Category Archives: Tom Talks

Proportional Challenges Dressing for your Body Type Part 7

Over the last week, we’ve helped Rob look his best while on a budget….

With respect to getting the most from a limited budget, Rob – and really this is true for everyone – you will be best served by adding quality basics to your rotation.

A well-made blazer made from an excellent piece of cloth will provide elegance and versatility. If you follow the style guide of two-button, side vents, with a ticket pocket if possible, you will reap a confident appearance and be well received.

Add to that a solid medium to dark gray suit, a few well-fitting shirts and you will be well on your way. Spend up on your jackets and shoes (as their construction should last longer and become the base of your wardrobe) and save on your shirts and pants when faced with that choice.

Just remember that quality will last. It’s called investment dressing for a reason. Investments are meant to last and are worth what you pay for them! You’ll have a great coat long after those pants have been retired from your closet. Do you have a fashion or style question? Please send me an email.

And in the mean time, remember The Virtual Tailor. We’ll add videos and features that will help educate you on the basics of fine dress!

tom@tomjames.com

Proportional Challenges Dressing for your Body Type Part 6

Rob asked about dressing his 6-foot frame on a budget.

Another great idea, especially during the cooler months of the year….Think Layers…vests, sweaters, etc.

Not only do they keep you warm, they add a bit of bulk to the thinner frame.

Tomorrow, we wrap up the question with discussion on basics. Something everyone needs! And in the mean time, check out The Virtual Tailor!

Proportional Challenges Dressing for your Body Type Part 5

Rob is our 6-foot guy who asked for assistance on how to dress on a budget. Today – Pants!

Details/Construction – Pants

Pants with a cut on the easy-side of whatever is fashionable. While flat front pants most often are finished with plain bottoms, cuffs do add another horizontal element that could benefit a very tall person. In that case, cuffs should be at least 1 ½” wide and preferably 1 ¾”. At only 6 feet tall, this is of no real concern. Adding fullness to your upper half should be the primary focus.

Our next post will investigate other ideas for dressing the 6-foot frame. And in the mean time, check out The Virtual Tailor!

Proportional Challenges Dressing for your Body Type Part 4

Last week, Rob asked about making the most of his budget while dressing his 6-foot frame. Today is about shirts.

Details/Construction- Shirts

Spread collars add width and provide balance. For casual looks, a classic button-down collar with the soft roll would be an excellent choice. (Best to avoid the short point button down that is currently in fashion.)

Fabrics with more texture give a look of more bulk. If you are thin, consider those fabrics that have a textured weave or are heavier weight. They are especially helpful when layering.

Check out the great Before and After shots of our own clothiers to see the difference collars make.

In the next article, Pants! And in the mean time, check out The Virtual Tailor!