Custom Dress Shirts, Tailored & Bespoke Shirts, Washington D.C. Area

 

 

#2. Light Blue, semi-spread, light to mid-weight Poplin/Pinpoint/Twill

 

Custom Dress Shirts, Tailored & Bespoke Shirts, Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia.

 

From collar width to cuff style, you can customize almost every aspect of your dress shirt in Washington D.C. metro area.
FABRIC: 

Hundreds of fabric options are available. All of our custom dress shirts are made from 100% fine cotton, Silk, Egyptian Cotton, Pyma Cotton, Italian Cotton, etc. We source our premium fabrics from some of the finest shirting mills around the world, which means your shirt will feel soft, wear beautifully and look like a million bucks.
COLLAR: 

BUY HANDMADE SHIRTS OR CUSTOM SUITS FOR MEN & WOMAN IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE, MD By Appointment Only Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today (202) 390-3996 We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey. Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Choose from five different styles, each carefully constructed to hold up to repeated laundering. Collars are cut slightly large to allow for natural shrinkage.
PLACKET: 

BUY HANDMADE SHIRTS OR CUSTOM SUITS FOR MEN & WOMAN IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE, MD By Appointment Only Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today (202) 390-3996 We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey. Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Choose from four placket styles: French, hidden, Italian, and raised.
 
POCKET: 

We offer the option of a rounded, square, pleated, western, flapped pocket or no pocket at all.
CUFFS: 

BUY HANDMADE SHIRTS OR CUSTOM SUITS FOR MEN & WOMAN IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE, MD By Appointment Only Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today (202) 390-3996 We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey. Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

We offer ten different cuff styles: single-button barrel, single-button mitered and rounded French, etc.

A great tailored shirt is an important part of any wardrobe. We offer custom shirts in sizes and styles including men’s tailored dress shirts, big and tall tailored dress shirts, women’s tailored dress shirts and petite tailored shirts. Our tailored shirt is available in a variety of natural fabrics and colors that look fabulous with or without a jacket.

BUY HANDMADE SHIRTS OR CUSTOM SUITS FOR MEN & WOMAN IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE, MD
By Appointment Only
Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today
(202) 390-3996
We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey.
Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Custom Dress Shirts in D.C.

 

#3. White, mid-weight to heavy-weight Oxford Cloth Button Down Collar

 

Custom Dress Shirts in D.C.

Custom dress shirt in D.C. Fine quality shirting fabric begins from cotton. Cotton that comes from various countries, from around the world. Such as Egypt, the Sea Islands, South and North America. We source out our fabric, from different fabric mills from around the world. The raw cotton is spun into yarn and is then woven into fabric for shirts. Our men’s shirting fabrics are two-ply otherwise noted, meaning that two yarns have been twisted around one another to create a composite yarn for greater luxurious durability. The yarn will resists the normal tendency to shed or pill this way. Types of fabrics 100’s/120’s/140’s/160’s/170’s measures the thickness of the fabric. It is also a way to to measure the fabric quality.

Single Needle Stitching for our custom shirt sleeves.
Our sleeve: connection to the custom dress shirt body has double row stitch.
Our collars: custom men dress shirts are hand cut individually designed to your personal taste.
Sleeve cuffs: for our custom men shirts are hand cut and hand turned.
Shirts Tails: are always full in length, so that they don?t pop out.
Pockets: for our custom shirts are all hand cut and hand matched to the fabric pattern.
Buttons: Extra Thick Real Mother of Pearl Buttons or regular durable plastic shirt buttons are available.

Contrasting cross stitch thread color is another option, for your custom made shirts. We understand how Important options are, that is why we want to give to our customers exactly what they need, no what they have to take in retail stores.

 

BUY HANDMADE SHIRTS OR CUSTOM SUITS FOR MEN IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE, MD By Appointment Only Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today (202) 390-3996 We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey. Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

To order a custom handmade shirt :

1. You can directly order our shirts online.
2. You can send us a dress shirt that was custom made and we will take the measurements from that.
3. You can call or send us your stock dress shirt size and we will contact you to discuss shirt details

.Mario Rojas Menswear Premium custom Shirts Design your perfect custom Shirts Shirts starting from $125

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(202) 390-3996
We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey.
Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

BE THE BEST DRESSED MAN IN THE ROOM

Your clothes are always working. They’re either working for you or against you, but they’re always working.”

 

BE THE BEST DRESSED MAN IN THE ROOM

Readers of The Distilled Man are ahead of the curve when it comes to style, but most men in their 20’s and 30’s still have room to improve. In particular, men who want to feel and appear more masculine, can really use clothing to their advantage.

Before a woman notices your haircut, muscles (or lack thereof), smile, height, etc., she notices your outfit. It’s like my father told me:

Your clothes are always working. They’re either working for you or against you, but they’re alwaysworking.”

Gentlemen, I implore you: Make your clothes work for you.

If you know you could be dressing better, don’t worry. There are so many great resources available for those who want to step up their style, and many of them are right here on this website. Here are some great starting points:

Timeless style tips from The Refined Gent

Why you should care about your appearance

Alterations 101: How to make jackets, pants and shirts fit better

The Getup: Outfit ideas for every occasion

Learn how clothes should fit

Always remember that fit trumps everything other aspect of style. Stay away from trends, and don’t buy anything based on brand. If you want advice or feedback on specific outfits, reach out to the Style Forum, Male Fashion Advice (Reddit), Dappered and Art of Manliness communities.

And you know what’s awesome about more confidence? It begets even more confidence.

You don’t have to tackle all of these things at once. Pick an area that you are interested or particularly weak in, and go after it like there’s no tomorrow.

Always remember: there are plenty of things in life that you can’t control—your height, your thinning hair, your IQ—and there’s no point in dwelling on these things. If you want to be manly and interesting and attractive, focus on what you can control.

And start right now.

BUY HANDMADE SHIRTS OR CUSTOM SUITS FOR MEN IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE, MD
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Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today
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We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey.
Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

 

Proper Pants Break & Length How To Hem Suit Trousers, Dress Slacks & Chinos: Full, Half or No Break?

Proper Pants Break & Length How To Hem Suit Trousers, Dress Slacks & Chinos: Full, Half or No Break?

Proper Pants Break & Length How To Hem Suit Trousers, Dress Slacks & Chinos: Full, Half or No Break?

What’s a break? The break is when the front of your pants or trousers hits your shoe and creates a little dent that is elegant and not too extreme. No break is when the hem of your pants just hang straight and doesn’t even touch the shoe at all. Half break is if you see a slight dent in the front and full break if you have a noticeable dent in the front of the pants but none in the back. If you see pants that have dents in the front and in the back they are simply too long and it looks extremely sloppy.

Why should you care about the break in your pants? It really has an impact on the overall neatness of your outfit. If you wear a nice robe stripe double-breasted suit and your pants are either too long or too short, it makes you look goofy or sloppy. Also if you’re a tall man and you have very short pants it exaggerates your height and you look even taller and sometimes like a clown. Also if you have a certain pair of socks that you want to show off maybe a half break is exactly what you want because with a full break your socks will be invisible.

 

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To determine what break is right for you, first look at your pant hem. Is it cuffed or is it uncuffed? If it’s cuffed that means you need less of a break. If you have an uncuffed pants and you go with no break it simply looks too short and the lack of the weight means that your pants will probably get stuck to your socks and stay further up.

If you wear cuffed pants you already have an advantage because you have more weight which pulls down your trousers more and it just creates a cleaner line and therefore you can have a shorter pants length and less of a break. If you prefer uncuffed trousers you could talk to an alterations tailor and add little lead weights to the size of your pants that way you have the same effect as with a cuffed trouser and you can get a very neat look.

Now with a tight pair of pants they touch your shoe a lot earlier than with a wider cut pair of pants where they touch it at the bottom of your laces. The wider the pants are, the longer you can hem them. The slimmer and tighter they are the shorter you have to hem them.

If you have uncuffed trousers in a wide full cut style you have to cut them a little wider but keep in mind even with a full break you just want a nice dent in the front and none in the back.

One thing I’m personally extremely fond of is a angled hem. This is something you usually only find in bespoke garments especially when it’s a cuffed angle hem. When you angle a pair of pants with cuffs you actually have to create a faux cuff that is separately cut from something but it has the advantage that it’s always long in the back and it probably can even touch almost the heel of your shoe but in the front it’s cut higher so you get that slight break. It looks elegant with a black tie or white tie outfit because you get that slight break but that long line in the back.

Having angled pant hems is definitely one of the little tricks of the trade and if your alterations tailor doesn’t know how to do an angle hem with cuffs you probably have to seek out the tailor or someone who is really experienced with custom clothing. Of course you can only do that if you have a lot of extra width or an unfinished pair of pants.

Custom Pants by Mario Rojas

From Gentleman’s Gazette

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Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today
(202) 390-3996
We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey.
Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

 

How To Wear, Match & Pair GREEN in Menswear – The Most Underrated Men’s Clothing & Accessories Color

What do I mean when I say Green? Most men have a tendency to overgeneralize colors and just say red, blue, gray or green. Green is such a versatile color and I think that one term isn’t even enough to describe the full range of colors.

 

How To Wear, Match & Pair GREEN in Menswear – The Most Underrated Men’s Clothing & Accessories Color

What do I mean when I say Green?
Most men have a tendency to overgeneralize colors and just say red, blue, gray or green. Green is such a versatile color and I think that one term isn’t even enough to describe the full range of colors.

How do You Wear Green so it Flatters You?
I think it’s really helpful to have a green suit or at least a green jacket. It can be part of the suit and it can be worn separately with other kind of corduroys or chinos or even seersuckers.

In terms of fabrics, you can wear green with a worsted, with a flannel, with frescos or even seersucker. And it’s a broad color range and you don’t have to shy away from anything.

The other wardrobe element that looks really good in green is pants, particularly corduroy pants or moleskin pants. They are different and I can combine them in an interesting way.

The other element you can invest in is vests. I have a green vest that matches the suit which I can wear individually or in accordance with the suit.

Another area where green is hardly ever seen is dress shirts. A light green shirt could be worn with a blue suit or even a gray suit, especially during the summer. If you get something darker like olive green maybe with a pail white and ivory stripe, it is much better for winter.

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You can also wear green shoes. Sometimes people go with a darker kind of green or an olive green.

If you wear belts make sure you get a matching belt, that way you get a harmonious look and it’s overall well rounded.

One of my favorite elements to wear green is socks because you can use it as a contrasting color.

Last but not the least think about a pinky ring in green maybe malachite or cufflinks or even a tie bar. They all really work together and it’s a wonderful color that creates contrast.

When you live in a warmer climate you can go with a bright shantung green or with a bourette houndstooth silk either bow tie or tie. If you are more in a colder climate maybe a darker olive green or something in a wool grenadine will be better for you.

Another perfect place to start is a pocket square because it is rather affordable and it has a number of different colors especially when it’s printed so you can pick out different colors such as red, yellow or purple or green and just create a really interesting unusual look with out having to invest too much upfront.

What Colors Work Well with Green?
The easiest color to combine is blue. Whether it’s navy blue, mid blue or even light blue, green really goes well together with it because green is a little more warmer.

The second color you can combine with green is brown. I particularly like dark chocolate brown but also lighter browns work really well with it.

Third color which is gray and another traditional business color that work really well with green.

My favorite color to combine with green is orange because it’s likewise warm. Whether it’s an orange pocket square or orange knit tie or orange grenadine no matter what color green and orange will always work.

In the same vein, yellow pairs really well. I like to wear yellow neckwear because yellow jackets really don’t look good but as accessories they really harmonize perfectly with dark green as well as light green.

Another color that I’m really fond of is purple. Its not a very popular color in countries like Italy whereas in Britain it is quite popular with office workers and bankers.

Last but not the least is green with red. You may think it can look like a Christmas combination but the key is to go with very dark shades.

Green Jacket by Mario rojas

BUY HANDMADE SHIRTS OR CUSTOM SUITS FOR MEN IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE, MD
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Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today
(202) 390-3996
We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey.
Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

 

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Capsule Wardrobe For Men – 37 Items You Need To Create Stylish Spring-Summer & Fall-Winter Outfits

 

 

Capsule Wardrobe For Men – 37 Items You Need To Create Stylish Spring-Summer & Fall-Winter Outfits.

It follows the quality over quantity approach and it’s supposed to reduce the dissatisfaction with your wardrobe even though you have a lot of items. Overall the capsule wardrobe is a minimalist approach to clothing and it does not include accessories.

Why could a capsule wardrobe be for you? If you’re going to go on a long trip or any trip at all, it’s good to have items that you can combine with one another because it gives you more options and you don’t have to haul heavy stuff with you. It’s also great for people who have a large closet and many items of clothing and they don’t know what to wear.

Benefits of a capsule wardrobe?
1. Each item your collection has a specific purpose.
2. Everything works with one another you bring down the cost per wear enormously.
3. You can now invest in higher quality garments that cost more because you buy fewer of them. It also means you stop settling for garments that are just okay
4. You learn how to utilize accessories to really change your look
5. Reduces the amount of space you need for your clothes.

How do you create a capsule wardrobe?
1. Choose a 3 month period.
2. Look at what you already have in your wardrobe that you will like to wear and that you think you can combine with other pieces.
3. Focus on what you already have because you know what it looks like, feels like, its shortcomings and its benefits.

Store all the other clothing away or donate to people in need. Force yourself to not wear anything outside of your capsule wardrobe.

So what does my personal capsule wardrobe look like? Basically I decided I need about thirty seven items. When I say a three-piece suit, that’s already 3 items. For the fall-winter season, I would choose 2-3 pieces suits.

A tuxedo is a very special item and you have to decide if you need it or not depending on the events that you’re going to attend in the next three months.

If you live or travel to a warmer climate, your capsule wardrobe will look entirely different. First of all, because it’s warmer I’d skip any type of 3 piece suits and only go with 2 pieces. Because it’s a warmer climate you can be more daring and you can have more sport coats.

All these suggestions were highly personalized to my tastes and they may not work for you or you can take as a foundation and then change things as you see fit.

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Published on Apr 7, 2017

Check out our detailed Capsule Wardrobe Guide For Men here:
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A Pocket Primer: 8 Suit Coat Pockets

In the early days of suits, the coats had no pockets. Rather, men carried their essentials in small pouches. Typically tied around the waist, these early pockets stowed everything from bullets to brandy, but eventually, as suits became slimmer, these bags became too bulky and unwieldy to wear beneath them. Near the end of the 1800’s pockets began appearing on vests, and by the turn of the century, they were a mainstay feature in suit coats as well. Here’s a look at several types of pockets, many of which have been around 100 years or more.

 

In the early days of suits, the coats had no pockets. Rather, men carried their essentials in small pouches. Typically tied around the waist, these early pockets stowed everything from bullets to brandy, but eventually, as suits became slimmer, these bags became too bulky and unwieldy to wear beneath them. Near the end of the 1800’s pockets began appearing on vests, and by the turn of the century, they were a mainstay feature in suit coats as well. Here’s a look at several types of pockets, many of which have been around 100 years or more.

1. Patch Pockets

 

Often associated with lightweight fabrics, patch pockets are made of the same material as the suit coat, and they are sewn directly to its exterior. In contrast, most other suit coat pockets are small bags or pouches sewn into the lining of the jacket and accessed from a slot on the outside.

2. Flaps and Jets

Originally designed to protect the contents of your pockets from rain, flaps are small fabric covers that rest over the opening of pockets, and they are made with the same material as the rest of the coat. The flap is sewed to the jetting of the pocket, and if the flap is left off, the pocket is referred to as “jetted”. A common feature on tuxedo jackets, jetted pockets create a formal, polished look.

3. Straight Pockets

When a suit coat’s two main pockets feature lines that are parallel with the ground, they are referred to as straight. This is the traditional pocket placement for suit coats, and these pockets are considered slightly more formal than their slanted counterparts.

4. Slanted Pockets

Also known as hacked pockets, slanted pockets are relatively new compared to straight pockets, and they are associated with a sporty look. The lines of these pockets lend a shapelier look to some wearers, and they’ve often been lauded as easy to access – in fact, they first gained popularity among men who needed convenient access to their pockets while riding horseback.

5. Ticket Pockets

A convenient and stylish remnant from the era of rail travel, the ticket pocket is the small pocket above the right hip pocket on a suit coat. Typically covered with a flap and featuring a slim profile, this pocket is variably called a change pocket or a receipt pocket. Particularly popular with Savile Row tailoring and other coats with a narrow silhouette, this pocket can be equally stylish and functional – pop your subway card, money clip, or golf pencils in this pocket so you have them within easy reach.

6. Interior Pockets

Inner pockets serve to increase the storage capacity of a suit coat, and they are typically located on the inner chest area or near the waist. These pockets are useful for stowing wallets, keys, or other items, but you should avoid overfilling them. Too much weight or bulk in these pockets can ruin the integrity of the silhouette by creating unwanted bulges or creases.

7. Breast Pocket

The breast pocket is a small pocket on the left side of a suit coat. Traditionally jetted, this pocket is designed for one thing – to hold a pocket square. This small handkerchief lends a pop of color and panache to a suit, and you can play with different looks such as straight folds, one corner folds, or a puff folds to add a bit of intrigue.

8. Sewn-Shut Pockets

Pockets in off-the-rack suits are frequently sewn shut to keep the pockets fresh and empty for the suit’s eventual buyer. However, even with tailor-made suits, the pockets are sometimes sewn shut – it helps the suit lay better for its final pressing. A thread ripper can help you remove the stitches without marring the suit, or you can ask the tailor to remove them for you.

If you want to learn more about pockets or the rest of the suit, contact us directly. At Mario Rojas, we customize suits so you have the look, the fit, and the pockets that are right for you.

BUY HANDMADE SHIRTS OR CUSTOM SUITS FOR MEN IN WASHINGTON DC, BALTIMORE, MD
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Our tailors will fit, measure and deliver your garments in the comfort of your home or office. Schedule a fitting today
(202) 390-3996
We will travel to your location in Washington metropolitan area, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New York, New Jersey.
Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

 

 

Job Interview Coming Up? 4 Ways to Look and Feel Confident

You’ve prepped your résumé and cover letter, contacted your references, and thought about your answers to common interview questions. Now, the best thing you can do to prepare for your job interview is to increase your confidence. Your assured appearance and demeanor will impress your interviewers. It will also put to rest any concerns they may have about hiring you.

Research shows that when you look more confident and act more confident, you’ll also feel more confident. Here’s how you can increase confidence from the outside in.

1. Get a Custom Suit or Shirt

Wearing professional clothes makes you look more secure and self-assured. It also helps employers better imagine you in powerful leadership roles.

To further enhance your confident appearance, consider a custom suit or clothes. Since everyone’s body type and frame is unique, it’s difficult to find a perfect fit at the store. Have a custom clothier evaluate your body type, take your measurements, and design a suit or shirt that’s perfect for you and your body.

You’ll look and feel like a million dollars in your new custom clothes, and you’ll portray that confidence to your interviewers.

2. Strike a Power Pose

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy recommends a practice called power posing before your interview. This practice involves standing in a confident posture for about two minutes. Power poses involve opening up your body rather than bringing it in. Try these power poses:

  • Stand straight with your hands on your hips.
  • Lean back in a chair with your legs on a desk and your arms crossed behind your head.
  • Lean forward on a desk and look forward, with your arms spread wide on the desk.

Cuddy found that these poses actually change hormone levels in your body. In her study, research subjects who struck these poses before an interview were more likely to be viewed favorably by the employer.

If you strike these poses, your brain will begin to align with your body and you’ll believe you’re powerful and capable. Plus, your interviewers will believe it, too.

3. Wear a Powerful Color

According to color psychology, certain colors evoke feelings of boldness and power. Red commands attention and is a good choice if you want to appear confident and passionate. Purple is also a powerful color because it reminds people of royalty and distinction. Blue can be a good choice as well, since it symbolizes intelligence and strength.

Of course, the classic black or gray suit jacket is always a stylish look. Men could choose a tie or shirt in a power color, and women could choose a shirt or suit jacket in a power color. It can give you an extra boost of self-assurance during your interview.

4. Practice Confident Body Language During Interviews

Just as you should strike power poses before the interview, you should also portray confident body language throughout the interview. Do a practice interview with a friend and use the following body language:

  • Stand straight with your head held high and shoulders back.
  • When you sit, lean back and put your arms on the armrests (leaning forward makes you look less confident).
  • Try interlacing your fingers and resting your elbows on the table in front of you.
  • Avoid fidgeting or nervous habits, such as tapping your feet.

Ask your friend to point out anything he or she notices that you could change about your body language.

Even if you have the right education and experience for a job, you need to show confidence to nail the interview. Use these tips and you’ll help convince your interviewers that you’re right for the job. If you need a custom suit or shirt, count on custom tailor Mario Rojas.

The Complete Guide to Men’s Suits: 21 Rules of Style

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Everything you need to know about suits, including what to look for when buying them, how to get them tailored, and the coats, shirts, ties, shoes, and watches to wear with them.

 

Rule #1
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Fit is everything. Even the world’s most expensive suit will look bad if it isn’t tailored to the contours of your body.

Rule #2
Some think button-down collars are for casual wear only, but they can work great with dressier looks as well.

Rule #3
Polka dots are a great way to bring energy to a suit. Make sure they’re big enough to be recognizable, but not so large that they’re goofy.

Rule #4
A tried-and-true pattern like herringbone or glen plaid in a muted shade makes an impression without crossing into the realm of garishness.

Rule #5
Visible stitches around the edges of your lapels (called pick-stitching) aren’t necessarily a sign of a well-made garment anymore. However, they can be an attractive decorative flourish—as long as they’re subtle. No contrast stitching!

Rule #6
Some say you shouldn’t cut the stitching in your jacket pockets, because putting objects in them will cause your jacket to lose its shape. Don’t listen. It’s pointless to have nonfunctional pockets, and a concert ticket or a business-card holder certainly won’t do any damage.

Rule #7
Some think three-pieces are stodgy, but when the waistcoat is cut close to the body and hemmed to the belt line, you’ll look slim and modern.

Rule #8
Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie.

Rule #9
The difference between classic and cliché is often in the material. The timeless appeal of this gray suit begins with its super-luxe cashmere wool.

Rule #10
Always unfasten your jacket buttons when you sit. No exceptions.

Rule #11
Never fasten the bottom button of a double-breasted jacket (unless it has only a single row of buttons).

Rule #12
Avoid over-accessorizing. If you’re already wearing a pocket square and a tie bar, you’ll want to reconsider that clever lapel pin.

Rule #13
When wearing corduroy, steer clear of fusty wide wales, but don’t go so narrow that the material starts to look like velvet.

Rule #14
A dark, patterned pocket square provides a welcome visual anchor to a light-colored suit.

Rule #15
When it comes in a sandy tan rather than the usual rust or chocolate brown, this cold-weather suit gets a dose of sunny energy.

Rule #16
Save the bulky shock-resistant sports watch for the gym or your outdoor-adventure excursions. It has no place with a suit.

Rule #17
Save yourself some embarrassment: Always remove the stitching on the vents and the label on the left sleeve before wearing a new suit.

Rule #18
It’s fine to flip up the collar of a casual cotton jacket, but when you’re dressed more formally (say, in a black suit), you should always leave the collar down.

Rule #19
When you go without a tie, it’s best to keep your shirt collar on the smaller side.

Rule #20
Call attention to special suit material—like this marled wool—by keeping your accessories to a minimum.

Rule #21
Tailoring your pants a little bit short will add distinctiveness to your simple look.

We look forward to meeting you.

Job Interview Coming Up? 4 Ways to Look and Feel Confident

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You’ve prepped your résumé and cover letter, contacted your references, and thought about your answers to common interview questions. Now, the best thing you can do to prepare for your job interview is to increase your confidence. Your assured appearance and demeanor will impress your interviewers. It will also put to rest any concerns they may have about hiring you.

Research shows that when you look more confident and act more confident, you’ll also feel more confident. Here’s how you can increase confidence from the outside in.

1. Get a Custom Suit or Shirt

the best custom clothiers in D.C.

Wearing professional clothes makes you look more secure and self-assured. It also helps employers better imagine you in powerful leadership roles.

To further enhance your confident appearance, consider a custom suit or clothes. Since everyone’s body type and frame is unique, it’s difficult to find a perfect fit at the store. Have a custom clothier evaluate your body type, take your measurements, and design a suit or shirt that’s perfect for you and your body.

You’ll look and feel like a million dollars in your new custom clothes, and you’ll portray that confidence to your interviewers.

2. Strike a Power Pose

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy recommends a practice called power posing before your interview. This practice involves standing in a confident posture for about two minutes. Power poses involve opening up your body rather than bringing it in. Try these power poses:

  • Stand straight with your hands on your hips.
  • Lean back in a chair with your legs on a desk and your arms crossed behind your head.
  • Lean forward on a desk and look forward, with your arms spread wide on the desk.

Cuddy found that these poses actually change hormone levels in your body. In her study, research subjects who struck these poses before an interview were more likely to be viewed favorably by the employer.

If you strike these poses, your brain will begin to align with your body and you’ll believe you’re powerful and capable. Plus, your interviewers will believe it, too.

3. Wear a Powerful Color

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According to color psychology, certain colors evoke feelings of boldness and power. Red commands attention and is a good choice if you want to appear confident and passionate. Purple is also a powerful color because it reminds people of royalty and distinction. Blue can be a good choice as well, since it symbolizes intelligence and strength.

Of course, the classic black or gray suit jacket is always a stylish look. Men could choose a tie or shirt in a power color, and women could choose a shirt or suit jacket in a power color. It can give you an extra boost of self-assurance during your interview.

4. Practice Confident Body Language During Interviews

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Just as you should strike power poses before the interview, you should also portray confident body language throughout the interview. Do a practice interview with a friend and use the following body language:

  • Stand straight with your head held high and shoulders back.
  • When you sit, lean back and put your arms on the armrests (leaning forward makes you look less confident).
  • Try interlacing your fingers and resting your elbows on the table in front of you.
  • Avoid fidgeting or nervous habits, such as tapping your feet.

Ask your friend to point out anything he or she notices that you could change about your body language.

Even if you have the right education and experience for a job, you need to show confidence to nail the interview. Use these tips and you’ll help convince your interviewers that you’re right for the job. If you need a custom suit or shirt, count on custom tailor Mario Rojas.