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Posted on: February 26th, 2013 by admin No Comments
Men Fashion Trends 2013

As the year passed on and the Christmas and year end sale took place, many have started wondering and discovering the new trends of 2013! Whether in the food industry, the medical sector or clothing line, the preparation for a new beginning started some time ago – and walked into the new year with a full, confident walk.

Yet, in the month of February, there are still the confused confusing the confused! Fret not, this simple article will be enough material for your wardrobe change and prepare for the fashion world of 2013.

 

Colors – Reserved for the female species for quite some time now, hot pinks and loud purples will now be received with open arms, by the male. If you are not that confident to thread into these grounds, then use these flashy shades only as an accessory; i.e., a black tuxedo accentuated with a purple tie and matching pocket square. The blue color will also dominate the market of menswear with suits that rock in midnight blue or even navy.

 

 

Prints – Florals and Stripes will join hands with bright colors this year with as many variations as it can bring. You will find full suits in florals clad on the models of the runway. All though, this might not be workable for you to wear to the next party, simply opting for the jacket with a pair of plain, custom trousers will make you a fashion hit. Still not convinced? A customed printed shirt showing as a sneak peak from under that black tuxedo would also do.

 

 

Accessories – A man carrying a purse? This is a sight to see but a trend in 2013 for sure. All though, the runway will showcase men carrying bright colored clutches, this might not be a good idea for you to carry in the ‘real’ world. Instead, select bags that are not so heavy and masculine oriented yet manly enough to look like its designed for him only.

 

 

Now, as much as fashion trends are something that should be followed, “Timeless Clothing” should still be the top of the list in a man’s wardrobe. Fashion trends change and re-change but having your own share of the classics and must-have’s will help you score at any place, any time. For instance, wearing a bespoke black suit with a crisp, custom shirt will neither make you look like a fashion mishap nor an old-fashioned geek. Timeless wear is what most celebrities choose to wear to create an image – which any fashion trend can change.

Posted on: January 19th, 2013 by admin No Comments
“Tie Ethics” The Different Styles and How to wear them without feeling like you’re being punished…!

 

Well,  Once upon a time, the men accessory “the tie” became a fad. Since then, this tight-feeling, neck-binding grooming fabric have become a ‘have-to’ at some dress coded, formal wear events or an essential complement to the work attire. Some hate it, others are unmoved by it’s existence in the wardrobe and very rare will we find men singing praises of ‘The Tie’. Let’s see the major tie styles available and how to wear them without feeling like you’re being punished.

 

 

 

The Bow Tie — A classic masterpiece that has played its role for centuries and yet is still the pride of the “Black Tie” dress code. Smart and straightforward like a magnificent tall tower, it is the very accessory that makes you stand out in a full tuxedo. Now, it has been no.1 rule to tie your own ties, but it’s quite okay to marvel at the ready bow ties available, which are now prim and prop in various designs and slightly casual styles.

 

 

 

 

The ‘Ordinary’ Tie — Well, not so ordinary anymore, I must say.  With the fashionable prints and colors these days, regular ties for work and functions have perked up and become a fashion piece of art that men love to wear. Moreover, diamonds and Swarovski studded ties have become a luxurious choice for wedding attires and fashionable men wear.

 

The Shawl Tie– Making one feel like a Lord, the Shawl-Tie sets itself apart from the other members of its family with a slightly distinct look. With its silk ruffles decorated over the chest, its brings a royal aura that makes a wedding suit look grand and regal.  Very suitable for ceremonial weddings and traditional occasions.

 

The idea is to explore and think different; instead of being accustomed to the conventional ways of wearing a tie and sulking all evening. Enjoy the sheer luxury of this accessory to complete your look and stand out from the crowd.

Posted on: January 19th, 2013 by admin No Comments
The Black Tie – How To Not look like a Waiter

Most men will flinch upon the phrase ‘black tie attire’, mainly because they are unaware of the actual tricks of the trade when dressing up to this code. Many end up wearing a regular black jacket over a white shirt with a black bow tie, ending up not looking like a sleek, elegant man in formal wear…but more like a waiter.

 

With the ever-changing trend shifts in menswear, ‘The Black Tie’ has been the only one that survived the years of conversion, keeping to it’s persona of an evening attire that describes formal wear with taste like no other. Till today, “Black Tie Preferred” or “Black Tie Requested” are still inscribed in wedding cards and moreover, still the spark of the 007 leading characters.

 

We decided not to get too complicated and cover the ‘this and that’ of the black-tie drama into one simple article that you’ll continue to remember throughout the years… ensuring that you’ll walk into the next ‘Black-Tie’ function with a touch of charisma and definitely not mimic the waiter with his tray.

 

Your Jacket – This is the most essential part of your nightwear – NO Three-Button suits!! Wear a One-button jacket along with a proper dress shirt or tailored evening shirt and ensure you’re clad in matching trousers and not jeans!

 

Your Lapels – Stick to Peaked or Shawl Lapels only! No Notched Lapels please; as these are the most common and generally used in Business suits. Peaked lapels are more formal and perfect on double-breasted jackets while Shawl lapels are usually carried very well with dinner or evening jackets.

 

Your Tie – A bow-tie only, in either black or red and there are no excuses for not being able to tie them yourself. Learn from a friend, watch a video on youtube, whatever you do, remember the bow tied done by yourself is the mark of a gentleman.

 

Your Cummerbund –There is no doubt about the fact that a cummerbund adds up to the entire ‘black-tie’ look; however, it may not be as popular these days so if you are not comfortable wearing it, then let it go. Braces are great, instead, and let you dance around without having to lift that falling trousers each time.

 

Your Shoes – The traditional necessity to company a proper dinner suit are a pair of polished, black leather shoes, whether with lace-ups or not.  Wear a pair of silk or cashmere socks to go with it.

 

Your accessories – A pocket square is a small but sweet touch to your full black-tie attire, especially when matched with the tie. Ensure that your belt and cufflinks are of the same color – gold with gold or silver with silver.  Sleek hair, swept back or spiked with some wax will give you the crisp, formal look you’re targeting for.

 

With this simple have-to’s, the Black-Tie syndrome will no more be as threatening – Keep it simple; Keep it traditional and even if you have to add some spark, keep it at a minimum. Walk with confidence and good posture and most importantly, do not offer the guests any drinks… ;)

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 by admin No Comments
Picking the right suit for you

A man is defined by what he wears. In today’s business world, unless you are dressed smartly, people won’t take you seriously. The clothes you wear reflect your attitude, achievement and personality. It gives you a head start because it is assumed you take as much pride in your work as your appearance. So just how do you create this favorable impression? You could start by investing in a decent suit. By wearing a nice, well fitted suit you will “look the part” and those listening will automatically assume that you have the authority and the ability to make decisions on behalf of the company and as a result will be taken very seriously.

 

Dress according to the image you are trying to portray, your role in the organization and most importantly to the occasion. A Navy blue suit putts off an authoritative look hence is commonly used when giving speeches or presentations. If you are an accountant, make sure your suit and shirt colors are somber;one you may consider is a dark grey suit with a blue shirt. Essentially the suit colors you must have in your wardrobe are black, blue, grey and beige and a couple of shirts that you could mix and match with your suits.

 

If you don’t have a decent suit in your closet, invest in one right away and start creating an impression in your workplace as you may not get a second chance. Below are the basic guidelines you may need to know to find the right suit for you:

 

Go Custom Made Suits – Men too often believe that suits will fit off the rack. While some may get lucky and fine one that fits them perfectly, others may find it too big or too small. If you are in that category, head to a tailor and get one tailor made. Nothing feels better then to get something that fits you perfectly and designed to your style and specifications.  Once you opt for a tailor made suit, make sure it fits well and you have enough room to move.

 

Pick the right colors – If you are a just starting to upgrade your wardrobe, avoid odd-colored suits and go for neutral conservative colors like grey, blue, brown and black. You don’t necessarily have to go with the plains, you can spice it up by selecting those colors with patterns like glen plaids, pinstrips, checks etc. Make sure you consider the occasion and your skin color when picking the color of your suits.

 

Pick the right Fabric- On a tall, skinny guy, lightweight fabrics will hang and make you look all the more frail. Opting for heavier wools that hold their form is the smart decision. Again your cutter should be able to guide you.

 

Styling – Work with your tailor to select the style that would work for you. This may include lapel style and width, button placement, patterns, finishes basically anything you can imagine. For example your cutter should be able to advise you on the best style that would work for you based on your physical characteristics.  Jacket can be single or double breast. If you are fit, then double breast is just apt for you. But if you are overweight, then going in for single style jacket that doesn’t fold would be a better option. Similarly a tall, fit man can pull of a three button suit but ones who are short should opt for a two or one button suit.

 

Fitting – During your fitting look out for the jacket sleeves, collar, lapels and the overall fall of the jacket. For example The collar should hug the back of the neck without buckling or pulling. 1/2 inch of your shirt collar should show from under the suit’s collar. Similarly the Lapels should lie flat to your chest, and should never bunch up or buckle. Make sure you are completely satisfied with your suit.

 

Once your suit is completed, make sure you have a couple of shirts and ties to go with them and you are good to go. With a decent, well fitted suit, you are sure to be noticeable in the workplace and be ready to start seeing instant results.

 

Don’t know how and where to start? Give us a call, make an appointment and pay us a visit. Harioms tailor will be our best guide to plan and prepare the suit fashioned just for you; customized to your fit and style, creating a unique, bespoke piece of garment, for you only.

 

The writer is the business development manager at Hariom’s Tailor & Textile. He may be contacted at amrit.v@hariomstailor.com

 

–Post Reference: Published at the Jakarta Post–

 

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 by admin No Comments
Fashionably Formal & Presentable

 

We have to admit that most men look absolutely dashing in a crisp, black, formal suit. It somehow gives them a notable, “James Bond” sort of aura thatperfectly describes a man of authority. Now as much as we want to dress up like the men in black, the real worldrequires us to dress in comfortable clothing for manual labor. No matter how early we wake up we always find ourselves running late for work. Either it’s the burnt toast, the spilled coffee or the un-ironed shirt.

 

Personally, I think the clothes we wear determine our mood and speak a lot about our personality. We should feel entirely comfortable, happy and relaxed at work. When your clothes look presentable, it states that you’re suave, well groomed and ready to face any challenges. The following is a simple guide to stepping out in business casual attire while maintaining class.

 

Suit and shirt

Find yourself a suit in a neutral color like gray or navy and complement it with a pastel colored shirt. It’s fresh, fun and shows the softer side in you. Since business casual doesn’t call for a tie, leaving the first button of your shirt undone and your collar open instantly makes you look a bit more casual.

 

Sports jacket and pants

If you have a sports jacket in earthy tones like brown or khaki, you should be able to match it with a lot of shirts and pants. Opt for a plain, white shirt to go for the classic look. If your tan suit is slightly darker you can go for colors such as cranberry or maroon. The combination states professionalism yet gives a man anedgy look.

 

Dress shirt and pants

For those days you want to dress down you can choose a simple shirt with pinstripes and match it with your properly fitted trousers. Not only does pinstripes provides a classic businesslike look, it also makes you look taller. You can also mix them with a conservative, V-neck sweater to go for a smarter look.

 

Sweater and jeans

Everybody loves Friday! Everybody at work is generally happier on Fridays since it is a day before the weekend. If you’re allowed to wear jeans on this preferred day, then there’s one rule you need to follow. Make sure your jeans are presentable. This means no holes or rips, and no “dirty denim” jeans either.Make sure your top looks more like a rich sweater rather than a casual sweatshirt.Whatever neck you prefer (turtle, V, or polo), your top should be sophisticated, in good condition, and made of a fine fabric such as merino wool, cashmere, or high-end cotton.

 

There is no need to go all out in a full piece suit just to show people that you mean business. Custom Shirts, Leather Jackets and sweaters can also serve you the same purpose. Whether or not your workplace has a business casual dress code or strictly a casual one, you should always make sure you looklike someone you would want to do business with. Always be presentable, professional and avoid looking sloppy, no matter what industry you belong to. Make an effort to look your best and everyone will want to be associated with you.

 

–Post Reference: Published at the Jakarta Post–

Posted on: January 10th, 2013 by admin No Comments
Confidence through the best fit

Now, you may wonder what is the connection between something external like custom fitted attire with the complex emotional level of the human mind?? Many even feel that ‘confidence’ and a sense of natural ease is inborn or God-gifted. Wake up from this illusion as style, elegance, resilience and power can be bought – from the way you look and by what you wear!

 

Relating a small scenario where a woman tugs and pulls at the hems of her dress at a party and nervously smiles at everyone hoping no one would notice her beautiful party wear is slightly loose from the back. The same way a man going for his first interview would never be entirely comfortable and at ease with a suit that’s a little too tight at the waist. A shirt with a loose button or a few dangling threads would hardly win a man any score on his very first date. With these scenes in mind it is hardly anymore necessary to list the positive reasons of wearing the perfectly fitted attire!

 

The Question that remains in the air now is “How”? Read on and find three simple steps below that will quietly tap into your inner fashion instincts and bring out the cool, calm, collected person in you…

 

First and Foremost: Know What Works and What Hurts!

Experience is the best teacher and this phrase stands true even for the clothes you wear! Through initial experiments and trying out different fits, you will finally capture what suits your body best form head to toe. It will be easy for you to spot what looks good and works for your whole look and what basically dresses you down. With this confirmation saved in your mind like data on a computer, you will tend to select your attire with such ease and self-assurance that you will certainly have a walk that speaks confidence and full-on sureness.

 

Second and Constant: Find that Fit and Get Hooked.

Most people have a favorite brand that either melt their hearts with the mere announcement of “new arrivals” or lead them to a shopping frenzy with the slight whisper of the word “sale”. The same way when a brand feels right to you in terms of style, fit and highlights your persona, ensure that you remain loyal to it. Alternately, if off-the-rack clothing and ready brands is not your style, getting your clothes custom fit through a trusted tailor will get you the perfection you desire; i.e., clothing that fits you to tee which will guarantee a topnotch poise to your aura.

 

The Final Touch: A Big Bright Smile!

An outstandingly expensive suit or a striking designer dress will never be complete unless harmonized with a perfectly confident smile that not only spreads from ear to ear but bursts from the eyes. With this one last accessory from nature, that self-confidence, poise and optimism will always be on perfect check and trail along with you wherever you go!

 

The writer is the business development manager at Hariom’s Tailor & Textile. He may be contacted at info@hariomstailor.com.

 

–Post Reference: Published at the Jakarta Post–

Posted on: December 18th, 2012 by admin No Comments
Office Christmas Party Dress code: “Festive” What does that actually mean??

 

 

Every year the office conducts a Christmas party and with every year the dress code gets groovier.  The dress code is clearly indicated as ‘festive’ but most of the time people don’t know what this means.  Gone are the days where men would simply wear their ‘usual’ shirt and pants and probably add up a jacket over the normal working attire. The ladies, however, manage to add in some Christmas elements into their little black dress by wearing a pair of red pumps and a reindeer headband.

 

Today, Christmas parties sparkle with fashionable men and women dressed in shiny reds and greens, spreading cheer with their fashion statements.  Women clad in their loud Xmas colored dresses with bright red lipsticks seem to follow the ‘festive’ theme easily, but what about the men?? What does the dress code ‘festive’ actually mean when it comes to the male sense of style! Here are some pointers…

 

Add some Color–Colors play a very important role when it comes to dressing up for a festive season. The usual blacks and greys are office attire so either stay away from them or play mix and match by adding in a bright red checked tie or a vibrant colored belt; if wearing a bright green shirt is not something you are comfortable with.

 

Look Different – As much as you do not want to invest on a brand new suit or tuxedo for this event, try not to wear the same jacket you wear to business meetings. Select something new from your wardrobe even if it’s a casual sports jacket that can be perked up with a well-ironed, formal shirt with cufflinks. The key is to look and FEEL different on the joyful day!

 

Add in some Cheer – Now, that you have successfully worked up an attire fit for one happening night; make sure you add in some Christmas cheer into our entire look. If you are wearing something simple than top it off with a jolly Santa hat; on the other hand if you’re already dashing your way wearing a black suit with red velvet trimmings then a loud, jovial smile is all you need to add some cheer into your entire look.

 

Merry Xmas!

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by admin No Comments
‘JAS PEGANTIN – TAMPIL BEDA’ (3 Tips Penting Sebelum Memilih Jas Pengantin Anda)

Tampil beda di hari pernikahan merupakan hal yang terpenting dan terutama yang harus disiapkan jauh sebelum Hari – H. Tidak hanya pengantin wanita yang kewalahan bolak-balik ke designer atau tukang jahit untuk mendapatkan gaun pengantin sesuai keinginan hati; Jas pengantin pria juga memerlukan ‘planning’ khusus yang memang perlu dirancang dan dijahit khusus untuk anda.

 

Memang banyak pria cenderung memilih membeli jas pengantin  jadi hanya karena takut kerepotan di tengah persiapan pernikahan. Tetapi, banyak juga yang memilih ‘customized suits’ dan memilih jahit jas sesuai bentuk tubuh mereka. Namun, tak banyak yang bertekad meluangkan waktu untuk persiapan agar mereka benar-benar tampil beda. Berikut adalah 3 tips penting yang patut dijadikan petimbangan sebelum menjahit jas pengantin anda

 

Think Different – Coba luaskan pikiran anda dan jauhkan diri dari mitos-mitos tertentu mengenai jas pengantin, seperti jas pengantin pria HARUS putih ataupun HARUS hitam. Tekadkan diri untuk bermain dengan warna atau model yang sedikit lain daripada yang lain. Misalnya, memilih jas bergaris dengan nuansa abu rokok atau biru malam; ataupun memilih kain yang berkesan kilap agar sedikit lebih glamor. Bisa juga kesan glamor diperoleh dengan kain “lame” yang dipadu dibagian dalam jas sebagai aksen rompi, dasi atau sapu tangan. Oh, dan tip terfavorit kami adalah menyesuaikan warna jas pengantin anda dengan warna kebaya yang dipakai si dia.. Romantis bukan? J Apabila anda merasa kebingungan dengan kombinasi warna, tanyakan saja pada penjahit anda, karena memang dia ahlinya.

 

Research– Tak ada salahnya melihat-lihat design jas pengantin ala selebrity, merek terkenal dunia dari majalah atau secara ‘online’… Siapa tau ada design unik dan menarik yang dapat ditiru dan bisa terapkan di ‘customized suit’ anda. Dengan sedikit melirik kiri-kanan, anda bisa mendapatkan Jas pengantin ala model tanpa harus membayar harga selangit. Penjahit andalah yang paling dapat di percaya keahliannya untuk membantu anda mewujudkan Jas pengantin sesuai keinginan anda. Untuk itu, luangkanlah waktu yang cukup dengan penjahit anda untuk merundingkan Jas manakah yang paling sesuai untuk anda.

 

Confidence– Bergaya tapi tak percaya diri? Sudah tidak jaman…! Pengantin pria masa kini tau gaya, bersenyum lebar, gagah dan tegap dengan kepercayaan diri yang maksimal. Jas pengantin yang anda kenakan bergaya fashionista ataupun masuk golongan simple, yang pasti cara anda membawa diri adalah kuncinya. Yaaaaa… Sedikit hati bergetar saat melihat calon pengantin itu pasti… but don’t lose that confident.. smile, boys!

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by admin No Comments
“The Convenience of going Custom-Made”

(Yes, we wrote the correct word ‘convenience’ and we are not talking about off-the-rack clothing)

 

Numerous times blogs and articles have explored the benefits of going custom made Vs off the rack clothing.. Yet, a simple reason called ‘convenience’ ends up giving mass-produced clothing or the crown and therefore the winner to this game.

 

 

However, ask someone who have tasted the luxury of going custom made and the word “convenience’ will once again come on his list, together with flexibility, uniqueness, fine tailoring and more…

 

Now, you must wonder how did the word ‘convenience‘ get in there when getting a bespoke suits or Custom Made Shirts may need several visits to the tailor, from the time of fabric selection, design consultation, measurement, fitting etc. Time and Effort are the 2 probable perfect words, assumed.

 

Before we analyze this further, ask yourself a question “How many times have I altered an off-the-rack clothing item?”Even if it were a designer piece outfit… And “How many times did I sigh in relief to find something that fits me just well?” Chances are, getting something that’s perfectly fitted may have been the by-product of trips to different malls or sheer luck.

 

Therefore, its simple and clear that someone who is used to the ease and perfection of custom clothing to also say its a convenient way for him to get his shirts, trousers and suits – just the way he likes it – with just the right fit!

 

Saving trips to the department store, avoiding traffic (naturally bespoke tailors come to your home/office if needed), and familiarity (where once your tailor knows your size and fit, orders can even be done via phone or email) are all reasons that falls under one word – “convenience”..!

 

Posted on: November 26th, 2012 by admin No Comments
It’s All About You – Your Style, Your Color, Your Fit!

 

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Yes, this is why we call it Custom Made!

Three short phrases cover both the title and the content of this blog. When it is so obvious why a man needs his suits custom made especially for him, why are there still many cold-shoulders and indifferent smiles given when custom tailoring is being talked about. Of course, there is the other group of men as well, who have experienced the art and luxury of fine tailoring and wearing a suit that clings to him like his own skin. He is probably never going to look back at any brand at the department store to complete his wardrobe; in this case the cold shoulder and indifferent smile is directed the opposite way.

 

Coming back to where we started; a bespoke tailor will only have one thing in his head when designing your suit from scratch – YOU. Your height, Your style, Your lifestyle, Your fit. You will be guided from the moment you step into the store until you have your suit on your back. Over a cup of coffee or tea, you can discuss what you need this suit for and what you have in mind (you can even bring tattered pictures from a magazine clip-out and you wont be judged for it). The first step is to select the fabric, which you’ll be thankful for guidance considering the variations in color, fabric and print. Next, choosing the style of your suit and picking out something that would accentuate your body’s strengths and hide its weaknesses. Also, ensuring the style suits the occasion. After a session of measuring you to core detail, you will be free to go home and simply wait for your masterpiece to come about.

 

With all this perks, one might feel intimidated and wonder about the costs of getting themselves a truly bespoke suits and decide to visit the department store instead where price tags become their benchmark for selecting a suit. Little do they realize that there can be times where your custom made suits can be cheaper than something you pick up from the high-end brands (and you’re still at a win for quality and fit). Especially, the word ‘custom’ itself suggests that your suit can be customized not only in terms of fit, style, design and color… but also tailored to your budget!

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