5 Reasons to Buy a Custom Suit

If you have yet to purchase your very first custom suit, it can seem like an unnecessary expense. After all, a custom suit is often a lot more expensive that something off-the-rack. But there is a huge difference between the two. While off-the-rack suits are still well designed and can be premium, nothing fits you better than a bespoke suit tailored specifically to you.

 

Custom suits are for anyone who is looking to make a solid, practical long-term investment in their appearance. Custom suits are considered the ultimate purchase (for men and women), and they’re worth every penny. We promise!

 

Here are five reasons why you should invest in one:

 

  • Better Fit

 

Great fit is arguably the “raison d’être” of custom suits.

 

When you buy an off-the-rack suit, you’re buying a suit that was designed to fit the masses. This is a suit that a machine produces by guiding itself through basic pre-set measurements, without considering an individual’s lifestyle or unique proportions.

 

On the other hand, a custom suit is designed to highlight the best features of its wearer. A good tailor will work with a client to select the shapes and patterns that suit their body shape and make the most flattering statements.

 

  • Quality Materials Are Used

 

Bespoke tailoring is an art form in itself. A custom suit would not live up to its name if the quality of the fabric was compromised. Simply put, bespoke suits are made in a more expert fashion with more superior materials than off-the-rack.

 

What this translates into is quality and longevity: a custom, tailor-made suit should last a lifetime (given you know how to take care of it). Whether visible or built within the suit, impeccable materials help retain the shape, drape, and meticulous fit of your custom suit throughout the years.

 

  • Highlight Your Personal Style

 

Choosing a tailor-made suit is choosing unlimited personalization and design opportunities, ultimately allowing you to flaunt your individuality and express your unique style in a way that cannot be replicated with off-the-rack.

 

From the cuff shape to collar design, pocket shape and color, there is a world of possibility when it comes to the finished product. Taking part in the design process can also be extremely rewarding. What’s better than working together with a tailor to create something that no-one else owns but you?!

 

  • There Is Less Time & Effort Wasted

 

We’ve all experienced the frustrations that come with clothes shopping. Lots of time spent in changing rooms trying on clothes that don’t fit – nightmare! This is especially true of off-the-rack suit shopping, which can be particularly tricky. You might travel to different stores, or even different cities, and try on hundreds of generically sized suits that just don’t fit.

 

With tailored suits, the process is much more controllable and straightforward. You work with a tailor to get measured, you discuss your preferred designs and textures, and then you can relax while your one-of-a-kind suit is brought to life. This process of creation ultimately saves you a lot of time and money in the long run and it is a process that we pride ourselves on mastering at The Tailory New York.

 

  • Your Clothes Last Longer

 

The shift toward low-cost, commoditized clothing has had a huge impact on the clothing industry. Clothing cycles have sped up to such remarkable rates that some retailers now offer new styles on a weekly basis – there can be up to 52 “micro seasons” per year! No wonder we are always chasing the next trend and we have a closet full of clothes that we have only worn once.

 

With custom-made suits you are making a smarter purchase. Instead of a temporary purchase that you may change your mind about in a couple of months, tailored suits are built to last. Custom-made clothing is a great long-term investment because of the materials used and overall quality. Custom suits outlast off-the-rack suits and should never surprise you with some major fault or flaw.

 

So what are you waiting for?

 

Initially choosing a bespoke suit may seem a little daunting or feel unnecessary with all the ready-made suits available on the market. However, we can assure you that it is a true investment piece that will outlast anything else in your wardrobe.

 

Intrigued to find out more or eager to start the process of crafting your own custom look? Book an appointment with the Tailory NYC to learn more about our custom-made suit service.

 

How to Care for Your Custom Suit

A custom suit built to your exact specifications is a great, long-term investment. Like any long-term investment, it requires a certain amount of care. Care for it properly and it will be your companion through business meetings and special occasions for years to come.

 

With this in mind, here is a useful guide on how to guarantee you get the most wear possible from your custom suit.

 

When Buying:

 

  • Ensure that you get the right fit.

 

Not only will this make you look fantastic, it will also ensure that you don’t ruin the shape of the suit. For example, if your legs are muscular, have a crotch lining fastened into your trousers. This will prevent the trousers from wearing out in the thigh area.

 

  • Get the right fabric.

 

Expensive fabrics require a lot more care. If we look at high thread-count wool, this is known to be a lot more fragile and wears out much faster than a coarser fabric such as tweed.

 

Therefore, before purchasing your custom suit, consider what you need the suit for and how often you are likely to wear it. Then, in conjunction with your tailor, decide on the most suitable fabric for the occasion and be realistic about which fabric you have the time and resources to look after in the long term.

While Wearing

 

  • Just brush it off.

 

To get rid of dust and light stains from your custom-tailored suit, invest in a clothes brush. A clothes brush will feature natural bristles that are soft on your suit and help get rid of dirt and dust that get trapped in the wool.

 

The same goes for rain or snow. Make sure you are brushing off the water rather than pressing and patting it into your garment with a damp towel.

 

  • Don’t use your front pockets.

 

Try to avoid using you’re the front pockets of your suit unless you have to. If you do need to make use of these pockets, make sure the items are light, like business cards or a handkerchief.

 

Placing heavy objects in your front pocket causes the jacket to sag down and lose its shape. It also does damage to the inside lining and potentially the fabric behind it.

After You Wear

 

  • Rotate your suits.

 

Try and rotate the wearing of your suits. This is especially important if your suit is a natural fabric like wool, which needs time to rest and breathe in between uses.

 

If you do have to wear a suit every day, we would recommend buying more than one custom suit and alternating between them.

 

  • Avoid routine trips to the dry cleaners.

 

We recommend only dry cleaning your suit once or twice a year, or when it is absolutely urgent, in the case of it being soiled or if it begins to smell.

 

Carefully choose your dry cleaner too. It’s worth spending a few extra dollars to go somewhere reputable, rather than cutting corners and having your suit come back even worse for wear!

 

  • Hang it up.

 

It’s common knowledge that hanging a suit is absolutely crucial to its maintenance. However, be careful about which hangers you opt for. Using wire hangers can, in fact, be very damaging to your suits shape, as they can cause stretching and bulges in the shoulders, which will ruin the fit.

 

High-quality cedar wood hangers are a solid investment and will help to keep your suit’s shape intact (and keep it clear of insects and moths as an added bonus).

 

Also, don’t forget to air your suit for a day before covering it up or putting it away in a garment bag. Using a fabric garment bag (not a plastic one) to store your suit is essential to protect it from dust but still allowing it to breathe.

 

In Transit

 

  • Pack it properly.

 

Ideally, you should use a garment bag to store your suit while traveling too. When that is not possible, pack it into your suitcase on the very top of your clothes. Make sure your bag isn’t overstuffed as the added pressure can damage the shape of the suit. Hang it as soon as you get a chance. 

If possible, steam press the suit before you wear, as this will help to get the travel wrinkles out. You can even steam it in your hotel bathroom if you have the time. Simply hang the suit up in your bathroom (NOT too near the shower) turn the hot water on, allow steam to form and close the door.

Put this handful of tips into action and your suits will be your pride and joy for years to come. Your co-workers will be impressed that you always look on point, your wallet will thank you, and better still, you’ll look and feel a million dollars for every occasion. Need we go on?

 

 

 

 

3 Types of Summer Suit Shoes

When it comes to your summer suit you don’t want to be sweltering away, swaddled in polyester. You want materials that will keep you cool, breathable materials like linen or cotton mixes, or even light, unlined fine-wool jackets.

 

These lighter summer fabrics need the perfect summer shoe to accompany them, one that matches the lighter tones and overall look and feel of your suit. Whether you’re shopping for a summer wedding or a pair of shoes suited to the boardroom, there are stylish solutions out there.

 

Don’t know where to start? Here are three summer suit shoes to consider adding to your shoe rack this season.

 

Loafers

 

Dress loafers are always a smart bet, but in summer they are your summer wardrobe secret weapon. The classics colors (black, brown, tan, and even oxblood) will match any suit you wear this summer, but if you’re looking to step outside your comfort zone, consider stepping into a pair of uncommon baller menswear prints or a pair with two-toned paneling. Very fetching for the sunny weather, right?!

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The trick to keeping your loafers from looking a little too ‘old-school’, is to stick with slim trousers and keep your break minimal.  A sockless loafer style also has the benefit of allowing your ankles to breathe in the warmer temperatures. If you’re conscious of your feet sweating too much, grab a pair of no-show socks and you’re good to go.

 

 

 

Suede Bucks

 

You don’t see many people wearing white suede shoes in the fall or winter and for good reason. It’s a color, and material, best left to spring and summer, where they’ll be a little more protected from the damaging elements.

 

White suede shoes are a particularly excellent companion to a navy suit and are at their finest with a little wear and tear in the sunny months.

 

A darker shade with leather soles will be more appropriate for darker suits and more conservative dress codes (perhaps in the evenings), while lighter colors with rubber soles will even further embrace the seasonal vibe. There is something about suede that just screams summer!

 

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White Sneakers

 

Once reserved for office workers on their way home (and Ellen DeGeneres), this footwear combination is now on trend more than ever. In fact, a white sneaker and a summer suit are now universally accepted attire.  Sneakers work especially well with casual cotton suits and as long as you aren’t subject to a strict dress code, you’ll be surprised by how sharp a sneaker and tailored suit can look.

 

If you’re really trying to avoid too much attention, try color matching. Not only can camouflaging your casual shoes with your outfit make you feel a little more put together, but it also helps elongate your silhouette.

 

Don’t forget to have fun with your footwear this summer. Your choice of shoe can truly take a summer suit to a whole new level and these particular three styles will keep you looking – and feeling – cool during the months where the thermometer stays in double digits.

 

Stay cool!

The Five Things Stylish Women Have in Common 

What defines a stylish woman is less about what she wears and more about how she wears it. After all, ‘style’ is one of those whimsical words that means something different to everyone.  

There are women throughout history who are well known for their expertise in appearing effortlessly fashionable. Audrey Hepburn is one of those women.  

Embodying Parisian chic, the stunning Hollywood star stuck to classic garments, well-fitted to her petite frame and knew that accessories (hello, pearls!) were the glue that held everything together. 

 

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Former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy Onassis is forever a fashion icon too. Her monochromatic outfits and statement sunglasses are still adoringly mimicked today. We have lost count of how many celebrities have paid homage to Jackie O in recent years, drawing inspiration with timeless outfits and photo shoots, including Kim Kardashian and Lana Del Ray.  

 

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A more modern fashion queen would definitely be the ultimate sexy songstress, Rihanna. 30-year-old RiRi is a woman who isn’t afraid to take daring risks with her fashion choices and she has always walked a fine line between cute and controversial – especially when it comes to her wardrobe! Rihanna is forever seen in ensembles that show off her amazing figure and owns everything she wears with the utmost confidence.  

 

 

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While Audrey and Jackie are known for their classic (and iconic!) ensembles that are still seen as classics today, Rihanna confidently jumps between demure looks to outrageously over the top outfits.  

However, all three of these women wear their fashion with unwavering confidence. And this is the key. Audrey, Jackie, and Rihanna each understand how to dress for their body shapes and have always stayed true to their style by never falling too hard into trends. If anything, they set the trends! 

Here are 5 key takeaways that every stylish woman can embrace: 

  1.  Covet the classics: Classic pieces transcend through decades of “now” fashion and trends. A bold red lip, a tailored white shirt, a little black dress, or a pointy toe pump are articles that will never go out of style. When in doubt, go back to these staples and invest in high-quality version. They are known as classics for a reason and you can rest assured they will never go out of style. 
  2.  Dress for your body: Style is knowing what looks good on you and rocking it with confidence. Clothing that is too big or too small can leave you looking (and feeling) uncomfortable. When you are uncomfortable, it shows and this will impact your confidence. Buy silhouettes that complement your body shape or have your clothing tailored. Better yet, skip all that and start with custom tailored clothing. 😉 
  3.  Take pride in your appearance: You don’t have to have a full-face of makeup or a salon-grade hairstyle to look good or put together. Basic grooming will do the trick. Bad hair day? A slicked back pony is a classic look that never goes out of style.  
  4. Always accessorize: It’s amazing how something as simple as a pair of earrings or a watch can pull together a look. Adding accessories implies that you put thought into getting ready. 
  5. Be wary of trends: It’s hard to develop a sense of lasting style if you are always worried about what is hot at the moment. Of course, it is always fun to add a pop of a trending color and try out the latest accessory fad. However, with a closet full of the latest trends that are in one moment and out the next, not only will getting dressed become quite an expensive task, it can be hard to know what your true style is when you are just relying on fashion authorities to tell you what the “must-have” pieces of the season are. Be true to who you are, while experimenting with the odd trend. 

 

Finding your true style isn’t immediate. It really takes getting to know yourself and understanding what looks good on your body. After all, your clothing is an extension of your personality.  

One way to ensure that you’re always dressed well for your body type is to have your clothing tailor-made, which is what we at The Tailory New York pride ourselves in. We know how to make clothes that suit every shape and style. 

You’re unique. Your clothes should be too. Let us dress you. The Tailory makes bespoke custom suits in New York City. 

 

 

Five Characteristics of a Stylish Man

It can be hard to quantify what makes a “stylish man” because style is most certainly individual and subjective. However, there are some commonalities that dapper gentlemen across the globe share that would certainly qualify them as notably well-dressed.

Dating back to late 18th and early 19th century Britain, there was a subculture of gentlemen that were described as “dandies”. A dandy referred to a man that placed importance on his physical appearance.

The most well-known dandy would be Beau Brummell who lived from 1778 to 1840. He was a common man who made a name for himself as a trendsetter of sorts in men’s fashion. Beau Brummell is remembered for always being clean shaven, always well-powdered and perfumed, and impeccably dressed in a dark blue coat and an intricately tied cravat.

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Fast forward to 1962 and the introduction of everyone’s favorite spy: James Bond. Regardless of which actor plays James Bond or which movie he appears in; the character has always been revered as an extremely composed and stylish man. Forever fighting crime in a perfectly tailored suit, every part of the character exudes style and class; from the cocktails he drinks to the way he lights a cigarette.

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A more modern-day man of style would be Ryan Gosling’s character, Jacob Palmer in Crazy, Stupid, Love. In this fun romantic comedy from 2011, Jacob is always seen sporting a perfectly tailored suit, with not a single strand of hair out of place.

Every detail, down to his socks, is intentional and coordinated. The man oozes confidence and wholeheartedly believes in his superior style, so much so that he becomes a mentor to Steve Carell’s character, Cal Weaver.

Despite being quite a few years younger than Cal, Jacob’s knowledge and expertise in dressing well and embodying the qualities of a much-desired man leave Cal in awe and eager to learn from him.

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There are definitely strong characteristics that each of these stylish gentlemen has in common, which we can bear in mind when it comes to dressing.

  1. A Well-Tailored Suit: What each of these above men has in common the most is their dedication to the suit. Certain colors, fabrics, and fits may vary, but a stylish man pays attention to trends and works with them. And if all else fails, you can never go wrong with a classic black suit.
  2. Attention to Detail: It’s the little things that can differentiate between a well-dressed man and a stylish man. Anyone can throw on a suit and look good, but it’s the seamless incorporation of personality and flair that can seriously elevate a look. Think George Clooney.
  3. Accessories: They say the (custom) suit makes the man and while we do agree with this, we think the accessories can make the look too. It’s as simple as coordinating a pocket square to a sock or the addition of a tie clip. Even a good pair of sunglasses or the right bag can take your smart ensemble to the next level.
  4. The Coif: In the times of Beau Brummell, powdered wigs were all the rage. Today, barbered hairstyles are regaining immense popularity. The undercut, quiff, and fades are popular. Beards and well-groomed facial hair are definitely popular. What is most important is finding a hairstyle that complements your face and reflects your personal style and personality.
  5. Confidence: With all the above details combined, if you don’t have the confidence, you will just be a well-dressed man. You want to be someone that wears a suit confidently and not have the suit wear you.

Style is unique to everyone. While confidence is key, a well-made suit certainly won’t hurt!

You’re unique. Your clothes should be too. Let us dress you. The Tailory makes bespoke custom suits in New York City.