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Ask The Tailor: Wool Suits and Shoe Trees

The Tailored ManIt’s time again for Ask The Tailor, and this month he’s working overtime, answering 20% more questions at no extra charge. You’re welcome.

When is it too early to wear a wool suit?

Wooly Willie in Dale City, VA

You got it backwards, Willie. Cotton suits have a season, but you can and should wear your wool suits at any time of year. A wool suit is the staple of a man’s wardrobe, along with brown loafers, a denim shirt, a corduroy jacket, and a derby hat. At least that’s what The Tailor reaches for in his closet. Get a cotton suit for more casual events in the warm months, but wear your trusty wool suit for everything else in any month.


The Tailored Man Receives Honor as Washington D.C.

What do you get when you combine great customer service with quality fabric and clothing lines and add a dash of gentlemanly pizazz?

You get noticed.

Earlier this month, The Tailored Man was voted Best Local Men’s Clothing Shop by Express magazine, a publication of the Washington Post. The selection was based on readers’ votes.


Ask The Tailor: The One-Suit Man, Growing a Beard, and Watches

Ask The Tailor at The Tailored ManAfter laying the foundation last month with his first batch of advice, The Tailor is back and ready to be challenged with your questions. Come forth, ye needing wisdom, and huddle at the finely-shined shoes of The Tailor.

I have the resources for one suit and I want to be able to wear it year round for all occasions. What should I be looking for?
— One-Suit Charley in Culpeper, VA

Dear Charley,

You can’t go wrong with a blue suit – it’s appropriate for all seasons and versatile enough to wear for any occasion. Whether it’s a wedding, special occasion, funeral, or a night out, a well-tailored blue suit is a must in any gentleman’s collection. Start with the blue suit and grow your wardrobe from there.

The Tailor has a few secrets he can share --- purchase a colored shirt or a pinstriped shirt to spice up the solid suit when needed. Also, don’t buy a pinstripe blue suit if that’s all you’ll have. It stands out more and people will easily notice that you’re a one-suit man.


Why Your Next Suit Jacket Should be Tweed

Did you know the first man to win the British Open golfing championship was wearing tweed at the time?*

We don’t expect you to get a hole in one or hoist a trophy, but you can be a style winner by introducing tweed to your wardrobe.

Tweed offers a striking sense of depth
Tweed is made from closely woven yarn in several different shades. These intertwined shades give the fabric a distinctive sense of depth that really makes your suit jacket stand out. It also allows you to match a color in the jacket, however small it may be, with your pants, pocket square, scarf, or shoes. The more diverse you are with your color choices, the more options you’ll have.

A great style choice for anyone
Tweed was long associated with aristocracy and academia, but anyone can wear tweed now --- it’s hit the mainstream. A well-tailored tweed jacket helps you stand out from the crowd, and you won’t look like the other guys in the office. Consider a light gray tweed for versatility and a more distinguished look. Choose a brown tweed for sporty and social settings. Or layer a brown tweed overcoat with a black tweed blazer, choosing a heavier yarn for one to make it stand out.

Tweed is warmer
Come fall and winter, tweed is a great choice for a suit jacket because of its extra warmth and outdoorsy look. Wear it over a shirt or a sweater or both for extra layering. Match your tweed jacket with shoes or boots that are rugged and sturdy for the harsher months. Play up your outdoorsy side.

The Tailored Man offers jackets made from 100% pure new wool tweed made in Scotland by Holland & Sherry. To add a custom tailored Tweed jacket to your wardrobe, make an appointment today with The Tailored Man.

Photo courtesy Holland & Sherry, available at The Tailored Man. Shown: #1 Rust mock glen, #2 Fern twill with red overcheck, #3 Tan herringbone with overcheck, #4 Forest green alternate windowpanes, #5 Grey herringbone with triple overcheck, #6 Kingfisher blue with windowpane, #7 Green mix herringbone/barleycorn fancy with overcheck, #8 Mustard/tramline windowpane

*Willie Park in 1860


The Best Man's Survival Tuxedo

Your best friend has just asked you to be his best man? What do you do? Don't start looking for bars and dance night spots, instead start planning for the awesome responsibility you've been asked to assume. This tongue-in-cheek guide can help you survive the nuptials and much more.

Best Man's Wedding Survival Tuxedo