you ID yourself as a lesbian or trans-masculine person, women with a strong sense of self worth can make bolder choices in clothing now — more than any other time in history.

So where do you begin the process to truly express yourself?

Check our online advice regarding measurements. Visit a local alterations service to get your custom measurements in minutes (and typically for free). Then configure your suit to your very own specifications! We offer a wide range of fabric and lining for suits alone… and even more choices for shirting fabrics.

If this is your first made-to-measure suit, you cannot help but be enthusiastic.

Equality in fashion: Alyson White, best men, looking sharp.

Actually our clientele enjoy the confidence and comfort of their custom made orders, that women have returned to us for personalized tuxedos for weddings. Young women are feeling free to wear suit up for high school proms and sorority formals as well.

Unfortunately it’s 2015 and even tailors are still uncomfortable working with women.

However The SF Tailor established itself in 2010 after we also experienced poor-fitting, yet expensive suits that reinforce sexual stereotypes. 

Need inspiration? Preview our gallery of custom-made clothes for women and men. Better yet, we’re a cut apart from the competition because clients send us photos and requests for the ultimate in personalized clothing.

Do your Clothes Suit your Body Shape?

Typically women talk about body shapes — there are seven! — and how to dress each one best. However men shouldn’t remain ignorant about their shapes as well. Fortunately there are only three male body types to consider, from left to right: lean and lanky, moderate and fit, heavy and stout.

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The lean and lanky ectomorph usually has small joints, lean muscles, and somewhat tall. Add bulk to this shape by wearing jackets with padded shoulders. The visual effect is broader shoulders and a fuller chest. Jackets as long as your hip and slim fitting shirts are great. Anything longer or baggier will make you look thinner. Try contrasting bold colors to break-up your long lines.

Moderate and fit mesomorph guys look athletic. They have a large bone structure and muscles. Shoulders are wider than hips, creating an inverted (upside-down) triangle. Jackets as long as your hip or mid-thigh give your shape some balance. Shirts and jackets with wider shoulders but a narrow waist will compliment your fit form. You may have a small waist, so wear straight or wider leg trousers to broaden your lower half.  NO baggy clothing!

The heavy and stout endomorph shape is solid and generally soft. De-emphasize the top-heavy torso with simple styled shirts and jackets. Jackets with shoulder pads bring attention upward and create long slim-looking lines. Single color or similar tones also do this. Choose trousers that are trim, but not tight. Avoid trousers pleated in front.

The SF Tailor created this double-breasted suit jacket for a heavy and stout client. The cut removes focus from a larger than average midsection, and in fact produces a slimming visual effect. Thin vertical lines in the fabric also suggest longer and leaner.

Contact us if you don’t know your body shape and need a quick consultation. Then get your measurements from a local alterations tailor, before your design your very own custom made suit. 

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.

Bespoke Suits Best for You

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Why waste time searching for ready-made suits at department stores when the world is available at your door? No two individuals are the same size, so online custom made suits are best for you. Personalized is more popular than ever, but we know you might have doubts.

The two greatest advantages to ordering customized garments
are TIME and COST savings.

Online bespoke suits are an investment with fantastic returns (ROI). Our e-commerce presence provides you with high-quality garments — from pant suits and skirt suits to vests / waistcoats, from dress shirts to overcoats — at a fraction of the price brand-name brick-and-mortar stores charge. The San Francisco Tailor focuses our attention on producing your orders rather than hiring salespeople to steam, hang and fold clothes.

Ordering personalized professional clothes is not only about price, but also about saving time. Successful people don’t have time to browse stores and end up with nothing. Our online design tool gives you several options: preview specifications and distinctions, make your choice, and purchase with the click of a mouse. Furthermore we make long lasting garments from marvelous fabrics — and then we send them to you in three weeks.

We know the pain our clients have experienced.
You shouldn’t be punished for your UNIQUE size.

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Like you, we’ve been there before… spending a day (or two) at a mall and in dressing rooms, only to settle for an expensive yet poor fitting off-the-rack suit because we didn’t want to admit defeat. Online customized suits are made to fit, so they’ll fit you the best. Accurate sizing means you’re guaranteed to win, whether you have larger proportions or smaller measurements. 

Since 2010 the San Francisco Tailor has given our clients a competitive advantage in their careers. Our online custom made suits save you time and money, allowing you to focus on confidently achieving your ambitions because your suit fits your unique physique.

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.

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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Grads, Interns: Ready to Dress to Impress?

photo credit dailymail.co.ukAs April ends, have you confirmed your summer internships?  or graduates, have you thought about where you’ll apply for work?

Your resumes or CVs should be prepared, and proofread by somebody in the university Career Services office. But will your lack of professional dress deter you from job opportunities?

You don’t need to win a lottery to enter the workforce with custom made attire. The SF Tailor specializes in affordable tailor-made (and therefore better–fitting) suits for men and women. Our turnaround time is about 3 weeks. That’s rather quick considering expensive, mass produced, ill-fitting suits sold at department stores. Spare yourself the frustration. Get smart!

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Take 5-10 minutes to get accurate measurements from a local alterations service. (Note: These individuals usually do minor changes like hemming.)

Then fully customize your suit from a wide range of colors, fabrics, and styles via our website. Black and blue suits are classic. Interviewers expect them. Wearing a bright shirt is unprofessional in most offices. If you must add color, be subtle with a necktie or pocket square.

Our online only presence means personalized suits as low as $254 USD.
We pass the savings on to you!

photo credit cdninstagram.comOur fastest turnaround is 3 weeks. (Expedite production time of future purchases by saving your measurements on our secure website.) We dedicate our attention to your suit in our private studio, where we hand-craft and detail your look for success.

We don’t have distractions like competitors with public boutiques and pop-up shops that charge $450 USD or more for machine construction. They’re busy earning higher dividends for their investors.

Instead the SF Tailor offers custom-made, high-quality elegance at affordable prices for interns and graduatesgrooms on a budget, plus new and small business-owners. We love that our clients feel confident and look good climbing the corporate ladder. 

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

Spring Forward into Success

cleanWe didn’t enjoy losing an hour of sleep, but your San Francisco Tailor team has been busy spring cleaning our closets and wardrobes.

Now’s the time to spring forward into success. You’re not only refreshing your professional wear… but also

You’re re-energizing your personal brand —
how you communicate your values, experience, and expertise to others.

People want to know you before they collaborate with you. In an era that moves increasingly faster, they’re making snap judgments. How does your external look reflect your personal mission? Are you earning that trust factor with clients, colleagues, and employees?

Before shipping everything to the thrift store, you may want to keep expensive items you wore when you were 15-20 pounds heavier, or sentimental casuals you’ll wear again if you are 10-15 pounds lighter. Anything that cannot be easily altered, repaired, or donated can be recycle into rags.

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Pastel colored dress shirts (solid or patterned) pair well with darker ties, or no tie for a casual look during happy hour.

Every season is an opportunity to evaluate anything out of alignment with your personal brand.

Don’t give others the cold shoulder. Leave dark suits to Darth Vader.
Let your confidence shine with brighter colors. Others want to approach & work with
you!

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I’m a Woman in a Suit, Not a Tomboy

photo credit elle.comSince the SF Tailor was founded 5 years ago, we have been defying labels.

First, we challenged off-the-rack labels. We decided to stop spending excess amounts of money on clothes that fit us poorly. For similar retail prices, we invested in fully customized, bespoke clothes.

Knowing the suits complimented the best and worse assets
of our bodies make us feel confident. 

Today, we’re proud to tailor suits for women — especially those with aspirations for success and the executive suite. Don’t settle for department store selections that defined female suits in the 1980’s.

A woman in a suit must feel comfortable in a boardroom or courtroom. She’s not a tomboy, trying to fit in somewhere she feels unwelcomed.

The SF Tailor team assists individuals who seek stylish professional attire that is constructed to personal measurements and preference, especially trans-masculine attire.

Our own personal experiences at retailers deterred us from shopping on more than one occasion. When we wanted less frilly female suits, men’s clothiers simply did not understand the feminine frame. They also failed to comprehend the stylistic struggles of petite women or athletic women.

We recognize each person has a unique physique and should not have a difficult time finding appropriate clothing. Stop procrastinating and take a few minutes to design your power suit at theSFtailor.com.