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Dressing up is even better when it is for a good cause.
Last April 19, we participated in the Wharton Charity Fashion Show. It is a student organized event (even the models are Wharton students!) that aims to raise money for a chosen Philadelphia charity though a fashion show featuring world-class designer and brands. This year, all the proceeds went to Youthbuild Philadelphia.
You’ve got to be from a different planet if you don’t understand the importance of a dress shirt especially when you are wearing a suit. Dress shirts are a must have for every man; they’re like a woman’s white button down shirt, flexible and good for almost any occasion. Whether you wear it alone or under a suit it is imperative that you choose one that will look good on you. Here are some tips on how to choose a proper dress shirt:
Let’s start with something really easy: color. A shirt’s color can make or break an outfit so when you are choosing a dress shirt try to imagine what you are wearing it with. If you are wearing it with a suit, please make sure that it will not in any way clash with the suit (an olive green suit with red dress shirt is not acceptable even if it’s Christmas). As tempting as it may be to experiment with colors go for something that’s still “comfortable” for you.
The next thing that you should pay attention to is the fabric. Most men make the lethal mistake of underestimating the fabric. The type of fabric you choose is directly proportional to the amount of comfort the garment will have. Cotton shirts will be more breathable while those with more polyester contents may cling to you like fly paper on a hot summer’s day. On the other hand, cotton wrinkles more easily compared to synthetic fabrics. When you’re choosing fabric, there are two main things you have to consider: the occasion or where you’ll be wearing the dress shirt to and the weather.
A very important thing you should consider is the collar style. There are a lot of different collars out there but there are four really common ones nowadays. The straight collar is the most common and is considered the classic look. This collar looks good on all face shapes and body types. Another collar is the button down collar, like the straight collar it can be worn by anyone but this certain style of collar looks good even without a tie. There are more modern or trendier types of collar like the spread collar which gives out a more youthful, carefree and softer vibe but this is a good choice for those who have a slim built.
After choosing your collar style, choose your cut or fit. Today, slim fit is very common and these are the shirts that are tighter. They cling to you more compared to the more traditional styles and just as the name suggests, they are good for those on the slimmer side. There are also some dress shirts that are tapered on the waist, so I suggest that you fit the dress shirt before buying it.
While you are trying your dress shirt on this is the best time for you to check the fit. Like the suit, an ill-fitting dress shirt is a recipe for disaster. First, inspect the buttons; they shouldn’t look like they’re about to pop out. Next, your sleeves, when you bend your arm the cuffs shouldn’t go up past your wrist. The cuffs should fit just right, how to tell? You shouldn’t be able to put the dress shirt on without opening the cuffs and of course, they shouldn’t be too tight. Lastly, put your hands up in the air (this isn’t a joke), by doing this you’ll be able to check if the tail of your chosen dress shirt will come out or not, a proper fitting dress shirt will not get un-tucked.
Now you have a dress shirt! Wait! Before you pay for it, make sure that you’re getting what you’re paying for by doing a quick quality check. If you’re buying a high end dress shirt, check if the buttons are hand sewn and check the stitching at the seams. It doesn’t take an expert to tell whether a shirt is done right. Loose threads and uneven stitching on the seams are signs of bad quality which means that shirt won’t last long.
Spending a little more time than usual in choosing your dress shirt will save you a lot of trouble in the future.
That’s all for now!
We have been featured again and this time by Technically Philly!
Read the full feature here: http://technicallyphilly.com/2012/03/26/7-regent-lane-tries-on-affordable-custom-tailored-suit-market
Wool, cotton, polyester, linen… most men cringe upon hearing these because sad to say, most people (men and women) don’t really know the importance of choosing the right fabric for their clothes. In the industry, experts, such as designers or tailors understand that the fabric is one of the most important aspects in making a garment and could make or break whatever design you have. This is the reason why designers and the like are given comprehensive training on textiles. The wrong fabric can ruin a design because different fabrics behave differently. Fortunately for custom made suits, you don’t have to go to school to learn what fabric is optimal for your suit, after all there are only a handful of fabrics designed for suiting. However, even within that narrow selection the composition is an important consideration depending on how, where, and how often you plan to wear your suit.
The most popular fabric used for suits all over the world is wool. Also known as fleece, wool is made from sheep and has existed almost as long as these animals have been domesticated. 1.3 Million tons of wool is produced yearly with Australia being the top producer. 60% of all the produced wool is used for clothing. Wool is one of the most durable fabrics used for clothing and has fibers which are capable of remembering the shape of your garment provided that you take good care of it. Another characteristic of wool is its ability to absorb moisture. It has the ability to breathe which makes it comfortable for the wearer even in warmer temperatures. It is also one of the most versatile and is used in blankets, different types of garments, furnishings and a lot more. Due to the versatility of wool different types were created for use in suiting.
Worsted Wool is the most popular type of wool used for suiting. It is considered the best choice because it is mid-weight, durable and wears well. Worsted wool is perfect to wear all year round which makes it a very good investment for anyone. Being the most popular, several types of worsted wool were invented. Normally, worsted is made of yarns with a 60-80 twist. This is the number of times the yarn has been twisted, the higher the twist, the finer and lighter the fabric is. High twist wool is identified with Super numbers, which serves as their grading. Super wool are labeled as, Super 100s, Super 120s, Super 140s, Super 150’s and can go all the way to Super 180s, the numbers correspond to the number of threads per inch of fabric, the higher the number of threads or twists, the better the quality and naturally, the more expensive the fabric is. Choosing your “Supers” isn’t exactly as easy as it seems, some people make the mistake of just getting the highest number of super you can find and this may not be the best way to choose a worsted wool suit with a super number.
When shopping or ordering a bespoke suit, you always have to consider where and how frequently you’ll be wearing the suit. Higher twists are lighter which means they may not be good in the winter and they wrinkle easily when compared to heavier wool. This means that they also do not travel particularly well. It’s best that you use Super 100s and Super 120s more often and have Super 150s to Super 180s for special occasions because they are a true luxury. Another tip in buying Supers in a higher number is to look at the tailoring; the lighter the fabric is the harder it is to tailor. Italian tailors have attested to this and have deemed Super 150s and up as “nervous” so make sure you check how it’s made out or all the money you spent on a high Super will just go to waste.
Other types of wool used for suiting include Tweed, which is heavier and coarser. It has a famous pattern and is more suitable cold climates. Then you have Tropical wool, which as its name suggests is good for summer wear but do watch out because it wrinkles pretty easily. The heaviest of the non- weave wools, Flannel is also used for suits but is not advisable for office environments and warm weather. Another type of wool for suits is Herringbone, popular in the 40s; it has a trademark zigzag pattern reminiscent to that of a herring’s skeleton. It is more commonly used in sport jackets nowadays. If wool isn’t for you there are other fabrics you can still choose from.
Cotton is the next most popular choice for suits next to wool especially for those who live in areas with warmer climate. From the Arabic name “qutn”, it is from the cotton plant and has been used as textile for about 8,000 years. Today, the use of cotton for textile is a billion dollar industry. Cotton is known for its ability to breathe; it is very flexible in terms of being woven into different densities and like wool takes dye in easily. Due to its ability to stay cool, cotton is your best fabric choice for a suit for summer. The only problem with having a suit in cotton is has a tendency to wrinkle more compared to wool and other fabrics.
In 1941, two British chemists patented a new type of fabric, which is completely synthetic in hopes of producing a lower cost alternative to natural wool. The invention of Polyester changed the textile and clothing industry, it is cheaper compared to other fabrics and it doesn’t wrinkle that easily. The main problem with this fabric is that it traps heat and has an unnaturally shiny look. In recent years, a type of polyester, microfiber was introduced; it has an increase in softness and is being promoted as a “wash and wear” fabric, the use of this is more common in the ready-to-wear industry. While pure polyester isn’t advisable, it is more commonly blended to natural fabrics for a cheaper price, for less wrinkling and to add a different texture.
When you encounter a code such as 70W30P or something similar in your suit, it simply means that the suit is made out of blended fabrics. In the case of the example, it is made of 70% wool and 30% polyester, different fabrics have different letters to represent them, feel free to ask an expert about that. Blends are very good if you are on a budget, these suits don’t breathe well and aren’t as durable as their 100% percent counterparts but they are good for travel because they don’t wrinkle that easily. When buying a blended suit avoid the ones that have less than 45% natural fabric, the best would be getting at least a 60% natural fabric suit with a 40% polyester blend in that way you don’t sacrifice much of the comfort.
Whatever fabric you choose, remember that it is only part of the process. It may be a very integral part of the suit but you also have to consider tailoring and fit to look your best. If you are still unsure about the fabric or whatever else related to your suit, there are experts you can talk to who will gladly help you choose the right fabric and the right suit for you.