Today’s dress for success

I came across a good article written by Dave Kerpen on how to dress for success in today’s marketplace. I am sure that many of you have seen the article but the text is worth sharing again. The importance of looking your best for an interview or choosing the appropriate clothing for the workplace is not a new topic. And most people do not put much consideration into their appearance and what clothing they wear.

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For many years the business climate has trained us to dress up for that important interview and always to be dressed as formal as the interviewer. It is still my belief that being a little overdressed is better than showing your prospective employer a casual and sometimes unprofessional image. However, the business attire of today’s executives and workforce is truly different from years past. The following dressing points are noteworthy:

For a job interview, dress comfortably but dress up a little more than the rest of the company’s employees.
Do your research on that prospective employer regarding the dress code. Before the interview, find out from people at the company what the appropriate dress really is.
Choose business clothing for the interview that is correct for that company’s culture, but that still makes you comfortable in presenting your personal image.
In today’s business world having a good fit for both the organization and employee is key. And how an organization perceives their workforce’s dress attire is critical.

We believe Dress for Success is the simple statement that the right clothing can make a difference in the way you feel about yourself and the way others perceive you. Your clothing will be your personal spokesman- so decide what dress for success really means for you and then find an industry and organization that is the right fit for you.

A New Partnership: BE & Burke Cleaners

Burke Cleaners

 

We are excited to announce our new partnership in Northern Colorado with Burke Cleaners! It was only a matter of time before the premier men’s custom shop and the best in dry cleaners teamed up. After all, the very best in clothing deserves the finest in cleaning. Burke Cleaners is offering a free cleaning when you purchase a product from The Bespoke Edge. You will receive a free coupon when we deliver your clothing. Burke Cleaners has been my personal dry cleaner for many years and their professionalism and quality of work is excellent. Taking your handcrafted garments from The Bespoke Edge to Burke Cleaners is certainly our recommendation. Don’t forget to pick up one of BE’s business cards while you are there, for you and a friend!

Windsor custom clothing business offers suits for the most sharp-dressed men

Windsor custom clothing business offers suits for the most sharp-dress men

Windsor Now | Jason Pohl | Sunday April 14, 2013

 

It’s no secret that the days of having a custom tailor are over.

Some men dread shopping for clothing, let alone shopping for dress clothes. Casual Friday at the office has visibly leaked into Thursdays — and sometimes Wednesdays.

Ron Wagner knows all of this, and he wants to change it.

Since the fall of 2012, Wagner has worked with his two sons, Ryan and Brett, to make waves in Colorado’s custom clothing industry by selling high-end, tailor-made suits he promises will last a lifetime. With full suits beginning at about $700 and dress shirts starting at $125 each, he knows it’s not a market for everyone.

But with decades in the industry, he believes it is the market for him.

“We’re just offering products we feel make terrific sense,” Wagner said, dressed in a snappy custom suit. “We’ve got this global market out here, and people are so easily aware. But when it comes right down to it, it’s a matter of presenting ourselves every day.”

Wagner’s interest in high-end suits stems from more than 30 years in Colorado’s clothing industry. From his early days as a salesman to a more prestigious managerial position at a local outfitter, he said he has built a cliental that looks for more than just an okay fit. They look for exceptional quality, and they’re willing to pay for it.

To do that, he and his sons started The Bespoke Edge ­— BE for short — with hopes of turning the clothing store model upside down. Wagner acts as a travelling salesman, carefully fitting clients and helping them design their suit from the most minor of stitches. He goes to homes and businesses prepared with binders loaded with cloth swatches and samples. From high-end Egyptian cottons to Merino wools, clients work with him to design everything from the threading patterns to the cuff styles and ­— of course — the color schemes.

“Having the one-on-one, individual involvement is really important to me,” he said. “We are creating a one-of-a-kind garment.”

After ironing out the details, Wagner sends the plans to a tailoring house in Singapore, which he calls one of the best in the world in a city that is the “hub of fashion and business commerce.”

Within a week, he said, the fabrics are cut, the designs are laid and the garment begins to take shape. The final product is usually in Colorado three weeks from the initial consultation, though the process isn’t finished at that point. Wagner insists on seeing the final product worn before calling it a done deal.

Though he and his sons recognize the market is slim, Wagner draws on a hefty list of past clients and is working to attract buyers from across the region, stretching into Denver where demand is more visible and he sees a growing market.

That means a lot of driving and a lot of sales pitches, something he hopes to embrace long into the future.

“My life certainly has been in the clothing industry,” he said. “I’ve reinvented myself.”

As for now, his goal is to be readily available to help people navigate the admittedly confusing, and even intimidating, fashion world. By operating out of his Windsor home and spending life on the road, he’s cutting down costs and working to start his business in the black.

Moreover, by maintaining a blog and updated website, www.bespokeedge.com, he has plans to include a web-based store that can expand beyond the borders of Colorado.

After all, he maintains, there’s still an emerging market of young men and business professionals looking to suit up.

“We firmly believe that all of the dressing down went way too far,” he says. “How you where that shirt, how your shoes are polished, whether you put on a nice pair of pants — that’s what we can educate people about.”

Matching: What should match and what doesn’t matter

When coordinating an outfit it is important to consider matching certain items, or at least be aware of what color combinations you happen to be using.  In fashion, there are few golden rules and sometimes good common sense will help you prevail.  Traditional dressers over the years would probably tell us that socks should match trousers, shoes match the belt, etc.  Today we see wardrobes that are put together with obvious thought and many with none at all!  Do understand that people around you are aware of the time and effort that you put into your clothing and appearance.  The following matching and coordinating tips I propose for discussion.

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  • Match socks to trousers.  This does not mean that your sock color has to match the trouser perfectly, but try to bring in as much of the trouser color as possible.  Pattern socks with a contrast color background that have the trouser color in the print or design of the sock works too.  Patterns in socks like polka-dots, argyles, foulards, stripes, and other abstract designs are all fun accents that help create your own style and fashion taste.  Just use good sense if you have an important mission that day.

 

  • Match belt to shoes.  In men’s fashion it is important to coordinate your belt and shoe color as close as possible.  Never wear a black belt with a brown or tan shoe and the reverse would also apply.  Belts on occasion will have more than one primary color that may pick up the shoe color.  Sometimes introducing this contrast accent is a nice touch to a wardrobe.  It is fine to be creative in your combinations, but do realize that others will notice a stark contrast in colors.

  • Match tie to “?”.  Each one of us will have an opinion on this one.  Some may say that your neckwear should match the suit or blazer, while others may think the tie should coordinate well to your shirt, pocket square, socks, etc.  The fact is that some combination of all of the above will probably be successful.  I am a believer of adding some color to that necktie so often you will not be matching anything, but just accenting your outfit with some tasteful contrast.  However, the neckwear you chose can have multiple colors that may match the color of the suit, shirt, pocket square, socks….and it goes on and on!  Be creative and have fun developing your personal wardrobe!