This is not a new topic, yet people are making the same mistakes again and again. I have five suits in my closet, 2 of them are even custom made. However, none of them makes me 100% happy. I always thought that buying a suit is like buying other types of garments, likes jeans, or shirts: you go to a store, you pick one, that’s it, and it should be simple. Until recently, I saw an article on the website NCG Tailor, about men’s suits purchasing and dressing mistakes:
They listed 30 mistakes of purchasing suits. Even though I do not agree with everything they listed, it still made me realized that buying a decent suit actually requires a bit of knowledge, and it is not as simple as buying a t-shirt or a pair of jeans.
And also, a nice piece here on HuffPost which also has some good ideas:
Look at my own analysis first. Here are my own tips that will help you to prevent buying a suit that you will hate after:
Check the shoulders
Almost every good article I found lists this as priority number 1. Which is pretty true: think about it, the shoulders are the only places where a suit jacket actually “stick” to your body, the rest is just hanging there. If the shoulders are too wide or too narrow, I cannot imagine the rest of the jacket could fit you perfectly.
Plus, altering the shoulder’s size and shape could be pretty expensive, or almost impossible.
Check the fabric, twice
Stay away from polyester suits. Always pick 100% wool or at least a suit will a large percentage of wool in it.
I insist on this because one of my suits, although big brand, it has only 55% wool in it (which I did not pay attention). Comparing to my other 100% wool suits, it feels more and more uncomfortable.
Check the armholes
This is something I did not know until I see the article on NCG Tailor. One of my gray suits looks pretty nice on me; the problem is that when I lift my arms, the jacket seems to be pulled up too. Now I understand that a lot of off-the-rack suits have low-armholes, which will cause this kind of problem.
Always move your arms to check how the jacket suits. Look yourself in the mirror to see if the jacket can also be lifted significantly. If yes, you should probably go away.
This is the first and the most obvious thing to do. Of course, every gentleman, while trying a suit, will check this, like button numbers, jacket length, fabric patterns, shoulders fit, sleeves length, and so on.
Ask a friend to check the overall appearance and the little details will do, or simply look into a mirror. Lapels too wide compared to your face, jacket too long which makes your legs looking short, sleeves too long make the jacket looks like it is your father’s old suit; these simple details can be checked and spotted easily.
But that’s not what I am trying to say here because there are places you need to check that may not be so obvious.
Check the back
Sadly, a lot of guys don’t pay enough attention to their suit’s back. A suit well-fitting in the front but ill-fitting in the back could be considered as a bad suit. Personally, I think there are three major places to check:
1. Scapula area.
2. Around the waist
3. Jacket bottom
A well fitting suit should fit these three areas perfectly, no bulging, no redundant fabrics, and not too tight. For example, 3 of my suits all have a little bulge around the back neck, just below the back collar (which I did not pay enough attention while I bought them).
Bring a friend if you go suit shopping because only another person can help you to check your suits’ back. Salesmen’s opinions are not so reliable.
Always buy an extra pair of pants
A suit’s jacket and his pants don’t have the same lifespan; normally the pants will be worn way earlier than the jacket. When a suit fits you perfectly and at the end of one year or two, and you have to throw the pants into your garbage can, you will feel pretty bad because it will be almost impossible to find the same pants with exactly same fabric. My navy blue chevron suit, which is custom made, was my favorite. Unfortunately, its pants are totally ruined; I went to the same tailor last month, but he did not have the same fabric anymore.
The last one, don’t trust the price
Ironically, one suit I barely wear is the most expensive one. It felt good when I bought it, but I don’t like it anymore because I feel not so comfortable in these pants when I walk. I still don’t know why exactly, but one thing is sure: Always try twice the fit before deciding, don’t just trust a brand, or the price.
6 Tips For Sewing Sequin Fabric
Sequin fabric can be called as the peacock of this fabric world. So flashy, so pretty, and absolutely irresistible! And the best part is it that you can sew it within minutes and that too without any hassles. You can easily transform a boring top or skirt with quick sequin work.
If you too are looking to revamp your old dress into something glittery and flashy, follow these simple tips to get that perfect look!
Go for a Simple Pattern
First things first! You need to determine the texture of your sequin fabrics like is it stretchable or not. Sequins are generally a bit bulky as compared to the tee-shirt or dress fabric and might develop a bulge. To be on a safer side; for a simple pattern like butterfly, flowers or a ladybug to start with. Though you can do some add-ons if your dress can handle it!
Don’t forget the Lining
If you haven’t worn sequin dresses in the past, this is a very important tip for you. Sequins can get really uncomfortable and scratchy if directly sewed on the dress. There are two options with you; either you select a dress which already has lining attached to it, or go for a pattern which includes lining in it.
Take care of your Scissors and Needles
Sequins are made from hard plastic material and are available in different colors and shapes. While sewing sequins in your dress, you need to be extra careful with your equipment. They are hard enough to dull any sharp scissors. Go for leather needles which can pierce the sequins right into the dress and saving your equipment as well.
We all know that a hot iron can damage the shine of sequin. So what should be done to align them in a single direction? You can apply a bit of pressure to completely flatten them in sync of the design. Most of the times, this trick will work for you. Still, if you are looking for some more perfection, go for a rolling pin or similar things.
Prevent a Mess!
Working with sequins is undoubtedly a tough task. First you need to be extra careful with the color and shape of the sequin; second, you also need to prevent yourself from causing a mess both in your home and dress. Many times, sequins do slip and fall in the gap of the cloth that is folded with the help of sewing machine.
Best of all, make sure you sit in a clean place and clear any extra sequins sticking to your dress. This will not only enhance the intricacies and stitch of the dress but will also prevent you from public embarrassment.
Don’t forget to Mark the Fabric!
Avoid starting a sequin stitch directly on the fabric. It is advisable to make a mark or outline for the design and then start stitching. This will eliminate any chances of error in the final design. Also marking on the front side of the fabric might leave its marks on the fabric. It’s better to do the marking on the inside part of the dress.
No need to sweat it out!
Generally, we don’t prefer to wear sequin dresses frequently. They are meant to be flashy and glossy. So, my point here is, it’s okay to leave the sequins in the seam allowance. This can be a personal choice of the wearer, but the decision should be taken according to its frequency of usage. Also, you should consider removing it if it discomforts you.
These were some simple and useful tips for sewing sequin fabric. Sequins can do wonders to any fabric by adding a lot of styles and shine to it. It is essential to select the appropriate sequin color and shape that goes well with your outfit.
Latest Men’s Fashion Trends
Every fashion trend needs special attention and interests of the people. Fashion helps to get some acknowledgment about the latest happenings and styles to adopt for different reasons. Men and women both take interests to adopt modern fashion trends. Knowledge of fashion can be getting from different resources. Fashion lovers and expertise introduces different types of interest and generate ideas for the people to influence them by unique lifestyles. The fashion can be of different types and the interests can be of multiple types depending upon people choices and their interests to welcome something. The fashion of men sunglasses, the fashion of men clothes, perfumes for men, shoes for men, eye wears for men, men grooming products, men accessories, men garments, men watches and men related all those items always influences the men buying capacities. Almost every field has some attractions and quality features which attracts the attention of the men community to take interests to buy or use something. For a definite difference and appearance, the men like styling extremely crucial for a man. Different types of fashion attractions like shoes, watches, clothes, and accessories have a unique attraction which enables someone to take interests and to buy the specific item for different purposes.
The fashion trends are different in every region depending upon people’s interests and their preferences. There are many online biggest men’s fashion portals which have unique attractions to attract men community by offering multiple items and awareness about something. Different stores have a vast variety of product range to meet their customer’s expectations. Different type of useful resources can be helpful to attract people from the targeted markets. Useful campaigns and online promotion ideas can bring immediate results to influence people from targeted markets. Most of the men like to wear luxury watches and they take interests to buy the luxury watches for their personal use. Rolex, Omega, black bay 58, Patek Philippe and Breguet are some of the world’s top class watches which men like to wear on different occasions. Free advertisement and markets campaigns can be useful to attract men’s attention. Same as paid campaigns provide other sources to instantly reach out the best customers around the world.
Social media can play a vital role to attract targeted audiences. Social media is an advanced and instant source of communication to launch any type of idea through proper channels. This is the age of modern technology and trends which people likes to adopt but the way of advertisement should be based on instant brand awareness. The fashion awareness campaigns can be of different types which can be produced on attractive topics. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google Plus, Daily Motion, YouTube and thousands of other famous sites provides an instant response from the public in a specific timeframe. Short videos and effect text campaigns provide an instant public response by using quality keywords through proper channels. Men can learn the basic acknowledgment of fashion trends through groups, communities, channels, profiles, tweets, videos, text and different forms of creative advertisements. The small business campaigns can be effectively useful to spread specific brand awareness in potential markets to get quick responses. Paid campaigns are playing a vital role to deliver fast awareness for the people to buy something.
9 Of The Hottest Japanese Watches For Men In 2019
In the realm of luxury watches, there are two main players when it comes to watching movements; the Swiss and the Japanese. While experts debate whether the workings of Swiss or Japanese watches are best, for most of us the difference between two watches comes from the styling, not the movement inside.
While Switzerland is home to household names like Rolex and Tag Heuer, Japanese watch brands include Seiko, Casio, and Citizen. If you’ve never really considered a Japanese watch before, here’s our pick of the top 9.
9 Best Japanese Watches
Perhaps the main difference between the two watch-making countries is that whilst the Swiss tend to follow tradition, Japanese watches have a reputation for technology. Whether you are looking for a watch with quartz or mechanical movement, there is something for you in this list.
1. Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Perpetual Chronograph A-T Watch
You’ll never need to change the battery of this watch, as it is fitted with Citizen’s Eco-Drive technology. The internal lithium-ion cell is charged by converting light into energy. Considered one of the best Japanese watches for water sports and marine activities (but not scuba diving), it includes a one-second chronograph that will keep measuring for up to one hour.
Although they were first invented in Britain rather than Japan automatic watches are just as popular with Japanese manufacturers as they are in other countries. This model from Seiko is a true dive watch, suitable for depths down to 200m. Style hasn’t been sacrificed for performance, with the stainless steel casing contrasting with the black dial.
The classic diving look is complemented by a chunky strap. The display has hour markers, with minutes on the bezel, and a date window available in both English and Spanish.
3. G-Shock GA 100 Military Series Watch
Casio carved a name for style as a Japanese watch brand with its Casio G-Shock series. Their heavy-duty designs have made them popular with tough guys the world over, and the GA 100 is another of that type.
The design is all matte black, from the dial to the chunky resin band. The GA 100 has both analog and digital display and is fully programmable. It’s also shockproof and watertight to 200m if you live up to the action man look.
4. Citizen Eco-Drive Titanium Watch
The second from Citizen on this list, and another fitted with the eco-drive technology from this Japanese watch brand. Where this differs from the first watch, is that this model is styled for casual or dress wear, rather than for activity.
It has a titanium case with black dials and includes a chronograph. It’s also waterproof to 200m, but we wouldn’t recommend getting the leather strap wet. It also contains a date window and a low-charge indicator just in case you don’t get enough sunlight.
Orient is the brand to turn to if you want something stylish and understated, but with consummate engineering. The design is fuss-free, with a blue dial and titanium case contrasting with a brown calfskin band.
The dial is uncluttered, containing only the clock face itself with an outer and inner dial and a date window. No need to worry about winding either, as this model contains Orient’s caliber 48743 automatic winding mechanism.
6. Orient Monarch Mechanical Hand Wind Watch
If you want to create a vintage look with a brand new timepiece then the Monarch is right up your street. It has a simple steel case and a domed glass, protecting the black dial which is decorated in a timeless style.
7. Citizen Eco-Drive Avion Sport Stainless Steel Watch
Another vintage-inspired piece, this one harks back to the 1950s. The black strap has contrasting white stitching, a color choice echoed in the dial and hands. Despite the classic look, it contains Citizen’s eco-drive and will self-charge from natural light.
Waterproof to 100m, the Avion also has 12 and 24-hour clock dials and a date window. It might look like it’s slipped from the wrist of a pioneering trans-Atlantic pilot, but the Avion is all modern under the hood.
8. Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Watch
Showing the versatility of Japanese watch brands, this model couldn’t be more different from Seiko’s other entrant onto this list. The 5 is an understated, military style watch that would look as good on your wrist on a night out as it would on a long hike.
With a brushed metal bezel and khaki strap and dial, the 5 has both inner and outer dials and a date window. Underneath the case is a 21-jewel automatic movement that means you’ll never need to stop and wind.
9. Orient Ray 2 Analog Japanese Automatic Silver Watch
An upgraded version of Orient’s best-seller, the Ray, they’ve upgraded the movement and added a hand-wind feature if you want to give the automatic winding a helping hand. If synching watches with others is useful for you, you can stop the second hand just by pulling out the crown.
Looks-wise, the Ray 2 is a slimmer version of the Ray. It has an attractive stainless steel bracelet and a blue face that echoes the Rolex Submariner. It includes a 120-click diving bezel, sword hands, and a date window.
Performance and Style
There’s no doubt, looking at this list, that Japanese watches can stand their ground when compared with models from any other maker around the world. A great watch is a combination of functional and stylish. It contains features that make life easier and blends well whether we’re working, socializing or getting out into nature.
If you need a little help in working out your balance of style and functionality, then keep watching our fashion section. We regularly share content about what is good and what is not in the world of men’s fashion. Whether it’s the best in Japanese watches or the must-have fashion accessories, we’ve got you covered.
Finding The Perfect Dress For The Mother Of The Groom
Weddings come with a lot of joy and happiness as well as some anxiety. Most often, as much as it may be mutual for the bride and groom to have the same levels of mixed emotions, the bride has to deal with a little much of it. What is her theme? What will the décor look like? What kind of dress will she wear? Needless to say what both her mother and the mother in law will wear. Traditionally, the mother of the bride would choose what to wear first which would subtly guide what the mother of the groom would wear too. Today, as much as some still follow the norm, there is much more room for discussion.
Weddings are special occasions for both the mother of the bride and the groom. Therefore, it goes without saying that whatever the theme of the wedding is, they have to feel comfortable in whatever dresses they wear. It might sound like an easy task to do, but there are a lot of considerations that need to be put in place before finding the mother of the groom dresses.
1. Consult with the Mother of the Groom
Firstly, it is essential to get to know the tastes and preferences of the type of dress she would feel comfortable in. In most scenarios, the difference in ages will definitely determine the kind of dress she chooses in terms of the type of material, length, and design. Remember that as much as you already have a picture of what you want her to wear, it is crucial for you to as well adjust to what she chooses.
2. Guide Her Through
As much as she has a say in whatever she decides to wear, it is important to give her a few guidelines. Let her know the wedding theme, the colours, the kind of design you would recommend to her. Mother of the Groom dresses come with different styles, mostly formal but you can put a twist to it making it sassy. Remember, at the end of the day she needs to stand out as well as blend into the bridal party.
Having a clear picture of what dress she needs to get for herself, it makes it way more manageable when it comes to shopping. She can choose to physically visit stores that sell these dresses or better yet log in to websites that offer the same. In most cases, stores that sell cheap mother of the bride dresses also provide the same for the mother of the groom.
4. Ask Her to Keep You on the Loop
There are a number of Cheap Mother of the Bride Dresses as well as the grooms. As a bride, you could kindly ask your mother in law to keep you on the loop before deciding on what dress to buy. If possible, you could accompany her to find the perfect dress in stores.
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