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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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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.

Decoded: Formal Wedding Attire


Photo credit amazonaws.comDear SF Tailor,

I’m invited to a big city wedding but I don’t get the wedding attire jargon. After the University of Oregon, my buddy moved to San Francisco and I stayed in Eugene. I don’t like suiting up … but I sure don’t want to look dumb.

Make me a Dapper Duck

Dear Dapper Duck,

tuxedo2Thanks for asking. You’re not alone when it comes to decoding formal wedding attire rules. We’ll break down black tieblack tie optional, and cocktail attire code:

  • Black Tie means tuxedo, or dinner jacket in Britain.
    A single breasted tuxedo with a notched lapel (see photo) looks good on most guys. Lean and lanky guys should consider a shawl lapel.

    A formal tuxedo shirt has a pleated front to the waist, so the shirt doesn’t buckle or bunch up when you’re sitting. Cover your waist with (1) a cummerbund, (2) a vest or waistcoat, or (3) a double breasted dinner jacket which should be buttoned in public at all times.

    Typically the outside leg of tuxedo trousers have a stripe of satin, silk, or grosgrain (a ribbed fabric). Match the stripe and the lapel. Why not choose Thunder Green satin lapels and bow tie? Tuxedo pants can be pleated for a fitted look. However flat front pants are more common. NEVER cuff tuxedo trousers. The look lengthens one’s height and adds elegance.

  • Black Tie Optional
    The wedding party will wear tuxes but other guests can dress slightly more relaxed in dark suits of black, dark grey, or navy. Preview our gallery for a few looks that can double for future special occasions and career events.
  • Cocktail Attire
    Technically, this is slightly less formal than a black tie affair. Cocktail party attendees wear suits with ties. Darker suits are standard. (If you are taller, shorter or more muscular than average, we suggest skimming past blog entries for some style hacks to enhance your look.) Shirts are usually white or a light color. Choose a solid colored tie… perhaps a Lightning Yellow or Thunder Green to celebrate that Oregon spirit.

We’re ready to make a you dashing Duck for your friend’s wedding. Simply visit an alterations shop to get accurate measurements in a few minutes, or follow our instructions on theSFtailor.com where you can easily customize your own tuxedo or suit.

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

Easiest Question to Answer for Newly Engaged

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Katherine Heigl reveals her excitement and engagement ring.

First, congrats to all newly engaged couples!

We know serious thought and time has been spent on planning proposals. We also know some money and thought have been spent on that bling of a ring!

Let The SF Tailor answer the easiest wedding planning question: Are suits or tuxedos the way to go?

Here are some considerations for you to decide:

  • What time is your event? Evenings are more formal than afternoon affairs.
  • Will the event have an Oscar-nominated red carpet ambiance?
    Want guests to confuse your groom with James Bond?
  • Rustic wedding in the country or modern loft wedding in the city?

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

  • Rental tuxedos remind them of bowling alley shoes and/or roller skates.
    These men get high-quality clothing they can choose to wear to other special occasions. 
  • Rushing to pick up and return the tux days before and after the wedding isn’t fun.
    We conveniently deliver the bespoke clothing to your doorstep.
    As the organizer, everybody’s already checking in with you.
  • 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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QC for GQ Groomsmen

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First things first, The SF Tailor team wishes the best to the brides and grooms. We also want to thank you for the privilege to tailor custom made tuxedos and suits for your special occasion. We will responsibly suit up the guys to look attractive on the day of — and especially in those long-lasting photographs.

We know many people have worked hard to organize a beautiful wedding ceremony and reception. To help you execute these detailed plans, may we present 5 reminders to do some quality control (QC) for your GQ groomsmen:

    1. Most boys dislike wearing formalwear. Sometimes they grow into men who detest it.
      Our bespoke clothing makes them feel more comfortable. Unfortunately we can’t do much about fear of public speaking. Armed with some basic tips and after some homework, making toasts and giving speeches can be slightly easier whether you’re the best man, father of the bride or groom.
    2. Break-in new dress shoes two weeks to one month before the wedding.
      Don’t procrastinate because sore feet aren’t the memory you want. After you buy new dress shoes, wear them in your home or office for 10-15 minutes daily. Gradually lengthen that time. Shortcuts to stretching your shoes include having a professional cobbler do it or buying a DIY stretcher… Alternatively polish up existing dress shoes if you’re going to wear them.
    3. Cut or trim your hair 3 – 7 days before the wedding. You won’t have time on the day of, and you may need a week for some hair to grow back. Consider getting a professional barber to shave or trim your facial hair a day or two prior to the ceremony.
    4. Between the time your groomsmen received their custom tailored suits or tuxedos from us and the wedding day, wrinkles can set in. Don’t iron these yourself for this occasion. It’ll take us 2 weeks to replace it! For a few dollars or quid, a professional dry cleaner can iron out wrinkles a week before the event
    5. Last but not least, sleep the night before the BIG DAY!
      We know these are your friends. So relax with them, whether you prefer a round of golf or a few rounds of beer. The wedding day is like a marathon, so you’ll need stamina. Those men must fulfill their duties, from escorting guests to serenading the bride with JT’s choreography.

Suit Up for Success

As friends and family brine turkeys and prepare for Black Friday shopping sales, the team at The SF Tailor thanks several not-for-profit organizations throughout the U.S. for helping disadvantaged and/or previously homeless men and women who are want to find jobs and remain employed.

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He’s overcome adversity. Lack of a suit shouldn’t set him back.

Like them, we also want to promote economic independence of our neighbors, and often veterans who have defended our personal freedoms. Not everybody will share the million dollar success story of Chris Gardner, portrayed by Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness.

However men and women who learn job skills have overcome much adversity…

yet something as small as the lack of a business suit can still set back these individuals.

Domestic violence shelters, job training programs, and family services providers typically rely on career clothing donations. So choices are limited — especially for clients of larger proportions.

Imagine an ill-fitting suit when the job candidate already feels nervous, intimidated, doubtful.

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How do you feel in an interview? And how comfortable is your suit?

Consider the gift of a custom tailored suit for one of these beneficiaries. By providing professional attire, any of these men or women can feel confident and better positioned to thrive in work and in life. Help them towards self-sufficiency. Dress them for success.

Use this Black Friday 2014 promotion upon check-out for $25 off the already lowest prices for fully customized suits: 100152TJM43NDA18

This code is valid through 31 December 2014.
Why not buy an additional suit for yourself?

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.