Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Shirt Meet Tie

Some men have terrible taste in shirts and ties – a quick glance around your work place will confirm it.
For those unfortunate enough to be confined to suits for the majority of their working week, fashion has to take a back seat. Corporate suits can often be mind-fumblingly dull and the sea of miserable faces trudging to work every morning is, to my mind, a mix of both work-based hatred and the realization that they really don’t know how to match up their shirts and ties.
Getting creative with your shirt and tie combinations is one of the best ways to showcase your love of fashion and style within a formal environment, but they’re extremely easy to get wrong. After all, colors and patterns can be confusing individually, but when you start mixing them together, all hell can break loose.

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Unstructured Suit

With tailoring continuing its resurgence in menswear circles, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to set your formal looks apart from the crowd. However, sometimes the smallest alteration to a classic style can help you achieve your goal. Our suggestion this season? Make the move from structured suiting to unstructured.
Due to its minimal padding and lining, the unstructured suit conveys a naturally relaxed vibe that will give your work-to-weekend ensembles a whole new outlook. Not only that, this type of style is, again, often made from lighter materials such as cotton or linen, ensuring you stay cool and comfortable as the temperatures rise.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Checked Suit

With the majority of men still purchasing suits in standard shades of navy or grey, a subtle check is all you need to mark yourself out as a confident, stylish gent who is aware of the latest trends, but not a slave to them.
From windowpane to gingham, there is certainly a lot of choice on the current market – but to ensure versatility and longevity, we recommend you opt for a timeless neutral hue and a classic, muted pattern such as Prince of Wales check.
Those who don’t want to make so much of a statement should try breaking up the suit and wearing the jacket with solid colored trousers and brogues for an evening out – heritage chic at its finest. Alternatively, team your check trousers with a neutral blazer, white shirt and smart leather Derbies for dinner with the other half.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Light Blue Suit

Timeless and highly versatile, the navy suit has long been touted by menswear publications as the only one you’ll ever need. Yet while navy is often the most admired, this season we suggest opting for a lighter shade of blue.
Seasonally-appropriate, a pastel or petrol blue suit will help give a contemporary twist to your smarter aesthetics without having to push your boundaries too far.
In terms of styling, keep it simple with a plain white shirt, linen tie and brown suede loafers for summer events, removing the tie and switching to white Jack Purcell for a modern take on smart-casual.
But don’t restrict yourself to wearing just the full suit – with blue continuing to dominate men’s wardrobes, you are bound to get endless use out of both the trousers and blazer when you split it into separates.
For instance, try teaming your jacket with selvage denim and brogues for a night on the town, or combining the trousers with a neutral colored polo and smart loafers when heading to the office on dress-down Friday.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Know why you're buying a suit

Are you hunting for a suit that you’re going to wear to the office once or more a week? (If so, keep it dark and classic.) Or are you looking for a suit you’ll wear a few times a year to weddings and funerals? (Black or navy is a safe bet.) Is it a suit you’ll wear to job interviews? (If so, you want to be well dressed but not better dressed than the guy interviewing you, so nothing too pricey.) Or is it the kind you’d wear with sneakers and a T-shirt, or wear just the jacket with a pair of jeans? 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It's Not About You, It's About Your Style

Suit styles haven’t altered course by any great degree over the past few years, sticking largely to classic and slim cuts where the mainstream is concerned. For the less conventional there’s the roomier option of pleated pants or the daring option of super-skinny. The latter, of course, comes down largely to having the physique to pull it off.
This suit  marries a skinny cut with rolled-up bared ankles and contrasting panels for an overall appearance of one both daring and yet not too far away from classic.

Monday, October 13, 2014

The Shoulder Of A Suit

A lot of suit terms can be mixed and matched, but I’m a fan of something I’ve always called the ‘British rolled-shoulder.’ Others might call it something else, but it is effectively where the shoulder padding finishes. A lot of Italian and US based designers prefer to have the shoulder padding finish precisely where the bone does. A British rolled shoulder has the padding extend over the shoulder and roll down into the sleeve. It’s a technical difference, but it’s also a visual trick that makes the shoulders seem broader and the arms better built.
Such a padded shoulder is perfect for the masculine figure a modern suit is meant to convey, hence it isn’t an element of the preceding sack suit

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

What is a Sack Suit?

The name gives it away. A sack suit is a largely unshaped cut of suit. Though not literally like a sack, it features the same natural shoulders of the drape cut, but is devoid of any front darting. The front darting results in a suit that is hard to marry with the hourglass or V shaped cut preferred by most men. And despite being a classic, a quick check of my Mad Men DVDs reveals that the sack suit has even been abandoned by Don Draper for a drape cut come season two of the series.

michael kors sack suit

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Which Pattern Should You Pick?

For those looking to invest in a suit that isn't made in a solid color, the following are classic suit patterns perfect for the season and beyond, but don't forget that you can also work these same cloth patterns into components of men's suiting without making it and actual suit; that is, sport coats, blazers and trousers. In no particular order, there are the dominant suit cloths / patterns available this year that sit at the more conservative end of the spectrum.
                                            GLEN PLAID               DAMIER CHECK
                    tom ford glen plaiddamier check suit

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Tie Bar For Your Custom Suit

The tie bar. A quintessential menswear accessory that has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity thanks to a revitalized interest in classic men’s style. A tie bar is a small detail that can have a big impact on a look. Here’s how to wear it properly.
– Purpose: A tie bar is meant to keep your tie fastened to the placket of your shirt. It sounds obvious, but bears repeating lest a perfectly fine tie bar be attached only to a tie and simply left to swing in the breeze.
– Styles: Tie bars come in two styles: pinch clasp and slide clasp. In general, I prefer a pinch clasp as I find it holds the tie more securely and stays in place better. However, if you have a thin tie, a slide clasp may be more appropriate as many pinch clasps are made to secure thicker fabrics and may not lay flat in that situation, making the clasp visible.
– Size: A tie bar should never be wider than your tie. It should range in size between one inch and the width of your tie. 3/4 the width of the tie is just about perfect.
– Placement: A good rule of thumb is to fasten the tie bar between your third and fourth buttons, around the sternum, and just below the pectoral muscles.
– Detail: Just before fastening the tie bar, pull your tie upward to blouse it slightly. This will add a nice bit of depth and visual appeal and will also keep you from feeling constricted or like the tie bar is holding you in place.
– Angle: Always wear the tie bar perpendicular to your tie; never at an angle.
– Color: You can’t go wrong with silver. It’s classic, matches almost anything, and looks great on everyone. But if gold is your thing or you’re wearing gold accessories, then go for it: it’s always best to make sure your metals match. Avoid colorful tie bars; it will just look like you are trying too hard. As with most menswear details, a tie bar should be an accent, not the topic of conversation.
– Bonus Tip: A tie bar should not be worn with a waistcoat or cardigan. Remember, the purpose of a tie bar is to hold the tie in place. If you are wearing a waistcoat or cardigan that’s already taken care of and at that point, a tie bar just becomes unnecessary and redundant.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Is A Pocket Square For You ?

Like the tie bar, the pocket square is a classic and timeless menswear detail that has made a comeback in a huge way. Thankfully, guys are discovering that they are allowed to rip out the stitching of their suit jacket’s breast pocket and fill it with a small accessory that makes a big impact with a high style reward.

A small accessory that makes a big impact with a high style reward.

A pocket square improves a suit jacket or blazer’s versatility, adds visual interest and depth to a look, and provides a subtle but powerful means of personal expression. There are many ways to fold a pocket square,some simple and some more complicated but how you choose to rock it depends mostly on personal taste (and slightly on the degree of formality of the occasion). As with anything, practice makes perfect and a little time invested in the skill upfront will ensure you can wear the pocket square any way you want with ease and flair. Here are five of the folds I use most often and that are guaranteed to have you covered from casual to formal.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Showroom, NEW DEALS, New You !

Whoever has been to our Beverly Hills Showroom can tell you how amazing it's coming along. Not only is our showroom great but so are our deals. Not to mention that we will be having many more. The great thing about suits is that they make men feel the way shoes make women feel, that must say a lot. So why not take these deals into the showroom closest to you and make them worth something in your wardrobe. They won't be here for long so take advantage now that you can.


Friday, September 19, 2014

Make It Custom!

Make it custom. Because in this day and age, anything and everything in your closet can be customized. Options range from computerized made-to-measure ( those nifty Web sites that ask you to measure your own shoulders) to full-blown bespoke (rendered with you in mind from the first stitch). The happiest of mediums comes from BookATailor : Its made-to-measure program for suits and shirts. It is overseen by its team of tailors and craftsmen, who customize the fits and finishes to your liking. The possibilities are practically endless.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Beverly Hills New Showroom !

Our New Showroom in Beverly Hills is looking Fantastic ! All of our returning Cali Clients should head up to our showroom on 140 S. Beverly Drive and be the first to see all the hard work BookATailor put into this new project. Seems like we're not only custom making shirts and suits now, we are also custom making our showrooms.

Checked Blazers For The Winter

If you don’t want to go all out with a checked suit this winter, or simply have no need for one,  we’d suggest testing the waters with a blazer. The perfect piece to take you effortlessly from day to night, a checked blazer works just as well on off-duty days as it does in the office. Ideal for when temperatures begin to plummet, a textured wool (or wool-blend) version will add some much-needed warmth to your autumn/winter ensembles. Team a tailored grey plaid jacket with a crisp pale blue shirt and black trousers to create a stylish formal contrast. A blazer is also a go-to piece for smart-casual occasions, helping to sharpen up any look instantly. For events such as this, or creative working environments with relaxed dress codes, try combining a checked tweed blazer with slim-fit indigo denim jeans; the rugged, heavyweight fabrics complement each other perfectly.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Look BookaTailor Can Help You Have

The most impactful way to approach the trend is undoubtedly through a full suit. From tartan to plaid patterns, upgrade your formal wear  with a well-cut version in a textured, cold-weather fabric. Whether you opt for navy, charcoal or light grey, a check suit exudes confidence and sophistication. A grey version in a modern lean fit is the perfect choice for the boardroom, paired with a crisp white shirt and navy tie. Finish the look off with a pair of black/brown .

Monday, September 15, 2014

What's A Vent and What's it for?

 For those unfamiliar with the term, a vent is the slit you see on the backside of blazers, sport coats, suit jackets, and any other type of jacket. Like many modern menswear details, vents originated from military heritage. As a functional necessity while traveling horseback, the vent provided comfort to the rider by allowing the jacket’s tails to part and fall gracefully along the sides of the horse. Not only did vents ease the buttoned jacket from bunching and constricting the body while seated, it also prevented unattractive fabric creasing where the bunching would have occurred.While very few men today travel by horse, the same functional principle applies in any situation where you need to be seated with your jacket on. Another benefit of the rear vent is that it permits easier access to your trouser pocket: the give from the vent negates excess fabric gathering and pulling as you dig your hand under the jacket to get into your pocket.
Bonus tip: Never put your hands, or any object, in your blazer or suit jacket pocket unless you want that area to get stretched out and misshaped. Most jackets come with basted (loosely stitched shut) pocket openings – keep the basting intact to prevent entry at all times and to preserve the jacket’s clean lines.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Make Women Jealous

Most men think "fashion" means a straightforward suit-and-tie look. But we don't fault guys for thinking this way -- the pressed slacks, button-up shirt and tailored jacket have long defined men's clothing, and it can get pretty boring. While women get an endless variety of skirts, dresses and even dressy pants, men get the same plain, solid colored suits their fathers wore. But it doesn't have to be that way. BookATailor offers so many styles and fabrics that will make women jealous.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Learn To Suit up Properly and Everything Else Follows

Whether you're an office guy who needs to look sharp for the competition, or a creative type who dresses up because he likes to, the suit is the basic building block of looking good. It's a timeless, ever adaptable, sometimes maligned, but never improved uniform. Consider the roots of that word: uni, as in a universally good idea to save your ass from the danger of too much choice; form, as in the opposite of formless, sloppy, or unfocused. We'll get to the specifics of lapel widths and armholes and vents and how to do it right, but let's first agree that this is where dressing like a man begins. Get the basics down and then you can lose yourself in perfecting the details, what the ever dapper Tom Wolfe once approvingly called the sartorial "mania for marginal differences." And that's when things get interesting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

HOW TO: Double Breasted Suits

BookATailor Teaches You All The New Styles

So, you want to up your fashion game by adding a double breasted suit into your wardrobe. How Prince Charles of you! Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering one. 

1. Go for peaked lapels. You’ll look extra sharp. 

2. Always leave it fastened until you sit down. 

3. Six buttons look the best.

4. Just like with your two button suit jackets, leave the bottom button undone on your double breasted suit jacket. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

It's All About A Mans Wardrobe


         There are many things that we can’t control; the weather, the economy, the fact that college football needs a playoff system.  How we present ourselves to strangers and new acquaintances, however, is not one of them. When you shake hands with a potential partner, they form an instant impression of you which is not easily dislodged.   First impressions are powerful because until we begin to speak, they are the only bits of information we have to make a snap decision as to whether we like or trust someone.  Countless communication studies have shown a man’s visual appearance is initially more powerful than what he says; ignore your wardrobe at your own risk.

Friday, September 5, 2014

What to Wear, When to wear it

Leave the Old you behind, the new you wants new suits.
               Certain colors are acceptable only during a certain period of time. Yellow doesn't necessarily look styling during fall or winter, just like black doesn't stand out in the summer. So, considering the fact that we are walking upon winter why not get rid of all your old dark colored suits and get a whole new set before it's to late.  All our specials are still going on but new ones will be approaching but wouldn't you much rather come get your measurements done now rather than coming in bad weather to do the whole process from the beginning. That's what i thought.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Too Hot For Pants

90 Degree Weather doesn't sound like working weather. A tank top and shorts is all everyone wants to wear, but of course that's no way to dress to an office. Here at Book A Tailor we know fashion, we know style and we know how to make you look your best even in this type of weather. Who said you must wear Suit pants with a suit coat daily? Your Boss? Well, your boss clearly doesn't know New York Summer weather. Stop wearing the same suit coats with those same pants, change your wardrobe up a bit and go some short shopping.                                                                                                                                  


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tuesday, Day of Recovery

     We are sure everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend and of course everything comes to an end. But what better way to start the week than by coming in to BOOK-A-TAILOR and starting this school/work year off right. It is still all about YOU, maybe you can get started on early holiday gifts. Whatever the case is, we've got you, we're just an appointment away and ready to send out orders.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Did Someone Say Labor Day Weekend?

Too much White is never enough on labor day. To many barbecues and not enough stain removers, but that shouldn't stop you from looking your best in an all white attire. Lucky for men white is the color that can pretty much go with anything you pair it with so be spontaneous, be different, add some color to your life but most importantly HAVE A FUN AND SAFE LABOR DAY WEEKEND EVERYONE!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall is That You?

Bye Bye Summer, hello Fall. Everyone looks forward for Fall with new styles, new brands, new costumes and of course the working men are looking for new suits. 2014 is hitting everyone with a big WOW with all new types of  patterns and styles that Book A Tailor has to offer. Especially with holidays right around the corner after fall who doesn't want to start saving up and getting all types of deals and gifts.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Don't Just Walk The Red Carpet, BE The Red Carpet

Did You catch Mario Lopez last night? Bet you wish you could rock that suit the way he did. This host flashed everyone with his sleek tux, his classic look did more than just walk down that carpet he gave people something to talk about. Notice how simple it is but yet caught so much attention because he knew how to wear the suit and not let the suit wear him.  You know who else can give people something to talk about YOU.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Book-A-Tailor Today!

What makes Tremendous Thursdays so fascinating? That its the perfect day for it to be all about you and nothing makes it more about you than your own personal custom made/custom fit suit. A suit for men should be like a pair of shoes to a woman, VERY IMPORTANT. Everyone loves people who are well dressed.  We need to keep ourselves stylish,gentlemen. Men do you really want to wear the same plain, solid colors your father wore? I don't think so. You need to be a new you with a YOU color, YOU suit, YOU buttons, YOU collar/cuffs, YOU just need a YOU style. Book A Tailor is all about YOU.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Recognize this guy? It's Josh Altman from the hit Bravo TV show, "Million Dollar Listing: LA". He stopped in to our showroom to get fit for a new suit. 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

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Hey New York City, did you know that if you come into the NYC showroom and order with us you can have your order delivered to you if you're in the Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens area. 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

July 2014 Sales at Book A Tailor!

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A suit has the ability to portray your inner strength and style to the world. A custom made suit is the only way you can intertwine personal style with luxury. Whether you are seeking to create a custom made business casual suit, or a tuxedo for a special occasion, this blog will ensure that you do so the right way.