Month: February 2016

Men’s Shorts: How To Get It Right

Shorts are a summer favourite. Buy it’s interesting to know that among all the men that patronise shorts as the go-to summertime clothing, most of them are prone to getting it wrong. Men’s shorts can be a versatile and utterly comfortable garment, but if worn all wrong, it can take your personal fashion several notches down. Hiding behind layers of clothing is easy. Pulling off a summer outfit is equally hard. Here is some guidance for you master the art of looking great in a pair of shorts.

Mind The Length

The most crucial aspect of shorts for men is the length. You wear it below the knee and it becomes something akin to Bermuda shorts. You wear it too short and it starts to resemble swimming trunks. Getting the length of shorts right is tricky. However the rule is pretty simple: tall guys should keep it just above the knee while short guys should wear it a few inches above the knee. But irrespective of your height, you must always try to stick to a length that flatters your physique.

Choose A Breathable Fabric

Men’s shorts online are available in a variety of fabrics but you should choose the one that will give you the most comfort during the torrid summer. Your best option would be cotton or linen, or other blends that are comfortable enough to be worn in summer. Be careful while choosing a fabric, because a synthetic or non-breathable fabric will not only give you discomfort but can also result in rashes.

Try Your Shorts Before Buying Them

Most men spend a lot of time in their shorts during summer, and this requires you to try out each pair before you buy them. You must choose a slim fit instead of something that clings to your legs, and try walking, sitting, and standing up to make sure the fit and size are correct. If you find it too tight or too hot, you may need to look for a different size and fabric.

Stick To Flattering Styles

Instead of trying out men’s printed shorts or loud colours just because they’re all the rage, it’s more advisable to stick to something that you’re more comfortable in. There are hundreds of different varieties of men’s shorts available in the market, and which one you buy would depend on your physique and your comfort level. If you’re comfortable in a looser fit and neutral colours, then stick to it. If you’re more into experimenting, then you’re free to go ahead and try the different varieties of shorts available online.

Vintage Versus Modern Men’s Clothing

Vintage normally refers to an item that imitates or is from a previous era. Modern is the here and now, and the latest in fashion trends. Below is the difference in vintage and modern men’s clothing.

Vintage Men’s Clothing

Most vintage men’s clothing has been worn previously, while other items have never been worn. Vintage sizes were often smaller than the corresponding contemporary sizes. Larger sizes were rare and were made on request only. Vintage sewing patterns of men’s suits are available today and offer the option to create a historically accurate garment. Each person’s body has to be measured so that the garment would fit your body perfectly. Vintage men’s clothing, in recent years, has been recognized as a tangible asset, which means that it has great value. Therefore, the buyer of a garment has the right to know whether they are buying a reproduction item or the real thing. Plus there can be no imitation of the genuine item for it to retain its value. Vintage clothing maintains and grows in value due to the fact that it is genuinely from a past era.

Modern Men’s Clothing

Fashion trends are very unpredictable and ever-changing. Every man wants to dress up in the latest fashion and styles of men’s clothing. To dress in the cutting edge of fashion wear, you have to know what the modern clothing trends are and how to incorporate these styles in your wardrobe. You can find out what the latest trends are by visiting fashion shows, reading men’s wear magazines and following fashion blogs. Every man needs a perfect men’s suit in his cupboard for any special occasion. Suits are made in different sizes and, on request, a tailor made suit can be created for you. When fitting a suit on and you find that it’s too big or small, the menswear store’s tailor can alter the size to fit your body perfectly. If you work in an office ensure that the trouser of the suit is tailored to your length. A slim fit or tailored men’s suit is one of the best investments you can make in terms of fashion men’s wear. It is versatile enough to be worn at a wedding, a funeral, for work or to that special occasion or function. Modern men’s clothing not only includes formal wear but casual wear too.

Keeping up to date with modern fashion styles will put you at the forefront of any occasion.


How to Determine the Quality of a Suit 11 Things to Remember

Even for the seasoned Suit-wearers, determining the quality of a suit can sometimes become tricky. Many details are easily overlooked during a fitting or even on a finished garment.

No matter where you are having your suit made; at a well-known tailor or a new one you just met as part of short listing the tailor, this 11-point Quality Checklist can help you to ensure that the garment you are buying is truly top-quality.

1. Symmetry and Alignment: Alignment of fabric panels is often difficult to achieve. Hence, make sure that the left-right proportions of the suit are equal. Check to be sure that central seams and features are truly centered. In particular, check the tops of the shoulders, pocket flaps, and other seams to ensure that stripes or patterns are not misaligned.

2. Fit: Make sure that your suit is not too baggy. Inferior tailors will often cut erring on the side of a garment that is too large. Your suit should be fitted to your waist. Raise and move your arms when checking this point, if you feel any discomfort, you must complaint to the tailor. The sleeve length should remain correct in every position.

3. Arm Holes: The fit of the suit around the arm holes is determined by the skill employed during the cutting of the fabric. The fabric around the armpits should fit your form and not be baggy.

4. Collar and Shoulders: Be sure to look at you back in a mirror when trying on a suit. Often the fabric across your shoulders will buckle if the cut is not right. Be wary of a tailor who attempts to fix this problem easily by cutting away the excess material. This will only result in another pitfall: a collar that juts away from your neck.

5. Proportion: During your fitting you should have the chance to determine the exact placement of the waistline button (the top button on a 2-button suit or the middle button on a 3-button suit). The placement of other elements such as the pocket flaps and breast pocket are determined using the waistline button as a central point. Therefore, the overall proportions of the suit depend on the correct placement of this vital piece..

6. Hand Stitched Lapels: Many tailors use machines or glue that result in a flat, lifeless lapel. However, hand-stitched lapels are always best and you can determine whether they are hand stitched or not by looking at the underside for tiny needle marks. This will ensure that your lapel holds and maintains is roundness and shape like a bird’s chest.

7. Cuff Button Holes: At the cuff should be four real button holes. Most of the ready made suits often feature false button holes and do not have this real button holes as their placement will vary from individual to individual.

8. Real Buttons: These days, most of the buttons are made of plastic which will not give a great appearance. Hence, you should prefer buttons that are made of real animal horns.

9. Backing: Without the right backing the shape of your suit will not last and may not look right at all. During your fitting be sure to check out the backing that lines the chest and lapels. The best quality backing will canvas made from a combination of linen or wool with horse, camel, or human hair.

10. Lining: Not just external look, but internal comfort should be a top priority. Polyester does not breathe well and does not provide the greatest comfort. The inner lining of the suit should be made of Rayon, not silk or polyester. Some rayon’s are made from cotton, corn, or even bamboo.

Silk provides not friction to catch in the suit fabric yet provides too much friction against your shirt. The result is that should feel like two layers of fabric feels and looks like three.

11. Inside Jacket: Inside pockets should also be carefully sewn which can be fastened securely by a handcrafted button.

Above all, when you wear your suit, you should feel comfortable. No part should pull or feel tight when you move. Hence, check all the above aspects before you decide to buy or stitch a suite for you. You may also want to ask your tailor before you order if he/she adhere to the all above factors.

Choose the Perfect Saree and Blouse for Your Body Shape

Although it is a popular belief that no woman, whatever her body shape or age, can go wrong with the traditional drape, we think otherwise. The same holds true for the saree blouse, because a well-tailored blouse can make or break the beauty of your saree drape.

Voluptuous Figure

When people say you have an ‘hourglass figure’, you know you’re voluptuous. Voluptuous or curvaceous women are the opposite of athletic looking. Georgette, chiffon and net sarees all work wonderfully when tightly wrapped around a voluptuous woman’s curves! Light embroidery will look better than heavy sarees and so will stringy blouses. Also halter-neck blouses look great on most full-figured women, and so do backless blouse designs for some added glamour.

Tall and Slim Women

Tall and slim women are often athletic looking and they can carry off heavy sarees with a lot of embroidery. If you’re tall and slim opt for big, bold, bright prints or sarees with heavy borders, in order not to lengthen your shape any further. Chinese collar blouses and high neck designs suit tall women with long necks. So do embroidery and bling; heavily embellished blouses require the bare minimum of jewelry, with a simple pair of earrings being enough.

Short and Slim women

If you are petite, go for sarees with thin borders and avoid bold prints. Small prints work best on petite women with short necks as do rectangular and oval neck blouses. Backless blouses with 3/4th sleeves look stylish and classy and can give lots of confidence to the petite woman.

Overweight Women

Silk sarees are a great choice for most women who are overweight. Avoid cotton and stiff fabrics that make you look gigantic. Dark colors on light fabrics like handloom saris will look great. The blouses should long or full sleeved cover the waistline to minimize the exposure of flab.

Apple-Shaped Body

If both your chest and stomach are heavy, you will be apple-shaped. Opt for sarees with beautiful

embroidery and complement them with long blouses that cover your waist. Add bright colours to your blouses to get a striking look and stay away from spaghetti strap styles please!

Pear-Shaped Body

If you have a heavier lower part compared to your upper body, then you’ll be pear-shaped. Opt for chiffon and georgette sarees to balance the two portions out. Fashionable women who like to blend tradition with the latest trends should wear halter-neck or spaghetti strap style blouses, which suit pear-shaped women.

Slim Figure

Cotton, raw silk sarees, as well as cotton-silk blends and organza fabrics work well for slim women who seek fuller figures. Sarees in pastel hues, having heavy embroidery or zari work suit slim women, who can complement them with almost any style of blouse, especially sleeveless, spaghetti straps, halter necks and even tube blouses!