The notch lapel has a separation between the collar and lapel, usually at 45 degrees. You will see this lapel most often on suits and sportcoats.
The lapel in the peak lapel rises up and above the collar tip. This lapel is seen on double breasted coats, but we are seeing them on two button side vented suits now.

Do you have an interview coming up?

Deciding what to wear is not as simple as it used to be. These days there are as many different dress codes as companies.

Wear a dark suit for an interview in sales, finance or other conservative environments. An interview in a creative industry such as publishing or media may not require a dark suit, but dressing too casually would be a mistake. A blazer and nice trousers can look professional with or without a tie, depending on the job.

Lapels seem to be getting narrower – going from 3 1/2” to 3 1/4”. Coats are trimmer in the body and a little shorter. Trouser legs are getting a little more narrow from the knee down. To complete this “Mad Men – 1960’s look, we are seeing some thinner ties too.

It is a good idea to buy an extra pair of trousers with a suit. The trousers wear out faster than the jacket, and if the trousers are torn, the extra pair will enable you to keep wearing the suit.

The vertical ribs of corduroy fabric are called wales. Their thickness can determine how the cloth is worn. Pinwale, which is dressier than the wider wale, has 16 ribs per inch. Corduroy suits are usually pinwale. Casual corduroy trousers usually have 8 ribs per inch. The thicker wale has a richer color. Corduroy looks better […]

A dress belt should be made of fine grain leather, and the underside should be leatherlined.

Whatever the dress code is at your place of work, put some thought into what you wear. A put-together look can send the message that you pay attention to details, in your image and in your work.

The license on my car is “Cuffem”, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I wear cuffs on all my trousers. That being said, cuffs or no cuffs are mostly a personal preference.

The most popular shirt cuff is the one button barrel, followed by the dressier French cuff. The barrel cuff also comes in two button. The rounded or mitered cuff are variations on the barrel cuff.

The collar style of a man’s shirt can change the appearance of the whole outfit.  A button down collar is more casual than a spread collar, but a tie can certainly be worn with a button down.  There are several styles of spread collars, and this is purely a personal choice.   You can find […]