Keys to Designing The White Oxford

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Three Keys to Designing The White Oxford

The reliable white oxford button-down is a workhorse of a shirt. You can confidently wear it during graduation ceremonies, weddings, funerals, some interviews, and at just about any day at work. Your custom oxford looks deliciously crisp when ironed, yet warm and casual when un-tucked. As a custom clothier, here are three key steps we take to ensure each custom button-down oxford we build is truly outstanding.

First, we select a fabric with a firm, tight weave. This density of thread makes your shirt last longer and feel smoother than clothing constructed from a lesser fabric.

Second, we insist on using only high-quality buttons. For most gentlemen, the ideal buttons are forgettable-without looking cheap. We have an excellent selection for you to choose from, including traditional mother-of-pearl.

Our third step is to customize your collar roll, which ensures your collar arches gracefully from your neck to the buttons instead of clinging tightly to your neck or wilting sadly.

Insisting on these seemingly tiny details gives your shirts a luxurious infusion of panache that simply cannot be matched by the off-the-rack clothing. If your preferences include button-down oxfords, we can ensure yours are the best of the breed.

 

Q&A With Andrea

 

Question: Most of my outfits are based on blues and blacks. How do I wear earth tones?  

 

Answer: Earth tones are fantastic color options, and we’re glad you’re considering them. Here are a few points to consider as you incorporate these hues into your existing wardrobe.

 

Each outfit should generally focus on either warm or cool tones. Cool earth tones include taupe, olive, sky blue, avocado, gray, and plum. Warm earth tones include beige, camel, yellow, ivory, chocolate, and pumpkin.

 

Vary the intensity of colors by building ensembles that include both dark and light shades, along with a splash of a brighter accent color.

 

While navy or black trousers will work with earth tones, wearing tan or taupe trousers are a better complement to colors from nature’s palette.

 

Three Keys To Designing The Oxford Shirt

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THREE KEYS TO DESIGNING THE WHITE OXFORD BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT

The reliable white oxford button-down is a workhorse of a shirt. You can confidently wear it during graduation ceremonies, weddings, funerals, some interviews, and at just about any day at work. Your custom oxford looks deliciously crisp when ironed, yet warm and casual when un-tucked. As a custom clothier, here are three key steps we take to ensure each custom button-down oxford we build is truly outstanding.
First, we select a fabric with a firm, tight weave. This density of thread makes your shirt last longer and feel smoother than clothing constructed from a lesser fabric.
Second, we insist on using only high-quality buttons. For most gentlemen, the ideal buttons are forgettable-without looking cheap. We have an excellent selection for you to choose from, including traditional mother-of-pearl.
Our third step is to customize your collar roll, which ensures your collar arches gracefully from your neck to the buttons instead of clinging tightly to your neck or wilting sadly.
Insisting on these seemingly tiny details gives your shirts a luxurious infusion of panache that simply cannot be matched by the off-the-rack clothing. If your preferences include button-down oxfords, we can ensure yours are the best of the breed.

Q & A – ASK ANDREA

Question: Most of my outfits are based on blues and blacks. How do I wear earth tones?  
 
Answer: Earth tones are fantastic color options, and we’re glad you’re considering them. Here are a few points to consider as you incorporate these hues into your existing wardrobe.
Each outfit should generally focus on either warm or cool tones. Cool earth tones include taupe, olive, sky blue, avocado, gray, and plum. Warm earth tones include beige, camel, yellow, ivory, chocolate, and pumpkin.
Vary the intensity of colors by building ensembles that include both dark and light shades, along with a splash of a brighter accent color.
While navy or black trousers will work with earth tones, wearing tan or taupe trousers are a better complement to colors from nature’s palette.
If you’re still unsure, don’t worry-we can help you put earth tones together to create a natural look you’ll absolutely love. Call today to schedule a private consultation.

Types of Shirt Plackets

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Designing your personal style means paying attention to details. Have you considered the style potential of choosing between the various options for shirt placket design? (That’s the strip of fabric that holds the buttons.)
  • Front placket-found in the vast majority of dress shirts. Always a good option for business attire, but its ubiquity means it lacks individuality.
  • No front placket-also called a French front, this placket has no visual stitching alongside the row of buttons, so it creates clean lines but can be trickier to iron.
  • Covered placket-commonly called a fly front, the covered placket has an additional layer of fabric covering the buttons. It’s sometimes found in tuxedo shirts and other very dressy clothing.
  • Tuxedo front-looks similar to the French front but differs in that the top four buttons are removable, allowing you to replace the buttons with tuxedo studs. This placket is best used only with tuxedo shirts.
The next time you’re creating dress shirts that will showcase your style, consider switching it up with a different placket for a fresh option in your signature style.
Feeling creative? Call us now to schedule your private consultation about designing shirts that perfectly express your style and fitting requirements.

 

Q & A – ASK ANDREA

Question: How do I tie different length ties right the first time? 

 

Answer: We’ve got a simple way

to help you know exactly where to start your knot, with any length of necktie.
  1. Tie your regular knot.
  2. Carefully untie and measure the length of fabric used in knot.
  3. Slide the thick (wide) end of your necktie down so that length of fabric used in the knot sits just below your belt buckle.
  4. Hold the necktie in position carefully and tie the knot again.
QUICK TIP: Find an easy approximation of the knot fabric length (such as fingertip to fingertip of your outstretched hand, or two hand widths, etc.) and use that as your measurement each time instead of using a ruler.

How To Give Yourself A Slim Look

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Custom Suits Give That Slimming Look

Certainly, those on the thin side can wear slim cut suits, but what about the rest of us? Many people believe that a larger figure needs a roomy suit in order to be comfortable. You might be surprised to discover that, in reality, the opposite is true: having excess fabric in your suit can make it less comfortable!

Gentlemen with a more mature figure can wear slim-cut suits-if the suit is perfectly tailored. When your clothing is made from exactly the amount of fabric you need and cut exactly for how you move, it develops a degree of comfort and mobility that a lesser suit cannot duplicate.

By adjusting the dimensions of the chest and skirt areas of the suit coat, we can create a slimming look without a tight, uncomfortable fit. Even a change of one-quarter inch, if taken in just the right places, can make a big difference in look and comfort.

In fact, with proper tailoring choices, your custom suit will give you a slimmer appearance along with increasing your comfort.

Leave behind the days of wearing loose suits with excess fabric bunching up and restricting your movements. As your custom clothier, we are pleased to craft for you the most comfortable suits you’ve ever owned.

Start Your Ideal Wardrobe

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THE IDEAL STARTER WARDROBE

If you (or those you mentor) are just starting out in professional life, you may need to know how to build the ideal starter wardrobe. Creating a personalized ensemble that shows your individual style while presenting your professional image to business associates will offer you the confidence that comes from looking fantastic so you can focus on taking the business world by storm.
Suit: A perfectly tailored suit is the foundation of your all-occasion business wardrobe. If you’ll only have one suit in your closet, choose a dark grey or dark blue wool suit with a two-button coat styled with classic notched lapels.
Shirts: White shirts will work with any suit color. When you are ready to branch out, add blue shirts next, and then shirts with plaids, stripes, and checks.
Ties: Your ties should all look fantastic with your suit, so consider the suit color when you select ties.
You can look sharp and modern-without falling prey to passing fads-with a customized wardrobe that’s built with classic style and is custom-fitted to your body. Designing your professional wardrobe carefully will ensure you project the professionalism that will carry through a successful career.