So, How do we Coordinate Shirts & Ties with a Grey Suit?

Next to your blue suit, a grey suit is an absolute men’s wardrobe staple. Why? More than just a good business suit, it can be paired with all sorts of shirt colors and ties, putting it on top of the versatility scale.

Blue and grey, in general, are fantastic suit colors because they come in many different shades. A darker color (navy and charcoal) may be better for winter and more formal occasions, while a lighter color (medium blue and silver grey) may be great for summer and less formal occasions.  So, let’s touch on the greys for a moment.

First on the list is the most formal shade, the so-called charcoal grey. It’s dark enough that you can wear it in most functions where you otherwise would think of a black suit, such as a funeral, a play, or a business event.

 A general rule, not just with grey but with all suiting colors, is this: the lighter the shade, the less formal the suit. Therefore, while a medium grey suit is perfect for the office and most other functions (with the exception of funerals), it has a slightly more casual vibe. This is a good thing; it means that when you pair shirts and ties together, you can go with slightly less formal options. 

 Along these lines, the light grey suit is even more casual. This shade works particularly well in the summer; it will have a light breezy feel, and can be worn with even more summery colors. Of course, any of these grey shades can come in either a striped version, a solid version, or in other small patterns such as a glen plaid, tic weave or birdseye, for example.

 The classic staple is the white dress shirt. For a charcoal suit, you probably want something that is very formal; a white dress shirt with a medium-spread collar, no breast pocket, and French cuffs. (A white shirt works with any shade of (blue or) grey suit, no matter if it’s really dark, medium, or light. It works so well because it provides a strong contrast, which appeals to most men.)

 In the case of a medium grey or a lighter gray suit, you can skip the French cuffs, maybe go with a slightly more textured fabric, and perhaps try a more relaxed collar style.

 If you go with a solid gray suit and a solid white shirt, it would be best to add some color with your tie, pocket square, socks, and/or other accessories. A classic combination is to add a red or burgundy tie. If you are not a fan of red and you want to “cool down” your outfit otherwise, you can go with a navy or blue tie, maybe something in forest green, plum, or even in bronze/orange. Basically, any dark-toned tie with a white shirt and a grey suit would be appropriate for cocktail attire, and if it’s a charcoal suit, you can even wear it for black tie optional events.  Meanwhile, lighter colored ties will work better with medium and lighter grey suits.

The next biggest staple after white is blue. Blue shirts can be combined with any kind of grey suit, but look particularly nice with medium and lighter grey suits. Of course, blue comes in, oh say, 200+ different shades, and there are many patterns and textures! Simply pick ones that you like and that provide a contrast to your suit. If you wear a light blue shirt with a medium or light grey suit, consider barrel cuffs instead of French cuffs.

 In terms of ties, a solid navy tie is formal when paired with a blue shirt and a gray suit–but it can be a bit boring. Other than the usual suspects of red, green, or plum, you could also experiment with another complementary color to blue, which is orange.

 Pastel pinks can be a great change to the monotony of white and light blue shirts, and they work particularly well with (blue and) grey. This is because there’s a subtle contrast, yet the pink works to warm up the grey color. (Probably for that reason, pairing charcoal suits with pink shirts was a favorite look of Fred Astaire, who was always very well-dressed.)

 Following the staples of white, blue, and pink dress shirts, basically, any other type of pastel color can work really well with a grey suit. It could be something like a light yellow, or a pastel orange. If you opt to wear a colored shirt, a safe choice is always to wear a tie in a darker shade from the same color family. So if you have a light orange or creamy shirt then consider an orange tie.

 This brings us to our final point: shirts don’t have to be solids. You can have patterned shirts as well, and stripes are the most classic ones. Of course, you can also incorporate checked shirts into your outfits–they’re a bit more casual than striped ones so they work better with light grey suits. 

Shirts with smaller and more traditional patterns such as stripes or checks will work better with (blue and) grey suits. In general, the lighter the shade of your grey suit, the more texture you can add.

 At the end of the day, pretty much any shirt or tie color can work with a grey suit as long as you understand basic color theory…and choose to emphasize your individual style.

What are the Differences Among a Suit Coat, Sport Coat and Blazer?

There is often a bit of confusion surrounding these coats and I hope to lend brief insight here to help you make informed distinctions as you continue to build and refine your personal style.

(Please note that I use “coat” and “jacket” interchangeably—they refer to the same article of clothing.  However, when I refer to a suit, the “pants” are referred to as trousers, and separate “pants” are referred to as slacks.)

What is a suit jacket? 

A suit jacket is precisely that; the jacket belonging to a two (or three) piece outfit including matching trousers and/or vest, which together make a complete suit.  The suit jacket always originates from the exact fabric for both (or all) pieces.  In other words, being made as part of the whole (ensemble) is an essential feature of a suit jacket.

A suit coat is more formal overall.  This is the reason why a suit is the appropriate default for business meetings, weddings (depending on invitation), funerals and other daytime events where sincerity and dignity is expected.  The formality of the suit jacket lies in its relative absence of pattern and overt texture, and by being slightly more structured than a sport coat or blazer. 

The majority of suits are made of smooth worsted wool in solid conservative colors such as navy and dark shades of grey, and only a few traditional patterns are considered formal enough for a business suit; glen plaid, chalk stripe, windowpane, and pinstripe.  However, in today’s modern world, you will also see subtle herringbone, mini houndstooth, tic weave, and birds-eye patterns that play a strong role in the formal suit.

When I refer to structure, I mean that the suit coat has a crisper shoulder and a slightly enhanced canvas.  If you’ve seen the Kingsman movie(s), the tailoring of the suits displays a strong structure.


What is a sport coat?

A sport coat is also known as an “odd jacket” – not in the sense of weird, though some sport coat patterns can be quite strange – but rather meaning “different from the slacks”.  You might even say that the sport coat is the opposite of the suit coat; more often made with textured fabrics and interesting weaves in a variety of patterns, making it very clear that you are not wearing a suit coat and simultaneously emphasizing the casual-ness of the coat.

The sport coat is something to be worn on informal occasions such as weekends, parties, etc.  However, the sport coat is hardly considered casual today compared to the T-shirt, denim or khakis that some other guys are wearing, but is still more casual than the suit.


What is a blazer?

The blazer lives somewhere between the suit and sport coat.  While it is a single piece worn with contrasting slacks, traditional blazers are more formal than a sport coat and can resemble some of the more formal structural components of a suit jacket. 

Interestingly enough, the blazer is the garment here with the richest history and traditionally needed to fulfill a list of criteria to be defined as such.  For example, contrasting gold or silver metal buttons, a crest indicating the wearer is part of an organization, prominent family, or educational institution, almost exclusively solid navy in color, and usually associated with a nautical life.

In today’s modern world, the lines can become blurred a bit when it comes to a blazer as you can find some less structured, buttons which are not metal, and so on.  Don’t get caught up in all the traditional blazer details -- simply rely on your clothing professional to present your best looks and options.


What’s the bottom line?

Suit pieces are to be worn together, without exception.  Sport coats are colorful and patterned while blazers are solid in a variety of colors – making both of them equally fun to pair with your favorite slacks or denim for a more sophisticated, complete casual look.


Summer's "Coolest" Fabrics

Ever wonder how some people can wear a suit in the summer? Well, not all suits are created equally and some have better airflow than others. For example, consider the fabric and interlining.

If you have a jacket with a fused (glued) interlining, it will not breathe and as a consequence will trap heat very quickly. Also the material, weave as well as the weight, have an impact on how warm or cool it feels.

Before we get into some ideal summer fabrics, it’s important to know that our Made-to-Measure suits are half-canvas and our Bespoke suits are full-canvas; all natural horse hair and stitched for comfort, drape and longevity…and of course, breathability.

Seersucker is an all-time American classic, especially in the southern United States, and usually comes in a stripe of white and blue. Seersucker is made from a fine, highly twisted cotton yarn that creates the puckering effect in the cloth. The crinkle is permanent and cannot be ironed out, but because of the high twist, it does not wrinkle otherwise which makes it a good travel suit, perfect for garden parties, summer events, or just plain hot days!

Linen is derived from the flax plant and can be made into a stiffer or softer fabric. Typically, Irish linen is stiffer, while Italian linen is softer. Linen fibers naturally have a long staple (length) and is resistant to abrasion, even more so than cotton. It also has very heavy wrinkles that create a very sophisticated, unique look, as opposed to just plain “wrinkled”.

Cotton often comes in lighter colors for summer and also in tighter weaves such as twill which makes it less breathable than linen. It also wrinkles more than linen, and looks … well … wrinkled! When it comes to cotton, having a more open weave (hopsack or waffle) is more advantageous to staying cool in the summer. Also, the addition of wool will help with both airflow and wrinkling.

Tropical (wool) is soft, lightweight and specifically designed for warmer weather. Sometimes you can find it with a small addition of Mohair which is a little crisper, adds a bit of wrinkle resistance and a tiny bit of shine while at the same time makes you feel cooler when you wear it! Tropical wool is infinitely easier to care for, wrinkles less (as they tend to hang out well), drapes beautifully, and can be worn beyond the hottest of summer days.

Now, with all that in mind, you may wish to opt for a single-breasted silhouette as your coat can be worn open allowing more breeze passing through, and if this jacket is to be used for only the warmer months, consider a half-lined jacket for even more breathability.

As summer approaches … enjoy time with family and friends, have fun, and dress well! Should you have any questions, or wish to explore exceptional wardrobe options and opportunities, feel free to contact me at your convenience. I am delighted to continue making it easy to look your best.

Custom Approach = Consistent Results

In today's fast-paced world:

  • Successful companies develop products and services tailored to customers' needs.

  • Companies must deliver reliable results with every transaction.

  • The level of customization available is increasing steadily.

Professional clothiers are keeping pace with these business trends, rising above the limited options in mass-market apparel to deliver a myriad of quality clothing choices with superior fit, quality and style.

Made-to-Measure tailored clothing helps you get a perfect fit time and again.  We offer our assistance with all of your apparel, shoe and accessory needs to create your signature look without an excessive time investment in endless shopping trips.  This eliminates the guesswork involved with different brand's sizing and cuts.  Each piece of your Made-to-Measure wardrobe fits like it was made just for you - because it was!

Whether you desire a trim fit or traditional cut, you can order your new clothing with confidence that they'll deliver consistent results in fit, quality and style.  In today's ever-changing business world, that consistency is vital to success.

Step Into Your Best Self


You wake up with a smile, read a positive quote and have a cup of whatever gets you moving in the morning, and off you go – hopefully to do something you enjoy doing!  Being comfortable plays a big role in how you feel about yourself and the day ahead.  So, Step Into Your Best Self.
Your custom-made cotton shirts appear in your closet in solids, stripes and patterns and range from sartorial to striking!  With each visit (to us, and your closet), you experience unlimited style options and an amazing array of choices, as these shirts have quickly become your favorites.  No wonder you look so damn good!
Your shoes are like an athletic shoe on the inside, cleverly disguised as an updated dress or casual shoe on the outside.  Not only are they comfortably worn all day, but they make a subtle statement of elegance about the man who is wearing them!  Your collection includes lace-ups and slip-ons, cap toe and monk strap because you understand the importance of quality and uniqueness.
Your Made-to-Measure suits offer success-driven styling and intricate weaves to answer the call of any occasion.  With your choice of styles, colors and detailing (along with optional vest and extra trousers at your service), you are truly unstoppable because you know that the man in the room wearing a great suit attracts the best people with the best ideas!
There's never a bad time to feel good in clothing that fits you well!

A Fitting Touch to Your Existing Wardrobe

Ladies & Gentlemen,

DunRite Alterations is one of the best kept "secrets" of Suited To You!

If you have items in your closet that are in need of adjustment, our specialized alteration service and resources are available to breathe new life into your existing wardrobe.  We ask the right questions, offer timing and alterations suggestions before you make any decision as to intermediate alterations and/or purchasing new.

Your clothing should fit you - not the other way around!

By having a fitting and alterations DunRite, by professionals, your clothing will not only fit better, but last longer and you will look and feel better in them … until you're ready to take the next step.

5 Essentials in Looking the Part

When it comes to success in business, it is important to be confident. A huge factor in confidence is self-esteem, which is inevitably linked to your appearance. To feel good, you have to look good, but for a lot of individuals finding the proper attire for their body type, skin tone, etc., is a struggle. For those who fall into that category, here are a few tips on how to dress well and why it matters:

1. Why The Way You Dress Is Important

How you dress will affect how you feel about yourself. If you aren’t happy with your appearance, your self-esteem will be lower, and it will ultimately influence how other people see you. First impressions are everything. If the way you dress is slovenly, that’s how you will be perceived. In business especially, it’s important to dress in a way that is both professional and comfortable for you.

2. Know Your Colors and Dress for Your Body Type

The first key to dressing well is understanding what looks good on you and what doesn’t. In order for that to happen, you have to know what colors complement your skin tone and hair color, and what clothing styles complement your body type. For instance, if you have a fair complexion, warm colors will look best on you; if you have a dark complexion, light “spring” pastels will work (I had to seek some advice on this point). As far as dressing properly for your body type goes, it’s as simple as trying on different styles of clothing until you find the style that most flatters your unique build.

3. Be Prepared

Make sure you plan what you’re going to wear based on the occasion. Picking out your clothes the night before is always a good decision, as it eliminates the anxiety of trying to choose an outfit when you’re running late. Ironing your clothes the night before and hanging them up is another tip that can help you avoid looking unkempt while also saving you time in the morning.

4. Keep It Simple

In a professional environment, it’s perfectly acceptable to express your individuality. It’s okay to have a little fun with your outfits and when done correctly, it can make you more appealing to prospective clients. However, it is important to avoid dressing in ‘loud’ clothing, meaning avoid neon colors, animal print and other distracting patterns. If you’re in an interview or giving a presentation, you don’t want your outfit to distract people from your message. Also, avoid wearing excessive accessories.

5. Be Comfortable With Yourself

At the end of the day, the most crucial part of dressing well is that you feel comfortable. Keep it professional, but don’t force yourself to dress in clothes that make you self-conscious just because you think it’s how others would want you to look. Find a way to combine your own unique style and preferences with proper attire for your work environment and you’re guaranteed to win every time.

Some "After 5:00pm Wardrobe" Thoughts

Your 9-5 wardrobe may not be suitable (no pun intended) for after-hours meetings.  What you wear after work can make a difference in your business relationships.  Refer to your "Friday wardrobe" for clues to social engagements and use these four tips to maintain your style and relaxed professionalism.

  1. Relaxed does not mean sloppy.  If it's too casual for the office, then it's too casual for after-hours meetings with clients or co-workers.  Do not show up for dinner in faded jeans and a polo.
  2. Just like the office, continue to mix and match elements of style, remembering that being eclectic doesn't mean "anything goes".  Balance bright with neutral, large with small, and bold with sedate.
  3. Fit is critical.  Whether, or not, you're in a fine suit, your clothing should fit your frame.  Seek out a professional clothier who will help you make the right proportional choices and make relevant suggestions to enhance your desired look.
  4. Have fun.  If your clothing fits properly, it is no longer on your mind, and you can focus on the task at hand, the party you're attending, and the company you keep.  When you look "put together", others take notice and make a calculated assumption about who you are, what you do and how you do it.  Don't mislead them.  Look the part.  Elevate those around you, and enjoy the moment!

6 Ways to Get More from Your Existing Wardrobe

1.    Find a clothing professional who is willing to advise and assist you on the journey of wardrobe and image enhancement.
2.    Start with the best quality you can afford.  Quality beats quantity every time because several classic pieces of better quality will wear better and longer than more pieces of lesser quality.
3.    One of the keys to wardrobe enrichment is proper fit.  What’s the use of having nice clothes if they don’t fit well?  The right fit makes all the difference in your appearance…a noticeable difference…and a difference others will notice as well.
4.    Making your wardrobe more versatile not only makes getting dressed in the morning simpler, but it also improves the longevity of your clothing.
5.    Speaking of longevity, a proper rotation is essential.  Natural fibers need to “breathe” between wearing, and need a bit of space in the closet, as opposed to being crammed next to each other.
6.    Caring for your clothing is as important as acquiring it in the first place.  With proper care, your clothing will last longer.  At the end of the day, hang your suit on its hanger, toss your shirt in the laundry basket (for the cleaners), put cedar shoe trees in your shoes, and slip into your soft khakis and cotton casual shirt for family time.

W-A-Y Wonderful World of Wool


There are a lot of things to like about wool; it is flame resistant, it travels well, it keeps you cool and comfortable and warm and dry (as the season dictates) and is very versatile and easy to wear!

 While it has all of these things going for it, it does take a bit of care to keep it tip-top shape.  Here are some hints and tips from The Woolmark Co. for one of your favorite fabrics:


·        Empty pockets after each wearing to help prevent them from bulging and sagging

·        Brush the garment (preferably with a natural hair brush – directionally from top to bottom) to help remove surface soil

·        Lay garment flat on bed or hang outside of your closet for 1-2 hours to help dissipate any odors it may have absorbed before returning it to your closet

·        Hang and space woven garments in your closet so wrinkles may continue to relax.  Knit wool garments should be folded as they will stretch if hung

·        Dry-clean sparingly.  Woolmark suggests a single dry-cleaning at the end of a season to remove body oils

·        When traveling, loosely roll or fold garments with tissue paper – major wrinkling is unlikely, but a few minutes with a steam iron (or a steamy bathroom) should take care of unwanted folds


With proper care, you may enjoy your favorite garments for many years to come!

Why Donald Trump's Suits Look Cheap


  • Nov. 4, 2016, 12:48 PM 

You already knew that Donald Trump likes expensive things. But the 2016 GOP presidential nominee is probably the best example in recent history of the old adage "money can't buy taste."

Take, for example, his taste in suits. No, we're not talking about the sorry excuse for formal wear he sells under the Donald J. Trump Collection name.

We're talking about the ones he actually wears. They're mostly made by Brioni, a campaign spokesperson told the New York Times.

Brioni, an Italian label known for its suiting, obviously makes fantastic suits. They will set you back from $6,000 to $17,000, depending on fabric choice and whether you want to go ready-to-wear or made-to-measure. These are suits that you can feel confident and powerful in, which are very likely two traits Trump would like to possess.

Unfortunately, you'd never know the suits are such a fine make by the way he wears them. You don't think of Trump as a sartorial icon, even though he spends thousands on these suits. Another adage that applies here: it's not what you wear, but how you wear it.

It comes down to fit, as ever. His suits are cut too big, with absurdly wide pant legs and sleeves too long. It makes the whole ensemble look cheap, just as his fire engine red tie does. Speaking of ties, his are frequently much too long and often hang between his legs.

But it's not all about fit. He doesn't take great care of his suits, either. He often wears them wrinkled, an effect likely increased by the lighter fabrics he prefers to wear, as bespoke suit maker Edward Sexton told Jezebel.

"For him I'd go with good solid cloth that won't fall into creases," Sexton said.

Donald Trump's pants are a disaster. Getty/Scott Olson

You should wear a suit, and not let it wear you. Trump is fastidious about the wrong things when it comes to his appearance — perfect tie and collar, sticking to his uniform, his elaborate hair — and relaxed about the wrong things, like wrinkles. It seems that he doesn't actually enjoy wearing the clothes he wears, and doesn't take pride in his appearance.

Now, we know that businessmen and politicians aren't exactly supposed to drive fashion trends. But if you compare Trump's tailoring with another politician — outgoing President Obama, for example — the difference is apparent. Obama favors trim tailoring and matte fabrics, always has his suits pressed, and generally looks presidential.

Why should you care about any of this? Because like it or not, you can tell a lot about someone by the way they dress and how much effort they put into it. For Trump, it's not a stretch to say that he isn't detail-oriented, based solely on how he presents himself.

Originally published by Business Insider.

Unstoppable Style

Sartorial Style by the Numbers; an Orderly Perspective

  1. The Suit – a classically updated suit is the most powerful wardrobe piece you can own.  It is never out of place and always in style whether two or three button models with center or side vents.

  2. The Dress Shirt – the second most important and powerful piece in your wardrobe.  With white being “no-brainer” formal, choose shades of blue and then other colors and stripes for a range of crisp appearances.  Cotton is king when it comes to feel and drape, and Bespoke is the best way to go.

  3. The Sport Coat (pattern) or Blazer (solid) – luxurious wools and silks, depending on season.  Almost as powerful as your suit, the jacket is your passport to personal expression and style interpretation.  Most can be paired with at least three trousers; light, medium and dark.  Business casual at its best.

  4. Trousers – from the dressiest of wools tothe most casual of cottons, trousers play a dual role by either standing alone or being paired with your sport coat or blazer.  The unlimited array of colors, patterns, and solids make them the “chameleon of the closet” in versatility!

  5. Shoes and Belts – From dressy suits to casual trousers, the shoe accentuates the whole package.  Match your belt and shoes. The more formal the outfit, the more formal the shoe.

  6. Topcoats and Raincoats – Chesterfields, Topcoats and Raincoats – these, by design, shield your Bespoke suit from the elements; topcoats for cooler to winter weather provide both warmth and protection while the raincoat (or all-weather coat) with a removable lining will keep you dry the rest of the time.

  7. The Vest – a near perfect piece that can be matched to your suit or contrasted colorfully with your sport coat and trousers.  However you wish to add a level of distinction and versatility to your outfit, taking a vested interest in color and texture will elevate your sense of style!

Confidence, Professionalism & Success Never Go Out of Style

A distinction can be made between fashion and style.  Fashion is copying a look and keeping up with the trends of the season.  Style, however, is not caring about a trend, but subtly expressing your individuality through clothing that is both complementary and appropriate to your age, body and lifestyle.

A market research study was conducted with an all-female class at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and the women were asked to answer a few questions about men’s wear.  “You’re at a club or bar and you see a guy dressed in a suit and tie.  You think he’s probably…”  The top responses were: 

  • Well-grounded, motivated, goal-oriented and very into appearance
  • Wealthy and potentially an arrogant jerk.
  • Fashion conscious
  • From out of town
  • Going out after work
  • Smart with a good job and decent salary
  • A successful businessman
  • Probably in the wrong club 

With an interest in presenting a more polished image that inspires confidence, businesses are continuing to realize that a more refined dress code leads to better productivity.  In my opinion, there are several good reasons why men should wear suits (or sport coats and slacks). 

First, men don’t generally carry handbags in this country, but they do have cell phones, glasses, wallets and keys that can bulk up trouser pockets.  Suit coats typically offer a plethora of pockets allowing men to more evenly distribute the necessities of today’s business day.

Second, more than half of American men are overweight.  A suit or sport coat helps accentuate the positive while camouflaging problem areas. 

Third, “dress” is easy, “casual” can be challenging.  Most guys know which ties match each suit in their closets, but what distinguishes “business casual” from “sloppy”? 

Fourth, casual slacks don’t “work”.  Try sitting in the office or car for a while.  Then stand up.  Cotton slacks have a tendency to wrinkle in a rather unique manner.  While there is a time and place for cottons, the business day is not one of them.

 Finally, it is impossible to dress “up” if you have misjudged the appropriate attire for an occasion.  It is, however, a simple matter to dress “down”.

 Whether right or wrong, first impressions are usually based on appearance.  If your goal is to project a “well-grounded, motivated and goal-oriented” image, let me share with you some guidelines for gentlemen’s professional attire. 

  • Your suit should be stylish and well tailored.  Subtle stripes and patterns in a model that enhances your physique are best.
  • You can never go wrong with a crisp white shirt, but muted patterns as well as stripes offer an air of confidence (and an infusion of color).
  • For a more sincere approach, steer clear of bright colors and loud patterns in your ties.
  • A pocket square is a nice touch; linen square or silk puff.
  • No jewelry, other than a wedding band, if appropriate.
  • Keep your dress watch slim and understated and wear the chunky chronograph on the weekends.
  • Simple, elegant leather-soled lace up shoes in black or brown complete today’s professional look. 

While these may appear to be simple guidelines, some gentlemen find coordinating the essentials, presenting the image they wish to project and ensuring the clothing fits properly may be beyond their scope of expertise.  This is where a professional clothier can help.

Climbing the proverbial "Ladder of Success" can be difficult. Make sure your clothes say you belong.  When you choose quality over quantity, you choose to belong.  When you choose to invest in yourself and enhance your personal and professional image, you choose to belong.  When you choose to put your best foot forward in every situation, you choose to belong.  When you dress well, you show respect for those around you, and yourself. 

Look your best.  Do your best.  Be your best - Everyday!

Dress 25% Better than Everyone Else

Being well-dressed still matters!  A client's impression of a company is partly formed by the appearance of its leaders and employees.  it is important to maintain a balance between formal and casual and may depend on the client's perception of "corporate style".  In every situation, the correct professional image

  1. Enhances personal confidence.
  2. Enhances perception of credibility.
  3. Improves social communication.
  4. Creates a favorable impression.

At all levels, tailored clothing should be of quality fabrics, pressed and properly fit for comfort and appearance.

On a Tailored level, the lines of a classically updated suit make it a business wear necessity representing authority and commanding respect.  Suits are dark; navy, charcoal, grey.  Seek to create a dark to light contrast with a light colored cotton shirt and contrasting silk tie.  Suit fabrics should be pure worsted wool, Super 120's and beyond in plain weaves, subtle patterns and stripes, while shirt collars should be straight or spread.

Softly Tailored incorporates a blazer (solid) or sport coat (pattern) and slacks creating an image of less formal, but no less dependable and capable.  Jackets may be classic styles as well as "softer" coats offering less structure, while dress slacks should be solid or small neat checks, and pressed.  Shirts at this level have collars and range from button-down to knit in a broad color spectrum of solids, stripes and subtle patterns.  though they tend to increase the perception of authority, ties are optional.

Casual Tailored entails a blending of neat and pressed tailored and untailored elements.  An outwear jacket may be worn over a knit shirt and corduroy slacks while a blazer may be worn with a v-neck sweater over a dressy T-shirt and microfiber blend slacks.  Shirts at this level may or may not have collars and run the color spectrum.  Trousers tend to be darker.

Knowing your audience (client base) is key, and clothing that fits well is of the essence.  Seek out a professional clothier who is willing to help you augment your knowledge and enhance your personal style.  After all, you should be your unique self - because everyone else is taken!

Only the Nose Knows for Sure

Ever know someone who could walk down a hallway and his/her cologne would precede their entrance?  Well, they're probably not wearing the right cologne and/or they probably didn't spend enough time making the right selection.  You see, we're all different, with different body chemistry which reacts differently to a myriad of things; jewelry, food, temperature and (in this case) fragrance, just to name a few.

All fragrances are made of three basic ingredients; fragrance oils, alcohol and deionized water.  The higher the concentration of fragrance oil used, the longer the fragrance will last on your skin.  However, a higher concentration does not necessarily mean an overpowering scent, merely one that lasts longer.

The correct way to test any fragrance is on your skin.  A scent strip or a whiff from a bottle cannot adequately duplicate its uniqueness on the wearer.  As the warmth of your skin allows the alcohol and water to evaporate, the essential oils interact with your body chemistry until everything blends together to achieve the final scent.

A final thought: when should others begin to smell your fragrance?  Without being either offensive (as in the example above) or nearly non-existent, your fragrance should be delightfully noticed within about eighteen inches, or about the "personal space" boundary that is typically acceptable in public.

Happy shopping!

Piriformis Pain? (Pain in the Ass?)

You might not think of too much cash as a source of pain, but a bulging wallet can trigger Piriformis Syndrome. Piriformis Syndrome is a condition in which the Piriformis muscles (located in the buttock region) spasms and causes buttock pain.  The Piriformis muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot. 

This condition can affect men who carry their wallet in the back pocket of their trousers.  It puts pressure on the Piriformis muscle and can aggravate the sciatic nerve over time.  Here are a couple of ways to avoid this problem; 1) carry your existing wallet in a front trouser or jacket pocket, 2) clean out your wallet and determine what you really need on a regular basis, then change pockets, 3) consider a money clip for cash and a card case for "essential plastic" - and keep them in separate pockets.

For the record, we are able to help you with the money clips and card cases, but I would suggest visiting your chiropractor for everything else.  If you don't have a chiropractor you trust, I'm happy to make an introduction for you.

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