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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.

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. 

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 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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March Madness: Athletic Fashion

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Faux pas! Never pair a necktie and short sleeve shirt, Russell Westbrook, left. Fashion pro Kevin Durant, right, solid with gingham (checkered) shirt and bold tie.

We’re celebrating March Madness, the NCAA basketball tournament because fashion and health aren’t mutually exclusive… nor are suits exclusively for men.

bespoke suit should enhance what women and men sculpt in the gym and on the hardwood courts. #equality

Our finely tailored clothes are like trophies, rewards for dedication to training, competition, and good sportsmanship. Muscular bodies require special attention to back and shoulder measurements that department store designers don’t understand. We know you need customized coats that don’t strain at the biceps. Got gorgeous calves? We can make room for them too.

Do you dress as wildly and passionately as you play? or are you classic — you hussle but stay within the bounds?
Sexy athletic fashion is bringing your A-game to practice, game time, and your life.
Is your character the same on and off the court?
Great style is a seamless reflection of your personality.
Lady Vols Pat Summitt suit tailored for taller women Duke Blue Devil Mike Krzyzewski personalized pinstripe suit for power plays on basketball court photo credit supersomebody.com

From the Tennessee Lady Vols Pat Summitt, left, playbook: color blocking and textured fabric. Faint pinstripes and diagonal striped tie from Duke Blue Devil Mike Krzyzewski, right.

Integrity is 85 percent of your look, so here are a few tips for the final 15 percent:

Don’t lengthen your profile, especially if you’re slim.
Avoid vertical stripes as the pattern of your suit and shirts. It can be one or the other. A pinstripe suit with a light-colored checkered (gingham) shirt or solid shirt pairs best. Not wearing a jacket? Tall people can still wear vertical stripe dress shirts sans jacket. (Read how a bespoke dress shirt can impact your future and then customize one in 5 minutes.)

Typically solid suits look good, but don’t avoid patterns or textures.
For some, the same color jacket and trousers can look like too much fabric. Color block, or try textured or patterned fabric like faint pinstripes. Weaves like a subtle herringbone add distinction. We have a large selection of fabric for you to fully customize your suit.

Athlete Tyson Chandler double-breasted navy suit displays confidence, muscle contours off basketball court photo credit herpinkjersey.com

Tyson Chandler dapper in a double-breasted navy blue suit.

Double-breasted jackets are A-OK!
Thinner people find this particular style adds a healthy amount of width to the torso. Why not exercise the option to wear vests? Layers add ‘visual’ weight to lean frames. Women shouldn’t overlook vests.

Tall with a fuller / more muscular chest? You may pass on the double-breasted look, vests, and layering. 

Know your true measurements.
You want a shirt and waist fit well to your torso. Prevent extra fabric from bunching up when you tuck in your shirt. Size matters. Expose less shirt cuff, so arms appear slightly shorter. Order your bespoke shirt in minutes.

Cuff your trouser hems.
An appropriate break — the length where your trousers / pants meet your shoes — will reveal your true height, not an melodramatic one.

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?

Differently Abled, not Disabled

Dear SF Tailor,

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Some might label me disabled. The truth is I am differently-abled. I use a wheelchair, but it doesn’t keep me from playing basketball or driving. I’m graduating soon but nervous about job interviews. I can’t stand up to greet interviewers, and eye contact can be awkward if interviewers aren’t at my eye level.

My goal: make a GREAT first impression and LOOK as confident as I feel inside.

Mizzou Mechanical Engineering Major

Dear Mizzou Mechanical Engineering Major,

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First, celebrate your upcoming graduation! Most grads and working professionals feel anxious about interviews. You know you have both determination and self-respect needed to be successful. Thanks for letting us help you exhibit that!

You also know off-the-rack clothing is unlikely to flatter you. Measurements should be taken in your chair, not lying down. They are are important to customizing your jacket and tailor-made pants on our site. A two-piece bespoke suit starts at $260, better value than buying the blazer and trousers separately. Please note we don’t specialize in adaptive clothing.

Here are 4 strategies to draw eyes to your face, so people focus on what you have to say

    • Wear a solid monochromatic suit to add bulk to your torso, if your legs narrower than the rest of your frame. For a less athletic / active person who uses a wheelchair, a jacket with vertical patterns may lessen the appearance of that midsection. We have a large fabric selection. We also recommend peaked lapels.
    • Trousers with broad cuffs demonstrate your attention to detail.
      Overlooking your ankles suggests you’re sloppy and inattentive. If you haven’t always used a wheelchair, note that sitting trousers are 3-4 inches longer than standard trousers. You may want to add 3 inches to a previous length of up to 31 inches, 4 inches for a previous length of 33 inches or longer.
    • A vest can hide your waistline, focusing on your strong shoulders and chest. These physical assets project strength and confidence according to MensHealth.com.

You indeed may use a wheelchair but all job applicants should focus on their strengths, skills, and job related assets. By law interviewers cannot ask you about your disability. Impress them by doing your homework; prepare a functional disability statement. Here are tips from the American Foundation for the Blind.

Again we appreciate the privilege to dress you. Comfort with your character and clothes is significant, so interviewers show you the dignity you deserve. Best wishes during your job hunting!

— The SF Tailor