Nothing is sure in life but death and taxes. And among such dues is the tailoring tax; the price you must pay to look your best. But perhaps more important than paying your tailor is being able to communicate to him what you want.
So let's take a look at the most common alterations that you may need to look your best -- starting with jackets!
Color coordination is the arch nemesis of all too many men. They struggle to figure out which colors compliment their skin tone, which colors go together, and how to coordinate colors in general. While the subject is rather nuanced when you get into the nitty-gritty, it's actually not that hard to get the basics under wrap. Thankfully, that's more than enough to dress well without racking your brain over whether this shirt goes with that jacket!
Every professional knows that their personal brand is of the utmost importance: building a good reputation and living up to it is critical for success across all industries. What very few folks -- men in particular --- fail to realize is the degree to which their appearance affects their personal brand.
One of the most espoused menswear-isms on the net is the "style pyramid," comprised of three all important tenets: fit, fabric, and function. For those of us who learned how to dress through the internet, it is these commandments that we've tried to follow. And even to this day, I see that "holy trinity" proliferated. Unfortunately, the style pyramid doesn't hold up to scrutiny and can actually lead men astray.
But fear not, the style pyramid can be saved with its alliteration in-tact!
Mixing patterns is a high-risk, high-reward maneuver that showcases style savvy when done well; yet it’s all too easy too for one mistake to ruin your entire outfit, undermine your aura of competence, and make you look like a hapless try-hard. For that reason, it’s easiest to use only one patterned piece in your outfits for a big splash. But if you feel ready to step it up to the big leagues, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with these 5 guidelines for foolproof pattern play:
Whether you're a seasoned sartorialist or a style schmuck; whether you're into tailoring or tank tops; loafers or sneakers -- chinos have a place in your wardrobe. And when you're at the beginning of your style journey, purchasing a pair of well-fitted chinos is a fantastic place to start.
In my defense, this was a sample piece written for a different website that offers this type of article. I am not a fan of this format, but since I just had my 30th birthday, I figured I might as well share this piece of writing on the topic of style in this new age bracket.
"10 Things EVERY MAN Should Own By Age 30!"
I’ve been pondering furiously; why is there a near 100% correlation between using the phrase “I clean up real nice” and looking like a scrub (that happens to be wearing a suit)? After much deliberation, I’ve discovered the answer:
Ah the dreaded tailor tax -- the hidden cost of being a well-dressed man. It can be a pain, but approaching this reality with the right mindset is imperative to looking your best!
Color Clashing ruins outfits and it’s a struggle for so many guys because of how hard it is to pinpoint. But after this tutorial, it’ll be a problem of the past.
I’m often asked how much to spend on ones first suit. My reply: “as much as you can afford, while still having cash for alterations.”
This is always an opportune time to rattle off cliches such as “buy once, cry once” and “invest now to save later” — and for good reason!
If you get yourself a tailored suit of quality make, you’ll be able to rely on it for many years and occasions to come. More importantly, you won’t be forced to scramble at the last second for a sub-par suit that doesn’t fit and cheapens your demeanor. You’ll always have this secret weapon in your back pocket, and as a grown man, you may end up relying on it more than you’d expect.
Cool, but actually though, how much?