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: 

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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: 

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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: 

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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.

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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

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.

 

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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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6 REASONS TO CONSIDER CUSTOM CLOTHING

 

“We’re one of the only places you can get a suit that’s made entirely by hand in Washington D.C.”.

Times have changed, technology has catapulted us forward, and wearing a monocle is no longer a prerequisite to wearing clothes that fit.

1. You’re not average! 

Some guys have a big chest and small waist, others have a normal chest measurement with hulking shoulders and arms, and another group is under muscled with a big belly.

When all of these variations are factored in, manufacturer’s opt to produce a garment that’s shaped like a garbage bag that can be draped over most or all physiques.

Hard to fit? Not a problem. We have experience fitting clients of all sizes and body types. The most important aspect is understanding the body contour even before taking the measurements. Every client’s body frame is unique and we do our best to fit each one well.

2. No one is perfect

Every client’s body frame is unique and we do our best to fit each one well.

3. You’re in control

Almost every detail of the pants can be customized to fit your taste. Your pants can be made with any type of pleat — single, double, triple, box, inverted — or with no pleats at all. The trousers can receive normal side pockets, Italian pockets, western pockets, deep pockets, or even specialty pocket-watch pockets, secrets pockets. The trousers can also be fully-lined, half-lined, or unlined, and they can be equipped with a hugger waistband. We can also design tuxedo trousers, Shorts, Golf Pants, etc.

When you go custom, not only are you in control of the fit, you can also choose many of the features and details.

Some common choices are:

Collar style (standard point, spread, button down, etc.)
Cuff style (french, single or double button barrel, etc.)
Button color and material
Contrast lining (inside cuffs, collar, or button placket)
Pocket or no pocket
Pleats (side, center, or none)
Placket style
Monogram
And those are just some of the stylistic choices for shirts!

You still have to consider all of the options that you can play around with when you get into jackets and pants.

So you really can make your clothing your very own.

4. It’s an experience

Commissioning a bespoke suit is a luxury experience. Each suit is unique to the client, created over sixty hours of handcraft tailoring.

Consult
Mario meets with you, at the luxury of your own schedule, in your home or office.
We will travel to your location or you can come to our Showroom in D.C.
1. Schedule a consultation
2. Get measurements taken
3. Design your wardrobe
First fitting
You will try on the garments and our tailor will fit them exactly to your and our expectations. We do a number of quality checks along the way to make sure it’s made to spec.
Final fitting
We use all the custom-tailoring techniques with no shortcuts. And since your clothing is tailored in our workshop, you are assured a garment that fits and feels great!
Delivery
We deliver the final product to your door. You will receive finished items on average within 3-4 weeks.
5. but where should I buy?
Mario Sartorial has years of experience working with an array of men in various professional industries. At Mario Sartorial, you’ll not only get the perfect suit to fit your lifestyle, but you’ll also greatly benefit from our knowledge and expertise.
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Showroom: 1875 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006
6. Tailoring has its limits
 
It sounds reasonable enough to assume that you could take just about any garment to a tailor and have them make it work for you.
 
But let’s consider pants as an example.
 
If you have unbelievably massive quads and need to buy a 38-inch waist even though you wear a 32, you might think that you can just buy the pants and have the waist altered.
 
While it is possible, certain details would end up unacceptably skewed.
 
Think about the back pockets. If you take in too much material at the seat seam, you’re back pockets will end up “kissing” in the center.
 
If you take material from the outseam, your back pockets will be creeping too close to the front pockets.
 
The same is true for jackets. If you need to have the waist taken in dramatically because your chest is so large, the front pockets will end up near your sides by the time you get a proper fit.
 
So for these cases, it’s best to have the item built correctly in the first place, rather than spending a fortune on a poorly adapted alternative. 
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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

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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

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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

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10 Clothing Items Every Man Or Gentleman Should Have

 
1. White dress shirt

#1. White, semi-spread, light to mid-weight Poplin/Pinpoint/Twill
#1. White, semi-spread, light to mid-weight Poplin/Pinpoint/Twill

The fabric should be either made of plain poplin weave or a fine herringbone twill. Ideally, you want a medium spread collar because it can be worn with many things and it works with every face shape. You also want no chest pocket because it’s a formal shirt and formal shirts don’t have chest pockets.

2. Light blue dress shirt

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

You want it to be made from a rugged fabric such as Oxford. You can also go with poplin, maybe a twill weave or anything else that stands the test of time. If you live in warmer regions, you can also get an open weave fabric, but overall, I suggest you stay clear of the chest pocket even though you could wear it because it’s a less formal shirt.

3. Navy suit


To start, I’d invest in a single breasted suit with notched lapels, not too skinny, not too wide, about 10cm or 4 inches for the lapel width. I would choose side vents and flap pockets. If you don’t like the single-breasted style, you can also go for double-breasted with six buttons and two closing buttons. For pants, I would choose cuffed, and since I have bigger thighs, I would go pleated. Of course, that’s up to you.

4. Classic navy blazer
No, not the one from your suit. While you can wear that jacket as a separate with khakis, if you get a navy blazer, you should get something distinctly different. That being said, get a lighter shade of navy than your suit because it has to look different and a lighter color is usually more casual which is the origin if the blazer hence, you should go with that.

5. Gray flannel suit


It’s a classic wardrobe staple and men like Cary Grant wore it in North by Northwest; Gianni Agnelli made it world-famous with a specific shade from Vitale Barberis Canonico. It’s not just so popular because some famous people wore it, it’s very functional, versatile, and for example, you can take the pants and wear it with a navy blazer which is another very classic combination.

6. Tweed sportcoat


I’m wearing one right now; it’s a twill weave with a nice windowpane overcheck. There are lots of other options, for example, with a houndstooth, or a regular twill, or a shepherd’s check or simply a Donegal tweed, no matter how old you are or what your style is, there’s a tweed sports coat out there that suits you perfectly.

7. Gabardine trench coat

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It’s a timeless classic that has a military history; it’s a perfect raincoat. It can have a liner for colder months of the year, and in a double-breasted silhouette, it’s simply elegant, and you can pair it with formal suits as well as casual combinations.

8. Chinos
Chinos are cotton pants that come in a tone of khaki, sand, or stone, and they’re more casual and very versatile. You can wear them with all kinds of jackets or just a shirt or a sweater and they’re often office appropriate.

9. Vest or waistcoat

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

Personally, I love vests; I have lots of them. If I’d have to pick just one vest, I’d go with a burgundy collar, maybe a flannel, or doe skin, because it’s contrasting and you can pair it with anything else I discussed today and a lot more.

10. Sweater
More specifically a bottle green wool sweater with a V-neck because I like to wear them all the time. If you don’t, go with a crew neck that is round and it just looks better than a V-neck. It’s perfect to layer over shirts, you can have it under jackets, you can wear it on its own, or with an overcoat, and just keeps you warm in the winter.

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4 Reasons to Purchase a Wool Suit

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4 Reasons to Purchase a Wool Suit

Even an expensive suit that fits well can still look like it’s made of poor quality fabric. Fit and construction details aren’t the only factors that make a good suit. The fabric from which the suit is tailored is important as well. Wool has long been a traditional choice of fabric for suits, and there are several advantages to consider when investing in a wool suit for your wardrobe.

1. All-Season Wear

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Suits made with wool fabrics are appropriate for wear in both cold and warm weather conditions. In cold weather, wool traps air within the fibers, acting as an insulator to keep the body warm. The heavier wool materials and thicker fabrics from which winter suits are made hold in more air to keep you warm.

Thinner wool fibers can effectively wick moisture away from the body and are lightweight and breathable, making tropical wool fabrics ideal for summer wear. Larger, more porous gaps are woven in the fabric to make a wool suit more comfortable for wear in hot weather. While cotton and linen suits are also great lightweight choices for hot weather, they tend to crease and wrinkle more easily than wool suits.

2. Durability

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Often thought of as a luxury fabric, wool is resilient, attractive, comfortable, and low maintenance. In fact, its durability makes it a popular choice for both men’s and women’s suits. Wool is tough and holds up better than other fabrics. There are different types of wool fabrics to choose from, such as virgin wool and worsted (tightly woven) wool, and often, people prefer natural fibers like wool over synthetic fibers.

Because wool is a hard-wearing fiber, it can look great for many years with proper care. Polyester and polyester-rayon blend fabrics are less expensive materials that are strong and flexible and resist wrinkling, but these synthetic fabrics aren’t as breathable as wool, which make them uncomfortable in hot weather. Also, some polyester fabrics have the additional drawback of looking shiny in appearance.

3. Thread Count

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Wool fibers vary in fineness. Coarser fibers typically are used in outer-layer clothing and suit jackets. When getting fitted for a suit, consider the super number, or S number—the thread count which describes the fineness of the fabric’s individual fibers. A higher S number indicates a thinner, smoother, and softer fabric that makes a suit cloth feel silkier.

Wools spun at higher speeds are better quality wools, but lower number wools are still good wools for durable clothing. If you are looking for a suit to wear on special occasions, super wools with higher numbers have smoother textures that are considered more luxurious.

Although finer wools produce a lighter cloth and are usually more expensive, the price tag of a suit doesn’t necessarily make it the best buy. Thread counts in the 200s can make for one classy-looking suit, but the suit may not be as durable as a heavier wool fabric. It can be more difficult to clean too.

Since a higher thread count indicates a finer, or thinner, fiber, wool materials with extremely high thread counts often wear more quickly, usually taking on a shiny appearance. Fabrics spun from super-fine wool also wrinkle more easily than coarser or thicker wool fabrics.

4. Shapeliness

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No matter what the quality of an off-the-rack suit may be or how well designed it is, if it doesn’t conform to your body shape and type, the suit isn’t going to be the right fit.

You can tell if a suit is made of sturdy material when you bunch the fabric and it leaves little or no wrinkling when you let go of it. Wool has a natural spring to it so the fibers spring back and stretch rather than break. This flexibility helps the fabric hold its shape.

While you don’t want a suit that feels too heavy for wear, a suit made from a heavier cloth drapes better. A well-fitted suit should still conform to your body shape even after you’ve worn it a few times, and sturdy wool fabrics won’t stretch out or deteriorate as quickly.

 

If you are looking to add a custom-tailored suit to your wardrobe, Mario Rojas Custom Clothiers can fit you with quality handmade apparel in the style and fabric materials you choose.

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Cuffs, Lapels, and Fits: The Basic Anatomy of a Suit

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Every man need s a good suit. But if you’re new to wearing a suit, you might not know exactly howto craft the right suit for your needs. In this blog, we outline several elements of a suit and discuss your options for suit-wearing success.

Cuffs

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The cuff of your suit actually refers to the wrist closures of the shirt you wear under it. You have three main cuff options.

French Cuff

If you want to wear cufflinks, you need the French cuff. French cuffs fold back and have holes for cufflinks. The cufflinks you choose can dress this suit up or down, though typically French cuffs are reserved for more formal occasions.

Barrel Cuff

Barrel cuffs, also known as button cuffs, are the most common type of cuffs. Barrel cuffs are spectacularly easy and don’t require any extra thought from you when you’re getting ready for the day. Any shirt you buy at the store will typically have single buttons on each cuff. Custom suits, however, give you the option of having two or three buttons.

Turnback Cuff

The turnback cuff, sometimes referred to as the James Bond cuff or cocktail cuff, is a mix of a barrel cuff and a French cuff. It folds back just like a French cuff, but instead of requiring cufflinks, this cuff buttons. As its nick name suggests, this type of cuff was popularized by Sean Connery’s James Bond, so if you’re feeling a little more daring than usual,choose this cuff.

Lapels

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Lapels are the folded flaps on the front of your suit jacket. There are three basic shapes of lapels, all fit for different occasions.

Notch Lapel

The notch lapel is the most common variety of lapel. It’s named for the notch made when the bottom of the collar meets the top of the lapel. You may find slimmer or wider notches, but they’re all based on the same principle. This lapel is versatile, perfect for anything from job interviews to a typical day of work.

Peak Lapel

Peak lapels can be found on formal suit jackets like tailcoats or morning coats. The edges of the lapels point upwards to your shoulders, which makes you look slightly taller. These cuffs are difficult to put together correctly, so they’re a bit more expensive. Weddings and formal dinners are common sites to see peak lapels.

Shawl Lapel

The shawl lapel, unlike the notch or peak, has one long continuous curve, instead of any breaks or points. You’ll usually only find this lapel on a tuxedo or smoking jacket. The shawl lapel represents a classy choice that works for red-carpet galas or black-tie events.

Fits

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The fit is how your suit conforms to your entire body. When choosing a fit, take your body type into consideration.

Classic Fit

A classic fit, or traditional fit, is good for movement and growth. While it’s clean cut, it’s not fitted tightly enough to make any person who’s not used to wearing a suit uncomfortable.

Slim Fit

You may also hear slim fit suits referred to as Italian fits. As the name suggests, this suit is fitted closely to the body in the arms, the chest,and the legs. This doesn’t mean only skinny people can wear it; it just means the suits its closer to the skin.

Modern Fit

Modern fits aren’t as relaxed as a classic fit or as trimmed as a slim fit. Choose this fit if you want to look sharp but are uncomfortable or unsure about a slim fit. Modern fitted suits are also easy to dress up or down depending on your needs. Once you decide which of these options you like best, you can start making more detailed decisions and taking measurements. Use this general guide as a starting point,and get in touch with a custom suit maker to build the most comfortable,classiest suit for your body type.

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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

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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.