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The Little Things that Make the Difference

There are many new fashion trends in today’s market that to the average person may seem confusing. This comes in the form of hybrid styles such as business casual or smart casual. What are these styles and where does one end and the other begin. This blog discusses the differences between both business casual and smart casual styles.

Business Casual

Top

  • Plain darker colour jacket
  • white or blue plain shirt
  • No t-shirts

Pants

  • Dark jeans
  • A muted colour chino pants

Shoes

  • Dark brown or black leather shoes

Accesories

  • Keep them to minimum
  • A black or dark brown leather belt 
  • Light or pale blue pocket square
  • Smart watches can be worn
  • Fashionable sunglasses

Occasion

  • Casual fridays at work
  • Date nights
  • Meetings outside the office

Colour Palette

  • Muted colours
  • Darker shades
  • No patterns

Smart Casual

Top

  • Bright or light coloured jacket
  • Plain crew neck
  • Shirts can be more colourful
  • Plain coloured t-Shirts (not printed)

Pants

  • Dark or light jeans 
  • Lighter coloured chinos 
  • No shorts
  • No ripped jeans

Shoes

  • Leather shoes
  • Suede shoes
  • No trainers

Accesories

  • Can wear more than one
  • Any belt (can be contrasting)
  • Colourful pocket squares
  • Discreet wristbands/bracelets
  • Sunglasses

Occasion

  • Parties
  • Date nights
  • Weddings, official events

Colour Palette

  • Can be brighter colours
  • Can wear checked shirts/jacket
  • No more than 3 colors

Business casual can be best described as relaxed formalwear. A man going for a business casual look should aim to combine a jacket with dark jeans or mute coloured chinos. One should wear a shirt underneath the jacket, as this ensures the look is sharp.

Colours

As for the colours, the jacket should be subtle, with colours such as navy, grey, dark brown, or sage. The pants should complement the jacket, with muted contrasting colours like dark green jacket/grey trousers; Brown jacket/dark blue trousers. It would be highly suggested to avoid loud and bright colours such as yellow or red. 

Accessories

A tie is a no go for a business casual style as the aim of this style is to appear more casual, and a tie should be saved for a business suit. You can wear a belt, although it is recommended that you choose the one that matches the shade of your trousers. In terms of footwear to complete the look, wear leather. Last but not least, do not accessorize too much. Wristbands, sunglasses, and pocket squares should be used strategically, and not all at the same time as it reduces the business style in the look.

Occasion

Wear business casual for your casual Fridays in the office or for a semi-formal meeting outside of the office. Ladies also love a business casual look for a date!

Smart casual is a less formal extension to business casual. While business casual is used for the office, smart casual is something to wear for everything outside of it. 

You can wear a plain, toned-down t-shirt for a smart casual look. If you are to wear any shirt that has a print of some sort, you are wearing more of a casual look, not a smart casual look.
If you opt for a shirt, you can go with more colours, or checkered and compliment it with a blazer or a crew neck.

As for trousers, you can wear more colour than in business casual. Jeans, smart chinos. Ripped jeans and shorts are a casual look, not smart casual.

Colours

You can wear lighter and brighter colours in the smart casual style as compared to the business casual style as long as you don’t over do it. The aim is to keep only 3 colours total in your overall look. In addition, try not to wear more than 1 bright colour within the 3 colours you choose. Otherwise, a peacock will be asking you for their feathers back.

Accessories

A pair of sunglasses, wristband, bracelet, colourful pocket square will add an informal feel to your style. Also, you can wear a belt that contrasts the pants, but always be cautious of the three-colour rule mentioned above. When it comes to shoes, you can wear leather or suede shoes, however, stay away from trainers please.

Occasion

A smart casual outfit can be used for any kind of event that is outside of the office but still requires class and elegance. Examples of these include, weddings, cocktail parties and also date nights with your significant other.

Bespoke Tailoring just right for you

If you would like some further help in getting your wardrobe right contact us directly to have one made just right for your body and the occasion!

When searching for a tailor made suit you have certainly come across such terms as made to measure and bespoke tailoring. What does ‘bespoke’ mean? What does it mean if a suit is made to measure? This article will guide you through this tailoring jargon and clarify how made to measure vs bespoke suits look like.

Bespoke tailoring has a long history that dates back to renaissance, when society started to realise that clothes are a sign of wealth and power. The word ‘bespoke’ in itself means ‘ordered to be made’. 

Made to measure came later, providing a less expensive, quicker tailoring solution that carries some disadvantages, but also benefits when compared to bespoke.

Bespoke tailors are usually small independent family businesses, whereas Made to Measure is typically offered by large luxury brands: think Zegna, Corneliani, Reiss, Boss, Hackett, and others. Independent tailors have recently also started offering made to measure tailoring, in addition to bespoke services.

When debating whether to choose bespoke or made to measure tailoring you need to bare in mind the key areas of difference: fit, timing, price, and customisation possibilites.

Here is a short summary of how made to measure vs bespoke suits fare:

– Fit: bespoke fit much better than made to measure
– Time: made to measure takes a lot less time than bespoke
– Customization: bespoke offers almost infinite possibilities to customize your garment, much less so with made to measure

Fit

Bespoke tailors draw a unique paper pattern by hand. Made to Measure tailors use an existing pattern and make some basic modifications to it. However, it’s more complicated than that.

Bespoke tailors take 25-30 of your body measurements to create your pattern. Every bespoke tailor has their opinion on how a suit should fit, something that is referred to as a ‘house cut’ or a ‘house style’. For example, Savile Row tailors tend to cut with larger allowances while Italian tailors cut closer to the body. A customer won’t know the ‘house cut’ until he comes in for the first fitting, which means that there are more fittings at different stages of the process. Usually, bespoke tailors have anything between 3-5 fittings before the semi-finished garment is approved by the customer. It is best to choose a tailor whose work you have already seen in photos or on other people to minimise the need for follow up fittings.

When it comes to made to measure the basic modifications to the pattern would normally be around jacket/sleeve length & waist circumference – although that can vary from one brand to another, some may also be able to adjust chest & shoulder width. 

Some brands will make your suit accounting for all the modifications in the process of making the garment, others will only add the alterations after the garment is made. Always opt for the ones that are able to deliver the garment with your measurements accounted for in the making. Why? When it comes to the length of the jacket, there is only so much you can shorten it before the buttons & pocket placement is out of proportion to the length, for example.

Bare in mind that when it comes to Made to Measure an existing pattern of one brand may fit you better than that of the other. Variations between brands are typically in how generous they are in the chest & sleeve areas – these are typically not the areas that can be adjusted with made to measure tailoring. It is best to try patterns of various brands to see how they feel as a starting point and ask which modifications to the block are possible, before deciding on which brand to go ahead with.

Overall the fit of a bespoke garment will always be superior to that of a made to measure garment. As bespoke tailoring accounts for many more aspects that make a dramatic difference to how well the suit fits, such as shoulder angles, sleeve angles, posture, shoulder width & so much more.

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We would like to share some of the wedding suit related FAQs.
Overall, remember: your wedding your rules!
Whether you chose a very formal or a casual setting to celebrate tying the knot, whether your guest list counts hundreds of invitees or just close family & friends you are within your right to decide the dress code for yourself and the guests.

Below are some of the questions many grooms ask and we hope you find the answers useful in deciding your own attire. Tatyana, founder of Majesty Bespoke, gives a practical tailor’s perspective on what the groom can wear.

Is a three piece suit a good idea for a summer wedding? Would I be too warm?

I see three piece suits are making a big return, with a waistcoat adding quite some debonair to the man’s look. Realistically, on a warm summer day you will feel rather uncomfortable wearing another layer under your jacket. However, I still recommend the grooms add the waistcoat. The reason being not to wear the two in tandem, but rather so that you can swap the jacket for a waistcoat when it gets too warm, but you still want to keep your look formal. This way the groom can have three different looks on the day: waistcoat & jacket, just jacket, waistcoat only. 

What shall I wear to a beach wedding? Can I wear a wool suit?

You can absolutely wear a suit made of wool to a beach wedding. Ask your tailor for a lightweight wool below 250gr in weight and a cotton or silk lining on the inside would be ideal to keep you cool. With beach weddings it is always best to go for light colours such as light grey & beige for more formal settings; light blue & sage would work great for more colourful & relaxed atmospheres. Don’t got for dark colours as they absorb all wavelengths of light and convert them into heat increasing your body temperature. Light colours reflect all wavelengths of light, so the light is not converted into heat and your body temperature is not affected..

Can I wear a linen suit?

Linen has got a beautiful texture about it, but it creases easily. Another important trait of linen is that when you sweat and stretch the fabric, it starts to sag. Linen will not regain its formal shape until you wash it, whereas wool & cotton for example will ‘bounce back’ to its shape when you stretch it. Wool has much better crease resistance than linen & cotton.I still love linen though and it works great for beach weddings! I would say yes to a linen jacket, but no to linen trousers for the above mentioned reasons. With linen I would make the fit of the jacket that tiny little bit looser than on a wool jacket so that the garment does not stretch and loose it’s shape with your movement. Pair your linen jacket with lightweight cotton trousers of contrasting colour.

Are narrow lapels a suitable look for the wedding suit?

Lapel width should be proportionate to the width of your shoulders. Wider shoulders require a slightly wider lapel to keep balanced proportions. Ask your tailor what would be the best lapel width for your body for a balanced look. Same goes to the length of the jacket, ask your tailor to get the right visual balance. A jacket that is just 2cm longer than necessary can visually cut your legs short, but you will not be able to shorten it as the pockets become too close to the bottom of the jacket.Overall narrow lapels are in fashion, but I do not anticipate this will continue for long, they remind me of office suits a lot. I would say steer clear of the narrow lapel look for your wedding.

Should I go double or single breasted on the jacket?

Just like three piece suits, double breasted jackets are making a return. And I absolutely love the look. Bear in mind that one must always keep his double breasted jacket closed, unlike the single breasted jacket which you can unbutton. Consider if it would work in the climate where you are having the wedding.Many people think double breasted can make you look shorter and visually add weight. That may have been the case in the past when double breasted jackets had a boxier shape to them. If you get your DB jacket tailor made with a degree of weight suppression and in the right length for your torso vs legs you can actually visually shed pounds off. Some double-breasted jackets have six or eight external buttons, which is more traditional, while others have two or four, which is more flattering if you’re on the shorter side. No matter how many buttons your jacket has, always leave the bottom button unfastened, just like a single-breasted suit—but button the bottom interior button, so the jacket stays closed and lays flat. A double-breasted suit jacket is typically a bit longer in order to create space for the bigger lapel and the button motif, however avoid too long jackets as they visually cut your legs short.

How much is reasonable to spend on a wedding suit?

How much did the bride spend on the dress? Yes, sure, the day is all about the bride. The groom should not try to steal her thunder, but I believe the groom must keep up! And unlike the wedding dress the wedding suit can be worn to other special occasions. So how much to spend after all? I would say at least double of what you would spend on a usual business suit. It is a very special day after all.

Most people when they hear the words “custom-fit” will roll their eyes without a second thought and opt in for clothes that are straight off the rack. This is because “custom-fit” is often associated with a high price tag, and the only people who actually bother to get something custom-fitted are the ones who live lavish lifestyles and have a large ego. However, this is not the case. There are several reasons why you should get your clothes customized by a tailor, including:

1. A Better Fit

Not everyone has the same body type, so a blazer off the rack might be perfect in the shoulders for someone, but is too short in the arms or too wide in the waist. Another person wearing the same blazer could fit the waist, but the shoulders are too small or too broad. Getting your clothes customized will ensure that they fit your body the best, boosting your confidence by flattering your body type.

2. Quality Materials

 With customized clothing, you don’t need to worry about whether the clothes were made in a sweatshop in a third-world country who pays their workers less than .25 cents an hour. Most clothing in popular chains are mass produced because all these big companies care about is making a profit, no matter how low quality they make their clothes. With custom made clothing, every material that is used is of the highest quality and every detail of the garment is scrutinized before it makes its way out of the shop.

 3. Personalization

Have you ever walked into a clothing chain and not found a single thing that is your style? Or something catches your eye, but it’s made with the wrong material, or you wish it came in a different colour? With custom made clothing, you can choose everything, from the fit, to the colour, the style, the fabric, and so much more. Doing this allows you to have one-of-a-kind clothing that reflects your personal style and tastes.

4. Durability

 Off the rack clothes are also known as fast fashion because they wear out within a few months, prompting the wearer to go out and buy new clothes because they can’t be caught dead in the shirt that wore out after a few washes in the washing machine. But people continue to go for these clothes because these garments are cheap and people really do not like to spend more money when they don’t have to. However, custom made clothes are actually a worthy investment. Putting your money towards quality things, rather than buying the same cheap stuff over and over again will actually end up saving you money in the long run, if you’re able to afford the up-front cost. 

Speak with your tailor to learn more about the benefits of custom-made clothing.