custom clothingGetting dressed in the morning isn’t supposed to be a complex chore that takes a man an hour to do.

However, if you want to look your best, you may find yourself going through your closet each morning trying to figure out what’s still in style and appropriate for whatever you’ve got planned for the day.

While you might think buying new clothes could help you get some fashionable and seasonal items, many of the department and menswear stores don’t really focus on what’s in right now – they focus on what they think the average guy is going to buy. If you want to look better than the average guy, it might be time to step up to the big leagues and start adding custom clothing to your wardrobe.

Before you can really start buying custom clothing though, you need to understand what’s going on in the world of fashion if you really want to look stylish. Of course, you can always mix what’s fashionable with what is classic and your personal style, but being armed with the right knowledge is essential if you’re having custom clothing prepared for you.

Use this guide to help you through the process of choosing custom dress shirts, pants and blazers.

Custom Dress Shirts

Dress shirts are a particularly utilitarian piece of custom clothing and one that many men who dress up for work regularly wear pretty much every day of the work week. However, not all dress shirts are made equal and the best dress shirts you can buy aren’t ones that you get in a department or menswear store.

When it comes to dress shirt style right now, most men prefer a slim cut that is somewhat tailored to the body. This is particularly important for men that work around fashionable people in a younger crowd. However, individuals who work in more traditional sectors may still prefer a shirt with a little bit of room to breathe.

Collar types are mostly standard and straight right now, though there’s always room for a spread collar or even an Italian spread collar if you’re looking for something that stands out a bit more. Ask your tailor for examples of different collar types.

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Custom Pants

Custom pants are becoming more and more popular with discerning men, especially dress pants, because many retailers just aren’t selling what is truly fashionable. In 2014, what’s fashionable is really a somewhat slim-cut pant that is straight from hip to ankle, sometimes referred to as a stovepipe cut.

However, the stovepipe cut isn’t for every body type, though it can be exceptional on slim men and guys with an average build. If you’re on the larger side though, you may want to consider a pant that is a bit more tapered toward the ankle, allowing a bit of extra room around the waist and thigh area.

In terms of color, naturals are very popular in the fashion world right now. Colors like olive green, brick red and even good old taupe, khaki and tan are really hot.

Still, you can’t go wrong with classic navy, black or gray if you’re going to be wearing your custom pants in a business environment or need something you can easily dress up for certain occasions.


A few well-made blazers should be part of every man’s purchase when buying custom clothes. That’s because the right blazers can be worn year round with many different outfits, from casual to formal.

When you’re getting ready to start shopping for custom blazers this year, the most important thing to keep in mind is that a slim fit is very popular, as are narrow lapels that might remind you a bit of the attire your father or grandfather was wearing in the 50s and 60s.

Slim-fit jackets tend to look good on almost any body type when they’re tailored by an expert and actually fit properly. Just don’t go too small if you’re a big man, or you may have that ‘wearing your little brother’s jacket’ look that you really don’t want.

Color choices this year are somewhat similar to what’s popular in pants, meaning that naturals really rule the roost. Olive green, dark brown, camel and even certain deep shades of red and orange are very popular. Button choices are also quite natural this year, and many blazers being made by the top designers feature dark wood buttons in a rounded or oval shape.

Still, a guy who has a limited wardrobe and is having custom clothing made for him should consider at least one classic piece like a navy, black or hounds tooth blazer.

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Know Your Style

One of the most important parts of buying custom clothing isn’t about what’s currently fashionable – it’s about knowing your very own personal style. If you like something that isn’t exactly trendy, that doesn’t mean that you can’t wear it. If you’re worried about staying up on trends because you work in a fashion-forward business, you can always pair your favorite clothing items with ones that are totally of the moment to even out your look a bit.

Remember, fashion is about more than just following trends – it’s about being yourself and showing off who you really are. When you have custom clothing made for you, you get the chance to do exactly that.

Ask Your Tailor

Sometimes picking out custom clothing isn’t as easy as it seems, even if you know what it is you like. After all, you rarely have the chance to pick out every single detail that will go into something like a dress shirt, pair of pants or the perfect blazers.

While you can spend tons of time going through the fashion magazines and finding the perfect piece of clothing you can replicate, there’s another option. Ask your tailor what they think is best for you and your needs.

Your tailor is like your partner when it comes to having custom clothes made, and they have the experience to help you make the right decision. A skilled tailor that understands your style will also be up on what’s current in the fashion world so they can help you make the right decision.

When you aren’t sure about one of the details on a custom dress shirt, pair of pants or blazer, don’t hesitate to ask your tailor. They’ll steer you in the right direction every single time because of their valuable experience and knowledge of fashion.

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Ralph Lauretta

About Ralph Lauretta

Ralph is a co-owner of Sal Lauretta for Men. His areas of expertise include custom clothing as well as being the primary clothing buyer for the store. When not at work you can find him hanging out with his family, reorganizing his garage or watching a Denver Broncos game.


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