Tuesday, April 8, 2014

How Much is Too Much Pattern?

Pattern button down shirts have been coming into men's fashion for the past few years that started of cautiously but is now running with the wind. So, how do you know when too much pattern is too much? 
Simple answer: when it hurts your eyes. 

Everyone tends to start with plaid or stripped shirts when beginning to venture off of the solid colors. 
source: GQ
Cameron from Modern Familiy,
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And then there's always the floral print that is becoming a classic. But how do you wear floral? Well, the louder you go, the more casual you become. 
This shirt is a great example of a floral shirt you could wear with a conservative suit in the office. A solid conservative suit will balance out the floral print. Keeping the floral print on a smaller scale will keep it from getting too loud. Try to keep in mind the colors you are wearing as well, this shirt is a nice light blue, keeping in line with traditional work shirts. 
Ted Baker Fiftrim Floral Button Down
Source: Ted Baker
The louder the print, the more casual you become. Something to keep in mind when wearing loud floral is to watch when it starts adapting a tropical flavor. Once you go there, you either border or enter the Hawaiian shirt territory; which are great for vacations or if you work at Pixar, but not so much for every day work wear. This shirt keeps an upbeat playful attitude while catering to those who are bolder than someone just entertaining floral. 
source: Gitman Bros, Mon Chou Chou print

What's really growing in popularity are tiny prints and I love them! It's more playful than floral but can still be conservative at first glance due to its small scale. They are also in vogue this season for men but I'm sure they'll be sticking around much longer than that. 

Polka dots are a classic more playful pattern. Most men tend to shy away from this look, thinking it to be more feminine, associating it with children. However, printed shirts are becoming more playful and are allowing men to be less conservative without going overboard. 
Ted Baker Thebosa Shirt
source: Ted Baker
This shirt looks conservative from afar but when you get up close, it's full of fishes!!
Ted Baker Fishbiz Shirt
source: Ted Baker

Now this isn't to say that you can't wear louder shirts full of color or large prints. If you though, just be sure to own it. Don't let the shirt wear you, you better be wearing that shirt and showing it off with pride! 
Cameron of Modern Family
source: AfterElton

Want to know what patterns we have? Thinking about trying to pair a fun shirt with your suit? Take advantage of our Buy a Suit, Get a Shirt promotion! Contact a style consultant at info@9tailors.com

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Buy a Suit, Get a Shirt!

Everyone needs a well fitting shirt to go with their custom suit.
For the month of April, we're making it easier for you to mix and match your suits and shirts! 

Buy a Suit, Get a Shirt!*
restrictions apply
*You will receive a $79.00 credit towards a shirt for each suit purchase. 
*Promotions cannot be combined
*Shirt credit cannot be gifted to someone else, must be used by client purchasing suit
*Must be redeemed in the same appointment
*Applies for Super 150 suiting and above only
*cannot be redeemed for cash or cash equivalent 
*expires 4/30/2014

Book an appointment with a style consultant at info@9tailors.com! 
Photograph by Channing Johnson

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Collection featuring Her

Technology is advancing at a greater pace than we have ever thought was actually possible. Sure, we imagined it and expected to go faster if anything given our predictions for what the year 2010 was supposed to look like from movies made in the 1970's and 1980's. But realistically? We can only expect so much to happen at once or really, we can only expect so much to be released on the open market. Otherwise, I think we're catching up to our fantasies and science fiction stories at an alarming rate. 

Generations are being raised on i-pads and smart phones. We live on our phones. We are lost if we can't find our phone, forget it at home or god forbid - the battery dies and we don't have a charger with us or even more tormenting, no outlet. We socialize with each other in person while keeping our eyes on our miniature screen and barely put it down; whether it work, social media (not actually socializing with other people, but networking) or just playing candy crush, the large majority of us don't know how to be present. 

source: 2.bp.blogpsot

Her is a beautiful movie by Spike Jonze about socially reconnecting ... with an IOS system. But nonetheless, Joaquin Pheonix's character, Theodore, learns how to love again and how to emotionally reconnect, eventually, with another person and how to get himself out of his own funk. 

For the put together guy who finds freedom with technological growth and keeping up to date with the latest gadgets, we give you, our outfit inspired by Theodore from Her.
A laid back but tailored linen jacket keeps things casual but put together when you're out and about. You may not have to wear a wool suit to the office everyday but you don't want to look like you just rolled out of bed. The colored cotton pants keeps the outfit lively with fun socks to match and play on subtle details, like the purple stripes in your custom shirt. The custom shirt has two chest pockets for your phone (where Theodore keeps his) or business cards, ready for you to connect with anyone at the local coffee shop or wifi bar. The shirt also features a special button down that I have yet to see anywhere else. Photos to follow in a few weeks. 

Interested in a casually tailored garment like a blazer or just pants for the warmer seasons? Want to have brighter colors and start exploring away from the ordinary navy's and gray's? Want a different kind of collar like the 'batman' collar or want to even know what a 'batman' collar is and how many different ways we can button down the collar? Contact us at info@9tailors.com! 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Clean Shoes, Clean Details: Socks

Now that your shoes are shined and ready for Spring, don't forget the details. Socks and colored shoelaces have become surprisingly important in menswear fashion in the past few years. People are paying more attention to the pattern and colors of your socks and how they match up with your tie or pocket square. The sock is one of the few places that you can have some fun with while at work. 

Ryan Gosling at "Drive" premiere showing off red socks with black loafers.
source: mensfashionmagazine

Keeping it (kind of) Conservative,

If you don't know where to start but want to start exploring, start with playing with classics. Argyle and stripes are safe bets but are brought to life with bright color combinations or go for playful patterns, like polka dots, but stick with classic colors, like black and white. Our client demonstrates the latter option below. 

Actual Client, Dan, showing off playful black and white polka dotted socks with red shoelaces to match the heel of the sock over black shoes. It all ties together so seamlessly, you can't help but love it! 

If you really want to jump into the trend but not get overwhelmed by too many options off a wall, Happy Socks makes gift sets for men with a perfect balance! The argyles keep it classic but the colors make it more playful. Blue is always a safe color and also is the most favored color among men, so you can't go wrong. The gray is a safe color that matches just about anything but keeps it alive with the pink edge and blue toes. The polka dots stay playful but not too outrageously so with it's navy background. This gift set has the conservative sets for work and bolder sets for weekends. 
Happy Socks gift set for Men, $45.00

Want to be a little more playful than argyle's and polka dots but still be able to wear socks to work? Again, play with the pattern but stick with conservative colors. It keeps the looks well balanced and not too overwhelming in the office as you walk by.
Happy Socks, Paisley $12.00

If you couldn't tell, I'm a fan of black and white socks in fun patterns. The pops of color on the heel, toe and band are always hidden surprises that allow you to wear these socks in conservative settings. You get to have fun without looking inappropriately dressed.
Ted Baker Hounds Tooth Socks, $24.75

Getting Playful and Bold,

The geometric pattern and bolder color makes this sock better suited for play and a casual or bolder suit. This would look fantastic with the bluer suits our clients have been ordering! Very seasonally appropriate.
Ted Baker Banofie Sock, $14.03

Super playful and absolutely for weekend wear. Whenever a sock is covered in an all-out print such as parrots, you can't resist buying them but you have to make certain you're showing them off with the right outfit.
Ted Baker Madera Sock, $14.03

Floral, floral everywhere! It can't be Spring without roses blooming and gardens getting replanted and freshened for the long sunny Summer days to come.
Happy Socks Rose Sock, $12.00

Boston Magazine employed local illustrator, Nick Sullivan to show wearers how to show off their socks on weekends by rolling up their pants.

illustration by Nick Sullivan for Boston Magazine

illustration by Nick Sullivan for Boston Magazine

illustration by Nick Sullivan for Boston Magazine

illustration by Nick Sullivan for Boston Magazine

Love having a pair of pants that fits you perfectly? Want to know if we can make you custom chinos for Spring or shorts for the Summer? We can! Contact a style consultant at info@9tailors.com

Thursday, March 20, 2014

How to Polish Your Shoes

Today is officially the first day of Spring! The winter wardrobes (should) slowly start being put into storage and more your brighter colors and lighter weights should be coming out. Wear lighter layers in the meantime to transition from seasons and temperatures. 

As for your shoes go, take care of them before you continue to wear them. The salted sidewalks has caused a lot of damage to your loved leather goods. The warm weather gives no excuse to have your shoes looking worn out and faded. 

source: alphamalelifestyle

What You Need:
Saphir Polish, $5.50
source: GQ
Tin of Wax Polish
You don't want the polish to add color to your shoes, try to match it closely. Good basics to start off with are black, chestnut or dark brown and a neutral color for lighter shoes. 

Allen Edmonds Horesehair Brush, $10.00
source: Allen Edmonds
Horsehair Brush

Allen Edmonds Horsehair Dauber (Polish Applicator), $5.00
source: Allen Edmonds
Polish Dauber (Polish Applicator)

Saphir Cotton Polishing Cloth, $11.00
source: Pinterest
purchase: Amazon

Cotton Polishing Cloth

Welt Brush
Alternative Option: New Toothbrush (bristles need to be stiff)
source: exquisitetrimmings 

Welt Brush

Cotton Balls
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Cotton Balls

Step One: 
The first thing you will want to do is clean your shoe. Use the welt brush to get rid of any dirt or grime built up in the welt (space where the shoe meets the sole). Use a damp cloth or the horsehair brush to get any excess dirt off the upper shoe. Your shoe must be dry before you polish it. 

Step Two: 
Apply a generous amount of shoe polish with the dauber (applicator). Try to make it even all over the shoe and do not forget the seams and edges. Depending on how generous you are, you may need to wait 15 minutes for the polish to dry.

Step Three: 
Use the horsehair brush to get rid of any excess polish and create a smooth thin layer onto your shoe. Be sure to brush robustly and all over the shoe. Again, pay attention to the edges and seams. 

Step Four: 
Wet a cotton ball and squeeze out any excess water. Dab the damp cotton ball into the shoe polish and use that to focus on extra shine for the toe of your shoe and the heel. Use circular motions. Repeat as needed to obtain desired level of shine. Use a new cotton ball each turn and remove excess polish before repeating. 

Step Five:
Use cotton shine cloth to put finishing touches and gloss on shoe. 

Now that you know what to do, I will leave you with this beautiful video of a shoe being polished (best with sound). 

If you need help coordinating your shoes with your pants or want to know what shoes to wear with your suit, contact a style consultant at info@9tailors.com

New shirting fabrics have arrived!

New season. New spring shirting. Here's a sneak peak at some of the new spring shirting. Shirts start at $79.00. The ones below are some of our favorites for this season.

$79 and $99 per shirt

$159.00 per shirt

$159.00 per shirt

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Congratulations to Our Beautiful Bride Clients, Dana & Alexis!

Women wearing menswear inspired fashion has always been a trend, it comes and goes every year, highlighting different aspects. Some designers focus on an over-sized blazer, others like the look classic look of a white button down with tailored pants, other designers don't even consider the suits and just go for the military inspired pea coats. For this blog post, we are showing you how two of our beautiful brides went for menswear attire for their nuptials instead of just one of them wearing a suit and the other wearing a dress. 

Meet our Beautiful Brides, Dana Lyford & Alexis Schuette

Dana Lyford in her custom wedding vest and custom pants. 

Name: Dana Lyford

Age: 27

Wedding Date: October 5, 2013

Current Residence: Newton, MA

Occupation: Non-Profit Operations

How Long Have You Been a 9tailors Client? 8 Months

Why Choose Custom? 
Alexis and I chose to go the custom route after realizing how difficult it was to find affordable formal wear for women who don't necessarily fit into typical gender norms. The menswear you can find in stores wouldn't quite fit our feminine shapes, so we decided custom was the way to go. We had read good things about 9tailors and loved that the office was full of women who would understand that our bodies weren't shaped like men!

Alexis Schuette in her custom vest

What Was Your Favorite Memory From Your Wedding Day?
My favorite memory from our wedding day has to be that amazing feeling when you first get intorduced as a married couple and walk into the reception to every person that you love cheering for you. That feeling was so intoxicating, I think it will always be my favorite memory!

Describe Your Wedding Style
I feel like this is a little tough to explain because our wedding was very non-traditional and didn't really have a very intentional style. However, it was just at the beginning of Fall and we decided to really let the season be our theme. So, everything was very Autumnal and outdoorsy. 

Our loving brides in their custom wedding suits. Each suit tailored to their specific curves and needs to make them look their best and just the way they envisioned on their Autumn wedding day. 

What's Your Best Style Advice to "Grooms"?
Ha, well I'll take give my best advice to fellow gay ladies who are considering a custom suit! Don't hesitate to go the custom route, it's worth every dollar to be 100% comfortable on your wedding day. Don't worry about what a traditional suit looks like and try to make yourself look the way you think you should. Look the way you want and just be yourself! And when it's all said and done, get yourself some sexy shoes to compliment your suit!

It was such an exciting process to work with these two beautiful ladies. We love it when women come in looking for a menswear style suit and are able to add their feminine charm to it! If you want to know how to make a custom men's suit into a woman's menswear-inspired garment, contact a style consultant at info@9tailors.com. We love our bride-groom couples! 

Wedding photographed by Andrew San / 515-745-3770 / andrewsanphoto@gmail.com