5 STYLE MISTAKES TO AVOID IN 2020
01. GAPING SHIRT
02. OPEN YOUR VENTS
Several garments, suits and tuxedos in particular, come with their vents and pockets sewn shut. Mostly they are sewn together pretty tightly, but sometimes it is just a loose stitch. Regardless of the way it’s sewn together, there seems to be some confusion out in the world about whether or not these seams are meant to be broken, particularly when it comes to blazer vents.
Let me explain what these stitches are there for; they help the garments keep their shape as potential buyers try them on. But as soon as the garment arrives in the actual buyers closet, those vents and seams should be opened up and the threads should be removed. If you are afraid that you might accidentally ruin the fabric by opening them, you can either use a small scissor, or a seam ripper. We understand that not every man owns a seam ripper, so you can always have the store or a tailor open them for you.
After the seams and vents are broken you are finally able to wear the garment as the designer of the pieces intended it to be worn.
03. SHIRT-TO-JACKET-SLEEVE RATIO
The sleeve of your shirt should peek out underneath your suit jacket sleeve about 1/4 of an inch to 1/2 an inch. Any more than that and you shirt will look lanky, any less than that and it will appear as if you are wearing a short sleeve shirt or no shirt at all.
If you own a shirt that has sleeves that are too long or a suit that has sleeves that are too short, or maybe even a combination of both, bring them by our store and let us alter them for you to perfection. It might seem like a small thing to you, but it is surprisingly noticeable for others. Let us fix this fashion no-go so that you can start the decade with style.
04. PANTS PUDDLING
From the shirt-to-jacket-sleeve ration down to the legs; The length of your pants is subject to different trends. Sometimes we like the high water, also known as no break, and sometimes we like them full break. What we never like is ill-fitting, way too long pants that puddle around your shoes.
You can always head over to us for a fitting. Some men prefer their trousers to have a bit of a break (when the pant hits your shoe and creases, the divot in the fabric is called break), and some like none at all. Which you choose is up to you, but we are always there to advice you on what break would look best for your pant.
05. EVENT-APPROPRIATE FOOTWEAR
We know that we are only a few days into the New Year, but galas, weddings, proms and other events will be upon us soon, and that means formalwear all the way. Now that you know how your shirt should fit under you suit jacket and what to do with the length of your pants, it’s time to figure out what to do with your shoes. If you are attending a formal event, you should not be wearing the same shoes you wear to work day in day out. Invest in some appropriate shoes, such as a patent Oxford or some fancy velvet loafers, and don’t forget to purchase a soft cloth bag as well and take good care of them. There is nothing worse than a person showing up to an event in worn out or dirty shoes. If you play your cards right, and you really do take good care of them, they should last for several years. And if you only wear them for formal occasions (assuming no party disasters occur), they will always look like new.