01 February 2023
Having commissioned custom made suits in Bangkok nearing or at 10,000, maybe I have a bit of weight to say that dressing well isn’t calculus. Yet many men are bad at it. Why this is so is men are missing the basic knowledge about it and the audacity to not be swayed by recent fad. Having said that lets look into what the 5 critical defining factors are
Good fit. Without a doubt, this is the most critical of all defining factors. How a garment drapes on the contours of your body is by far the most important aspect of your appearance. Off the rack suits would have some elements that would be off for you. Maybe the waist contour is too wide for you while the shoulder comes in too narrow. While the sleeves are too long. Being in uncomfortable clothes makes you uncomfortable. And when you are uncomfortable, it shows. An elegant fit is also better looking. Bespoke clothing can accentuate a person’s attractive features while it nullifies other things. How then to determine what is a good fit for you? Use comfort as the primary factor. Something that fits comfortably but not loose. The smooth flowing line of a proper fitted suit is the highlight of a gentleman’s presence, and other efforts are rendered futile without it.
Dress correctly for the occasion. An elegant man knows what to wear and when to wear them. Occasions to wear suits are white tie events, black tie events, black tie optional, semi-formal or business attires, business-casual and casual. Though it would be too comprehensive to go into what type of suits to wear for each occasion individually, a smart thing to do is to educate yourself in what to wear and when to wear them, to avoid unnecessary embarrassment.
Know how to match patterns and colors. Choosing the correct patterns and colors for your features and for the level of formality of the function you are attending isn’t rocket science. Educate yourself to choose the correct patterns and colors will make a statement about you. As a rule of thumb, the more textured or patterned a fabric is, the less formal it’s considered to be. Solid colors are on the extreme end of the formal scale, followed by dark pinstripes. While loud colors with polka dots would be considered the other extreme. How you match and contrast your suit with other garments such as inside dress shirt and tie also speak volumes about your knowledge on dressing. For example, if you are wearing a pinstripes suit, wearing a pinstripe tie and/or a pinstripe shirt would not go well with it. Learn to match and contrast. Also, check to see which shades and tones suits you best.
Dressing appropriately for your body type. First off, these are not strict rules but rather simple guidelines to base off from. For a short man, getting stripes on would help you appear taller. Also having peak lapels lends in a majestic appearance. For a tall man, especially narrow and thin, try to avoid striping, especially pin stripes. Checkered and plains work well for you. For a heavy man, sticking with solid colors, works. For a thin man, supporting features helps. Like added padding on the shoulders, thicker cuffs, and tapered waist.
Differentiating through the details. Bespoke tailoring has its advantages. The difference is in the details. You are able to create a suit that has your specific preferences built into them and specifically tailored for your body contour. This accentuates your comfort, appearance and provides you with silent confidence. Once you get the hang of it, and you got a trustworthy tailor, things you can play around with seems limitless, such as jacket styles, vents selections, lining selections, pocket selections, buttons selections, real button holes, pleats selections, cuffs selections, boutonnière, monograms, etc.
The 5 defining factors give a basic yet solid foundation from where you can spring from and play around in the world of bespoke tailoring. Creating and maintaining a formidable wardrobe is both an art and a science and is in itself an enjoyable experience. Enjoy the journey!
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