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Your new style, Part I: Focus on the basics

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It’s easy to overthink men’s style. Flip through a magazine and you’re often left with the impression that in order to look good, you need the latest and greatest. But it doesn’t have to be that way. To find your new style, you just need to respect a few rules of the road and keep things basic. There will be plenty of opportunity for experimentation later.

Dress shirt

The single best thing you can do to your dress shirt is to press it.

Even if you own one of our finest bespoke shirts, if it’s full of wrinkles and looks like you just pulled it out of the wash and put it on, you’re doing yourself a disservice. Whether you send your shirts out or iron them yourself, make sure you give extra attention to the placket (that double layer of fabric that holds the buttons and buttonholes) and the collar. When these are nice and pressed your shirt is going to look great. You’ll be well on your way to honing your new style.

A well pressed collar is especially important when wearing a suit or sportcoat without a tie because the collar will need to stand up on its own. A frumpy looking collar collapsing under the weight of a suit collar is a sad thing.


Do your pants fit? They probably do in the waist, but what about in the length? Most guys today are wearing pants that are just too long. The breaks at the ankle that were popular in the 90s and early 2000s are now a very dated look. While I think a slight break is OK, and a matter of personal taste, anything more is just too much. That excessive break is going to make you look shorter than you are.

The fix is either shopping for new pants or hemming the ones you have. For the latter, find a good local tailor and, wearing the pants, fold the pant leg in on itself to the height that you want the new hem to be at. While you’re there, consider tapering the pants too for a more fitted look.

Shine your shoes

When was the last time you shined your shoes? If you don’t know when, then that’s your homework for today. You have two options. Either buy some shoe polish and find an old rag to use or head to the mall, or your otherwise closest shoe shine kiosk. Trust me, you’ll be quite pleased that you shined your shoes. There’s something that is just so satisfying about seeing the original luster in your dull leather shoes come back to life. And like bespoke clothing, having your shoes shined is just one of those traditional and romantic things to do.

Simplify your jacket and shirt combo

It’s easy to think that when you need (or want!) to wear a sportcoat that you have to match it perfectly with everything else you’re wearing. Before you know it, you’re overthinking the whole thing. “Does this check pattern match my plaid sportcoat? Can I even wear a check shirt with this?!” When you find yourself getting stuck in the weeds like this, take a step back and simplify things.

Instead of trying to get too creative, reach for a simple white dress shirt. Make sure it’s pressed and wear it open collar by unbuttoning the top two buttons. You can rest assured that your jacket matches just fine because anything goes with a white shirt. And if the shirt is well pressed and your jacket lint free, then you’re good to go.

Remember, when in doubt, check out our gallery for some inspiration.

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Wrap up

Boosting your style doesn’t need to be complicated, nor does it need to cost a lot. Focus on the basics and do them well to hone your new style. There’s no need to worry about having the latest look that you see in the magazines. Putting your effort into a well pressed dress shirt or hemming your pants will go a long ways.

Other resources:

There are so many great resources out there today for men who want to dress better. Want to find your new style? There really is something for everyone these days. HeSpokeStyle is a photo-centric blog by the very talented Brian Sacawa. Another great example is the blog, The Modest Man, a resource serving the shorter gentleman.

BE is proud to offer men’s clothing in Scottsdale

We have a big announcement for you…Beginning in September, we will be regularly offering our men’s clothing in Scottsdale. That’s right, the full Bespoke Edge experience is coming to Arizona. And for the area in general, we are pleased to be another option for custom suits in Phoenix.

First, some background: Part of the extended BE family resides in Scottsdale and has quite a long heritage in the area. As you can imagine, Ron and Brett and I have all been spending more time in Arizona lately.

Brett and Ron have found their favorite watering hole and I have found my hands-down favorite coffee shop. But most importantly, we have discovered a wonderful city. One with great food, beautiful golf courses, and great people that are looking for authentic bespoke suits.

How will we do it?

Beginning on September 17th, we will begin regular trips to the Scottsdale area. You can learn about these trips in two ways.

  1. Follow us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter.
  2. Send us a direct email at and let us know you’re interested. We won’t put you on our newsletter list, but we will send you a direct email when we have an event coming up.

Regardless of how you learn about our fitting events, just send us an email, click “make an appointment“, or give us a call at 970-231-4588.

At some point, we’ll have a quick conversation on the phone to not only learn more about what you’re looking for, but also to tell you more about our process and offerings.

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Our events will be held at one of Scottsdale’s most prestigious hotels. We’ll take you through the entire Bespoke Edge process. In other words, you’ll have access to all the same fabrics and options that our Denver clients do. It’s very important to us that we bring you the true bespoke experience. There are already some options for men’s clothing in Scottsdale, but we are confident that our process will set us apart, just as it did in Colorado.

At your appointment, you’ll have an opportunity to look over all of our fabrics, choose your customizations, select buttons, etc. Long story short, you can have a lot of control on the design, including custom monogramming or finding a personal suit lining. We’ll guide you through the process and let you decide as much or as little as you like.
Then, we’ll take upwards of 20 measurements and have a conversation with you about how you want your suit to fit. Much of what we do is an art form, it’s why no one else can do what we do. And based on the look and feel that you’re going for, we’ll make sure that we provide the appropriate allowances and get you that perfect fit. You’ll want to budget around 2 hours for your fitting.
Around 6 weeks later, the suit will be ready. We’ll deliver it to you at our next Scottsdale event and ensure the fit. In the rare case that we need to make some adjustments, we’ll work with our local tailor and have everything ready for you in about a week.

And remember, should you decide to come visit us, you are by no means under any obligation to purchase. And it’s perfectly OK to just drop by and say hello.

Our promise

We want to make it very clear that what’s most important to us, is building positive, lasting relationships with our clients.

We believe that it shouldn’t be difficult for you to look your best, that your personal style is a reflection of who you are as a man. And your bespoke clothes are in some ways the modern day equivalent of your suit of armor. The way that you dress is an important part of your personal brand – and that’s what we want to help you find.

We realize that custom clothing may be a big step for you. If you put your trust in us, we will do whatever it takes to ensure that you’re happy with your purchase. Your clothing isn’t right until you say it is.

It’s not only our pleasure, but our privilege to be expanding into Arizona. We are very excited to offer the best custom suits in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

We look forward to meeting you!

By Ryan Wagner