Ladies, it's time to step into the spotlight.
Red is the color of fall. From coats, dresses, and shoes, you'll see this color everywhere. Designers such as Givenchy, Dolce and Gabbana, Oscar de la Renta, and Givenchy sent this power color down the runway.
70's plaid made modern. A modern take on the decade will filter through to spring, so start collecting pieces now. A chic pair of pants or a standout coat can be playful and timeless.
Floral isn't just for spring. Designers like Balenciaga and Vivienne Westwood took a vintage approach to the pattern .
The midi skirt length that first reemerged a few seasons back has appeared on the catwalk once more. Lanvin and Valentino show that this conservative look has no age restrictions. Whether its in a print or solid, this silhouette can be worn all year round.
Is brown the new black? According to The Row, Tod's, Max Mara, and many more designers, it is. A rich chocolate hue can look extremely luxurious and modern.
Velvet is the go-to formal fabric of choice. Visually and physically decadent, keep this in mind when searching for your future evening attire.
The pantsuit is back. It has already made its presence known in streetwear via attendees of Milan, Paris, and London fashion weeks recently.
If you're interested in finding out how to add these key pieces into your wardrobe, we encourage you to meet with our master tailors! From style to fit advice and everything in between, we are your friendly neighborhood clothier.
Ties are back in style. But did they ever really go out? With the trend of more relaxed workwear taking over in the last couple of years, a more casual approach to professional dressing has become the norm. However, brands such as Balenciaga and Alexander McQueen are bringing back the art of dressing up.
Orange was a stand-out color on the runways. Its bold choice that will brighten any standard fall wardrobe. Don’t want to take the head-to-toe plunge? Try incorporating it through a tie or scarf.
You’ll be sure to get noticed in this look! The double-breasted style works for a variety of body types and occasions. If you don’t already own this look, it’s time to pay a visit to Artful Tailoring.
As with all trends, you see things go from one extreme to the next. The ultra-slim pants look will start to become more relaxed, reverting to a “classic” fit. Be on the lookout for pleats and cuffs.
Are you buying your very first suit and thinking “where do I start?!”
Whether you are just a freshman starting out or recent college graduate, having a suit can come in handy more times than you might realize. To dances/events, class presentations, and interviews, it’s important to have at least one in your wardrobe.
If you are planning to buy your very first suit, we have put together this guide to help you make the best purchase.
A good fit is the most important thing to look for. It can make a $200 suit look like $1,000, or it can do the opposite.
How do I know what the best fit is for my body shape?
We HIGHLY recommend paying a visit to a tailor shop (instead of a department store) to find out what your correct suit size is. They know about physiques, and what adjustments can be made to help you look your best. Once they find your correct size, they can complete any necessary alterations to complete the look.
What fabrics should I look for?
You should always look for natural fabrics. Wool breathes much better than polyester, and it will last a lot longer. This type of fabric will also work for every occasion, versus say, a linen suit. There are lightweight wools that feel fantastic, so try not to associate wool with a heavy coat.
Here is the big question: what color do I choose?
Fashion has changed in the past couple of decades regarding what a “typical” suit should look like/be. What once was a staple, black suits are usually reserved for funerals or very formal events. Going with a charcoal or navy suit is a safe choice, as these will be the most versatile. You can pair each with endless shirt and tie options, and they can be dressed up or down depending on the event.
Ok, how much should I expect to spend?
While budget-friendly suits do exist, make sure you know what you are paying for. If the cost seems too good to be true, it probably is. On average, spending anywhere between $300-$750 should get you a decent first suit. They really are investments, but depending on your age, your body could still change over the next few years. Visit Artful Tailoring’s two convenient locations to see what we can do for you!
Short and skinny vs tall and skinny physique
For someone that is roughly 5’5” and 155 lbs, you are most likely to fit into a 38S suit size. A common goal for those around this height is to achieve the appearance of looking taller. Finding the right suit size will help you achieve this. By having a consultation with one of our master tailors, we can help determine your perfect fit. Our goal is to help you look and feel your best, and save you money on potential costly alterations! For example, if the 38 fits great in the shoulders but the sleeves are too short in the sleeves if you have long arms, we would recommend still buying the 38S if the hem of the jacket sits right. You can always have a tailor let out the sleeves, and this would not sacrifice the rest of the fit.
On the other side of the height spectrum, if you are 5’11” and thinner than the average person of your height, you probably have a hard time finding a suit that fits both in length and the body. Suit manufactures have standard patterns that they use based off general height measurements. For example, if a person is ___ height, they typically weigh ___ . This would mean that their ideal suit would be ___, and that is what they produce. However, not everyone fits into these standardized measurements. Probably the most common problem with finding a suit for someone of this suit is that the sleeves are never long enough. Just like we mentioned before, customers will usually go up a suit size to get the sleeve length they need. This results in an ill-fitting suit, and you will end up spending much more in alterations to get it to fit the way you like.
Here at Artful Tailoring, we have a solution for those facing the unique problem. Our suit sizes start at 30 American, which is completely unheard of in the mass suit manufacturing world. You will not find this size in any department store/major retailer. Our Made to Measure suits are made with high-quality Italian Vitale Barberis fabric and start at a reasonable $1,200. This service will allow you to work with a tailor who can adjust the suit to fit your physique. We will walk you through each step and educate you on the cut, construction, and quality of the suit; something that no other retailer will do!
Don’t waste time and money trying to find suits that still don’t fit right. Book your appointment with us today to find your perfect wardrobe!
These three terms are often misunderstood to the average suit wearer. We are seeing companies increasingly misuse these terms to incorrectly promote an item just to make sales. It is very important to understand what you are paying for when you purchase a suit.
Off the Rack:
This type of suit is one that you would find already made, in a store, and ready to be purchase as is. Some tailoring can be done to help the garment fit better.
Custom or Made to Measure:
These terms are used when you have a base pattern, and a company will adjust it to your specifications. However, there is a limit on what adjustments can be made.
For this suit, the pattern is created from scratch and is specifically made just for you!
Permanent Style best summarizes the differences between the three:
“But in the end, you buy RTW for the design and the price.
You choose MTM when you want to change the fit and to personalize the suit.
And you choose bespoke when you want a mixture of the best fit and the best quality.”