Tom James Blog

What Is Power Dressing?

How Power Dressing Can Improve Your Performance at Work
By: Sterling Woerner, Clothier
February 11, 2020

Power dressing is achieved by wearing high-quality fabrics perfectly tailored to your body with carefully chosen accessories that result in a cohesive look from head to toe. Combined, these elements display a mastery of your wardrobe.  While the term ‘power dressing’ became popular in the 1980s when stockbrokers and salespeople were glorified by Hollywood, the concept goes back mu...  Read More ►

How to Recognize a Perfect Fit for Your Professional Clothing

5 Ways to Tell Your Clothes Fit Properly
By: Zach Trimble, Clothier
February 10, 2020

If you’re like most men, you believe your professional wardrobe fits well enough, but doesn’t impress others or enhance your image. You never receive compliments about your attire, reinforcing your apathy toward your wardrobe. In fact, you may even believe that you will never achieve a perfect fit and assume your jackets will always bunch or your shirt collars will always be too snug....  Read More ►

How Much Did You Actually Spend on Your Clothing?

5 Reasons You're Overpaying For Your Clothes
By: Rebecca Garsys, Clothier
January 16, 2020

When we meet with new clients for the first time, we always ask about their closet. No, we’re not looking for skeletons. Instead, we seek a complete understanding of the clothing they need for their professional and personal lives. We ask about their wardrobe and style. What clothes fit the best? Which are their favorite outfits? What percentage of their wardrobe are they currently wearing?...  Read More ►

5 Ways the Tom James Experience is Different Than the Department Store

By: Rebecca Garsys, Clothier
December 13, 2019

The first time we meet with customers, they often ask, “What is the Tom James Experience?” We take great pride in answering this question. We explain that there are aspects of our personalized service which remain consistent across all our clients: convenience, high-quality fabrics, and custom clothing crafted to your exact measurements. However, the specific benefits our clients find...  Read More ►

Want to Look Great but Don't Have the Time?

By: John Talley, Director of Merchandising
December 13, 2019

Does this sound familiar: you walk into a department store looking for a suit for a specific occasion. Maybe you have an important business trip and your go-to navy suit is at the dry cleaners. Or maybe you have an upcoming speaking event and you realized your favorite suit looks a little worn. Perhaps you have recognized this gap in your wardrobe for a while and procrastinated until the last minu...  Read More ►

How to Choose the Right Fabric for Your Custom Suit

By: Herb Melton, Clothier
December 12, 2019

  One of the best ways to make a good first impression is with a beautiful, well-made custom suit because it is perfectly designed for your body. The lapel is gentle and firm at the same time, the collar perfectly contours to your neck, and the shoulders are hand-stitched to account for the slope of your shoulders. Once you’ve decided to embark on the journey of a custom suit and once y...  Read More ►

The Anatomy of a Suit

What's Hiding Behind Your Lining?
By: Tim Cornell, Clothier
November 25, 2019

  The suit has helped men distinguish themselves with certain levels of professionalism, formality, and elegance since the 19th century. There is no other article of clothing that has been more valuable for royalty, military and gentry alike in creating a positive impression! But are all suits alike? While most will have a collar, lapel, sleeves, buttons and pockets, that’s where the si...  Read More ►

What's the Difference Between a Sport Coat, a Blazer and a Suit Coat?

A quick answer to a sometimes confusing question.
By: Tim Cornell, Clothier
November 13, 2019

Building a versatile wardrobe that projects competence, leadership, and professionalism in every occasion is made easier by having a variety of jackets that coordinate with different garments in your closet. When we start working with new clients, we are often asked about the difference between a sport coat, a blazer, and a suit coat. Let’s explore these differences so you can start pairing...  Read More ►

How to Dress for Your Body Type

By: Dave Christopher, Clothier
November 13, 2019

  If you’re like most men, you walk into a store on a tight schedule, browse through limited options, find items in your size, and try them on. From those, you select the ones you like best and have the sales associate mark the hem and any other needed alterations. Typically, you won’t have time to consider current styles and trends or how these items will fit into your current wa...  Read More ►

How to Dress Professionally in the Casual Workplace

By: John Talley, Director of Merchandising
October 23, 2019

  It was like being on the set of Mad Men. For years, the workplace dress code called for a dark suit, white shirt, and a dark tie. Executives and lower-level managers alike sported that uniform, which stayed the norm until the tech boom of the late 90s. Enter the black t-shirt and jeans. And, with the increase in entrepreneurship over the past two decades, the casual trend has only increased...  Read More ►


"Jordan is extremely professional and responsive. He is also knowledgable and helpful in his recommendations. I have nothing but good things to say about his service."

Custom Clothier Jordan Yocum

Jordan Yocum

Tom James of Louisville

"I became acquainted with Tom James approximately 7 years ago when I lived in D.C. Thankfully, a coworker introduced me to Dan. I have a difficult time finding dress clothing that is not too big; I struggle with the right sizing. Dan was very professional and patient as we reviewed different cuts and how it would look and feel. I am extremely happy and I can still wear all the clothing I have purchased over the years both from a quality and style point of view."

Custom Clothier Dan Hook

Dan Hook

Tom James of Seattle
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