Category Archives: Custom Clothing

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!

Proportional Challenges Dressing for your Body Type Part 3

Last week, Rob asked for guidance on how to dress his 6-foot frame on a limited budget.

Rob, they say the ‘devil is in the details’. I can confidently say the devil is in ignoring the details. Details count.

Details/Construction – Coats

  • Your clothing should fit a bit on the easy side.
  • Coat lapels should be regular to slightly wider with notches that are not too close to the shoulder line. Current fashion would suggest a lapel width of 3” to 3 ½” or slightly wider if the lapel is peaked (comes to a point instead of being notched.) A natural shoulder line, slightly extended but not too padded or roped, is preferable.
  • Details, details, details. Flaps and pockets add substance and dimension. Add a ticket pocket to some of your suit or sport coats. Side vents are your best choice for the back of your jackets. A puff-fold pocket square is a good idea.
  • Two-button and double-breasted (6 buttons, 2 to button) jackets provide good lines for your build. Try to avoid three button coats with the top button being functional. (You’ve no doubt heard the “bean pole” or similar reference enough already. Let’s put a stop to that.)

In the next installment. – shirts! And in the mean time, check out The Virtual Tailor!

Proportional Challenges: Dressing for your Body Type Part 2

Last time, Rob asked for guidance on how to look great at his height of 6 feet – and on a limited budget.In your case, Rob, your height is on the tall side of average, which is a natural advantage and something to accentuate, but you will want to wear clothing that fills out the horizontal to balance and refine your look. The following guidelines will give you more detail on how to do that:


  • Emphasize the horizontal and widen your overall appearance by wearing more clothing with a horizontal element in the pattern, i.e. plaids and checks.
  • The best fabrics for you are those with texture and substance (or at least the appearance thereof) such as flannel, tweed, oxford cloth, twills and herringbones, etc.
  • Avoid fabrics that cling.
  • If you want to wear stripes, consider those that are wider set…. at least 3/4” apart. The further apart the stripes, the bolder they can be. The same advice holds for checks and plaids. Tighter patterns should be more subtle while broader patterns can be more intense.

Tomorrow, we talk construction! And in the mean time, check out The Virtual Tailor!