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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.

Tailoring for Tall Men, Grooms

Photo credit weddingbee.comCongratulations to all you couples who got engaged yesterday on Valentine’s Day. The SF Tailor team is excited for you. Please keep us in mind as your plan your wedding day. We specialize in custom made suits and tuxedos for grooms & groomsmen besides formal wear for fathers of the bride and groom. Our clients have been happy to look and feel great, plus stay within their budgets!

In November we shared 5 tips so a man of shorter proportions can stand taller next to a tall bride.

Today we’re explaining 5 factors when tailoring for tall men:

    • Don’t lengthen your profile, especially if you’re slim.
      Avoid vertical stripes as the pattern of your suit and shirts. A pinstripe suit with a lightly-checkered (gingham) shirt or solid shirt pairs best. If you’re not wearing a jacket, tall men can still wear vertical stripe dress shirts. (Read how a bespoke dress shirt can impact your future and then customize one In 5 minutes.)

      With a tuxedo, a cummerbund can divide your body into shorter and still flattering segments.
    • Solid suits look good, but don’t avoid patterns or textures.
      Typically solid suits look good. For some men, however, the monochromatic (same color) effect can create an unwanted visual effect — the look of too much fabric. More importantly if you like patterned fabric, you don’t have to avoid it. Faint patterns such as faint pinstripes draw positive attention to you.
      Textured clothing also reduces the monochromatic effect.To avoid the look of excess fabric and to add distinction to your wardrobe, tall men can employ weaves like a subtle herringbone. We have a large selection of fabric for you to fully customize your suit or tuxedo.
    • Double-breasted jackets are A-OK!
      Thinner men may find the design of a double breasted jacket can add extra bulk, width or girth to the torso. They also can exercise the option to wear vests. Extra layering add visual weight to their lean frames.If you’re a tall man with nice pecs or a fuller / more muscular chest, you may pass on the double-breasted look… and we don’t recommend vests and layering.
    • Know your true measurements.
      The result will be a shirt and shirt waist fitted well for your torso. This prevents extra fabric (the reality, not the visual effect) from bunching up when you tuck in your shirt. Proportion is important. If you expose less shirt cuff, your arms can appear slightly shorter. Order your bespoke shirt in minutes.
  • Adjust trousers at the hem.
    Have an adequate amount of break — the length where your trousers / pants meet your shoes — to reveal your true height, not an exaggerated one. Another thought to consider is cuffing trouser hems

Do you know a man who has difficulty finding suits or tuxedos that fit well? We’d like the privilege to dress any tall groom, groomsmen, or men who are special to your wedding party.

The SF Tailor provides high-quality and expert tailoring, so a tall men can focus attention on his beautiful bride and comfortably experience their wedding — and any time he wears his bespoke suit or tuxedo.

Show us the Muscle

Jerry Maguire - Show me the MuscleOK, we’re already a month into the new year. How are you progressing toward your fitness goals? If you need extra motivation, we suggest you follow Fitness Aims on twitter… because we want you to

SHOW US THE MUSCLE! — Jerry Maguire  

Whether you’re working hard to tone up or to shed some ‘extra love’ the San Francisco Tailor will provide you with a custom made suit that shows — not hides — your results. Your body isn’t exactly like everybody else’s. So why would you buy a suit that is made for the masses? 

Don’t let those hours at the gym go to waste.
Don’t let off-the-rack clothes insult your beauty. Fitness is beautiful. 

A bespoke suit enhances what women are sculpting. If you have a muscular body, we can tailor clothes that fit. Adios back and shoulder issues! Need a customized coat that doesn’t strain at the biceps? Women, don’t worry about getting big if you like weightlifting. Men’s bodies are made to develop big, bulky muscles. Nevertheless your proportions will change over time. If you’re cyclists, calves are gorgeous… and we can make room for them too.

Don’t settle for clothes at the stores that hide your form like a tent
because your biceps, shoulders, or calves don’t fit the fashion industry’s idea of beauty.

Generation-Iron

As American men play more sports and workout more often, department store suits have failed to keep up with the times. You are Generation Iron, whether your sometimes drink protein shakes or pursue a career as a bodybuilder. Our custom made suits and tuxedos can exhibit your best assets, from broad shoulders to buff legs. Athletic grooms and groomsmen shouldn’t feel unnecessarily uncomfortable at a wedding. (Consult the ‘Flatter his Figure’ section of this groom’s suit guide.) We also tailor vests and coats to your personal proportions. 

Design your power suit in as few as 5 minutes.
Wear your new confidence in as few as 3 weeks.

If you’re unsure about getting accurate measurements, don’t hesitate to contact us. The SF Tailor also accommodates special requests. We excel in tailoring clothes from photographs and your unique measurements. Read here to learn more.

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.

Tall Bride but Groom Stands Tall

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Tall wives admire well-dressed men of all heights.

The SF Tailor team is back to work, but we’re happy to hear our friend James has gathered relatives and friends for his wedding during this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Months ago, he asked us about a custom-tailored suit or tuxedo for short men. We prefer to say James is a man who isn’t tall in physical stature. However anybody who knows him looks up to him because he’s full of integrity.

Here are five style tips we employ to boost the confidence of a man of shorter proportions:

  • Streamline your profile. A loose fit calls more attention to a small frame.
    Get a close fit on the body — in the shoulders, chest, waist and crotch.
  • Show me the cuffs. Proportion is important.
    Expose a half-inch of shirt cuff, and arms appear longer.  Trousers that sit high on the waist and ‘break’ atop shoes also lengthen the body. Uncuff those trouser hems as well.
  • Lapels should match the width of your torso. A slender chest needs skinnier lapels.
  • Wear vertical patterns or a solid monochromatic look. The effect draws eyes upward.
    We have a large selection of fabric for you to fully customize your tuxedo or suit.
    Avoid a cummerbund, which will divide your body into shorter (and stouter) segments.
  • The upper breast pocket should be where its name suggests, not wrapped around the side of your body. A splash of bright color like a pocket square points attention toward your face.

Today we have the privilege to dress James, and we wish the best to his beautiful bride and him.

If you know a man who has difficulty finding suits that fit well, The SF Tailor offers high-quality and expert tailoring — so your man can stand tall on his wedding day and any time he wears his tuxedo. We can also help groomsmen who are vertically challenged.

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.

Wedding Suits for Men: Things to Know Before Ordering!

lead singer wears custom tailored suit personalized online by San Francisco Tailor

Online ordering isn’t tough. It’s just as easy as buying something at a shop if you know the right process. When you plan to purchase wedding suits for men, it’s a big risk. You can’t afford to place an order without knowledge of the source you’re buying from. There are more things to understand before you add anything to your online shopping cart.

One of the most important things is to pay attention to details. Weddings shouldn’t be anything less than unique. When selecting a suit, look at the style or cut — and ask how the fabric matches expected weather conditions or the time of the wedding ceremony. Ask your partner, bride or wedding planner about the overall theme. Best yet, how will your custom tailored suit or tux compliment your personality?

Wedding suits for men should be personalized garments, so they best fit your needs. Don’t waste valuable time visiting stores that may not have what you want. All you need to know is how to select the best item at the right price. Reviews certainly assist in making decisions.

Online ordering has a lot of benefits — but it doesn’t give you the chance to try on the suit before buying it. Understand your body type. Reporting incorrect measurements can affect your range of motion and comfort. Then choose a particular cut.

Next, let’s narrow down the fabric. Several textile options are available. You’ll want to be comfortable, so suiting material should match the season or climate in which your wedding will be held. Pick your color carefully because your suit plays off your skin’s complexion… and will be captured by a photographer and/or videographer. Consult with your partner, bride or wedding planner to be on the safe side.

In this regard, wedding suits for men can be purchased online with care. Make smart choices for your wedding suit, but don’t forget accessories can take your look to a new level for your special day. Assured you’ve made a great decision, you’ll have more fun and your personality will express itself well at the reception and party. You can be sure you’re buying yourself much more than the shirt on your back!