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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

17 easy style tips for men

As many of you know, here at The Bespoke Edge, we are in the business of educating men on how to dress better. Because like it or not, we all make judgments on how people present themselves. Fortunately, dressing well can be the easy part.

So, the BE brain trust got together over some beers and put together the following list of 17 easy style tips to help you look your best.

1. If you have a slim suit then you don’t need a break in your trousers. A break at the pant is just that, a break. And the nice clean look of a slim cut suit demands a nice clean finish.

2. Everyone needs a fun tie. We’re thinking dinosaurs.

3. French cuffs are your friend, not your enemy. And yes, you can still roll up the sleeves, just be sure to pocket those nice cufflinks of yours.

4. Do your pants fit? You should be able to slide two fingers inside the waistband. Anymore and your pants are too loose.

5. Own one black tie.

6. Buy one really nice cardigan. Preferably dark blue or black. You won’t regret it.

7. Have at least one pair of bold socks.

8. Vests are cool now (were they ever not?!). You need one in your closet.

9. Wear your tie nice and neat until 3:00 pm, then loosen at the collar and roll those sleeves up.

10. Match the width of the widest portion of your neck tie to your lapel on your suit jacket.

11. If you’re shopping for a second suit, go with a shark skin fabric. This will become your perfect daytime suit.

12. Are you a grandpa? No? Then stop wearing pleats!

13. Your pocket square should refer to your tie/shirt – not match it exactly.

14. Bow ties aren’t just for little boys and grooms – it’s time to give them an honest try.

15. Never button your bottom button on your suit or vest.

16. Is it date night? Throw on a dark blazer. You’ll thank us later.

17. Whatever you do, don’t wear suspenders with your belt!

What other tips can you think of? Do these tips apply to those of us in Denver? Sound off on Facebook.

By Ryan Wagner

4 tricks to dress like a man in 2014

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With the new year comes the chance to break free of old habits and be a better man. From BE’s perspective, we want to help you be the best dressed guy around. This may require you to ditch some old shirts and suits whose glory days were sometime during the mid 90’s. But this year can (and will!) be different. We have distilled our style advice down to (4) key tricks that will have you turning heads in no time. In fact, adopting just one of these principles will be enough to convince you that it’s easier than you think to dress like a man.

1. Wear a pocket square

It’s time to cowboy up and wear pocket squares. Ask yourself this simple question: Do you have a chest pocket on your blazer, sportcoat or suit jacket? Yes? Of course you do. So put a pocket square in it!

Linen handkerchiefs have been around, in some form or another, since ancient Egypt. Fast forward a few centuries and the handkerchief made inroads throughout Europe – English kings, French nobles and Turkish elite would wear these pieces of fabric as symbols of their wealth and power. Then around 1830, they became square in shape.

In the 1900s no fashionable man left home without a pocket square in his chest pocket. Today, although firmly in style, you’ll be hard pressed to find a man in Denver or Boulder sporting one. But this rather depressing truism is a blessing in disguise – it will make it far easier for you to stand out from the crowd.

For arguments sake, let’s say that you haven’t worn a pocket square since your cousin’s wedding three years ago; even then it was a part of the rented tux. If this sounds like you, our advice is to start conservative. Try wearing a white, pressed cotton pocket square next time you wear a white shirt and dark jacket. It’s pure James Bond. A white handkerchief creates a great framing effect on your complete look. Think about it, you have a white shirt with just a little bit of white cuff peaking out from under the jacket sleeves. The collar of your shirt frames your face and now a sliver of white shows from your chest pocket. Plus, white cotton handkerchiefs are dirt cheap. Iron at home to make it nice and crisp and you’re all set. Consider this your go-to look for formal events or a conservative office.

How about going out to a nice dinner? I’m assuming that because you are reading this blog that you consider yourself a gentleman. Ergo, you will surely do the right thing and throw on a nice sportcoat or blazer when you go for a nice evening out. This gives you a chance to wear a fun pocket square. Color is key. Reference your shirt, tie, or even socks! Just remember, don’t fidget and wear it like a man.

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Regardless of the setting, a pocket square is an easy addition to any man’s wardrobe and one that will set you apart from the crowd in a jiffy.

Bottom line: Pocket squares will instantly boost your style points and keep her attention on the most important guy in the room – you.

2. Invest in just one article of clothing

Dressing well may sometimes seem that it’s just too expensive. To read popular magazines it becomes easy to think that looking great means you need to go out and buy the whole outfit. However, let’s scale this down. Here’s an example, try investing in just one nice dress shirt this year. Choose a fabric and pattern that you’ll wear to the office. Now you have a great looking shirt you can wear to work. Bonus points if it’s one of the three essential shirts I discussed in an earlier post. Pick one of the aforementioned styles and you’ll have a versatile shirt that you can match with a handful of different ties.

Now, think about how you can dress this new shirt of yours down. Try choosing a contrast collar that no one will see while you’re at the office wearing a tie, but if you want to go out, you can take off the tie and unbutton the collar to show a cool contrast in color. Now you have a great shirt to wear out to Oak in Boulder.

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Consider another example: Invest in a great sportcoat. Maybe you don’t wear a suit to the office everyday. For you, a sportcoat may be a great alternative. Especially in the fall because the name of the game is layering. The same concept behind selecting a great looking shirt is applicable here. Choose something that you can dress up when needed and down when you don’t. For instance, dress it up with a tie and oxford lace up shoes during the workweek and dress it down with a fun pocket square and matching shoe laces! Too much effort? Here’s an alternative, swap out the fine wool pants that you would wear during the workweek for a more textured jean or corduroy pant when you’re feeling a little more casual.

Regardless of what article of clothing you may be lacking, the concept of investing in one item and leveraging its versatility is key.

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Bottom line: Style doesn’t need to be expensive. Be smart and invest in one item at a time.

3. Wear a tie

Don’t let anyone tell you that a man’s neck tie is merely a noose in reverse. Nor is it a symbolic chain around the neck for the modern office worker. A tie is a chance to promote your personal brand, pure and simple.

There’s more than one way to tie a tie and certainly more than one way to wear a tie. Just make sure the width of your tie at its largest point matches your jacket lapel and if you’re young enough to remember life without the Internet, you better be wearing a narrow tie (3 inches or less in width). Skinny ties (think: 1 inch in width) are just fine so long as your’re in a punk rock band or carry some serious fashion swagger.

As far as the pattern is concerned, wear some color! It can be business as usual or a little more fun. Similar to pocket squares, the possibilities are near endless.

Many guys have a problem with their collar being too tight and the knot choking them, hence a common excuse for not wearing a tie. Well, perhaps the shirt doesn’t fit in the first place, hmmm?

Tie and sweater

The single biggest reason a tie is a way for you to dress your best in 2014 is purely that it’s a confidence booster. When you wear a tie that you know looks great you’ll feel certain in your abilities and you may be pleasantly surprised at the respect you’ll receive.

Bottom line: A tie doesn’t mean you’re a corporate slave, that’s a mindset. A tie is just a great way to promote your personal brand.

4. Understand the importance of fit

The single most important point that this blog argues over and over again is that fit is absolutely key. You are not a size small, medium, or large – you are you. And here’s a great example of how this concept rings true: Let’s say you’re an athletic fellow: 40″ chest and 31″ waist. Are you going to fit in off-the-rack clothes? Of course not. If you try fitting your shoulders to a shirt, for instance, the waist will be so large it’ll look like you’re going for a swim in your shirt. Probably not the intended effect of all your time in the gym. On the other hand, what if you fit a shirt such that it fits your waist? Well now you probably can’t even fit in the shoulders much less move around.

Not everyone will notice that you’re swimming around inside your dress shirt, but they certainly will take notice the day you wear a fitted shirt that emphasizes the V-shaped torso you worked so hard to create with all those barbell rows. Extend this concept to suits, vests, and trousers and you’ll start to understand just how important a good fit can be.

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So there you have it. Four simple tricks to start dressing better in 2014. Adopt just one of them and you’re on your way to having more respect, more confidence and the realization that understanding the simple tricks of dressing well is just part of being a man.

By Ryan Wagner

 

The Bespoke Edge Signature Suit

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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