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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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The Shortlist Strategy

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You want to make the shortlist when you’re nominated for an Academy Award or jockeying for a job promotion. However if you stand under 6 foot tall, you’re still in remarkably successful company from Michael J. Fox to George Clooney. The SF Tailor offers 4 tips to tailor suits to smaller measurements and change public perception of your stature, so you stand tall and proud.

Women interested in custom made suits should consider these specific suggestions.

photo credit cdnds.netSelect a Single Color Scheme
Choose a monochrome color palette, but vary shades of the same color to create an illusion of height: the darker, the better. Light shades for your top half draw eyes up, dark ones for your lower torso lengthen. BEWARE: black shortens you like this scene from Mission Impossible. Custom camel color coats or bespoke blue tuxedos are handsome and impressive alternatives.

Wear Trousers at your Waist
Weekend and leisure sportswear might have you sagging your pants… but trust us, wear trousers at your natural waistline. Consider a smaller trouser rise too. That distance from the middle of the crotch seam to the top of the waistband will make your legs will look longer.

Button and Bulk up your Better Half
If you exercise and have built up your shoulders, this calls attention to your top half. Keep your suit jacket buttoned — but not the last button! — streamlines your look. You appear slimmer and taller when your chest looks bigger and your waist smaller. Make sure your top button is above your navel (bellybutton), and think about a shorter cut jacket. This earlier entry provides more info on showing off your muscles when suiting up.

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RDJ: a tall drink of water as Sherlock Holmes or Iron Man Tony Stark. Note: Jacket buttoned and above the navel. Trousers rest at his waistline, and accessories (sunglasses & bow tie, hap, lapel pin) draw eyes to his face.

Cuff Shirt Sleeves, and Keep Hems at your Hip
We’re creating beneficial optical illusions. So despite the weather, a long-sleeved shirt with rolled cuffs makes your arms (and body) seem longer. Tuck in that button down shirt to use that waistline to your advantage. When wearing un-tucked shirts, keep hemlines at your hipbone. Longer shirts remind us of girlfriends in nightshirts… not the professional look you envisioned, right?

Quick and simple: avoid focusing attention below your chest. Avoid drawing attention to big watches, belts or shoes. Make simpler, darker choices for your lower torso.

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.

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.

Coming Attractions: Fall 2015

We can’t get enough sun and summer dress shirts… but that’s not stopping us from previewing Fall 2015 and its coming attractions.

photo credit pinterest.comGREEN is the new brown.
Pair it with navy, black or brown. Army green is our diplomatic compromise in the cold war between summer’s bright colors and winter’s dark hues. If a whole suit seems too trendy or bold — or if t reminds you of Duck Dynasty — we have some workable alternatives:

Mix a jacket with tweed trousers or vice-versa, a custom-made tweed jacket with green tailored trousers. Broker power with a green dress shirt under a black suit. A tie (and pocket square) in this color upgrades your classic, conservative suit to contemporary.

Go the WHOLE nine yards in print.
From Alexander Wang to Valentino, suits are in full effect: jacket, trousers, even the shirt are the same pattern.Too much awesome for you?  Order a bespoke 3-piece suit: jacket, vest or waistcoat, and trousers.    

photo credit fashionbeans.comDouble down on outerwear.
Despite our home base in California, San Francisco has a surprisingly mild climate. Temps only spike in September and October. So we have a big collection of outerwear, and enthusiastically embrace this trend.

We love the look (and psychological security) of a Levi’s denim jacket… under a tailor-made wool coat. Keep looking polished and professional during your commute, yet prepared for a casual happy hour or coffee-date with your comrades.

Preview our catalog of light-weight fabrics to design your own one-of-a-kind jacket as well. We particularly like rich, complex patterns under those dark, long coats.

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 and men.

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. 

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.