6 important travel tips to keep in mind for your suit

6 important travel tips to keep in mind for your suit

There is never a time not to wear a suit really. That also goes for when you’re traveling of course. Making the right impression is important no matter where you are. If the suit however looks a complete mess, all creased and wrinkled, making it look the part of your long travel, then all that attention to detail, money and effort is really wasted.
This happens a lot when you’re traveling the world on shorter or longer trips for business or job interviews, whether you’ll stay a night or two in a hotel or not – your suit will probably look the part. Traveling is not always easy with a suit, so it’s important that you are careful and fully prepared to keep the sharp look that you intended to show up with at your meeting or interview. Here’s some tips for you to keep in mind when you’re out on travels with your suit the next time.

Pack correctly

If you’re away on a short trip and need to bring a few of your best suits, then you should ensure that you pack your clothes appropriately in order to minimise creasing. Make sure to fold your suit jacket inside out, which will allow it to remain more protected to creasing.

Unpack as soon as possible

Once you’ve reached the hotel, first things first – unpack the suits and place it on a hanger. This gives the suit a chance to allow your suit to rest and easy out any potential creases it may have gotten on your trip. It’s quite inevitable to get some creasing, so by hanging it as soon as you reach the hotel, you’ll be sure of giving the suit a little rest, and so should you.

Use a garment bag

If you don’t have a garment bag yet, buy one. If you are on any trip with the suit, then a garment bag is a must-have. Don’t buy the cheap ones, invest a little. It’s your suit after all. A garment bag in a higher quality will leave enough room for your suit to breathe in, while it avoids the suit fabric from getting creased.

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Steam, not iron

A good way to protect the suit and removing creasing is to take the good old steam-iron and give it a quick steaming. If the hotel you’re staying at doesn’t have a steam-iron, leave the suit on a hanger and take it with you to the bathroom. No, we’ve not lost our mind. Leave the suit on the hanger while taking a hot shower and the creasing will ease out.

Cleaning it, the right way

If you’re experiencing the nightmare scenario to get stains on your suit while traveling, don’t panic. There’s help. Take the suit to the nearest dry cleaners to get a quick fix to the problem. This should not become a habit, since it is going to take longer to dry, and the chemicals used are not what you’re suit is craving for, but it’s better than nothing, if your suit is really dirty.
If you can avoid the deep clean of your suit and we’re talking about just a little stain, then rather spot clean your suit wherever needed to preserve the suit. This will also guarantee your suit to be dry when its needed on the contrary to after taking it to the dry cleaners.

Brush it

To make sure that you’re looking your very best is by regularly giving the suit a brush with a lint brush. The brush will help to remove any dirt and hairs that may have nestled itself in your suit from previous wear or during the travel. A lint brush also doesn’t require much space in your luggage, so better be safe than sorry.
If you are sitting there with knowledge of further travel tips, feel free to get in touch with us, so we can add it to our next article.
We’re always delighted to hear from our customers’ experiences.

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Made to measure suits Five rules of style

Made to measure suits – Five rules of style

Exclusive Tailor Made to measure suits Five rules of style 2It’s common knowledge, or at least a common saying that clothes make the man. That’s of course something we can nod to with approval, but the clothes won’t stand a chance without saying that the man make the clothes too. The clothes and the man needs to match – The way you mix and match your clothes, how you choose to wear your tailored suits, dress shirts, chinos, suit shorts, trousers, etc., all that is important. No clothes in the world can do that by itself. With your suit from Exclusive Tailor you’ll go a long way towards being determined as well-dressed, but there are a few things to keep in mind, to not ruin the style. After all, we want you to be dressed to impress, so for us it is important that you wear your suit without falling into these style-pitfalls.

Therefore we assembled a list of 5 style tips or rules on what to consider when donning your suit. No one ever said that dressing smart was easy, but with these tips in mind, you’ll be well-prepared for any occasion. Let’s dive into it, shall we?

1. Mix and match – the right way

When you wear accessories with your tailored suit, make sure that you select the right ones, so they don’t clash.  A golden watch face does not (read: never will) fit to a silver belt buckle – a typical style crime that we often see.  Or people who wear their black tie with brown leather shoes – it’s a no go! Rather mix it with the same, or matching colors. A black tie goes perfectly with a black or darker colored belt and black leather shoes. This is not the time to experiment too much. Keep it consistent and you can do no wrong.

2. Always empty your pockets

Don’t fall into the trap of stuffing your pockets with all your possessions, not even your phone. We see so many gentlemen with bulgy pockets filled with keys, cardholders, pocket change and more. It looks like you’re unprepared, and the suit should really express the opposite, that you are on the top of your game, knowing where you’re heading. Leave the bulky wallet and keys at home. Nothing ruins the line of custom-tailored trousers like your wallet, or what else you stuff in your back pocket. If you really need to carry things around with you in your bespoke suit, use your breast pocket of your dress shirt, or even better, the inner pockets of your suit. No, don’t even think about stuffing your wallet in there, but your phone. Maybe also your cardholder, but that’s it. If you need to bring money with you, use a money-clip. It takes up much less space.

3. Don’t let your formal dress be informal

You can have the nicest bespoke suit at the party, but if you’re dress shirt is untucked, or you look unshaven, your buttons are loose – you’re into getting the wrong kind of looks. A sort of eye-candy with a bad taste. Therefore, always make sure that your dress is complete before you leave your house. It doesn’t hurt if you check the mirrors once in a while to make sure that your style is sharp throughout the day. Before heading to a party, try to find out what dresscode is required. You may not even need to suit up, but when you do, then do it to knock down doors, do it to impress.

4. Accessorise with care

The trick about accessorising is really to not overdo it. It can be difficult to accessorise a suit, but if you’re doing it right, then the accessories can polish off that already tailored suit to a perfect shine. Whether you’ll chose a leather belt, a slim watch or tie bars is your choice, but don’t opt for large sport watches or jewellery. It’ll take the attention from your look and make people turn their heads – in a bad way. Always accessorise with care. If you feel it’s too much, it probably is. Always follow your gut feeling.

5. The tie etiquette that shall never be forgotten

Last, but not least, there’s the tie etiquette. Don’t be the guy that’s going to be mistaken as the clown at the wedding. Choose your tie wisely. The wrong tie can ruin even the finest tailored suit, while the right selection will make you become remembered as the best dressed in the room. Which one would you rather be? The clown, or the eye-candy? The choice is yours. Now that you’re a bit more knowledgeable on your suit-game, you can wear your suit with more confidence. Our articles all have that purpose – to make you look good, feel good and dress sharp. For more style advice, take a look at our other blog topics, or consult us by contacting us via mail or our contact form.

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7 Solutions to Staying Cool in Your Summer Suit

It is Summer and it is hot. Finally, the most attractive Season among them all is upon us. The Summer really delivered so far, but it’s only gearing up to serve its best it can do. We bet you love it. Time to get some sun, time for fresh air, long walks in the thriving nature, time for ice-cream and time for vacations.

Chances are that you still need to work over the Summer though (can’t have vacation all Summer, can you?), so you probably need to adjust your wardrobe for the Season. Chances are that you’d still want to wear your suit – without sweating. Staying cool can be an issue, but we’ve got you covered with these 7 ways you can stay cool and comfortable during the Summer sun, but still look fashionable in your suit.

Lighten up on the colours

You’ve probably heard this one before: “Light colours absorb more heat”, which is very much true. In order for you to stay cool this Summer, try to opt for a suit in a lighter colour instead. Even if you’re not acquainted with wearing lighter colours, try to ease in into it opting for a grey or tan suit. It doesn’t need to be white right away (although that’s stylish too). Pastel shades, blue or green also serve as great eye-catchers, and what more is, it keeps you cool.

Thinner materials – go lightweight

It sound plausible. Thinner materials, lesser load on your body. Going for a thinner material can make all of the difference in the Summer. Wearing Linen and Cotton suits are for the warm weather, so opt for these this Summer and you’ll stay cool.
Silk is another great choice to opt for, it however gives the suit a shiny look, so this is probably not for you, that want to preserve a more reserved outfit. We do recommend you to try though, as it really makes a difference in terms of keeping you cool this Summer.

A Summer without the Tie

Unless it is strictly required by your employer, try to free yourself fro the suffocating Tie this Summer. Ties are not made to be worn in the heat, so try to break free and loosen it, remove it and undo your top buttons. Let that Summer feeling of being young and free reach your neck.

If you’re looking for an alternative for the tie during the Summer, try a pocket square for your blazer – it adds the same character to your look!

Give suit linings a Summer break

To add onto picking a lighter material for your suit, try to choose a blazer without a lining. It will further decrease the weight and thickness of the blazer, making it a more comfortable choice for the Summer.

The downside of a blazer without lining is that it can loose its shape quicker, however due ti the limited wear, you’re likely to get out of it in a typical American Summer – it shouldn’t be much of an issue.

Wear shirts, but with a short sleeve

To continue on mission: Cool for the Summer, try to switch your long sleeved shirts with short sleeved ones. You feel that unacquainted fresh breeze of air on your skin. Get used to it – the short sleeve gives you a feeling of more freedom. It does serve for a more casual look, but you can afford to get away with it for formal occasions, if you’re wearing light-weight blazer on top of it, as you most likely won’t get to remove it anyway.

Go sockless, feel stressless

Choosing trousers with no break will allow some exposure of your ankles, which will give you a sudden, refreshing feeling. In fact, it will give you a feeling of wearing shorts, or doing something forbidden. Don’t worry though, it doesn’t destroy the look. Accompany your look by leaving the ankles bare. Yes, you read it right. Going sockless is fully acceptable during the Summer.
If that’s too much of a rebellion for you, try to wear sport socks, which remain hidden in your shoes.

Say it with shorts

Last, but not least, try to opt for shorts instead of the trousers you usually wear. Depending on the occasion of course, opting for suit shorts can give you a much needed breeze to those legs of yours. Suit shorts are for the more casual look, so experiment with colours and mix and match with different blazers (and remember to add colours).

At Exclusive Tailor we’ve got you covered for the Summer. We custom-tailor your bespoke clothing and we don’t stop at suits. We also craft separates, such as blazers, trousers, suit shorts, dress shirts, and even the rompet suits that are in fashion at the moment.

We cater to both Gents and Ladies, for all types of occasions. We cater for weddings, we’ve got you covered for your next business meeting, or your first job interview, the prom – you name it.

You have the occasion – we have the suit!

Get in touch with us today to see how we can help. Even if you’re placing your order from the other end of the world, in a matter of a few weeks you’ll hold a durable custom-tailored garment in hand with a perfect fit! That’s our guarantee!

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The Art Of Wearing a Suit

The Art Of Wearing a Suit

Yes, we’ve said it. It’s an art. Wearing a suit is art, as it can be worn in so many ways, so many different colours, according to the latest styles and fashion. It’s not as impressionistical as art, okay, nor do you need to look a long time to find the meaning behind a suit, as you may need with a painting, or a sculpture – but wearing a suit can be seen as art, as you definitely will look like a true masterpiece, or an individualistic painting, that people gather around, trying to understand the meaning behind the style.

Jokes aside, enough with the art references.
We at Exclusive Tailor are very determined to make you look the very best in your suit, at all times. At Exclusive Tailor we don’t just manufacture suits – we craft them! We don’t stop here though. We also make sure to deliver an aftersales-service next to none, so you’ll never feel stranded, or puzzled, when having to choose a style for the evening out, business meeting, or your job interview.

This article will dive into 7 rules that you should follow to look your very best in a suit. To the regular follower of our Facebook page, these rules may seem obvious. To the newcomers, this is for you.

Rule 1: Always leave the last button undone

This is one rule that all tailors, fashion bloggers, gentlemen and style-gurus agree on. Whether your suit has two or three buttons, you should always, we emphasise, always leave the last one unbuttoned.
Suits nowadays are designed to be worn with the last button unbuttoned. Fastening the final button can ruin your look, no matter how good your suit is tailored, or what material it is made of. If you fasten the final button makes your perfectly fitted suit King Edward VII (the “inventor” of this trend).
Quick recap: Apparently, King Edward grew so rotund that he was unable to fasten the bottom button of his waistcoat and jacket. To not offend the king, those associated with him started doing the same. The custom then gradually spread the world round (as England was still largely an imperial power with great influence across the globe).

Rule 2: Collar gaps

A very good and clear sign of an ill-fitting suit, is where you can see an obvious gap between the edge of the collar and the lapels of the suit. No, it’s not clear to everyone when there is a tiny collar gap, but now you’ve read this article, and other people before you, you (and they) will know, how it distracts from your overall look. Don’t make that mistake.

Rule 3: Thy belt shall match thy shoes

Always, yes, really – always match the colour of your shoes with the colour of your belt. It’s one of the very first rules of suit wearing. You may have heard it from your dad, who got it told from his dad – a rule that has been passed on over decades (or should have been). A colour mismatch is a definite faux pas at a formal occasion, but you might just get away with a brighter coloured belt for a more casual occasion. We advice you not to risk it though. Now, pass this rule on to your son, who then passes it on to his son…you get the picture. It’s important.

Rule 4: Tie clips – the right way (and placement)

Tie clips aren’t brain surgery and are not difficult to place correctly, but that doesn’t stop many Gents from getting it wrong anyway. Always place the tie clop on the tie between the third and fourth button on your shirt – and ensure your tie clip is no wider than your tie.

Rule 5: Unbutton when sitting

For the regular suit-wearers among you this rule has probably become more of a reflex already, but if you’re new to the world of suit-wearing (the bespoke ones, not the off-the-rack suit mess in your local stores), this is an important rule to follow. Keeping the suit buttoned up when you’re sat down creates stresses on the fabric in places and directions that it’s not built to withstand. In short, it while make your suit look like it’s stressed and trying to hold the whole thing from ripping apart. Don’t stress it. Unbutton the suit when you sit down. The other gentlemen at the party, your potential future employer or your business partners are doing this – so should you. It also gives you freedom to move, so this is a rule that probably comes quite convenient to you.

Rule 6: Don’t go over the top with your accessories

A patterned pocket square? A flashy tie clip? Go ahead wearing those (tie is optional), but don’t go overboard on accessorising. No need for those cufflinks too. Too much bling, ruins the swing. Let your suit speak for itself – don’t drown it in accessories.

Rule 7:  The right fit – the magic formular

 The more frequent readers of our blog and Facebook page can spot an ill-fitting suit from afar. It only takes a look at the shoulder and lapels to reveal a custom-tailored suit from one that is well, off-the-rack, or as otherwise known as – a mess. If you want your suit to make the right impression, it’s worth investing in a tailored or made-to-measure suit. Not only will it look far better than an off-the-rack garment, it’ll last longer too.

If you haven’t got a suit already, or need a new trusted suit to fit to the occasions you’ll be attenting to, or the new lifestyle you’re experiencing – it’s about time to invest in a custom-tailored suit. No off-the-rack solution can give you that feeling of a suit that fits like a glove. The off-the-rack solutions are simply not able to deliver suits that fit perfectly. If it fits around the shoulder, it usually flaps around at the button-holes. If the lapel looks neat and fits, then your shoulders may just look like they’re popping out any minute, giving you the look of “The Hulk”. Impressive at parties, but it’s not going to impress your future employer. You can take our word on that. Off-the-rack is cheaper, but as it often is with cheap solutions – you get what you pay for!

At Exclusive Tailor you’ll not only get a custom-tailored suit. You’d also tap into our rich experience in the field of tailoring. Our tailors use only the most durable materials, taking into account your posture, your body shape and even your gait. Our tailored suits are built to your precise specification, with hundreds of different linings and fabrics to choose from, in addition to many other design decisions that need to be made. We’ll create the suit of your dreams – but once we’ve created it for you, it’s up to you how you wear it.
Break these suit-wearing rules if you like, you little rebel, but remember that they’re in place for a reason. They are not made up by us, but come from years of experience from tailors and style-enthusiasts.

We hope you liked this article and found it useful. If you should have any questions, or would like us to cover a specific topic, please do get in touch with us.

Stay classy, gents.

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