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Choosing the best shirt collar for your body type

Do you think that there is just one type of shirt collar? Ha! Think again. But this doesn’t mean that choosing the best custom dress shirt collar for you needs to be complicated. Here are a few easy tips to ensure that you’re always choosing the best shirt collar for your body type.

If your face is relatively round or if you have a shorter neck, then go with a traditional point collar. The downward slant will help to create the resemblance of length. And if you are a larger guy, this style of collar will help you to look a little slimmer by creating the perception that your face is less round. Just make sure you stick to slim necktie knots like the American classic, The Four In Hand knot.

point-collar

Using the same logic, if you are tall or have a long face, go with a spread collar – sometimes called a swept or cutaway collar. This can be a very modern look and works great with some of the larger knots (e.g. a Full Windsor knot).

swept-collar

Fall somewhere in the middle? Go with a classic collar. It has a medium height and slant that will work for most guys. You can wear this one casually or professionally with a variety of necktie knots.

classic-collar

By playing around with different dress shirt collars you can begin to see that by making subtle changes to your clothes you can help to create the image of slimness and length.

By Ryan Wagner

4 myths about buying custom clothes

When I was just a young (although still very well dressed) little boy, I had absolutely no chance of wearing custom clothes. You see, custom was something only for James Bond who would shop on Savile Row as casually as I’d imagine him picking up his dry cleaning.

Whether it was a cultural roadblock or purely the economics of getting tailored clothes across the Atlantic, men’s custom clothing in the United States just wasn’t popular among folks like you and I.

But in the past 10 years, and really in just the last 5 years I would argue, the scene has dramatically changed.

Bottom line: It has become less expensive to build fine clothing in the USA.

What this means for you, the modern man, is that you can now enjoy wearing a custom dress shirt or suit that fits you and you alone. If you work out and want to show off your physique, then go ahead, show it off. And if you want a fit that’s a little more relaxed yet won’t act as a sail on a windy day and lift you right off the street, you can do that too.

Admittedly, this is a new world for most men who are used to buying off the rack clothing. Many guys have questions about the process and what to expect when working with Ron. So, we at BE have taken it upon ourselves to squash some of the more common myths about buying custom clothes.

So here they are, the 4 myths about buying custom clothes:

1) Is my appointment going to take half a day?!

Most appointments are generally in the neighborhood of 1 hour for a custom dress shirt or pair of pants and closer to two hours for a suit.

But it really depends on the individual. There is obviously a lot of opportunity for a guy to have fun and design his own shirt or suit. So the length of an appointment will really be determined by how decisive you are. Do you know what shirt you are looking for? Piece of cake. Schedule an appointment for your lunch hour and let’s make it happen. Or maybe you think you’ll need to take your time? That’s fine too. Ron can help guide you in this process and so can this fine blog :).

Regardless, Ron is here to help. He’s always committed to getting the job done – no matter how long it takes.

2) There are only a couple measurements involved.

The BE measurement process is very thorough and detailed and includes up to 20 measurements for a suit.

“I take photos of each customer for reference and I examine his profile, posture and overall body shape to determine other fit allowances that are important,” says Ron.

Whether it’s a suit, pair of pants or shirt, building an article of clothing isn’t easy. It takes experience and attention to detail. There are no shortcuts. That’s why we are committed to getting your measurements just right.

jacket-lining

3) Ron is just like the salesman at the store, right?

Nope. Ron is not just working with you to sell you a shirt or suit. He’s there to help you look your very best and help you with your own personal brand.

This involves evaluating your sense of style. What kind of fit do you want? Slim and modern (think: Madmen) or more relaxed? It’s entirely up to you. And whether you are looking for something casual or dressed up. There are so many things that go into Ron’s guidance – 37 years worth – that you really need to just dive in to see just how Ron can help you out.

“My passion in menswear has always been getting to know the individual. I have been so fortunate in my career that I have clients from decades ago that still seek me out for my services. That’s something really special,” according to Ron.

shirt-and-square

4) So I get to choose from a couple dozen fabrics?

Not even close. Our shirt fabrics are in the hundreds, but don’t worry, Ron will quickly guide you to what is right for you. For instance, a white shirt is not just a white shirt. We have 42 different styles of white to choose from.

Suit are a another story all their own. Fabrics range from Australian and New Zealand merino wools to linens and superfine cottons. Pretty much every style and weight you can imagine.

cool-shirt

There you have it. Four myths busted.

Before you know it, you’ll be decked out in all custom and look as comfortable as James Bond drinking a mint julep on Kentucky Derby day.

Did we miss something? Myth #5? Send us an email and let us know what’s on your mind.

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By Ryan Wagner

The Bespoke Edge Signature Suit

wedding-suit

Many guys choose to have a bespoke suit made for them because they want that perfect fit. Tailored specifically to their body type, a bespoke suit is truly one of a kind. But one of the great things about choosing to go custom is having control over the details. Working button holes on the cuffs, custom linings, accent button holes, the list goes on and on. Naturally, we at The Bespoke Edge have had a little fun with our own suits and have decided to inaugurate a new suit. We’ve taken our favorite details and married them to an avant-garde suit style that will be sure to turn heads in the Denver area.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You choose the fit. Relaxed or tapered (or really slim!), the features outlined below will work for everyone.
  2. The fabric is also entirely up to your choosing.
  3. Construction can be full canvas, fused, whatever you like.

What follows below is really just us doing what we do best – designing for you a great looking suit.

Gentlemen, presenting the affectionately named Bespoke Edge Signature Suit:

  • Two button

A two button suit is your best bet these days. Specifically, we recommend a low two button cut. This features a higher arm hole and slightly lowered button stance. This will create a more flattering V-shape in the torso. And don’t button the bottom button!

  • Flat Front Pants

Remember when pleats were all the rage? I do. I also remember using my Walkman at about the same time. Today things are different. Pleats are out and flat front trousers are in. You’re not a grandpa yet, so save the pleats for down the road. Basically, the reasons pleats have gone the way of the dinosaur is that suits have slimmed down in the past ten years or so. With a slim suit comes neat and clean lines.

  • Vents

Here, we get a little opinionated. There are basically two choices on vents – single or side vents. Some will argue the very sharp look of double vents (one vent on either side of the suit jacket) and the British heritage, whereas a single vent down the middle is more Italian-leaning. Despite a heated internal debate here at BE, we’ve settled on the single vent for our signature suit.

  • Cuffs

If you follow us on Facebook you probably saw this coming a mile away – working button holes! Surgeon cuffs, as they were originally named, arose because doctors would routinely roll up their sleeves (yes, they wore suits to work) prior to surgery. Off-the-rack suits almost never have working button holes. This is because if you had to change the sleeve length, you’re out of luck. With bespoke, on the other hand, that’s not a problem. Therefore, it’s only appropriate that we feature working button holes on this suit. And three, not four. Why? Well, when was the last time you saw a suit with 3 buttons on the sleeve?

Working button holes

Never owned a suit with working buttons on the cuff? There is a certain luxury that comes with leaving the last button undone. Also, what a perfect place for an accented thread color on the button hole stitching – bright red perhaps?

  • Lapel

In a prior blog, I discussed the pros and cons of each lapel type – notched versus peaked. I argued that when shopping for your first suit, always go with a notched lapel versus peaked, purely because of the versatility afforded with this design.

Notched Lapel

  • Lining

When you shop for an off-the-rack suit you are stuck with whatever boring and completely uninteresting lining comes with the suit. Sure, you could find a skilled tailor to replace the lining, but the cost will be very high. It is far easier to have suit built for you and pick out a lining at the beginning. Here’s the lining we like:

Red lining

A little flash of color that is subtle enough for your Fort Collins office yet hints in the other direction when you go out for a drink.

The paisley pattern is very sophisticated and may sometimes be construed as formal, but the red hue carries a modern look.

Wrap up

And there you have it. We have picked out our favorite details that will take your suit to the next level. All you need now is a custom dress shirt to match!

Whether your office is in Fort Collins, Denver, Boulder or somewhere in between, you’ll be leveraging the most bang for your buck and have a stylish suit that is not only modern, but truly bespoke.

By Ryan Wagner